Rain chains are a creative and unique way to add something different to your garden. There’s nothing as tranquil and satisfying as water gently flowing, not too loud and not too quiet.
These designs should give you a few ideas from which you can create your very own rain chain.
A rock rain chain is pretty unique and easy to make. Drill holes in flat rocks and then string them together using a thin braided cable. Make sure you use a heavy duty hook to hang as this is quite heavy!
If you love the rain on a tin roof a bucket chain can give you the same sounds. Great for falling asleep to as the droplets trickle down and over. Be sure to empty it periodically so it doesn’t get algae.
Bottles and glass make beautiful sounds. Use different sized bottles for different “notes”. You can cut the bottles using the acetone/fire/ice method. Be sure to get the bottle heated high enough to crack cleanly.
An ideal project if you have some glass laying around or knap as a hobby. Drill through small pieces of irregular glass, separate with small glass beads and hang.
Copper weathers beautifully outside and these flowers will eventually get a pretty green patina. Cut out from sheets of copper and shape then hang them together using a chain and attach to your gutter. As the water tumbles it will sound like a fountain.
A cheap craft idea that’s easy to make. Simply drill through a pine cone “petal” and then hook with a jump ring onto the next one. This does rot eventually so you’ll need fresh ones every year.
Those adorable little pots at the garden store make a great high-pitched chain and they have predrilled holes. Paint them any color you like to match your garden.
Succulents will grow in almost anything and a rain chain makes sure they will be properly watered. Make sure each “pot” has a hole in the bottom to allow water to drip down to the next plant and so the roots don’t rot.
Cup of tea? An ideal use for old, mismatched or broken crockery. Simply glue the saucers onto the cups and glue in hooks for the chain. You can find these at any thrift store if you don’t have cups at home.
Driftwood has a beautiful hollow sound that is lovely both in the rain and when it’s windy. These are relaxing and much like wind chimes. Any sticks will do – drill a hole and thread with fishing line.
A lovely fountain idea that sources water from your gutter and drains into each teapot as it fills. Use aluminum rather than steel so it won’t rust over time. Place them at lower intervals so the water will continue to flow from pot to pot.
If a wine bottle chain appeals but you don’t want it to look tacky paint the bottles your favorite color after you’ve cut them. Attach the chain with two small holes and wire onto the chain so that they hang even.
Cast iron is very heavy so you want to have a sturdy hook for these fish. Solid iron makes a much deeper sound with the rain as it drips but it will rust over time and needs anti-rust/paint treatments regularly.
Reuse those old Bath and Body works soap covers! Spray them in any color or copper finish and then hang them upside down using wire between them.
Old metal hanging light fittings make a lovely noise when stacked and the light socket is perfect for chaining together and hanging.
An easy DIY with metal strips and wire. You can also use a corrugated sheet and cut it into strips. Fold the ends of the metal over to create a lip for the wire to hang and then crimp down to keep it in place.
A literal “rain chain” using a block of metal that resonates like a tuning fork when raindrops hit it. Finished with a rusted patina but you can always paint it.
Copper buckets hooked together with simple wires make a modern and minimalist rain chain. These will patina green over time adding a nice texture.
Rather than hanging your bottles, have them stacked and standing using a wire/pole. Stagger them so they’re leaning and blocking the neck will have the water flowing down like a fountain.
Perfect for wine lovers! Smash and knap your favorite bottles then separate the glass with corks. Tie everything together with chain and wire and hang a little bell on the end. While you won’t get a lot of noise from these chains they look pretty and are a nice memento.
A great match to the teapot/teacup hanger. Using old cutlery and pliers bend the fork tines and handle around other cutlery so they’re secure. Spray with color or leave rustic.
A perfect use for old pottery or artisan pottery if you can find it. Drill small holes for the wire and hook together.