How to Build a Rain Barrel

Build it yourself for less than $100.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Cordless drill

Hole saw, 2-1/4 in

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 55-gal. barrel with lid
  • 4x4 treated lumber and construction screws or stainless steel lags, if you build a stand to elevate the rain barrel(s)
  • 2-in. male threaded electrical (gray PVC) conduit adapter
  • 2-in. female threaded electrical (gray PVC) conduit adapter
  • Silicone caulk
  • Threaded electrical PVC coupler
  • Sections of 2-in. PVC pipe
  • Glue
  • Unions reducers and valves
  • Screen