How to Make a Homemade Composter


Making your own composter is an inexpensive way to reward your garden with rich organic matter that will improve your soil when it receives a diet high in nitrogen and carbon. You only need a few items to build this circular galvanized chicken-wire composter in your backyard. Chicken wire allows for good air circulation, but this composter does not turn, so you have to mix it every week.

Step 1

Roll the last 4 inches of each end of the cut chicken wire tightly to create a safe, clean edge.

Step 2

Form a circle by placing the ends together.

Step 3

Cut the wire to be used for ties and secure the ends together using pliers.

Step 4

Place the wooden or metal posts spaced evenly inside the perimeter of the circle.

Step 5

Hammer the posts into the ground, making sure the wire is snug around the posts.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not compost cat or dog feces as they may transmit disease.

Things You'll Need

  • Galvanized chicken wire, 10 to 13 feet by 36 inches wide
  • Heavy wire for ties
  • Pliers
  • Wooden or metal posts, 3 to 4 feet high
  • Hammer


  • University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service
Keywords: composting bin, organic soil, recycle, do-it-yourself composting

About this Author

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Karen has worked four years as a professional writer and editor, writing for the online source eHow with articles such as "How to Make Chocolate Chip Biscotti" and "How to Make Marshmallow Fondant," and editing scripts for A Work In Progress, an inspirational radio drama.