rain barrel adding height to flower arrangements

rain barrel flower arranging

rain barrel decor

Add some height to your containers with grapevines and then add some sparkle with colored wire and garden accessories!  I just love these rain barrels that are shaped like large urns in need of a lovely bouquet.  However, with a container this large, flowers can be easily overlooked without some height balancing out the large base.  Adding some grapevines, hot pink curled wire, stepping stone, and a crystal dragonfly clip really took this rain barrel from average to awesome.

Rain Barrel flowers

First we added the grapevine which not only adds height but also creates a place for flowers and vines to grow up.  Just tuck the ends deep into the dirt.  We also added a little ceramic frog tucked in under the flowers.  If you have an old grapevine wreath, you can soak it in the tub over night to loosen up and pull apart for new projects.

DSCN1951I just love this pink wire and it just shimmers in the sun.  Both the dragonfly and the pink wire were given to us in and adorable floral arrangement at our first fairy party so it was time to give them a new purpose.


I just tucked the wire into the dirt and wrapped up and along grapevines adding curls by wrapping wire around my finger as I went.  Then we added a stepping stone which offers a nice focal point to the design.

rain barrel decor and hello

Can you spot the cheat in the picture above?!!!!  Well, the flowers haven’t matured yet, so we decided to add a little color by popping in a couple peony cuttings.  SHHHHHHH!  Don’t tell anyone 🙂

Here is another rain barrel design using grapevines, copper wire, garden stakes, and spray painted golf balls…

rain barrel container flowers

rain barrel home design 2

The picture above shows what my rain barrel looked like the day of planting.  Scroll down to the end to see how beautifully the flowers  blossomed over the summer! 🙂

Rain Barrel


I gathered some more grapevines and garden accessories to try out with the flowers in my rain barrel.  The copper garden stakes once housed little vases that got broken so I decided to dig them out and give them a new purpose.


Golf balls fit nicely on the copper garden stakes but I decided they needed a little color, how about purple I thought 🙂

painted golf balls

Spray painting the golf balls was easier then painting my toes!


Ahhhhhhh, much better!  To wrap it up I just shortened a few of the copper garden stakes and voila…all done 🙂

rain barrel flowers

rain barrel flowers 2rain barrel flower arranging

So if you have some rain barrels or large urns that need some height or jazzing up, you may want to try some of these tips out.


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  1. paperworx4seniors2

    Such a smart idea, planting in rain barrels. Where do you find those and are they expensive? Your barrels are wonderful, great ideas using grapevines and wire. Anything you could put in there would be good, draws interest. Love how your little frog is peeking out from flowers. And the golf balls on wire so cute. I love to buy little critters, statues for my bakers rack on front porch, have bird houses, plants, little garden thingies. I wait til they go on sale at Family $ which is close to us and get when I go $tree if they have anything. Where do you find your chotsckes for your garden.
    Now I know why so many people here and in AZ have gravel for yards, too hot to grow things, I had some plants on our front porch in railing baskets and on railing but had to move them to more shade, they were croaking from heat. Had seedling sun flowers that died. Hubs tried to grow tomatoes in back yard but they died, we get strong afternoon sun out there as back of house faces West.
    Gardening is so popular again, great that so many people are growing some of own veggies, lots of flowers. I really enjoy reading/seeing great posts about gardening even tho I’m not gardner really, just some potted plants. When we lived in KY had lots of African Violets, won’t grow here too hot and dry.
    Great post, glad you shared your wonderful.

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