Decorate your Home: Rain Chains


Steel pipe, in the Philippines, is just one metal type that is widely used all over the nation because it can be used in many constructions, stonework, and concrete barriers in order to embrace and support the structure in place. Another use of steel or any metal for that matter is to create rain chains to decorate your lovely homes. Get to know how to make these rain chains!

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The idea originally came from Japan where it meant “chain-gutter” and also considered as a substitute for a downspout. There are a lot of rain chains in temples in different countries to show a relaxing and peaceful environment.  Rain chains, nowadays, are simply intended to serve as a decoration for homes. These are water-like features attached to the roof showing a transport of rainwater from the top flowing downwards towards to a storage basin. Picture rain chains as a group of metal containers set vertically with a hole in each container, connected altogether by a chain link. Water comes naturally whenever it rains, creating a beautiful and serene embellishment.


You mainly need to compile several metal materials to do your own rain chain or you can just simply buy one from hardware or décor stores! However, if you prefer to build your own rain chain, here are the suggested materials you need:

  • Chains
  • Basins
  • Copper
  • Plastic cups
  • Buckets
  • Spoons and forks
  • Yogurt cups
  • Plant pots
  • Recycled bottles or cups
  • Vases
  • Metal utensils
  • Funnels
  • Nails
  • Hard or strong glue
  • Paint
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Setting them up

Be ready to get handy! Expect to exert extra effort and caution as you connect the materials you chose. How you make it depends on the height of your home. Start connecting it to the roof of your home until before it hits the floor. Ensure that the sizes of the holes in each container you’ll use are enough for the rainfall to pour down and whether the chains will fit inside as well. Keep them glued or nailed altogether tight so that your effort will not be put to waste. Try to do your best to make the most beautiful rain chain you can. Match it to the architecture or designs around the house. It’s best to place these decors on your garden area.

Ideal designs

These are ideal creative suggestions that might help you in the rain chain you’ll do. Connect them using a strong chain.

  • Circles
  • Different shapes of circles
  • Pot by pot or bucket by bucket
  • Spoons, forks, and other metal materials
  • Painted or customized recycled materials
  • Different colored and style of plates
  • Glass bottles
  • Simple chains
  • Designed chains

Making a rain chain using deformed bars can help you if they are shaped in circles or might serve as a base for your DIY project or new buy. Especially living in a tropical country, the seasons are just dry or wet, so during the rainy seasons you’ll be enamored as you see and hear the raindrops that flow on your new rain chain. Collect everything you need to have to make your own rain chain now!



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