How to build a Compost Bin

By | March 29, 2012
How to build a compost bin

Have you seen the trend yet on the blog, I am in full Spring mode and have really been out working in the yard a lot.  Last week I decided that I wanted to try and make a compost bin this year so that we have some great dirt next year and so that we can do something with all the left over veggies and coffee grounds we use.  My husband as started calling me a hippie with my composting, veggie planting, and recycling crafts.  I take it as a complement and will keep on with my hippie ways!

This project is actually so easy you can do it in just minuets, but that is no fun!  And I did not want a big ugly trash can sitting in my yard so I decided that before we started composting we needed to paint our trash can and make it pretty.

While we were painting my daughter told me “This was the best idea ever Mommy!”  Man I love that kid!!

So this is How to build a Compost Bin.

Check out our Gardening and Spring Pintrest boards for more great ideas!


Trash can with secure lid
Paint (you can omit but what is the fun in that?)


Start by painting your trash can, we choose a nice Spring seen with flowers.
After the paint is dry drill about 10 holes in your bin.  I also put holes on the bottom for drainage but you don’t have to.
Find a good shaded place for your bin.  It can get some sun but you don’t want it to get too much, it will dry out your compost.
It is also a good idea to stir up your compost every few days, you can do this by rolling your bin around or using a big stick to stir it up inside the bin.

What to compost?

Coffee and filter
Egg Shells
Paper Towels
Shredded News Paper
Grass Clippings
Yard Trimmings
Fireplace Ashes
Go to this link to find a full list of what to compost and what Not to compost

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8 thoughts on “How to build a Compost Bin

  1. Gen

    We’re so cheap we just dig a hole and dump our compost there. Composts really quick that way! Wish I had a pretty compost bin like this though. Egg shells take FOR EVER to compost, so I actually just throw them in the garbage. We only compost so it doesn’t end up in land fills.
    You got a really nice blog here! New follower. Saw your stacked garden pots on the Craft-O-Maniac facebook page btw.

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  3. saireigne07

    Composting with kids has educational benefits. They will learn about the natural process over time. However, if you don’t have time to do compost bin outside, you could still enjoy it inside your house by using compost container.

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