How to Make a Trash Can Rain Barrel

Rain barrels are the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the rain by collecting it and using it to water everything from houseplants to a full garden.  You can purchase them in home stores and hardware stores, but they are pricey. This DIY project is so easy to do and the savings keep growing as your water bill goes down.

Project Shopping List

*Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.

  • 55-gal. barrel with lid ($35-40)
  • 4×4 treated lumber and construction screws or stainless steel lags, if you build a stand to elevate the rain barrel(s)
  • 2-in. male threaded electrical (gray PVC) conduit adapter
  • 2-in. female threaded electrical (gray PVC) conduit adapter
  • Silicone caulk
  • Threaded electrical PVC coupler
  • Sections of 2-in. PVC pipe
  • Glue
  • Unions reducers and valves
  • Screen

Here are 2 examples we found to spark your imagination and creativity. By adding more PVC piping you can have as many barrels as you need for the size of your garden or area to be watered. By putting them up on cement blocks or a wooden table, you can fill your watering cans easier or attach a hose for the larger gardens.





All images obtained from Google images


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