DIY Rolling Compost Bin

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Rolling ComposterWe’ve been composting for years however we were using the throw it all in a pile in the garden method. Which after recently reading and researching I found out your compost will actually decompose faster if it is mixed around.{rather then just sitting still in a big pile} Plus apparently it lets off less gases into the air since it can “breath” rather then getting built up and trapped inside the big pile. So after my heavily Google researching I decided that we should buy a rolling composter. That idea was quickly shot down when I realized that a rolling composter was going to be $100+!! Therefore I decided that I would just make my own and that I did!


  • Bucket with lid that screws on {so it wont fall off}
  • Dirt
  • Worms
  • Drill
  • Table scraps {Veggies, Fruit, etc. compost safe items}
  • Water
Compost bucketFirst drill holes evenly around your bucket, I used a 3/16 drill bit. {including the bottom & lid}
Compost dirtNext add a layer of dirt to your bucket so it fills it up about a fourth of the way. 
CompostThen add in your food scraps {we like to keep a mini compost bin under the kitchen sink that way less trips outside. Plus it makes it easier for us to remember to compost}
composterAfter your food scraps are in your bucket make sure you add about a cup of water {depending on the size of your bucket you may need more water} to get your compost moist.
Compost wormsLast step, add in your worms. {this can be fun for kids, of course Miss.A had to name them all. haha}
Rolling Compost BinAfter your rolling composter is complete put your lid on and give it a good roll to mix everything up. To store it make sure you keep it out of the direct sun A. it’s not good for the worms and B. that could get rather stinky. Also when you add more scraps to your compost add some water to it {for us we live in the 100 degree desert weather so this is something we may have to do more then others since it hardly rains} to keep it moist & worms alive. As time goes on you will have to add in more dirt too but this will get you started. 
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6 Responses to DIY Rolling Compost Bin

  1. This is awesome! Pinning for hubby. We are big on composting.

  2. Hanan says:

    This is a great idea, and totally inexpensive!

  3. Michelle says:

    We’ve been composting for almost 6 years and cannot believe how much less garbage we create AND how amazing our garden soil has turned out to be. Composted material makes a world of difference. We compost all produce scraps,eggshells, hair, coffee grinds, tea bags and more! Great tips!

  4. I keep saying that this is my goal for the summer, to get better about composting. And you have a rolling bin? Well now you’re just making me took bad!

  5. I’ve seen those kind where you can turn the handle and they kinda roll and mix around. I don’t have one, but I should because I don’t have a garbage disposal!

  6. What a great idea! My sister-in-law is really into composting and I know she’d be interested in this.