I have been wanting one for a long time. A nice barrel is pricey. Our solution was to make our own.
There is a downspout at the back of our house in one of my flower beds. A perfect place for our rain barrel.
Chuck bought a barrel from a landscaper off of Craigslist for $15. He cut the top off and scrubbed it out.
After the ground was level the barrel was put up on blocks. I wanted to be able to put a watering can under the spout. Chuck then did some fancy stuff that I don't really get. He drilled holes added pipe and a hole in the lid for the down spout. Routed the downspout into the barrel and then was ready to enclose it.
He then built panels with the fence to cover the pretty green barrel. Drilled a hole in fence and added this pretty little spout.
I plan to paint this a beige using some leftover house paint. Most of the barrels we saw online were $100+ we were able to complete this little project for about $45. Rain is in the forecast for the weekend and I am excited to see this fill up!