I’m enamored with rain chains, perhaps it’s because we’re about to float away with all the rain we’ve gotten in the past few weeks. Or maybe it’s because I’ve been seeing them everywhere, whatever the reason, I love ’em!
What’s not to love?
If it’s true that, into every life a little rain must fall, why not give yourself a gift for those rainy days? Rain chains can be functional but they are also quite beautiful…all that lovely water flowing down through cups over links of chain…
…and coming to rest in a river rock basin.
Traditionally, rain chains are made of cooper, but I thought I’d try using one of my favorite things. If you’ve been hanging out with me this spring and summer, you know I’m nuts about all things Terra Cotta, so it was only natural for me to use sweet little Terra Cotta pots and a large Terra Cotta saucer.
Here’s what ya need, everything can be found at The Home Depot
* 10 little pots (you can use all in one size, I decided to try 2 sizes-either way if fine!)
*11 feet of chain~I used black
*Small section of a tiny chain (found this at The Home Depot in the Lighting area). A link of small chain goes through the hole in the pot to connect them to the larger link of chain.
*River Rocks (pond pebbles)
*Terra Cotta Saucer
*Needle Nose Pliers
~First I aged the Terra Cotta with the easy technique I showed you HERE. Giving Terra Cotta a patina adds character and it’s not hard at all!
The smaller of the two size pots I used had holes in the bottom that weren’t big enough so I CAREFULLY put the needle nose pliers into the hole, turned them around slowly making the hole bigger. (One of my pots cracked so be careful 🙂 )
Divide the chain into 8 equal parts & 2 longer sections for the top and the bottom. (Use the needle nose pliers to pry the links apart and reconnect them)
Connect the pots using a link of the smaller chain putting it through the hole then attaching it to another link of chain.
~The longer links of chain go on the top and the bottom, the length depends on where you’re hanging your rain chain.
You’ll want a bit of the chain landing in the saucer full of river rocks…
The rain water flows into the saucer and it’s kinda lovely with all those smooth stones…
I attached my rain chain to the gutter on my back deck where rain spills over. We can see it from inside the house and from the screen porch. It’s so pretty when it’s pouring rain. I know this because we’ve gotten to see it in action every day since I hung it up…pouring rain for days peeps 🙂
The Husband, that sweet man, helped me take pictures during a deluge…
We came inside soaking wet, him growling about the things he does for me and me tickled because I got to play in the rain 🙂
This was a quick and easy project and I’m thinking I picked the very best week of the year to make this little rain chain~
~Rain or shine, have a beautiful day my friends~