How to Make a DIY Rain Gauge

This is a fun activity for kids and a great way to involve the whole family in a project. Instead of buying a rain gauge, you can easily make one at home with recycled items.

Rain gauges are great tools for gardeners and weather enthusiasts to track how much rain is falling. Children can enjoy using a rain gauge to track rainfall over time. Here’s everything you need to make your own rain gauge.


  • Plastic Bottle (1 or 2 Liter soda bottle is best)
  • Scissors or box cutter
  • Ruler
  • Clear Packing Tape
  • Paper Clips
  • Food Dye

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Best Rain Gauges for Weather Nerds

5 Best Rain Gauges for Weather Nerds

Whether you’re a gardener, lawn perfectionist, or just a weather nerd, there’s plenty of reasons to track rainfall at your home. Keeping on top of the rainfall amounts will help you maintain a healthy lawn and garden, preventing overwatering and drought stress. A rain gauge makes it easy, with affordable low-tech options or cool high-tech gadgets. Check out the comparison chart to see all of our favorites and then scroll down to read the reviews in the next section.
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