How to Make Decorative Composting Containers


Composting bins are made from a variety of materials ranging from wood to heavy plastic. Outdoor compost bins and vermicompost bins are set in the backyard, a patio or balcony area. They are functional containers which hold kitchen refuse and leaves as the materials break down into nutrient-filled soil. Compost bins can be decorated to help them fit in with the decor of your yard.

Painted Design

Step 1

Drill or pound holes into a garbage can body at the top, center and about 4 inches from the bottom. Make holes with a drill or hammer and nails every 4 to 5 inches around the circumference of the container.

Step 2

Paint a freehand design or a specific pattern on the exterior of the container with acrylic paint and brushes.

Step 3

Seal the painted design with an acrylic sealant spray. Let dry thoroughly for 24 to 48 hours before beginning the compost process.

Concealing Flowers

Step 1

Staple or nail a length of chicken wire wider than the width of the composting container to two cedar posts.

Step 2

Drive the posts into the ground in front of the bin.

Step 3

Plant trailing plants or flowers in front of the chicken wire. Train the seedlings to grow up the length of the chicken wire for a decorative cover to hide the compost bin.

Things You'll Need

  • Outdoor compost unit
  • Drill or spike
  • Hammer
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Chicken wire
  • Cedar poles
  • Staple gun or nails
  • Trailing plants or flowers


  • REAPS: Garbage Can Composter
  • Kaboose: Compost Bin
Keywords: decorative compost bin, decorative composting, artistic compost container

About this Author

Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written online content for Demand Studios and Associated Content. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years. She completed the Institute of Children's Literature course in 1988.