Don’t let your kitchen waste go to waste – make this easy DIY kitchen compost bin.
Coffee, eggs and toast may sound like breakfast to you, but did you know these materials can feed your garden, too? With this DIY kitchen compost bin, you can reduce your household waste – like egg shells, coffee grounds and stale bread – and give a nutritional boost to your garden at the same time.
Follow our simple directions to create a compost bin that can turn everyday waste into fertile soil for your garden or indoor plants.
¼-inch drill bit
Charcoal air filter (optional)
Tape or glue
Decorative scrapbook paper
Tip: Worried about odors? Emptying your bin weekly into a larger outdoor compost bin will keep stinky smells to a minimum, but you can also add a charcoal air filter from a home and garden store to the lid – just make sure it’s large enough to cover the holes.
Almost anything that will break down can be used for compost, but exceptions include meat, fish, dairy and cooked foods. Items like coffee grounds, grass clippings and fruit and vegetable scraps will decompose faster, so try pairing them with items that break down more slowly, like newspaper or toilet paper tubes, to assist with the natural composting process.