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How to Make A Copper Rain Chain.

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How to Make A Copper Rain Chain

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.

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.

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

How to Make A Copper Rain Chain

How to Make A Copper Rain Chain

How to Make A Copper Rain Chain

How to Make A Copper Rain Chain

How to Make A Copper Rain Chain

How to Make A Copper Rain Chain

How to Make A Copper Rain Chain

How to Make A Copper Rain Chain

How to Make A Copper Rain Chain

How to Make A Copper Rain Chain

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

How to Make A Copper Rain Chain

How to Make A Copper Rain Chain

© 2011 moonlake

Comments

Laura Smith from Pittsburgh, PA on April 03, 2018:

Good idea! That looks really pretty.

jomamaymalay on March 26, 2018:

hy, nice... good

Delilah from USA on May 03, 2016:

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

moonlake (author) from America on May 02, 2013:

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

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on May 01, 2013:

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

moonlake (author) from America on April 15, 2013:

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 (author) from America on April 09, 2013:

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.

Brenda Kyle from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA on April 09, 2013:

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.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 09, 2013:

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 (author) from America on March 19, 2013:

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

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 19, 2013:

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 (author) from America on February 06, 2013:

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.

C E Clark from North Texas on February 05, 2013:

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

moonlake (author) from America on January 19, 2012:

SharynRI,

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

SharynRI from Virginia Beach on January 18, 2012:

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 (author) from America on September 13, 2011:

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

Tricia Mason from The English Midlands on September 13, 2011:

Hi :)

Very attractive!

I had never heard of rain chains.

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

moonlake (author) from America on September 03, 2011:

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.

TheListLady from New York City on September 03, 2011:

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 (author) from America on August 27, 2011:

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.

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on August 27, 2011:

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 (author) from America on August 26, 2011:

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

Movie Master from United Kingdom on August 26, 2011:

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

moonlake (author) from America on August 26, 2011:

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

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on August 26, 2011:

Sounds like a very good idea and decorative too!

moonlake (author) from America on August 25, 2011:

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

Cloverleaf from Calgary, AB, Canada on August 25, 2011:

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

Cloverleaf

moonlake (author) from America on August 25, 2011:

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

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on August 25, 2011:

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

moonlake (author) from America on August 25, 2011:

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

Karen N from United States on August 25, 2011:

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

moonlake (author) from America on August 24, 2011:

writer20, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

It would be a very dry chain in Vegas.

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on August 24, 2011:

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

moonlake (author) from America on August 24, 2011:

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

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on August 24, 2011:

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