Hippie Finally gets her Sh*t Together and Does Something

Lazy rain barrel.

A year-and-a-half ago I bought this beautiful wine barrel on Craigslist, with the idea of making a rain barrel out of it. To be clear, I have tons of interest in making things that are useful to me. The problem is, however, that I have much less interest in ruining cool things because I have tons of interest in making things that are useful to me. And so, the wine barrel sat at the side of our house for six seasons without so much of a glance.

Action shot! Go rain barrel! Woohooooo!

The lack of rain this year finally broke me down, and two hardware store trips later, I have a pretty little rain barrel that I don’t even think I ruined. And, I kid you not, it took no more than fifteen minutes to do it, and $15 (besides for the cost of the wine barrel, which was much more expensive). And that doesn’t even account for the contact high I was rewarded with when the deeply-oaked whiskey fumes escaped holes I drilled.  My tools:

A hand-drill. A drill bit. A faucet. A plug (for the barrel hole).

I’ll be putting a screen over the top to stop the mosquitoes from mak’in babies in it, but for now I’m just pooped from finally having done something. Whew.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Erica on 10.19.2012 at 5:13 pm

    The rain barrel has to be covered like that or it will be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.


  2. Now that I’m finally a real grown up, I’ve discovered that it is a lot easier to do things – anything – than I ever thought it was. However, I don’t understand how this rain barrel works. Do you keep it under your gutters too?


    • I feel that way, too! We don’t have a gutter (because the roof is too steep to make it worthwhile, is what I hear)…so I just keep the rain barrel under a corner of the roof where a lot of water pours down during rain.


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