Rain sticks were used by ancient cultures to serenade the spirits to bring about rain storms. Our handmade Rainsticks are made following the method used by these native people. Dead cactus plants are cut off, turned around and then pushed back into the cactus. The pieces of cactus are then allowed to totally dry out. One end of the stick is then plugged with wood and small pebbles are poured into the hollow cactus tube. The remaining end is then plugged. For the soothing sound of a rain storm, allow the pebbles to fall to one end and then hold at a 45 degree angle allowing the pebbles to hit the needles as they gradually fall. For a different sound, hold the stick parallel to the ground and shake side to side.