DIY Dollar Store Rain Chain and a Giveaway Winner!


Happy Wednesday, Friends! Today I'm announcing the winner of my recent blogiversary giveaway, but first I have a fun dollar store project to share with you--a darling little rain chain that you can whip up in no time...


DIY dollar store rain chain


Whether it's an upcycled sign, thrifty centerpiece, or creative uses for favor bags, this girl loves to craft with dollar store supplies and I know many of you do, too. Creating a DIY rain chain has been on my mind since spring and I finally figured out a simple, thrifty way to do it. First, you'll need vinyl coated paper clips and mini metal buckets. I found mine at Dollar Tree.


DIY dollar store rain chain


You'll also need a hammer, a tiny nail and equally tiny eye screws. You're going to use the hammer and nail to make a tiny hole in the bottom center of the bucket. You'll want to barely tap it and stop just as the nail makes the hole. See how much of my nail is still visible?


DIY dollar store rain chain


Next, remove the nail and twist in the eye screw, so it looks like this. Repeat this process for each bucket. 


DIY rain chain


Did you ever make paper clip chains when you were younger? Well for this project, you can embrace your inner child by using the paper clips to create the chain. Attach two to the bucket handles, and two to the eye screws on the bottoms.


DIY rain chain


I picked up these little enamel watering cans at a yard sale ages ago, and they were the original inspiration for my rain chain. Since they're actually napkin rings, they'll be more decorative than functional, but the buckets will be both. {You can see another way I repurposed napkin rings, here!


DIY dollar store rain chain


Here, the clips are attached to the handles of the watering cans because the napkin rings don't have bottoms. If you use mini watering cans that do have bottoms, you can attach eye screws to them too, if preferred. Alternate bucket-two paper clips-watering can-two paper clips, etc. to create the chain. The buckets come three to a package, so if you can't find any mini watering cans, you can always use two packages of buckets. {If your dollar store doesn't carry these supplies, I've included links at the bottom of the page.}


DIY dollar store rain chain
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DIY dollar store rain chain


Now for that announcement I promised! At the end of May, I hosted a giveaway to celebrate four years of blogging and all of my faithful readers. I am excited to announce the giveaway winner.... Linda, from Itsy Bits and Pieces! Congratulations, Linda! As promised, you'll receive a gift package from my organic herb shop, Secret Garden Herbs which includes an assortment of organic seeds plus a jar of organic rosemary sea salt. Thanks so much to everyone who left kind comments and participated in the giveaway. 

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16 comments:

  1. That is very cute Cecilia! Where did you place it? I think rain chains are so cool and yours is perfect for a gardener.
    Congratulations to Linda! I love my jar of rosemary sea salt! It's just divine!

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  2. Such a good idea! I saw one at Tuesday morning super expensive can't wait to make my own!

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  3. This is so cute Cecilia! I REALLY need to get to the Dollar Store. Since I began working from home I don't get out as much haha! I used to drive right by one so I was in there alot -- probably too much. Have you tried the rain chain yet?

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  4. Such a cute craft Cecilia! Love those little buckets! And I especially like that this is easy...or at least, you made it LOOK easy! Congrats to Linda! The rosemary sea salt sounds amazing.

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  5. This is so cute! I'm pinning this and will be on the lookout for items to make this for sure!

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  6. What a fun idea!! Pinning. :)

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  7. so cute! I saw one at a craft fair made from bells...

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  8. Adorable and a great idea. I love the little watering cans.

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  9. I have been looking at rain chains at garden stores and they are so expensive! What a cute way to make one!

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  10. You see a rain chain, I see a banner! ;) And a beautiful one at that! Congrats to Linda. Yay!

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  11. Thank you so much! I am so excited to receive my goodies! The rain chain is such a fun idea!

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  12. How cool is that? I've heard of rain chains but never seen one as ingenious as this! You definitely rock the Dollar Store/Tree world!
    xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

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  13. How adorable Cecilia. I just love the way you used paper clips to make the chain. That so ingenious.

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  14. What a fabulous idea; these are so cute!

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