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How to Make A Copper Rain Chain.

Updated on January 13, 2016
How to Make A Copper Rain Chain
How to Make A Copper Rain Chain | Source

How To Make Our Rain Chain

I had seen rain chains before so I ask my husband if he could make one to hang from our house's gutter. He made it from copper. This is my DIY on a rain chain.

They were originally from Japan. Japan has had them for 100's of years. They're used in Japanese gardens and down gutters.

You can now buy gutters that have rain chains attached to them. They’re prettier than the old downspout.

I always keep a rain barrel under the gutter on the deck and add a few goldfish to it. The goldfish does help keep the mosquitoes from breeding in the water. Actually it's just a big plastic pot from Wal-Mart. We bring our fish in the house in the winter and put them in a big jar. The cats love seeing the fish come in. It gives the cats something to do just keeping an eye on the fish.

Rain Chains are expensive to buy but cheap to make.

I come up with the ideas and my husband carries them through for me.

You can make your rain chain any size you want. Below is the size we made ours.

PVC PIPE

How to Make A Copper Rain Chain The pipe you will need.
How to Make A Copper Rain Chain The pipe you will need. | Source

Items You Will Need For Rain Chain

Here are the items you will need.

¼ inch soft copper tubing

Fine copper wire (optional)

Flower frog. (optional)

One small piece of 2 inch PVC pipe

Pair of wire cutters

Instructions: DIY For A Rain Chain

Figure out the length you need from roof to the top of your barrel. We bought 25 ft. it comes in all different lengths.

Bend Copper tubing around a PVC pipe. Cut the copper tubing for circles’ and bend each circle together. Wrap a thin copper wire around each and cut with wire cutters. They're strong enough once bent. He tried soldering copper together, but it didn't work. The last picture shows where he tried the solder.

The picture below shows where he made a hook out of the tubing. The hook is for your gutter. Stick it through the gutter hole and then add the chain to it.

We added a flower frog to ours you don’t have to do that. You don't have to add a frog you can add anything you want even a teacup.

How to Make A Copper Rain Chain
How to Make A Copper Rain Chain | Source
How to Make A Copper Rain Chain
How to Make A Copper Rain Chain | Source
How to Make A Copper Rain Chain
How to Make A Copper Rain Chain | Source
How to Make A Copper Rain Chain
How to Make A Copper Rain Chain | Source
How to Make A Copper Rain Chain
How to Make A Copper Rain Chain | Source
How to Make A Copper Rain Chain
How to Make A Copper Rain Chain | Source
How to Make A Copper Rain Chain
How to Make A Copper Rain Chain | Source

Bottle Tree

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Where to use rain chains.

We love ours. Friends and family who come over are always trying to get my husband to make them one. He says when he gets done with all my projects he will make some for other people.

They are also very pretty in the winter when the ice comes down them.

You can make rain chains out of just about anything.

The lady on YouTube made her rain chain out of teacups. I had the teacup video on here, but I was getting a message of broken link. I don't know why the link was working when I checked it. You can find the video on YouTube. I finally gave up and just took it off.

You can have your rain chain come down into anything you want. Rocks are always pretty

How about using an old rusted wheelbarrow? We had underground downspouts that ran into our pond. You could also have a rain chain run into a pond. If you’re doing this just for a pretty design, this kind of rain chain will work. If you're doing it to save rainwater than you would need a barrel to collect in.

If you go on YouTube you will see many ideas. If you don't want to make one you can buy them. They run right around $100.00.Rain chains will enhance the look of your yard or deck.

Dolores Monet tells about her pretty little pond and how to make it in her hub. A pond is another nice addition to a yard even if it is just a tiny one. We had a pretty large one at our other house. The people who bought the house tore it out.

I'm heading into town today to see if I can find a water lily for my little barrel.

We have had our rain chain up since Aug of 2011 and it's still there and no problems with it.

Another idea for a garden is a bottle tree check out my bottle tree.

How to Make A Copper Rain Chain
How to Make A Copper Rain Chain | Source
How to Make A Copper Rain Chain
How to Make A Copper Rain Chain | Source

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How to Make A Copper Rain Chain

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    • Laura335 profile image

      Laura Smith 

      3 months ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Good idea! That looks really pretty.

    • jomamaymalay profile image

      jomamaymalay 

      3 months ago

      hy, nice... good

    • DelilahLimba profile image

      Delilah 

      2 years ago from USA

      didn't even think that it's so useful, and how beautiful!

