How to Make a Compost Holder


Through composting, you can dispose of yard waste while creating a soil amendment that will improve the fertility and the physical condition of your soil. Composting--encouraging the natural decomposition process under controlled conditions--does not require elaborate equipment. You can make a simple compost-holding unit of wire mesh with only a modest investment of time and materials. Made without posts, this 3-foot-wide unit can be lifted up to remove usable compost at the bottom of the pile while leaving the unfinished compost in the bin.

Step 1

Trim the ends of the hardware mesh to remove any edges that could poke or scratch hands. Make all the ends flush with a cross wire. File each cut edge to make the finished product safe for opening and closing.

Step 2

Cut about five 2-inch lengths of the heavy wire. Bend the hardware cloth into a circle and use the wire pieces to wire the hardware cloth circle closed. Stick a wire piece through both ends and twist it closed with the pliers.

Step 3

Set your compost holding unit where you want to keep the compost. For example, place it near your garden if you plan to use compost on the garden. A shaded location is best, according to the University of Missouri Extension. Don't place the unit on a low spot where water might stand.

Things You'll Need

  • 10-foot piece of 36-inch-wide hardware cloth (with 1- to 3-inch mesh)
  • Wire cutter
  • Metal file
  • Heavy wire
  • Pliers


  • University of Missouri Extension: How to Build a Compost Bin
  • Washington State University: Backyard Composting
  • Colorado State University Extension: Composting Yard Waste

Who Can Help

  • University of Missouri Extension: Making and Using Compost
Keywords: make compost holder, make compost bin, homemade composting unit

About this Author

Ann Wolters, who has been a freelance writer, consultant, and writing coach for the past year and a half, has had her writing published in "The Saint Paul Almanac," and in magazines such as "Inventing Tomorrow" and "Frontiers." She earned a master’s degree in English as a second language from the University of Minnesota and taught English as a foreign language for nearly seven years.