Native American Inspired Shakers

Making shakers out of small sticks and tree limbs is a great project for Autumn.

What you will need:  Sticks (the best kind have a “Y” shape), yarn, glue, feathers, wire, and buttons.
Step One: Tie on the yarn with a knot for beginning the wrapping process for the children.
Step Two:  To add feathers, simply lay the feather flat and continue to wrap.  (Lay the feather the opposite direction of the wrapping motion.)
Step Three:  Continue to wrap the stick and add feathers as desired.
Student adds feather to her stick.
Another child’s stick in progress.
Step Four:  Wrap the wire around one side of the “Y.”
Step Five:  Add a variety of buttons.
Step Six:  Wrap the other end of the wire on the other side of the stick’s  “Y.”
Step Seven:  To secure any final yarn ends, dab a bit of glue on it.
Student stands to wrap her stick.
Each student’s work will reflect their capacity for the task.


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  1. Moogie says:

    Wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Meg says:

    I am so grateful to you for sharing your creative ideas! Even your photos a reba work of art. Thank you so much.

  3. Jasmine says:

    What connection does this have to Native Americans?

    • Sally says:

      It is inspired by my Cherokee grandmother – deeply personal.

      • Jasmine says:

        Thank you for replying. Is the shaker a religious/sacred object? I’m an assistant in a class that will present this art project. Any tips on how to show appropriate care when presenting it to students, especially students who have no contact with modern Cherokee?

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