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I've been making rainsticks in my music classes for about 4 years now. I first tried paper mache over wrapping paper tubes with nails pushed in first and then paper mache over, but they cracked easily. The last two years I have used fabric to cover the tubes and either fabric stiffener from a craft or fabric store or wallpaper paste. The stiffener works better, but the wallpaper paste is cheaper. Last year I had students choose the the design of the fabric from fabric that I had bought (I had used some PTO funs) but that was expensive. This year I found some cheap white fabirc form Wal-Mart for a buck a yard and the kids will be decorated them with markers after they are dry. I tell them they can always paint them white a redecorate it at home if they would like to try differnt designs. The nails are about an inch apart in the tubes, any claser and they seem to break. The very small tubes and the very large tubes don't work as well. Be careful when they are wet, they tend to bend. Sometimes the nails bleed through and you may have to paint them> White interior house paint will do. I'm still trying to perfect this every year I get another idea