Saw a barrel in two halves, and drill a hole to allow a garden hose through.
Don't forget to drill a little drainage hole in the bottom. I did.
Since May it only rained twice and -of course- last week after I finished we had a shower. I found two inches of water in my new garden hose holder :-)
The planter comes extra, with no additional effort
Project 2: umbrella stand
Another easy project. I drilled holes in the barrel heads, and ran a 2 inch PVC pipe through it. This acts as a guide for the umbrella pole, so you do not need to search for the bottom hole when inserting the umbrella. Voila, ready.
Searching for more inspiration on the Internet, I found examples of a hammock, folding chair, a side-table, and even a wine tasting bar counter.