Convert a tall, plastic planter into a beautiful AND functional barrel to collect rain water. An easy way to water your garden without running up your water bill.
What I Used
- my planter* (currently out of stock😏)
- tall, narrow planter*
- another option*
- love this color*
- beverage dispenser spigot*
- drill bit*
- stepping stones*
This project is so easy!! Drill a hole, attach the spigot, let it rain!
Select Spout Location
You want your spigot to be located as close to the bottom as possible so you have as much water pressure as possible while still being able to slip your watering can under it for fill ups.
Mine is about 4 inches up. I know I’ll never use ALL of the water in there at one time. Plus I planned to prop up my ‘barrel’ on some stepping stones we already had to add some height for dispensing. The stepping stones also add a solid foundation for the barrel!
Now drill your hole. Separate the spout from the washer and nut and twist spout into the hole from he outside. Tighten the washer and nut from the inside onto the spout piece. You may need some adjustable pliers to get it water-tight.
Set in place on a level area, with or without stepping stones, and voila! You have a planter rain barrel.
If you already have a downspout installed, you’ll need to cut it to fit your new barrel. I like that our downspout is about 2 inches into the barrel so it helps hold it in place.
Can’t wait for all of the rain I’ll be able to reuse to water our indoor and outdoor potted plants! The kids will be able to have free rein and ‘waste’ as much as they want watering our dirt too!
If you have sprinklers to water your lawn between rains, check out my video on adjusting rotary and pop-up sprinklers so you aren’t wasting any water on your driveway or street. Inexpensive fixes can save you money!
Thanks for Checking In! ~Chelsea
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