Copper Rain Chain Succulent Planter

I spotted a copper rain chain and thought of how pretty it would be with plants in it. A fabulous succulent planter. Fast forward two hours later, the help of a lot of little hands and two eight year olds ‘directing’ me on how I should have tackled this project, I finished it all up and prayed that the succulents would survive.


  • Copper Rain Chain
  • Succulents (I used the super small plants in 2″ containers)
  • Cheesecloth
  • A Garden Hook or something to hang the chain from Potting Soil (I used postting soil for cactus and succulents, helps the water drain better)


Unwrap packaging and lay all pieces out. Cut a small piece of cheesecloth out and press to the bottom of the copper container. This is used to let water pass, but keep the soil in. Put a tiny amount of potting soil in on the cheesecloth. Add plant and fill in extra space with potting soil.

Add hook into one side, thread through the above container and hook into the opposite side. Hang in desired location

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 6 questions
  • Cherie
    on Oct 2, 2018

    I'm just curious if the water will run through or will the plants be sitting in water after it rains? Wouldn't want the roots to rot

    • Patty
      on Oct 4, 2018

      I don't think you'd still use it as a rain chain,would you? A lot of rain coming off a gutter could destroy the plants. Maybe hang it from somewhere where it gets regular rain instead of a gusher.

  • Gra27294209
    on Oct 7, 2018

    I love this project I think I just may have to try this I love to decorate my yard and I adore succulants !

    But with these in the rain wont it be to much water?

    Thanks for your Idea!

  • Rory McBean
    on Sep 26, 2019

    Succulents don't like a lot of water. My rain chain (sans plants) gets rain from my roof, and the rain water hits those little cups with a lot of force; enough to drive the plants and soil out of the containers.

    Have you had that happen?

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  • Joan Stanley
    on Sep 26, 2019

    I use coffee filterpapers to line plant pots. Cheap, easy and works great to keep dirt in and let water out.

  • Donna Harwell Phelan
    on Sep 28, 2019

    Don't hang it at the roof eaves to catch rain like the chain is made for and hang from a tree instead. It'll get less water that way.

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