Rain Chains

You know what’s perfect on a rainy day besides a good book and a roaring fire? Listening to the soothing sounds produced by a rain chain. There is something very zen-like about hearing the trickle of water during a light rain, or the roar of whitewater during a downpour!

Rain chains were originally created in Japan to gather rainwater from rooftops, the most ornate were installed on temples. For modern-day Americans, they’re a beautiful way to decorate exterior spaces or replace downspouts with something more artistic. They can be hung from eaves and gutters, or if you prefer, simply from a tree.

Rain chains come in a host of options. Copper or lead, aluminum or bamboo, and even themed options such as wine glasses and butterflies.

You may want to make your own rain chain. You can choose from plenty of simple DIY options. Take a look at some of our favorite rain chains. Hopefully, you’ll see something that inspires you to give a rain chain a home in your outdoor spaces.

Copper Fish Rain Chain

Copper Fish Rain Chain

Adorn your home with the unparalleled beauty of copper and whimsical fish. Over time, your copper rain chain will develop a beautiful patina.

Buy it at Amazon

Dragonfly Rain Chain

Dragonfly Rain Chain

Crafted of iron, and affixed with dragonflies, this rain chain brings a touch of summer to every season.

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Umbrella Rain Chain

Umbrella Rain Chain

Cleverly playing up its own function, this umbrella themed rain chain is 68″ long and made of iron.

Buy it at Amazon

Iron Bird Rain Chain

Iron Bird Rain Chain

Perfect for the avian enthusiast, this rain chain brings feathered friends to your yard no matter what the weather.

Buy it at Amazon

Lily Cup Rain Chain

Lily Cup Rain Chain

Made of copper, this traditional lily cup rain chain is a lovely way to bring home decor to your outdoor space.

Buy it at Amazon

Square Block Rain Chain

Square Block Rain Chain

Lending a more masculine, modern look and feel to your outdoor space, this rain chain is crafted of square, black links and is made of aluminum for maximum protection against the elements.

Buy it at Amazon

Japanese Buttercup Rain Chain

Japanese Buttercup Rain Chain

If spring is your favorite season, you’re in luck with this rain chain. Created of pure copper buttercups, hang it from your gutter, or simply a tree in your backyard.

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Butterfly Rain Chain

Butterfly Rain Chain

Enjoy the delicate butterfly pattern winding up this rain chain as you listen to the soothing sound of each bucket filling with rainwater.

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Copper Cascading Leaves Rain Chain

Copper Cascading Leaves Rain Chain

If a Zen experience is what you’re after, this rain chain may do the trick. Not only is the sound of water soothing as it moves down the cascading, copper leaves, the entire piece is so aesthetically pleasing, it’s sure to be a favorite piece of art in your outdoor space.

Buy it at Amazon

Lotus Rain Chain

Lotus Rain Chain

This copper lotus rain chain comes with its green patina already intact. A perfect piece to blend into a natural, outdoor environment, providing a tranquil sound on rainy days.

Buy it at Amazon

Copper Double Link Rain Chain

Copper Double Link Rain Chain

For those whose tastes tend toward the modern, this double link rain chain is made of polished copper and is sure to add a touch of class to your home’s exterior.

Buy it at Wayfair

Pineapple Rain Chain

Pineapple Rain Chain

Let the universal symbol for “welcome” adorn your home in the form of this pineapple rain chain.

Buy it at Wayfair

Wine Glass Rain Chain

Wine Glass Rain Chain

Afraid to buy your wine snob friend a bottle? She’d probably love to receive this! A rain chain crafted of wine glasses.

Buy it at Wayfair

Driftwood Rain Chain

Driftwood Rain Chain

Crafted of pieces of driftwood, this rain chain is not only soothing to listen to, it’s soothing to look at as well.

Buy it at Wirezzz on Etsy

Stained Glass Rain Chain

Stained Glass Rain Chain

What about a rain chain that also works with the sun? Check out the beauty of this rain chain made of stained glass!

Buy it at Sarahbeth524 on Etsy

Chakra Rain Chain

Chakra Rain Chain

This multi-colored chakra rain chain represents the seven main energy centers of the body and is lovely in both the sun and the rain.

Buy it at Wild Child Creations JJ on Etsy

Wave Aluminum Rain Chain

Wave Aluminum Rain Chain

Modern art meets the outdoors in this cut metal rain chain made of aluminum.

Buy it at Steel Ribbons on Etsy

DIY Rain Chain Tutorials

DIY Rain Chain Tutorials

Prefer to DIY? Don’t miss these 11 tutorials on crafting your own rain chains with everything from clay pots to spoons!

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Copper Swirl Rain Chain

Copper Swirl Rain Chain

Add something both ornate and zen to your gutters with this rain chain made of swirled copper.

Buy it at Twists on Wire on Etsy

Upcycled Glass Bottle Rain Chain

Upcycled Glass Bottle Rain Chain

Repurposed old bottles come together into a beautiful piece that’s sure to add tranquility to the sights and sounds of your home.

Buy it at Hotkiln on Etsy

Copper Bell Rain Chains

Copper Bell Rain Chains

Giving off a pure sound, reminiscent of a wind chime, this copper bell rain chain will have you excitedly awaiting a rainy day.

Buy it at Rain Chains

Steel Leaf And Temple Bell Rain Chain

Steel Leaf and Temple Bell Rain Chain

Each leaf, linking to the next, holds a small bell, producing a light, tinkling sound when it rains.

Buy it at Wind and Weather

Nautical Rain Chain

Nautical Rain Chain

When it’s too rainy to be out on your boat, you’ll still be reminded of your love for all things water with this nautically themed rain chain.

Buy it at Rain Chains

Heart Rain Chain

Heart Rain Chain

There’s no such thing as too much love. Spread it around with this heart-themed rain chain.

Buy it at Wind and Weather

Cats And Dogs Rain Chain

Cats and Dogs Rain Chain

It’s raining cats and dogs! Perhaps the perfect gift for your animal-loving friend, or anyone who appreciates a good pun.

Buy it at Wind and Weather

Written by Jessica Barrett Halcom

Jessica is an outdoor enthusiast who can be found dreaming up any excuse to make her way to the woods, the mountains, or the beach. Growing up in the country in a small town in Wisconsin, she had aspirations of one day moving to a big city to make her living as a writer. Her love of the country won out over the city, and though she makes her living writing, she has chosen the hills of Tennessee as her home where she lives with her family.

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