Do you wish you had a rain barrel to harvest rain water from your roof, but don’t want to spend $100’s or settle for an ugly blue plastic container?
Good! I think you CAN have a pretty, aesthetically pleasing rain barrel for CHEAP!
Check out how easy it can be…
Why does something as simple as harvesting run off rain water from your roof have to be so pricey?
Answer: Because it’s trendy.
There are ridiculously priced rain barrels out there that everyone has seen, like these planter/rain barrel combos for $100 and up!
Then, of course, there is the CISTA rainwater harvesting system that looks amazing, but who knows what the price tag on that bad boy will be? (My guess is $300+.)
So how can you build your own rain barrel that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg and that you will actually want people to see?
Let us help!
Top 3 Affordable and Attractive DIY Rain Barrel Ideas
#1 ) Use An Ugly 55 Gallon Barrel – Then Grow Flowering Vines On It
One of my absolute favorite (and cheapest) DIY rain barrel ideas is from designer Michelle Kaufmann.
Michelle shares the idea of just spending about $10 to get any cheap 55 gallon barrel.
Then she suggests growing beautiful vines up around it on cheap wire mesh and placing potted flowers or plants on top to completely hide it!
Check out her awesome how-to video for this cheap and attractive DIY rain barrel:
Michelle Kaufmann also shows you how to ditch your downspout and make your own rain chain to carry your rain water to your new rain barrel!
Here’s the video:
#2) Ugly Barrel + Paint + Potted Plants = One Dang Pretty Rain Barrel
Another cheap and easy way to make an attractive rain barrel is to find a cheap or free 55 gallon barrel and paint it to match your landscaping, home, or give it a terra cotta look.
If you can’t or don’t want to grow vining plants around it, as in Michelle Kaufmann’s idea above, you could simply place some potted plants or flowers on the top or sides.
If you choose creeping plants, they’ll look nice falling over the side of the barrel..
#3) Reuse An Old Barrel
You can see a finished example of this type of rain barrel in the lead picture above from Kent Rasmussen’s Lincoln Green Scene profile.
What do you think about these 3 ideas?
Do you think you could make one of them work for your home?
Have you found another way to make a rain barrel that you’ll actually want to incorporate into your landscape, not hide behind a fence?