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How to Make a Simple Rain Chain

Written by Mindy on July 3rd, 2013

A rain chain is a great addition to any landscape design.  It addresses the sound element that many landscapes are lacking.  While you can purchase a rain chain, they can be expensive.  Instead, consider making a simple one from very simple materials that will add personality and memories to any garden space.

To begin this project, one must first gather the supplies.  The basic materials for this simple rain chain consists of a collection of rocks, small rings or fishing swivels, a hook for the top, and wire.

As far as the rocks go, take a walk and collect those that speak to you.  If you find large rocks, increase the size of the wire and vice versa for small rocks.  If you want to enhance the look of the rocks, paint them and/or apply a coat of shellac.

The first step in process begins with the wrapping of the rocks with the wire.  You want enough wire around each rock so that the weight of the rock is supported but also you want it to have a designer look.  This can be achieved by wrapping the wire in different directions and/or using an assortment of colored wires.

Once that is done, line up the rocks into a pattern that is pleasing to you.  After you have your design laid out, begin assembling the design by attaching wire rings between each rock and attaching them to each other.  If you want a little movement, use fishing swivels instead of rings.

Now, add the hook to the top of the rain chain and hang it from the gutter.  Please note that for a rain chain to work the downspout must be removed.  The rain chain is then hung under the opening so that the water from the gutter can hit the rain chain.

If you have a rain barrel, consider removing the downspout and hang the rain chain its place.  Just make sure that the end of the rain chain goes into the rain barrel.

On the other hand, if your rain chain’s water is just going to hit the ground, consider laying down a catchment or pebbles to slow down the water flow and prevent soil erosion.   This can be as simple as a stack of stones or as elaborate as a small pond.  Regardless of how you decide to slow the water down, always make sure that the water is diverted away from the house.


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