Easy Stand Alone Rain Barrel from a Garbage Can

Want to make watering your garden easier? Here’s a rain barrel project you should definitely consider. It’s easy, simple and takes only one hour to build!

Garbage Can Rain Barrel

Using garbage cans to make rain barrels is very common, but what’s different about this design is that it’s a stand-alone unit. It doesn’t have a provision for connecting to a gutter or a downspout as it’s meant to collect rainwater directly.

It features a 20-gallon container instead of the usual 55-gallon drum, which is perfect for those who simply want an additional and convenient water source for their plants.

Place this where water is not easily accessible and you won’t have to go back and forth collecting water from your house or short hose anymore. Just make sure not to put it under a tree or you won’t be able to collect as much rainwater as possible!

Do you need this kind of rain barrel in your garden?

You’ll need these materials:

  • 20-gallon Garbage Can with Lid
  • Mosquito Screen
  • Waterproof Duct Tape
  • Valve Spigot with Bulkhead Fitting
  • Teflon Tape
  • Eletrical Wire
  • Pressure Treated Timber (2×4’s, 2×6’s, and 4×4’s)
  • Wood Screws
  • 2 Metal Hooks
  • 2 Carabiner Style Bungee Cords

And these tools:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Drill with Holesaw
  • Wrench
  • Circular Saw


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You can get step-by-step instructions from Ash and Eileen over at Just Measuring Up!


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