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
Adorn your home with the unparalleled beauty of copper and whimsical fish. Over time, your copper rain chain will develop a beautiful patina.
Dragonfly Rain Chain
Crafted of iron, and affixed with dragonflies, this rain chain brings a touch of summer to every season.
Umbrella Rain Chain
Cleverly playing up its own function, this umbrella themed rain chain is 68″ long and made of iron.
Iron Bird Rain Chain
Perfect for the avian enthusiast, this rain chain brings feathered friends to your yard no matter what the weather.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pineapple Rain Chain
Let the universal symbol for “welcome” adorn your home in the form of this pineapple 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.
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.
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!
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.
Wave Aluminum Rain Chain
Modern art meets the outdoors in this cut metal rain chain made of aluminum.
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!
Copper Swirl Rain Chain
Add something both ornate and zen to your gutters with this rain chain made of swirled copper.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Heart Rain Chain
There’s no such thing as too much love. Spread it around with this heart-themed 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.