How to Make a Small Compost Bin


Composting is an excellent way to make the most of your natural gardening resources and reward your soil for its hard work, year in and year out. A compost bin doesn't have to take up a lot of space, and making your own small compost bin is easy to do using recycled wooden pallets..

Step 1

Clear an area about four feet square: clip grass short, and remove any plants or weeds. If the ground is fairly level, you don't need to do anything else. However, if you're working with an area that is very uneven or sloped, till it all up and rake it out to a fairly level surface.

Step 2

Stand two of the pallets on end and nail them together at the corners.

Step 3

Attach a third pallet to the open corner of the two that are nailed together. You should have a three-sided square.

Step 4

Position your three-sided square on your open area where you want your compost bin to be.

Step 5

Hammer stakes into the ground to hold your composting bin in place; put two behind the back side of the compost bin and one on each side.

Step 6

Attach the fourth pallet at the open end using wire. Make loops of wire running through the gaps in the fourth pallet and the corner you're attaching it to; these will serve as hinges so you can open this ‌‮‎‏‭fourth side which will serve as your door.

Step 7

Create a final loop of wire to hold the door closed.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear gloves to protect your hands from sharp splinters or scrapes on the edges of the pallets.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiller (optional)
  • Rake (optional)
  • Work gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • 4 wooden pallets
  • 4 wooden stakes
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Wire


  • Composting with Pallets from Montgomery County, MD Dept. of Environmental Protection
  • Finished Recycled Pallet Compost Bin from Clemson Public Service
  • Where Can I Get Free Pallets? from Pallets
Keywords: make compost bin, wooden compost bin, start composting

About this Author

Annie Mueller is a writer, editor, professional blogger, website designer, and tutor. She attended Missouri Baptist College and earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Mississippi State University, with a Summa Cum Laude standing. She has written extensively on gardening, parenting, education, and personal growth for women.