DIY Compost Trash Bin

LOL this blog is starting to go off in a tangent! 😀 In line with my DIY posts, today I am embarking on a DIY compost bin. To be honest, this is one of the things I had been wanting to do but had been putting off. Why? Google anaerobic composting. I ended up doing a chicken wire compost bin, an Ikea compost bag as well as vermicomposting (composting with worms). The chicken wire bin and ikea compost bag were unsightly and didn’t work out too well. I ended up killing all my worms. But I still wanted to compost! I am trying to garden organically and compost will be a great addition! So here it is.

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32 gallon Trash bin costing about $13.

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Start drilling holes all around (bottom and sides). Wear eye protection! I didn’t drill my lid. Some advocate drilling the lid. I chose not to so that I can control the amount of water that goes into the bin.

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I bought three bricks (about $.40 each) from Menards so that my compost bin can stand on them (more air).

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Then I transfer the compost that is ‘cooking’ in my chicken wire bin as well as in my Ikea compost bag.

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Here it is completed. I will update after a few months as to how this turned out.

Enjoy!

DIY Bird Bath

Recently I had been on a huge DIY kick so I decided to do a DIY birdbath. I have all the materials already so I can only give an estimate cost.

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Start with a plate and bowl that I got from Ikea (about $1.25 for set of 4 bowls/plates).

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Use epoxy to secure the bowl to the plate. Spent about $1.50 on the epoxy.

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Stick the bowl to the plate. I weighed it down with a bowl to allow it to cure. Total cure time is 24 hours but I was impatient and only allowed 15 mins cure time.

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Added some blue floral rocks to weigh down the plastic bowl and plate. Got the blue rocks from dollar tree.

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Set the bird bath on electric conduit that I spray painted black (electric conduit is about $2 for 10 ft, spray paint about $4.50).

There you go. I’m still not sure if the bird bath is weighted enough to withstand strong winds. I might end up gluing the bird bath to the conduit. We’ll see.

 

Enjoy!