7 Resourceful Ways to DIY a Compost Bin

There are a myriad of reasons why you should be composting regularly, including that doing so ultimately lessens the amount of organic waste you send to landfills, saving you and your community valuable time and resources. In addition, adding compost to your soil strengthens and improves it, via invaluable nutrients and microorganisms, which subsequently improve your plant growth. If you’ve been inspired to compost this spring and summer, you might enjoy this run down of creative compost bin ideas — DIY-er-approved, of course. 


Using: Woven Willow 

While this DIY was originally formulated as a how-to in creating an elevated flower bed, the premise would work well for a compost bin as well. Ensure you are weaving the rods as tightly as possible, as to better contain the compost  when the structure is in use.  

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Using: A Plastic or Resin Wheeled Compost Tumbler 

For something that is completely enclosed, this DIY bin using a plastic tumbler is simple in concept, plus it includes a useful rotation feature in the design. 

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Using: Terracotta Pots 

It’s not an unreasonable thing to want your compost bin to be visually cohesive with the rest of your pots and planters, and this DIY idea achieves just that! 

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Using: Wire Paneling  

If you’re not overly worried about your compost being visible, this welded wire utility fence idea is great for composting leaves and cultivating mulch.  

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Using: A Wine Barrel

Finally, a sincerely sustainable reason to drink more wine!  

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Using: Cinder Blocks 

For pest- and rodent-proof composting, we love the idea of using cinder blocks to form the bin. As an added perk, this bin would be easy to disassemble come winter.  

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Click Here for details and instructions,  and Here for more creative cinder block DIY ideas. 

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Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance writer/editor based out of Toronto.

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