6 Unusual and Creative (Re)Uses of Plastic Drums

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plastic barrelUnused items make for good small home projects – and that applies to the barrels in your garage, too. What you’ll make doesn’t have to be the typical compost bin, as there are creative ways to reuse your drums. Here are a few of them you can do over the weekend:


Yes, you read that right; a plastic drum barrel functions well as a boat. Its main material is buoyant, so all you need to do is tweak it a little before you head off to the lake. For starters, cut the drum in half vertically, attach the pieces together, and build the boat’s frame with a few PVC pieces and you’re done.

Dog House

With a little creativity, you can convert your old plastic drum into a kennel for your pooch. A 55-gallon barrel is enough to house a medium-sized dog comfortably. Not only does this give your pet a cool and sustainable place to crash, it also makes cleaning and maintenance easier.

Garden Furniture

For the true DIY enthusiast, the great challenge is to build an outdoor chair out of a drum. Fortunately, it’s doable – and there’s even an instructional guide on how to make one. Furniture like this would certainly make your garden greener and more fun.

Hydroponic Garden Pots

If you want to venture into gardening, an old plastic barrel can be your starting point. The best part is you wouldn’t have to deal with dirt, as a plastic drum is a great choice for hydroponic gardening. That old barrel in the garage can save you hundreds of dollars in making DIY pots for your hydroponic garden.

Pet Feeder

It’s time to say goodbye to all those commercial feeders you have at home. With a plastic drum and some manual work, you can customize a feeder for your beloved pet. The good thing about this is you can get the right size, so your pet wouldn’t have to swoop down just to eat. Plastic drum feeders work for almost all domesticated animals – from dogs to sheep.

Outdoor Sink

This one is for large drums – and of course, for those who want a sink near their grill. A 55-gallon drum is large enough for a sizable sink outdoors. With a wood frame and some carpentry, you can build this in one day.

Recycling doesn’t always have to be about the furniture you can no longer use. The stuff in your garage could be recycled, too. Use these ingenious ideas and breathe new life into your old plastic drums.