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.|
Wonderful! Thank you for sharing.
I am so grateful to you for sharing your creative ideas! Even your photos a reba work of art. Thank you so much.
What connection does this have to Native Americans?
It is inspired by my Cherokee grandmother – deeply personal.
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?
Find a native to help with your class. It’s historical that colonizers take teachings and modify them based on their thoughts. These teachings come from thousands of years ago. You’re right, it is very sacred. Thank you for respecting culture diversion and asking such a simple question.
none. Its all made of synthetic material and plastic. We would never use those materials for sacred bundle objects.