DIY compost bins can turn your kitchen trash into garden treasure. Gardeners call compost ‘black gold’ because it’s so valuable to them and the plants they grow. Making a compost bin is not difficult, especially with any one of the 20 different DIY compost bin plans listed below. Styles range from simple and functional, to ornate pieces of yard art. By saving your kitchen food scraps and building a compost bin, you can create your own supply of black gold for your garden. Get started this weekend and use one of these detailed plans to build your own homemade compost bin.
Wood and Wire
Small strips of cedar wood are put together in a decorative pattern to create an attractive compost bin. The wire covering keeps all the scraps in place and promotes air circulation to hasten the composting process.
Vertical Milk Crates
Simple, easy and free (if you have access to 3 plastic milk crates). Stack 3 milk crates to hold compost that is in varying stages of decomposition for an easy kitchen compost bin.
These compost bin plans will show you how to build a rock bin that looks like an attractive piece of yard art. By using the same rock to build a firepit, retaining wall or other outdoor structures, the pieces will increase the beauty of the landscape while promoting sustainable living.
Sometimes the best compost bin is created from the simplest design. A simple square box create from wood strips and wire will turn scraps into valuable compost.
Watch this video to discover how to build stackable bins to create compost. Great for use in small outdoor spaces, the stackable bins take up very little land space.
Wooden Compost Bin
Great bin for large families that produce a lot of kitchen waste. These detailed compost bin plans will show you how to build a large wooden compost bin with 3 separate sections for fast decomposition of large amounts of food scraps.
Double Compost Bin
This is another great compost bin design for those who have large amounts of food scraps or yard debris that needs to be transformed into nutrient-rich compost. Easy to build, the two sections of the bin allow for faster decomposition of large amounts of scraps.
Hardware Cloth Bin
DIY compost bins can be made from a variety of material, including inexpensive hardware cloth. Use these instructions for creating a simple bin that will yield big results.
Indoor Compost Bin
Perfect for those who live in an apartment or those that produce very little food scraps. This DIY indoor compost bin fits under the sink for out-of-sight composting.
Straw Compost Bin
Easy and functional, stacked bales of straw create a perfect place for housing decomposing food scraps and yard waste. Over time, the bales of straw will also decompose and become a part of black gold for the garden. Get the tutorial for this straw bale diy compost bin.
Concrete Block Bin
Stack concrete blocks in the desired size, shape and height, fill the inside space with food scraps, cover with a piece of wood and you’ll have a functional compost bin that will last forever. Keep the animals out the compost in with these easy building plans.
Cedar Compost Bin
Use these instructions to build a cedar compost bin that will hide the decomposing material inside. Easy, step by step instruction walk you through this DIY build and get you started transforming waste into usable matter.
Wood and Chicken Wire
So simple, yet so functional. If you have any leftover wood strips and chicken wire from another DIY project, this homemade compost bin will cost you nothing to build. Easy access for loading and unloading the bin.
Large 3-Section Bin
Perfect for those with lots of grass and deciduous trees in their landscape. This large 3-section compost bin allows for a large heaps of raw material to get started decomposing, then keep it moving into other sections as the composting process continues.
When large bins are not wanted or needed, use a bucket to hold decomposing food scraps. An inexpensive bucket can easily be used as a kitchen compost bucket and work the magic of transforming food scraps into black gold.
Homestead Compost Bins
Large, sturdy and needed by those living on an off-grid homestead. Use these building plans to create compost bins that will supply all the nutrient-rich food for garden plants to sustain life on the homestead.
Flip Top Bin
This building design creates a large compost bin with flip top that allows for easy access. Flip open the bin top to add raw material or to remove the finished compost. Easy to build, easy to use.
Trash Can Bin
An ordinary outdoor trash can with lid can be transformed into a functional diy compost bin with these plans. Simple and inexpensive to create. Use a large trash can with wheels so the finished compost can be easily transported to garden when needed.
Animal Free Bin
Dogs, cats, squirrels and other small animals sometimes are attracted to scent of decomposing food scraps. Create an animal free compost bin by using these easy to follow instructions. Pets and wildlife can’t get in the bin and make a mess of the decomposing material.
Use these plans to build a compost bin in just one afternoon. Simple wood and wire design is highly efficient and will promote fast decomposition of food and yard scraps.