How to Make Compost Buckets


Composting is a way of amending the soil with nutrients from leftover materials, such as oak leaves or coffee grinds. Many homeowners create a compost bin in their backyard, but this is usually large and bulky. If you only have a small garden, you can get away with making a compost bucket. The bucket will do the same job as the compost pile without taking up too much space.

Step 1

Choose a trash can to fit your needs. You can make a compost bucket out of a small trash can or a large trash can. Just make sure the trash can has a lid.

Step 2

Use a drill to place holes all over the trash can, including the lid and the bottom of the trash can. It is important for air to be able to get in and out of your compost bucket. A large trash can should have about 25 holes, while a smaller trash can have about 15 holes.

Step 3

Set your compost bucket up on a wooden platform. Using a platform will help protect the grass. Some homeowners may prefer to attach wheels to the wooden platform to move it around more easily.

Step 4

Fill your compost bucket with compost and set it out in the sun. Some items you may want to compost include leftover veggies, grass clippings from mowing your lawn, egg shells, fireplace ashes and even old shredded newspapers.

Step 5

Tilt your compost bucket on its side every couple of days and roll it around. This will help to mix the ingredients and stimulate decomposition.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not compost animal bones, meat, or cat and dog feces.

Things You'll Need

  • Trash can with a lid
  • Drill
  • Wooden platform


  • How to Compost: Composting--The Basics
  • Simple Mom: How to Make a Compost Bin
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