Are you looking for a fun and creative way to compost your organic waste? If so, you’re in luck! There are many DIY composting bin projects that you can try out. You can create a stylish and functional compost bin that suits your needs by using recycled materials. So get creative and have some fun with your composting!
DIY Compost Bin From Pallets
Wooden pallets are sturdy and easy to move around. A good way to make use of them is to turn them into a DIY compost bin. You can place it against your back garden or on the side of your house, where you get the most sun exposure, so that heat keeps up circulation inside the bin. Here’s how:
- Get three wooden pallets about the same size and lay them on the ground side by side.
- Measure out six-inch gaps between each pallet so that you have a big cube of space for your organic waste to decompose.
- Stack two more pallets on top of the other three so that you have three levels.
- Add a little dirt to the bottom level of the pallets so that your compost pile doesn’t fall out when you turn it over later on.
- Cut some holes through each pallet using a jigsaw and make sure they’re big enough for organic matter to pass through.
- Use the pallets to separate your compost pile into three levels.
- When you’re ready to turn over your compost, disassemble the pallets and use the dirt that you previously added to each level for a head start in decomposition. After you’ve turned your compost pile, you can also re-stack the pallets for a more permanent compost bin.
DIY Compost Bin Using Wooden Logs
Aside from wooden pallets, another easily accessible material is wooden logs. If you have any lying around the house or in your garden, make use of them by turning them into a DIY compost bin. Here’s how:
- Cut three logs in half so that you have six circular pieces of wood.
- Stack one piece of wood on top of the other to form a square with four layers. Make sure they are level with each other by placing a thin object underneath if necessary.
- Carve out small holes in the top layer of wood using a sharp knife or chisel. These holes should be big enough to fit organic matter into but not too large that the material falls through.
- Drill a few drainage holes in the bottom of the compost bin so that water can escape.
- That’s it! Your compost bin is ready to use.
When you add organic matter to the top layer, it will fall through the holes and decompose in the bottom two layers.
DIY Compost Bin From A Trash Can
If you don’t have any wood lying around, you can also use a trash can to make a DIY compost bin. This is a great option if you live in an apartment or don’t have much outdoor space. Here’s how to do it:
- Find an old trash can with a lid at least two feet in diameter.
- Drill six holes on the side of the can at equal distances apart. The holes should be big enough for organic matter to fall through but small enough that the material doesn’t fall out when the trash can is moved around.
- Cut a hole in the lid of the trash can, using a sharp knife or scissors. This hole should be about two inches in diameter.
- Place the trash can in a sunny spot and add your organic matter to the top.
The compost should fall through the holes to the bottom of the can, where it will decompose. Then, when you’re ready to use your compost, simply turn over the entire trash can!
DIY Cinder Block Compost Bin
Cinder blocks are a cheap and easy way to make a DIY compost bin. They’re also very strong and sturdy, making them perfect for people who like to move their compost bins around. Plus, they’re readily available at any hardware store. Here’s how:
- Find a spot in your garden where you want to place your compost bin.
- Dig a hole that is two blocks wide and one block deep.
- Place the first cinder block into the hole, stacking it on the previous level.
- Place two cinder blocks on your first level to form a makeshift shelf for the next level.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have three levels of cinder blocks stacked on top of each other.
- Add organic matter to the topmost cinder block on your lowest level.
- Cover your compost bin with a tarp to protect it from rain.
- To turn over your compost, simply remove each of the cinder blocks one at a time and then use them to build another compost bin elsewhere in your garden!
DIY Wine Barrel Compost Bins
Wine barrels are another easily accessible material that you can turn into a compost bin. They’re sturdy, safe to use outdoors, and look good wherever they are! Here’s what you will need to make your own:
- Enlist the help of two other people to help you lift the wine barrel onto its side (it should now be open like a dolly).
- Cut the bottom out of the wine barrel using a saw.
- Drill drainage holes in the bottom of the wine barrel using a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the diameter of your drainage pipe.
- Cut two pieces of drainage pipe, each measuring two feet in length.
- Place the drainage pipe into the holes that you drilled in the bottom of the wine barrel.
- That’s it! Your compost bin is ready to use.
Just like with the other DIY compost bins, add organic matter to the top of your wine barrel, and it will fall through to the bottom, where it will begin to decompose.
There are many different ways to make a DIY compost bin, so choose the best option for you. All of these options are simple, cheap, and easy to follow. Plus, they are all done without the use of any power tools! So, even if you don’t have much experience at DIY work, you can make a compost bin with ease. Happy composting!