12 DIY Compost Bins | DIY Formula

12 DIY Compost Bins

Composting is a great way to recycle leaves, kitchen waste, and garden and grass clippings. There are many different recipes for homemade compost, and there are just as many ways to create a compost bin. Buying a compost bin can get expensive and can take a long time of searching to find one that fits into your home and style. Here are some compost bins that can be built at home. They range from easy to build to those that require power tools and skills. There are some that are fast to build, cheap to build and everything in-between. But what they all have in common is a great way to create a DIY compost bin to begin your recycling!

1. DIY The Perfect Compost Bin

To make the perfect compost bin, horticulturists at the University of California Cooperation created this tutorial. The compost bin is easy to make and use. It is also efficient at making compost. They also include their recipe for the best compost.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2-3 hours
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2. DIY Compost Tumbler

A rotating DIY compost bin is simple to make. This one requires a power tool to make the access panel and the aeration holes in the barrel, but the stand for the tumbler is easy and fast to make.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
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3. DIY Compost Bin

Better Homes and Gardens offers this tutorial to make a compost bin. It uses a drill and paddle bit to turn a garbage bin into a compost bin. It’s that easy and fast.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
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4. DIY Compost Pile Bin with no Power Tools

If you’re looking for a larger, pile DIY compost bin, this tutorial is the one for you. It doesn’t require any power tools to make, just a hammer and some nails.

Level of difficulty: Medium
Duration: 1-2 hours
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5. DIY Wooden Pallet Compost Bin

This wooden pallet DIY compost pile bin is simple and really fast to put together. It can be built in ten minutes and just uses a hammer and some nails. They also offer advice on how they set up the compost in the bin and some suggestions for keeping it going.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 10 minutes
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6. DIY Flow-Through Worm Compost Bin

If you want to have a worm compost bin, this tutorial will help a lot. This compost bin requires some power tools and skill to make, but the end result is a sturdy and helpful worm compost bin that lasts.

Level of difficulty: Medium
Duration: 1-2 hours
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7. DIY $20 Compost Bin

Here is another cheap and easy DIY compost bin. It is customizable to fit the space you have and goes together quickly and easily. If you build it with a handle, then it is also easily portable. The tutorial also goes through what to use in the compost bin and how to layer it for the best output.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 10 minutes
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8. DIY Indoor Compost Bin

Have an apartment with no balcony? This DIY compost bin is made for using and building inside the house. There are no drain holes like the other tutorials, so it requires paying more attention to keeping the compost damp instead of watering it and letting it drain. The tutorial walks you through their compost recipe, but it’s easy to follow and uses easy and cheap ingredients to start.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 10 minutes
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9. DIY Pipe Compost

Pipe composting isn’t so much of a bin as a direct way to compost straight into the soil. It is also called a worm tower and lets the worms break apart the compost while taking the nutrients to the garden.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 10 minutes
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10. DIY Urban Compost Bin

Another apartment DIY compost bin has holes for draining, but can still easily be used indoors. The bottom bin can capture the compost tea so it can be used instead of wasted.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
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11. DIY Rotating Compost Bins

Multiple DIY compost bins can be cycled through for a more efficient composting system. This way, there is always a bin open for use and three that are composting.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
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12. DIY Leaf Compost Bin

A simple leaf compost pile bin is made with just two things and 5 minutes. They can be built as needed.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 5 minutes
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Conclusion

There is no excuse for not composting with all these great DIY compost bins. There are options for large yards down to small apartments, for indoor and outdoor use. They can be combined for multiple uses, downsized, and made bigger. In fact, they could look your yard look spectacular, especially if you add a DIY fire pit to the mix. It all just depends on what you need! Do you know of any cool bins we missed, or have made your own? Share them with us!

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