Mayan Rain Tube

By  Karen Prince 

size: 6" long

  • Mayan Rain Tube


  • Polyform Sculpey III Clay: Tan, Moss, Yellow, Red Hot Red
  • Recycled toilet paper tube
  • Tiny pebbles, uncooked beans, or uncooked rice
  • Chalk: dk. blue, lt. orange, dk. orange
  • White acrylic paint
  • Craft glue
  • Clay-dedicated rolling pin or wooden dowel
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet


  • Oven
  • Old or promo credit card
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Aluminum foil
  • Black marker
  • Toothpick
  • White copy paper

Pattern - Mayan Rain Tube

  • 1. Glue foil on one end of toilet paper tube. Fill tube with beans or rice or pebbles. Cover other end with foil; glue. Let dry.
  • 2. On clean work surface, remove clay from packages. To condition, roll clay separately in hands until soft, bending and rolling until pliable. If clay cracks, keep conditioning.
  • 3. Roll Moss clay to 1/4" thickness.
  • 4. Apply glue on surfaces of toilet paper tube. Position tube on Moss clay; roll tube on clay, covering all surfaces. Use old credit card to cut excess. Smooth edges.
  • 5. Roll Moss clay scraps to 1/4" thickness. Position toilet paper tube on clay; trace around ends. Cut ends from clay. Position cut circles on ends of toilet paper tube; smooth edges. (Do not break aluminum foil.)
  • 6. Roll Yellow and Red Hot Red clays into skinny logs. Wrap both logs around top and bottom of tube; smooth edges. Use toothpick to add diagonal lines on logs.
  • 7. Print and cut out pattern. Transfer pattern onto white copy paper.
  • 8. Roll Tan clay to 1/4" thickness. Transfer pattern onto Tan clay; use toothpick to trace over lines, creating impression in clay. Remove pattern.
  • 9. Use chalk to color in sun pattern. Press sun on side of tube.
  • 10. Position tube on parchment-lined baking sheet. Follow manufacturer's instructions to bake tube in oven. Let cool.
  • 11. Paint eyes white. Let dry. Use black marker to outline sun.
  • Note
  • 1. Adults, help kids when baking clay in oven.