Easy, DIY Pallet Compost Bin
So I did a thing! I built an easy diy pallet compost bin! I’ve been wanting to make a compost bin for awhile now! Because let’s face it the poop cleanup around here is real! Lol! No but really I want it for our garden! Sheep doodoo is excellent fertilizer all on it’s own!
I had pinned some DIY builds, but then I got to thinking the other day that they were basically built like a pallet. So I thought why not skip the step of paying for and building the sides and bottom and just track down 5 pallets that are already made AND free instead?! Which is exactly what I did
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Rounding Up the Pallets
I ended up finding the pallets for free on the Facebook Marketplace! Y’all in case you didn’t know I LOVE the Marketplace! A ton of our antique furniture is from there! I even wrote an article sharing tips on “How I Shop the Facebook Marketplace for Vintage”!
What You’ll Need to Build Your Pallet Compost Bin
- Drill – I used an impact drill because pallets are usually made of a pretty hardwood.
- Screws – I used 2 1/2 inch deck screws because we had some on hand
- Hinges – I got these at The Home Depot
- Wire fencing – I used some garden wire fencing from The Home Depot that was again left over from another project. You can see the wire I used HERE!
- Gloves – Because splinters are real!
How To Build the Compost Bin
After choosing which pallet I wanted where I started by centering and attaching the back side to the bottom. I left a little hanging off the back one as well so they all fit evenly. This left room for the side pallets to be attached, again just overhanging the base a bit.
Next, I scooted the pallet you see on the right back just enough that it would allow the front pallet to fit right in that spot as the gate and sit flush with the other pallets. This way I could easily attach my hinges to the outside if/when I wanted to open it.
Then I used a reciprocating saw to cut off the end of side pallet that I scooted back.
Adding Hinges and Wire to Pallet Compost Bin
Then I added the hinges to make the front be able to swing open when needed. I used what was left of our garden wire as a liner on the bottom and up 2 of the sides. I’ve also since added cardboard to the bottom and all the sides as well. Eventually I may add a roof too, but we’ll see how it goes!
How Does a Compost Bin Work
Along with the animals number 2, we’ve also been adding straw and pine shavings from their bedding, and organic waste from fruit and veggies. Then every so often we’ll have to turn or flip the pile. Obviously, this particular compost bin style has a lot more ventilation than a barrel type.
This means it will take longer to turn into compost because it won’t be getting as warm, which speeds up the process. Were good with this though because I like to keep our animals spaces clean and our garden is small now, but by next spring this baby should be full and ready for our bigger garden plans! We also wanted a pretty big bin, but it being made from pallets means the skid steer can easily move it where we want too!
Easy, DIY Pallet Compost Bin
I hope you enjoyed this easy, diy pallet compost bin tutorial! I’m not gonna lie I’m weirdly excited to see if it works! Lol! I’ll be sure and let ya know! Ps Scout, always my helper, definitely wanted this to be her play house! Lol!
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