DIY Pallet Compost Bin

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In theory, the season has changed to spring, time to start thinking about the garden; starting seedlings, filling the compost bin, cups of tea in the spring sunshine. Despite the cold weather I have been prepping for the season ahead with a quick and easy DIY pallet compost bin.

Easter usually involves visiting my parents in Yorkshire. This year the children and I came by train leaving my husband at home laying laminate flooring – yes, we are finally in our own place!!

As a child, my siblings and I spent hours across the field playing in the woods.

Nowadays the field has an area which has become a bit of a dumping ground for the landowner, with various materials left over from building projects.

Lots of people see an eyesore, a mess. But I see opportunity, after all, it’s lots of discarded materials for creating with. So when my Dad mentioned buying a compost bin I was quick to leap in with an offer to build him a DIY pallet compost bin – no plastic in sight.

DIY Pallet Compost Bin

You will need four pallets of the same size, with the boards close to each other. This is great for holding rotting materials in.

Pallet for DIY pallet compost bin

The real ingenuity comes with no access to nails, a drill, or screws.

A compost bin does not need to be complicated, with half an acre of garden a large compost bin is all that is required. Garden twine, doubled up is used to tie the sides together. The close boards are placed inwards for holding the compost in.

The pallets are placed in a square shape and tied at three points of each corner to hold them together.

The top is going to be covered with old carpet to help retain the heat and assist the rotting process. The gardeners at a local National Trust property recommend good old fashioned urine to help your compost rot. I will leave that decision to Dad!

The beauty of such a simple design is that is easy to cut your string ties down one side, open out the pallet and dig out your rich compost. Then simply close and re-tie ready to fill again.

DIY pallet compost bin

It really is that easy! I love how the compost bin is made from someone else’s rubbish (we did have permission to help ourselves to any wood), it’s free, upcycling and most importantly teaching my children to reuse.

My son loves the scrap yard as he calls it, a whole area of stuff to build and create with. Why build a compost bin when you can play?

I am tempted to salvage lots of materials for our new home but it isn’t practical with a five-hour train journey and luggage. I’m sure my husband will be relieved I don’t arrive home with a pile of pallets etc… We still have boxes to unpack and are trying very hard to declutter.

I hope you have had a lovely Easter.

8 Comments

  1. April 3, 2018 / 7:20 am

    Brilliant ! What a find ! Where can one get hold of pallets usually though ? I,d like to have a go at doing this . Debbie 🙂

  2. April 3, 2018 / 1:31 pm

    fab find and great idea, i love how you can cut the string, open the pallet to remove the compost and re tie #goinggreen

  3. April 4, 2018 / 5:17 pm

    I actually have some pallets I could do this with. Thanks for reminding me.
    #goinggreen

  4. April 21, 2018 / 11:00 am

    The compost bin looks great!! I’ll be redoing ours at our allotment. Have you ever thought about building a word composter. I really want one but don’t know how to…

    • Vicky
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      April 21, 2018 / 7:39 pm

      Once upon a time we had a bought wormery, but failed to learn how to keep the worms alive 🙁

  5. May 6, 2018 / 5:20 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE pallets and they are so useful on our smallholding – shelters, gates, blocking holies in fences where naughty pigs escape and like you, compost bins. I can never turn down the offer of a pallet and reusing them is great for the environment! Thank you for adding this post to #GoingGreen and I am so sorry it took me so long to get around to visiting. The next linky opens tomorrow (May 7th) so I hope you will join in again 🙂
    (and doesn’t Easter see such a long time ago although my lads here in France are only just on their Easter holidays – don’t ask!!)
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  6. May 7, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    I love you DIY compost bin and I think we might give this a try! We have pallets that we get every year with our wood pellets on so we can use them. I been wanted to do a compost bin – we have tried several different methods in the past but they never worked long term for us. Congratulations on being featured on #GoingGreen Linky. Have a healthy, happy & blessed day! Sharing!

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