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Creating a Simple Beautiful Frugal Rain Chain

January 4, 2017
Creating a Simple Beautiful Frugal Rain Chain

I decided to create a simple beautiful rain chain the second I found the galvanized pails at a garage sale.  I absolutely love rain chains.  The cost held me back from buying one, two, or even three of them premade.  I guess you could easily say that I really have wanted one for a long time.  It doesn’t rain often here so I never could justify buying them for the sheer beauty of them.

Creating a Simple Beautiful Frugal Rain Chain

Creating a Simple Beautiful Frugal Rain Chain

The idea of just making one myself got me energized to make it.  I went to an estate sale and found the perfect chain for fifty cents.  Nothing could hold me back now so I knew it was time to go to work and make it.

Directions for Creating a Simple Beautiful Frugal Rain Chain

Material Needed for the Rain Chain:

Materials needed for Frugal Rain Chain

Materials needed for Frugal Rain Chain

  • Chain to match your buckets or pails
    • Enough to reach from your gutter or eaves trough to the ground plus about one foot
  • Buckets or pails of your choice
  • Large Washers (one for each bucket or pail)
    • They have to be large enough not to slide through the chain links
  • Bolt with nut (one set for each bucket or pail)
    • The bolts have to be small enough to slide through the chain links
  • Drill for drilling the holes in the bucket or pail
  • chassis punch or regular punch
  • Container or another bucket for the bottom of the chain to drop
  • Rocks or gravel to place in the above container
    • The rocks or gravel will keep the chain from blowing in the wind
  • Rain Chain Gutter Installer
    • You will need one if your desire is to place the rain chain in the gutter downspout area

My husband drilled a pilot hole first in each bucket.  He used 5/8 inch hole and then used the chassis punch to make the hole large enough for the chain to fit through the bottom of the bucket.  Sorry, the picture is a little out of focus but I wanted you to see the pilot hole and then the actual plug removed using the punch.

Hole cut outs from bucket used in simple beautiful rain chain

Hole cutouts from bucket used in simple beautiful rain chain

Then he put the chain on the first bucket.  The bucket was secured in place on the chain using the bolt through the washer and placing the nut on the bolt to keep everything in place.  He estimated where the buckets would go and put all the buckets in place for a test fit.

Using a washer and wood screw he secured the chain to the eave of the house.  We didn’t put the chain in the actual gutter because we already have gutters and downspouts in place.  If we removed the downspout there would be unsightly holes in the stucco from the bracket attachments to the house.  Having the chain in the gutter wasn’t as important to me because like I previously said we don’t get a lot of rain here.  I just really like the look of the rain chains.

Do you like rain chains too?  Please leave us a comment.

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