Do-It-Yourself Compost Bin Family Project

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#diy compost bin

Mija playing inside the unfinished compost bin (

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

This week we worked on a special project that I wasn’t quite sure how easy it would be.  I ended up doing a quick search online and found this awesome walk-though for a super simple diy compost bin that requires almost no work at all.

View the full instructions here:

Build a Compost Bin

First off, you can have all of your lumber pre-cut at The Home Depot, which makes your job even lighter.  You only need a few basic tools and some free time to get the job done.  Below I’ve outlined the tools you will need, as well as a few photos of the project so you can see the progress.

Tools Needed:

  • Drill
  • A drill bit to pre-drill holes
  • Phillips bit to drive in screws
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil (to mark drill holes, if needed)
  • Paint brushes or foam brushes (to apply stain)

Materials Needed:

  • 1 – 12ft. Cedar 2x4s (cut into 7 1/2″ sections – total 16 blocks)
  • 4 – 12ft. Cedar decking boards, 5/8″ thick (cut into 3ft. sections – total 16 boards)
  • 1 quart of shellac / outdoor wood finish (your choice)
  • Aprox. 100 wood screws (we used #10 x 1-1/2 in. Brass Screws)

Aprox. Project cost $120

I ordered all my supplies online for in-store pickup and grabbed them while I was out and about.  After setting up my online order, I just called to ask them to pre-cut the lumber for me and it was absolutely no problem!  The whole order must have taken no more than an hour between shopping and pickup.  Super convenient!

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Fastening the boards together (

Start by fastening two of the wooden blocks onto half of the 3ft. boards (click for details instructions here).  You will probably need someone to help you hold the boards tightly together while you drill.  If you don’t have someone to help, you can try using a c-clamp.  Once the blocks are fastened to the first have of the boards, attaching the other eight boards should be pretty simple.

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Staggering the screw positions (

Here’s a look at the pieces coming together.  You can see below that we have all four tiers stacked on top of each other and the 1-inch space at the top of each section allows them to fit snugly into each other for easy assembly and removal.  This could also work for smaller projects like gardens and even a stackable play area or sand box for the little ones.  You can break up the tiers any time and distribute them as you like, one tier on its own, or two or four.  It’s a very versatile design, which is what drew me to this design in the first place.  If you missed it, you can view the full design plans here.

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View of the inside, the tiers are stacked together for easy removal (

The best part of the whole build was getting to include mi’jita.  :)

She was waiting for her turn all the way throughout and finally it was time to paint.  We ended up getting an amber colored finish that looked just beautiful in the sunlight.  Mija brought out one of her little benches to sit on and went to work helping mommy and daddy paint.  She had so much fun building and playing inside the stacked compost bin that she asked if she could keep it for her own little house.  I’m telling you, how can I resist her?  We made a compromise and decided on taking off the top tier and letting her keep it as an outdoor sandbox for this summer.  It’s big enough, so why not?  ;)

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Mija gets serious with her painting skills (

How about you?  What projects are you planning for summer?  What’s the coolest family DIY project you’ve ever done?

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