Dress up your rain barrel with a bit of paint and creativity.
Many gardeners are using discarded food containers to create affordable rain barrels. Though functional they may not fit in with your landscape design.
You can fix that. Start by wiping down the barrel with a one-to-one mixture of vinegar and water.
Next roughen up the surface of the barrel with a piece of fine grit sand paper to help the paint stick.
Brush off any debris and apply a coat of primer designed for plastics.
Now we're ready to start painting. Dawn has started by drawing the design on the barrel first. Once the drawing is complete she can begin painting with exterior latex paint. The ladybug is another one of Dawn's pieces of rain barrel artwork.
And don't worry if you are not an artist – just pick up some stencils or invite the kids to get involved.