DIY Rain Chains

DIY rain chain

Rain chains are perfect instruments for harnessing the elements of nature in the garden, so that they can be appreciated. Using a rain chain anywhere in the garden adds a decorative element, and who doesn’t love the sight and sound of water in the garden? However, they can be expensive and hard to find. We decided to go out and find some DIY rain chain projects and tutorials for you just in time for spring rains! (Better than snow, right East Coast?) So let’s get to garden crafting!

Birds and Blooms has this rain chain from spoons project, complete with instructions. I love the look of this, and using old flatware just makes it more interesting! Here is a better view of the whole chain…



Burbs and the Bees made this cute pine cone rain chain. Read the comments, one suggestion was to smear on peanut butter and use as a bird feeder!

Pine cone rain chain


Dollar Store crafts made this very cool wire and stone rain chain, and they have a complete tutorial with lots of photos for you.

DIY Rain chain


I’m Going to Texas made this fork and spoon rain chain… just by bending the fork tines. Love this!

DIY Rain Chain


Another rain chain made with repurposed funnels and measuring cups etc…



Mother Earth Living has a similar project, for a funnel rain chain, with instructions!

Funnel rain chain


Coveting those expensive copper rain chains? This DIY version by Reverberations of Echoes has a great step by step.

Copper rain chain


DIY Maven at Curbly provided us with the how-to’s for this bucket rain chain project! She did this in under an hour!

Bucket rain chain


Finally, from Design Sponge, this DIY ombre rain chain made from small pots is such a great and budget friendly project. Check out the instructions and have a go at it!


Which one would you love in your garden? Share your thoughts in our comments section!

Image Credits: Birds and Blooms, Burbs and Bees, Dollar Store Crafts, Going to Texas, Flickr, Mother Earth Living, Reverberations of Echoes, Curbly, Design Sponge



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  1. I had to click over here to see exactly what a rain chain is and I’m still not quite clear. I’ve never seen one before. Is the purpose of it kind of like a wind chime, to make a pretty sound? Or is it intended to act like a drain spout to direct the rain in a particular place, or is it just decorative? I’m just wondering how they would do in a big snow storm or when covered in ice? I think it looks like an intriguing idea and I like the bucket style design. That might even solve our problem of ice building up on the edge of our porch, but I’m just not sure.

    • Kathy Woodard says:

      They are indeed more of a ‘drain” if you will… its a great way to get the water from the gutter or roof to the ground, while eliminating that annoying dripping sound that downspouts can make… Rain chains are pretty too!

    • When I get mine set up my plans are for them to go into a rain barrel. It adds design to the home instead of those ugly spots.

  2. They replace an awkward ugly downspout from the gutter to the ground and direct water (usually into a rainbarrel) either into a collection barrel or to a garden area..there are some relaly cute DIY rainbarrel ideas as well..(a large round trash can with a simple through-wall spout/connection and simple hose overflow painted/decorated is awesome!

  3. I was caught by surprise when I returned to my long-neglected blog and found multiple views of my silverware rain chain post referred by your blog. I’ve since added an addendum to the original post with how the rain chain was made.

    You have also inspired me to resume blogging, for which I am most grateful.

    • Kathy Woodard says:

      I’m glad you are getting a response from our featuring your rain chain, its a great project! And we look forward to seeing more from your blog!

  4. PattieJune says:

    I love all of these.

  5. This might be good way to get water to my hydroponics project!

  6. Doorsie Morrison says:

    A year & a half later and your article is still being enjoyed! And is an inspiration.. I am going to go gather up lil trinkets to make one! Thank you for posting this! :)

  7. I have a beautiful river view from my kitchen window, but a white metal downspout was right there at the side of the view. I replaced it with a nice copper rain chain and now have something attractive instead of an eyesore. I love watching the rain come down it during “bad” weather. The only problem I’ve had was an accumulation of ice on the chain during last winter’s ice storm. I ended up detaching it from the gutter (easily done) so the added weight wouldn’t pull the gutter down.

  8. Definitely the copper one is my favourite. Close second – cutlery and third – funnels, measuring cups. Thanks for all these ideas! :)

  9. shemsclc says:

    I found the rain chain link for the cutlery was broken but here is the correct link:

  10. I once saw a photo of something like these .This one was made of what looked like elephant bells ? They were graduating in size ,each one smaller than the one before it. I have been looking for one ever sence with no luck at all. If memory serves me right, I think they were called Rain Bells ? Its been years now sence I saw that photo, and I just cant get them out of my mind. I want to hear the rain ring my own bells before I die . I was In my 20’s then , now looking at my 60’s in about 4 years. Please can anyone help? I just have to hear these bells ring . Thank you for your time.

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