How to Build a Wooden Pallet Compost Bin in 6 Easy Steps

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by Hoosier Homemade
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Making a compost bin for your yard is much easier than you think. This Wooden Pallet Compost Bin goes together in a few hours with 6 easy steps and is less than half the cost of lumber.
We’ve been wanting to add a composting bin to our backyard for the last couple of years. Several times we looked at compost bin plans and didn’t really see what we wanted. When we were discussing our plans to landscape the back yard, we didn’t want to wait any longer to have a compost bin. So we decided to make a compost bin using wooden pallets.

Since we knew this wooden pallet compost bin would be visible from about any area of our backyard we started by applying a couple coats of exterior wood stain. We left one side unstained, the side most likely to come in constant contact with the compost.
We finished off the Wooden Pallet Compost Bin by stapling the plastic hardware cloth to the inside of the bin. This will keep all of the yard waste and food scraps inside the compost bin and should make the pallets last longer.
Now let’s talk about how we made it possible to plant flowers in the wooden pallet compost bin. It’s very simple to do. 1. Cut your garden burlap into 2 feet lengths, then cut to the width of the openings in the ends of the pallets. 2. Stuff the burlap pieces down into the pallet and secure the ends using the staple gun and staples. 3. Fill the spaces with the Potting Mix and plant with your favorite flowers.
We used pansies, it’s still too early to plant annuals here in Indiana, and pansies are very hardy.
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  • Patty Patty on Jul 18, 2020

    What kind of hinges did you use?

  • Diane Diane on Aug 24, 2020

    What steps did you take to “refresh” the pallets, they look nice...😉

  • Jan Jan on Aug 24, 2020

    Yeah nice idea but seems like several steps were left you attach the sides how you attach the door or Is It a gate. Did you put a roof on it to keep the varmints out. And pictures are always helpful.

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  • Angela Brandon Angela Brandon on Aug 24, 2019

    Looks so nice👍🏻

  • Diana Diana on Aug 31, 2019

    Yes I definitely want to make this my next project for the yard. Would like to also make one similar to this to store & hide my husbands can and aluminum collecting. Beautiful idea. Thank you for sharing!🙂