Saturday, April 25, 2015

Creative And Beautiful DIY Rain Chains

I'll admit it, I've got a thing for rain chains. I love the sound of rain. I love the smell of rain.
 I love a good thunderstorm. I even love songs about rain! And I love rain chains. 
I think they're so pretty and add a unique touch to a home.
 What's a rain chain you ask?

Popular in Japan, rain chains are known as kusari doi, and have been around for 
hundreds of years. Hung from a roof gutter, they are used to collect rain water in 
barrels or basins that are placed below the chain's end. They are also used to direct rain
 water away from the home (as a modern downspout does). Not only are rain chains an 
attractive alternative to traditional downspouts, but they can also add unique interest and 
beauty to your home's exterior garden landscape. 

How about making your own rain chain? 
Read on to check out some great rain chain ideas and be inspired!   

DIY spoon rain chain project with instructions from Birds & Blooms. I really like this 
project and I think I am going to try to make this one myself! 

Simple chain with vintage barrel from Victoria Skoglund

 Stone and rock rain chains from Elderberry Street (above and below)

Rain chain with succulents

Beautiful ceramic rain chains (above and below) by Joan Engelmeyer at City Art Farm
 via Etsy

Heart rain chain from Wade Creek House Antiques

Colorful stained glass rain chain by WhenLifeGivesURocks via Etsy

Funnel rain chain 

Fork and spoon rain chain (above and below) by I'm Going To Texas

Pinecone rain chain by Burbs and the Bees

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  1. I am also fond of all things having to do with rain. I love that there is a word to describe folks like us - pluviophile. (definition - a lover of rain;someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days)

  2. some really cool ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I'm with you - I love pretty much everything about the rain. All of these rain chains are awesome. I especially like the ones with pine cones and minibuckets. =0)

    1. I'll bet the bucket ones make a great sound when it rains :)

  4. Ok so I live on the wet coast, right? Close to Vancouver...I grew up here. I LOVE the rain. I mean: if you didn't, you really couldn't live here. I actually have 'rain' set as my white noise sound at night, just in case it doesn't REALLY rain ! Love these chains!

    1. Melissa I'm with you on that, I have rain as my white noise and meditation sound too hehe :)

  5. I absolutely love these rain chains!! I would have them on our house in a nano second if it weren't for my unimaginative hubby.

  6. I am a Pacific Northwest native, and I absolutely adore the smell of rain, especially the first one(s) in fall. I am in love with the silverware chains! I thrifted silverware for my March wedding (rather than use the plastic stuff.) I passed most of it on to another DIY bride, but I still have a TON of it left. One of these is totally going on my project list.

    1. That sounds like a great plan Megan! And I think it's awesome that you used thrifted silverwear for your event!


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