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I recently had a few 55 plastic drums laying around that I had made homemade rain barrels out of. Well, I no longer needed them and they were just taking up space out by the shed. Rather than throw them out, I came up with the idea of cutting them up and making some planters out of them. I was downsizing my garden this year, and liked the idea of containers where I could control my soil a little better. Large plastic planters can be expensive, so this was a way to save some money. These types of plastic drums are easy to find on Craigslist or local classifieds. They’re commonly used to ship soaps for power washing and other detergents, and these large companies often list them for sale.

Drill a 1/2" hole in the drum Cut two halves using a jigsaw Two planters made from one barrel

Cutting them up is really easy. If you have a jigsaw, it cuts through the plastic like butter. You’ll end up having to go slow just to keep your lines straight. First, drill a 1/2” hole along the seam. The seams actually make a nice guide. Then it’s just a matter of sticking in your saw blade and going to town. You’ll end up with a middle piece that you can just cut up and throw away. Now you have two large, plastic halves ready to plant in. You can drill holes in the bottom for drainage or leave the bung out. I think I’ll grow strawberries in mine…