DIY Creative Compost Bin for Your Garden

Consider making your own compost bin if you want to get rich soil for your garden and get rid of food waste in an eco-friendly way. You can save money by building your own compost bin instead of buying one. Composting is a simple process that mixes green waste (like fruit, vegetables, weeds, eggshells, and coffee grounds) and brown waste (like dry leaves, sticks, cardboard, and newspaper) until everything breaks down. The nutrient-rich mixture that you get can be used to feed plants and make the soil better.

Here are 15 ways to make your own compost bins at home.


Our first “Practically Functional” tutorial is how to make a compost bin with all the details you want. The bottom is open so you can get to the soil, and my favorite part is that you can easily open the lid with one hand to dump in kitchen scraps. Lots of photos, drawings, and step-by-step instructions.


Making a worm bin is a great way to start composting, and it doesn’t take up as much space as a big composter. You only need a drill and a couple of 5-gallon buckets. This project will show you how to make a worm bin and how to put worms in it. Use that golden dirt, and that’s all you need to do. You’ll need at most an hour to make this worm bin from Attainable Sustainable, which costs less than $5.

I recommend you go to David’s “” if you need further information about the best worms for worm composting.

Source: Attainable Sustainable

If you want to get serious about the three-bin system, this homemade DIY compost bin from “Apartment Therapy” even looks good. Their post has links to where you can find the plans for this project.

Using a trash can to make a compost bin is a great way to start a compost pile quickly and cheaply. To build it, you will need a plastic trash can with a lid and a few other things. Then you can put things in the compost bin the way it says to. You’ll have a trash can full of dirt you can use in your garden before you know it. It will take you less than an hour to finish the whole project.

Source: The Spruce


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Here is a free DIY compost bin plan from Mike’s Backyard Nursery. This is a good option for someone who wants a permanent place for compost but doesn’t want to spend a lot of money. The frame of this plan is made from wood pallets, and some hardware holds everything together. Pallets are easy to find for free, so this is a cheap way to compost.

So we love that this garbage can DIY compost bin by “Full Measure of Happiness” is small and easy to make. But that site has gone to the big bloggers’ graveyard in the sky… No worries, keep reading!


If you want to start a compost pile outside, this plan will show you how to keep it safe. The compost pile is fenced in with cheap chicken wire, but any kind of wire fencing will do. This compost bin is easy to change in size so that it fits in the space you have.


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Toni at “The Happy Housewife” has a full tutorial on how to make a DIY compost bin out of a garbage can, which is good news for all of us! Love the pictures of her boys “turning” the bin.

With some holes for air flow, a plastic tote can be easily turned into a compost bin. You only need a large tote and a drill to make the holes for this project from Just Call Me Homegirl. Because this DIY compost bin is low to the ground, it’s also a great way to get kids interested in composting.

So, maybe you don’t have any cute little boys (or girls!) to help you move your compost bin around the yard. (Or maybe you do, but they don’t think it’s fun to play with anymore.): This trash can composter from “Instructables” is based on the same principle but features a rotating platform instead of a fixed bin. Pretty smart!


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