How to Make A Copper Rain Chain.
How To Make Our Rain Chain
I saw 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.
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.
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.
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