Sun shine and Rain sticks!

March 29, 2012

Sun shine and Rain sticks!

The last Saturday’s Family Day did not have the turn out as big as usual, but we can’t complain, because everyone likes when the sun shines, we hope you were busy making sand sculptures at the beach, making stick collage in the park or just reading in the rare March sunshine.

 

We still had plenty of talented people here… they just made art in a more quiet environment then usual!

If you missed it, maybe you’d like to make it at home: So, here is a quick run down of what we did. If you would like more indepth instructions please contact me (sarah@draiocht.ie). We used toilet rolls (thanks to all the lovely arts workers in the office for that!), bird seed (because it has different size seeds but rice, chick peas or whatever will do), (masking) tape, glue (sticks) and a trick, with that ever versatile wonder, that is tin foil. 

I found the tin foil trick on this ridiculously inventive website instructables (warning: this website is addictive!). Lot of scraps of paper, feathers, markers or other odds and ends to decorate.

 

Tape about 4-5 toilet rolls together, to make one large stick:

 

Grab a length (about 1.5times the length of your stick) of tin foil and twist it to make it look like a length of rope, before coiling it around (you could used the leg of a chair if this is hard to do) to make it look like a spring. Make two tin foil coils like this.

 

 Then coil these two tin foil “springs” around each other. Push the double coil into the toilet rolls and tape them to each end of the tube.

 

Now, seal up one end of the stick with paper, before pouring a couple of hand fulls of seeds into the tube.

Seal up that end. Give it a shake- does it need more? Less? Try different seeds, there is no wrong noise, so have an experiment until you like the sound of your RainStick.

 

To finish decorate the outside of your Rain Stick by gluing on strips of different coloured paper- old wrapping paper and magazines will work really well.

 

Now turn it slowly up and down, letting the contents fall from one end to the other- does it sound like rain? Enjoy your rain sticks- if clouds form and start to look like this….

 

 ......hide it and deny everything!

Next family day will be on Sat 19th May 2012 to celebrate National Drawing Day. We’ll create some magic by drawing some optical illusions.

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