Shortly after starting our little vegetable garden here in Dubai, my thoughts almost immediately turned to composting. I knew the benefits of compost from my first garden, so it was a high priority task!

My advice to you is if you are even considering starting your own vegetable garden, then start composting today. Start today, even if you won’t be ready to grow your own for a few months. Compost takes time and the quicker you start, the quicker it will be ready to use in your garden.

The first thing you are going to need is a compost bin. I wasn’t happy with the over-priced purpose made compost bins available locally, so I set out to make my own. In this blog post, I am going to show you how to make a DIY compost bin.

This is a quick and easy project anyone can do! Keep reading for our step by step guide on how to make a DIY compost bin in 5 simple steps.

How to Make a DIY Compost Bin

Materials needed:
10 mm drill bit 
Large trash can with lid

Time Taken:
10 Minutes



We chose a 32-gallon plastic trash can with a tight fitting lid. It is lightweight and is a suitable size for either hot or cold composting. Because we live in such a dry climate, the lid is important to prevent the moisture from evaporating too quickly. 


Using the drill, make holes along the sides and bottom of the trash can. Our compost bin has around 70 holes. These holes allow air to reach the contents of the compost bin, which is essential for aerobic composting. Remove  and discard the plastic debris from the holes and the compost bin.


Find a suitable location for your compost bin. In our hot climate, the ideal position would be in shade for much of the day. It should also be convenient to get to, as well as have enough space around it in order to mix the contents of the compost bin.


(Optional) Place your bin on several bricks or a platform, as this allows air to circulate under the compost bin, as well as good drainage. Our bins sit on decorative gravel without any problems, but if the compost bins are directly on concrete or soil it may be a different story.


Congratulate yourself on a job well done!

Now that you have made your first DIY compost bin, get composting by adding some organic material!

Not sure what to add? Check out this article we wrote about what to compost and 10 reasons to start. 

Are you going to try this? Let us know in the comments below!