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How to Make a Compost Bin from Pallets [video]

January 12th, 2017 | The flower garden, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Compost bin from old palletsInstead of buying a compost bin, why not get creative and make your own compost bin from pallets? This post and instructional video will teach you how to use old wooden pallets to make your own, to help you grow your own. 

If you’ve been left with lots of plant debris, then a compost heap can be the perfect solution. Turning your garden waste into composts will give you some great soil-nourishment for free.  By creating a compost bin from pallets you can make a contained area for your compost ensuring the garden still looks tidy and attractive.

What you need:

  • Four wooden pallets (ideally matching sizes)
  • Four corner brackets
  • Box of screws
  • Drill & screwdriver
  • Four hinges
  • Two pairs of hook-and-eye latches
  • Saw

What to do:

  1. Assemble the walls. Ensure all the pallets are the same size, if not use your saw to cut them down to the same width.
  2. Begin joining three of the pallets together to create the back and sides. Stand them up, lean them against each other and screw them together to hold them in place. The two side walls should be flush with the width of the rear wall.
  3. Now use the corner brackets. Simply screw two brackets to each corner, one at the top & one at the bottom. Use as many screws as you need to firmly attach the pallets into position.
  4. The fourth pallet is used to make the two doors. Cut the pallet into two about halfway up.
  5. Use two hinges per door, attaching the hinges on the outside. Set the bottom door slightly off the ground to stop it from catching.
  6. Leave a slight gap between the bottom and top doors.
  7. Finally, you must attach the hook and latches. Screw them into place towards the top of each door.
  8. You can include an outside wrap of chicken wire of netting. This stops contents escaping the bin. Attach wire with U-shaped nails or a staple gun.

There you have it! A new compost bin. If you have any further composting tips then please share them with us. Be sure to watch the video below for further details on how to create this great compost bin.