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How to make my Tipsy Rain Chain

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Catch the music of falling rain with chains embellished with vintage metal cookie cutters and miniature funnels. Used in place of downspouts, these decorative chains channel rain into collectors such as splash guards, barrels, birdbaths, or bowls filled with decorative stones. Allow 2–3 hours for assembly.

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TIPSY RAIN CHAIN, WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Start with two long chains that will reach from the opening in a rain gutter to your rain collector. Chains should be about the weight of a standard dog collar, thin enough to slip through the holes in small funnels and cookie cutters. A hardware store can cut chains to any length.

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TO EMBELLISH THE CHAINS, be creative with shapes and sizes of the funnels and cookie cutters … Here`s what we used:

• A medium–sized metal funnel for the top
• 6 small metal beverage funnels (we purchased these on the Internet/eBay)
• 5 or 6 vintage cookie cutters, with self handles (holes on either side of raised handle)
• A piece of metal coat hanger, approximately 14 inches long (cut with wire cutter)
• Large jump rings or small chains to connect main chains (from jewelry supply)
• One large S–hook
• Needle–nose pliers
• Rain collector or splash guard, we used a birdbath with a glass bowl

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To make rain chain, lay two chains side by side on the floor. Starting at the top, thread one chain through largest funnel, attach chain to S–hook, crimp closed (see diagram). Attach second chain to first, just under the funnel, using a jump ring. Lay out mini funnels and cookie cutters on floor to determine spacing of pieces. To attach a small funnel, thread one chain through funnel. Hold in place by linking both chains with jump rings just below (see diagram at top of this page). To attach cookie cutter, thread a chain through each of the holes on either side of the handle. Hold in place with jump rings just beneath it. Distribute tipsy pieces evenly. Hang chain in place of a downspout and place a rain collector beneath.

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