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR

      moonlake 

      5 years ago from America

      Deborah-Diane, Thank you. We like it. Thanks for stopping by and for the vote.

    • Deborah-Diane profile image

      Deborah-Diane 

      5 years ago from Orange County, California

      Your rain chain is fascinating, and looks amazing. What a great idea! Voted up!

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR

      moonlake 

      5 years ago from America

      Peggy W, Thank you somehow I missed your comment on here. Thanks for the vote and share. My husband is very handy and I'm very lucky I don't have to call anyone to work around the house. He has taught our boys to be the same way.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR

      moonlake 

      5 years ago from America

      bridalletter, Thanks for coming by, at the end of my chain is a big flower pot I keep fish in. I think I bought it at Wal-mart. You can put just about anything under the chain. The chain does guide water into the a bucket or whatever you put under it.

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      Brenda Kyle 

      5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Very cool. I love copper. Does the chain guide the rain to the bucket? What is at the end of the chain and why? I really like craft, looks very useful if it does what I think.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I had never heard of rain chains. Thanks for introducing me to this subject that is not only pretty but eco friendly as well. Your husband is one handy man! You are a lucky lady! :)) UUI votes and will share.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR

      moonlake 

      5 years ago from America

      rajan jolly, Thank you and thanks for stopping by. I appreciate the vote.

    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      That's a wonderful job your husband has done. I didn't have an idea of what a rain chain was. It sure looks pretty as well.

      Voted up and interesting.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR

      moonlake 

      5 years ago from America

      Au fait, Thank you I'm hoping to get a picture of it with ice and snow on it tonight. We're getting snow right now. Thanks for the vote.

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      I had never heard of rain chains before. Excellent idea and great hub. Voted up and beautiful!

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR

      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      SharynRI,

      Your welcome. Thank you, for stopping by my hub.

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      SharynRI 

      6 years ago from Virginia Beach

      Moonlake: This is a great post. I love rain chains but know they are expensive to buy. Thank you for sharing your D.I.Y. rain chain. I will certainly make one.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR

      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      I can't remember where I first saw one. I loved the way the looked. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Tricia Mason 

      6 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi :)

      Very attractive!

      I had never heard of rain chains.

      Strange, really, since we get so much rain here in England :)

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR

      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      TheListLady, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment and for up vote. We had fun making it or my husband did. It's easy, easy,easy.

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      TheListLady 

      6 years ago from New York City

      This is so fabulous. What a wonderful hub. I can do this - and I will do this.

      Thanks a million. Rated way up and bookmarked. Yay!

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR

      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      thoughtforce, I have heard that about copper. People are stealing it where ever they can. It can always be made from something else. Thanks for stopping by and leaving comment.

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      Christina Lornemark 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      The copper rain chain looks so decorative! It is a very good idea, but I think I will have to keep it out of public sight because copper is a desired metal these days. The price of copper is so high so it has become a new treasure for some people!

      But I so like the design of your rain chain and you have done a great hub! Very inspirational. Voted up!

      Tina

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR

      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      Movie Master, thanks for stopping by and leaving comment. You will enjoy the chain.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a fantastic idea moonlake, I love it and will be making one for sure, thanks for sharing.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR

      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      Thanks you so much for stopping by and leaving comment. Like your Gypsy Rose Lee.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Sounds like a very good idea and decorative too!

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR

      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      Thanks Cloverleaf, for stopping by. It is easy to make he had it together in no time.

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      Cloverleaf 

      6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Great idea, moonlake, I'm glad you shared this it looks quite easy!

      Cloverleaf

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR

      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      Cardisa, Thanks for stopping by. They are pretty and so easy to make. You would believe how easy the copper bends into a circle.

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      Carolee Samuda 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      I have never heard of a rain chain, but it looks great. It looks ornamental and pretty.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR

      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      Thank you, and thanks for stopping by and leaving comment.

    • Karen N profile image

      Karen N 

      6 years ago from United States

      What an interesting idea, I've never seen a rain chain before but it is really pretty.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR

      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      writer20, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      It would be a very dry chain in Vegas.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great idea, but living here in Las Vegas we don't get enough rain to bother to make the chain.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR

      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      Good spot for where the gutter overflows that's where we put ours. Thanks for stopping by and leaving comment.

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      Tim Mitchell 

      6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Totally awesome & great idea. I think I will try that, but first I will have to look for where. Maybe where the gutter overflows

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