Made a new rain barrel this year!
here is a photo of the old one:
I made a video of the new one:
I didnt really explain in the video:
I only cut two openings in the trash can..one for the downspout..
I tried to make the hole as close to the dimensions of the spout as possible,
I traced the end of a small piece of downspout to make an outline on the lid,
then cut out the hole with a dremel tool and a cutoff wheel.
then cut out a small round opening for the drain tube, and screwed in a threaded PVC fitting,
and added a short length of PVC tube..
I didnt keep track of prices..but the whole thing was probably around $25..
trash can, piece of plastic gutter, plastic downspout, two downspout "elbows"
and the drain fittings..