How to Make a Native American Rattle Craft

By Kathleen Bunn

Things Needed

  • Stick shaped like a "Y"
  • Tape or glue
  • Yarn or suede string
  • Scissors
  • Beads, bells, buttons, feathers, or other objects

Native American rattle crafts can be a great way for children to learn about Indian heritage and traditions. Only some basic craft materials are needed. It doesn't take much time to make these interesting projects. Follow the steps below to make a Native American craft rattle.

Select a stick in the shape of a "Y". It does not need to be a giant branch, but just a stick large enough to hold in your hand.

Wrap the whole length of the "Y"-shaped stick in different color yarn or suede string. You can make your Native American rattle colorful or keep the colors neutral.

Insert objects such as beads, bells, feathers, or buttons onto the yarn while you are wrapping it around the stick. This is how the Native Americans would decorate their rattle, so this will give your rattle a more authentic appearance.

Tape or glue the ends of the yarn to the stick to secure it into place. This will ensure that it will not come unraveled later.

Tie a piece of yarn or string from on end of the "Y" part of the stick to the other while inserting some decoration onto it along the way. This will also give your rattle a little added flair and bells can be added to give it sound. Visit the resources below for more Native American crafts.

Tip

Decorate your Native American rattles with a variety of different objects. Be creative but try to keep it authentic.

Warning

Supervise young children when they are using beads, as they can be a choking hazard.

About the Author

Based in Florida, Kathleen Bunn has been working as a professional writer since 2006. She holds and associate's degree in elementary education from Tallahassee Community College, as well as an x-ray technician's license from Keiser College.