Make It Rain: DIY Rain Chains

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Duration: 1 hour

Introduction

Charming and functional, rain chains are an alternative to downspouts. Unlike downspouts, however, they are more like outdoor sculptures. Place them where guests can see your new work of art.

A well-placed rain chain directs water from the roof so the ground below doesn’t erode or collect water. Place a rain chain at every corner of your house. Here are three DIY rain chain ideas to get you started.

Step 1

Clay pot rain chain

Measure the distance from your roof or gutter to the ground for chain length. 

Choose a chain that will fit through the hole of the clay pots.

Tie the end of the chain in a knot. Thread the other end through a pot. Measure 1’ up the chain and tie another knot. Repeat until you have 1’ of chain left.

Step 2

Drill a pilot hole in the roof near the end of your gutter or corner of roof and hand screw an eye hook into it. Hang the chain using an S-hook.

Step 3

Rock/pebble rain chain

Measure the distance from your roof or gutter to the ground for chain length.

Cut the chain into 6″ segments.

Wrap a rock or pebble with steel framing wire, leaving a little extra on each end to connect to the chain. Apply super glue to the wrapped wire so it doesn’t come undone. Let the glue dry completely.

Step 4

Attach excess wire on each side of the rock to two separate chain segments. Repeat using all chain segments.

Cut excess wire.

Step 5

Drill a pilot hole in the roof and hand screw an eye hook into it. Hang the chain using an S-hook.

Step 6

Cookie cutter rain chain

Measure the distance from your roof or gutter to the ground for chain length.

Cut chain into 6″ segments.

Choose cookie cutters to suit your garden. They can be metal, plastic, vintage or new, spell a word, your last name or feature assorted shapes.

Step 7

Wrap top and bottom of cookie cutter with two pieces of wire, leaving a little extra on each end to connect to the chain. 

Attach excess wire on each end of the cookie cutter to two separate chain segments.

Step 8

Repeat using all chain segments. Cut excess wire.

Drill a pilot hole in the roof and hand screw an eye hook into it. Hang chain using an S-hook. 

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