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Ideas for putting a sparkle into your rain garden. Everything from sparkly rain chains to water spout projects to how to collect rainwater.
Here in Britain our summers are hit or miss. They can be stunning with warmth and sunshine or we can have weeks of constant rain. On the plus side, it’s green here most of the time, on the down side, there’s less to enjoy about the garden when it’s soggy. The ideas below are for putting that sparkle back into your rainy garden. They include everything from clever rain chains to water spout ideas to how to collect rain water. Even if your summers are warm, bookmark some of these ideas for when the drizzle returns.
Rain water funnels down this clever wall piece shared by Elle Decoration
This DIY Sea Glass Stepping Stone looks pretty in rain or shine
This Wine Bottle Rain Chain was on Etsy but you could DIY it using these instructions on how to cut wine bottles. Use the tops of the bottles for the rain chain and the bottoms to make candles. If you don’t know what a rain chain is, it’s simply an artistic replacement for a water spout. Rain water from the roof funnels down it rather than a metal pipe. Rain chains direct the water while being a beautiful and sometimes musical feature.
A DIY Dry creek bed becomes a stream in the rain
Detailed instructions on how to build a Dry Steam Bed
Recreate rain drops in the garden by using crystals
Stack rocks to create a down-spout waterfall
Keep your feet out of the mud with these Leaf Stepping Stones
Mount watering cans on the wall for a whimsical water spout feature (source unknown)
If your garden is dull, brighten it up with cute Rain & Garden Boots
I couldn’t find a real source for this AMAZING water spout idea. I imagine you could DIY it using a wooden cut-out of a cloud painted black.
Collect rain water in this DIY Rain Barrel
Or make an artistic DIY Rain Barrel
Imagine the water pouring out of this Boot Water Spout!
If you’d rather buy than DIY, check out this gorgeous Umbrella Rain Chain
This might look like a garden path but it’s actually a Swale. Swales help to direct run-off to places you need them in the garden. Here’s how to build one in yours.
Or go all out and redirect rain fall into a Natural Swimming Pool
Collect rain water in these Stacked Stone Bird Baths
This incredible DIY rain water collection tank is made out of plastic bottles