How To Build a Quick & Cheap Compost Bin

I'm the first to admit that this compost bin is nothing fancy. I needed a compost solution fast (and cheap!), so I made a compost bin with two store-bought materials and three tools. Here's how:

Because of the wire construction, air will flow through this easily giving the compost plenty of room to breathe. This cost me a total of $35 and took only 20 minutes to complete. Then I ceremoniously dumped in my first round of food scraps and covered it up with grass cuttings: let the composting begin!

Materials
Welded Wire Fencing (a roll of 48" x 50' ran us about $25 at Lowe's)
2-4 5-foot T-posts
5-10 pieces of wire, approximately 5" long (can be improvised)

Tools
Wire cutters
Gloves
Pliers

Instructions
1. Select the area for your compost bin. Clear the space and make sure there's room for you to work.
2. Place the first T-post where desired, making it as straight as possible.
3. Wrap the end of the roll of fencing around the first T-post, securing it tightly.
4. Loosen the roll of wire so that it's easier to work with.
5. Decide how big you want to make your compost bin and using that approximation, place the second T-post. (Repeat step 5 if you are using additional T-posts.)
6. Snip the wire roll so that you do not have any sharp ends on your compost bin.
7. Making a complete circle with the fencing, secure the wire to itself (or the first T-post) with pieces of wire, using the pliers to twist the ends shut. (We used pieces of wire that had been used to hold the fencing together.)
8. Toss in your food scraps and call it a day!

(Image: Amber Byfield for Re-Nest)

(Re-edited from a post originally published on 6.21.2010 - CM)

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