Composting in a homemade compost container is almost as easy as composting in a loose heap, once you make the container. It also has the advantage of looking better in your yard, and keeping pests and odors contained. The absolute easiest method is to use a plastic or metal container like a garbage can, and alter it for your composting purposes.
Find a large garbage can, barrel or other container that will hold a good amount of compost. It is essential that you choose one with a tight-fitting lid to keep pests out and odors in.
Mark locations to aerate the container with chalk. Mark plenty of holes on the bottom of the container, for both air circulation and good drainage of the compost. Also mark holes on the sides of the container near the bottom, about 3/4 of the way down. As an estimate, there might be a dozen holes on the container bottom and 20 circling the container's outside.
Drill small holes in the container on the marks. They should not be too large, preventing animals from getting at the compost. A finger's diameter will do at the most. A 1/2-inch or 3/4-inch drill bit would be ideal.
Put down an appropriate surface to rest the container on. In muddy areas, gravel or a wooden pallet will aid drainage under the container. If you need to keep tree roots down underneath the area, place a loosely-spaced layer of bricks under the can.