Waste Not with a DIY Kitchen Compost Bin

Waste Not with a DIY Kitchen Compost Bin

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 it could 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 turn everyday waste into fertile soil for your garden or indoor plants with this easy compost bin.

Sealable container
1/4-inch drill bit
Charcoal air filter (optional)
Tape or glue
Decorative scrapbook paper


  1. Locate a sealable container you can use as your kitchen compost bin. Coffee containers, tins, plastic ice cream containers and small buckets all make great options
  2. Clean out your container with Dawn Ultra Dish Soap and water
  3. Use your drill and 1/4-inch drill bit to create a series of holes in the lid of the container to allow air to circulate

Worried about odors? Emptying your bin weekly into a larger compost bin outdoors will keep them to a minimum, but you can also add a charcoal air filter from a pet or home and garden store to the lid – just make sure it’s large enough to cover the holes.

  1. Measure the height and circumference of your container, and use scissors to cut your scrapbook paper to the appropriate dimensions. Wrap the scrapbook paper around the container and glue or tape in place
  2. Store your compost bin somewhere you’ll remember to fill it, like under the kitchen sink, in a closet, cabinet, pantry or garage. Every other day, give it a shake or a stir to help circulate air

Filling Your Compost Bin

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 slower, like newspaper, to assist with the natural composting process.

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  • Flowers
  • Leaves
  • Bounty paper towel rolls
  • Egg shells
  • Nut shells
  • Seafood shells
  • Coffee grounds
  • Lint
  • Pencil shavings
  • Old spices
  • Stale bread
  • Tea bags and grounds
  • Pet hair
  • Fruit and vegetable peels
  • Shredded paper: napkins, mail, tissues, newspaper and paper towels

Using Your Compost

  • Freshen up the Garden: From flowers to shrubs, mix your compost into the soil that surrounds the base of plants in your garden.
  • Feed Houseplants: Provide a fresh dose of nutrients for houseplants by blending compost into the top 1-2 inches of soil. Flower boxes, hanging flowers and patio plants can also benefit.
  • Host a Party: Gather friends for a planting party and catch up while potting seeds in your new soil. To make each pot unique, try some of our fun container ideas.

Do you have any composting words of wisdom and useful gardening tips? Help others successfully get started by sharing your tips below.

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@Michelle -- I'm sorry to hear this! Is there something specific you're looking for?

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This website is very hard for me to navigate....

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My husband and I have been doing this for years with old square ice cream buckets that we sit behind the coffee maker the only things that we don't put in them are citrus peels and onion peels. I use the citrus peels to freshen the house by putting them in a pot of hot water on the stove and stray animals do not like the smell of rotting onions so they stay away from my trashcan.

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What can I do about the nats that seem to always find my scrapes. I love composting but keeping a container in my kitchen always causes this problem. PS I take it out every night.

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Thank you, I like the idea of compost which kids can enjoy!

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