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Rain chains are a kind of decorative downspout for a gutter system. Rain water pours out of the gutter and onto a series of rings or cups. These help to channel the water down to the ground where it is either stored in a rain barrel or simply diverted away from the building. A set of rain chains can add a lot your house in both appearance and sound.

Note: Rain chains are not as efficient as an enclosed downspout and cannot handle high volumes of water. In heavy rains, much of the water will splash out of the cups and onto anything nearby.

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Step 1: Watch the Video

Here is a video walkthrough of the project

Step 2: Materials

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Here are the materials and tools that you will need for this project


Chain (enough to reach from the gutter to the ground)

Decorative Cups or Candle Holders

Brass Plumber's Chain

Clear Sealer


Safety Glasses

Bolt Cutters

Tape Measure

Drill and Bit Set

Hole Saw (That is slightly larger than your chain)

Hole Saw (That is slightly smaller than your chain)

Dremel (or other rotary tool)

Step 3: Decide on How You Want the Rain Chains to be Set Up

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The first thing that you need to decide is where you want the rain chains to be set up. I recommend setting them up in a place where you can enjoy the sight and sound of the rain chains such as a covered porch.

Next you need to decide what you will have below the rain chains to handle the water. You don't want all that water just splashing down around your foundation. You could just use a splash block to divert the water away from your house. But the ideal solution is a rain barrel that can store water for later use with your lawn or garden.

The last thing that you need to decide on is the number and spacing of the cups. More cups will make more noise and will control the water better with less splashing.

meismeems12 months ago

I never thought to use candle holders from Goodwill. Brilliant way to repurpose!!

Fikjast Scott12 months ago

this is a great project. Your hard work really shows.

This is one of the most gorgeous rain chains I've ever seen!

poofrabbit12 months ago

That's really slick! Nice work!