Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Rain Barrel on the cheap

So yesterday we made a rain barrel to water our new fruit trees. I looked on line and here and there for rain barrels and was shocked at the price on them. I built ours for around $14 dollars, and people our selling them for upwards of $100.  I found all kinds of directions and price range for building them online and was still shocked at the price people were giving out to build these, I knew I could have one and not cost a arm and leg for one.


plastic barrel or trash can (works to) $5
male faucet $4.69
1 large washer $1.55
1 o ring $0.30
screen (we already had some old window screen)
nut $1.00
drill and spade bit (slightly smaller than faucet)

we cut the top off then drilled a hole slightly smaller than threaded area of  faucet(in lower area of barrel about 2inches from bottem), then we put large washer on faucet end and threaded it in the whole
hole put o ring on then nut and that part is finished. ( you could also put on thread tape to but mine didn't leak so I called it good and didn't)
we then attached screen over top to prevent leaves and junk from getting in. I just screwed the screen in around barrel sides, you could use rope or if you have one with removable lid sandwhich screen between them.
put alittle water in and check for leaks, no leaks your good :)
we used some scrap wood we had lying around to build a base to keep off ground and help gravity.
This all took less than a hour to do and it rained last night and we got good rain water to water the fruit trees with..
Now if your worried about mosiqutoes (?) I have read that you can put those disk for standing water and someone suggested small amount of bleach, I will cross this bridge later. 
I eventually plan on letting little one paint it, she wants to paint it black and white to look like a milk cow.
I will post pictures as soon as it stops raining, forgot to take pics while building it. oops.


  1. Very nice post to DIY rain barrel. Do you mind posting the picture of the end product?

  2. I will get a picture up hopeful today, if not tomorrow. today is the first day it hasn't rained so alot of clean up to do outside after 9 days of rain...