If you want to know how to make compost at home, then using compost tumblers may be one option you should check out. There are several ways on how to make compost and recently, I decided to try a compost tumbler. So if you want to give this method a try too, here are a few DIY compost tumbler ideas and designs you can check out.
DIY Compost Tumblers On A Budget For Your Homestead!
1. Easy Composting Tumbler
You have to check out this Compost Wizard from The Rain Barrel Depot. It is very straightforward to operate and a perfect way to get rid of your everyday kitchen scraps. You only have to dump scraps, dead garden plants, and other compostable materials every 2-3 days. Spin it, and you’ll have your compost in no time.
2. DIY Compost Tumbler
Need some plans on how to make your own compost tumbler? This DIY compost barrel is a great project for woodworking and composting beginners. With minimal woodworking skills and a desire to produce your own homemade compost, you can build this compost tumbler in only a day or two.
Also See: How To Compost
3. 5-Step Compost Tumbler
Want to make things simple? You only have to follow these 5 steps and you’ll be all good. If you have old rain barrels with a few wear and tear, here and there, you have just the material you need. Along with 5 more items, you can make this compost tumbler in no time and on a budget!
4. DIY Chicken Manure Tumbling Composter
Have chicken running around the homestead? This DIY chicken manure tumbling composter will go well with their chicken coop. What you have here is a twin compost tumbler for a double compost production. Don’t you just love homesteading where nothing goes to waste — even chicken manure.
5. DIY Spinning Composter
You no longer have to toss to make compost, you only have to spin it and you get your ‘black gold’ production going. This vertical barrel composter or DIY spinning composter will allow you to tumble your compost more effectively. But you will need to make a stable frame to set your tumbler up to allow the turning of the barrel without the barrel falling all over the place.
6. $25 Tumbler Compost Bin
Running low on budget? This is the DIY tumbler compost bin for you! All you need are two cheaper buckets and join them to make a barrel-like bin for your tumbler. This is a great project you can do on a weekend at your homestead.
7. Cheap DIY Compost Tumbler
Want to make a compost tumbler without spending a lot? If you don’t have the time and the stamina to make the ultimate compost tumbler complete with support frames and rolling mechanism, this is the project for you. Nothing could be more simple than this trash can tumbler. Get a trash can with a secured lid because you will have to roll it with either your hands and feet to mix your compost.
8. Low Heat Retaining DIY Compost Tumbler
Have the benefit of having natural heat from the ground with this compost tumbler DIY. With a tumbler set lower and closer to the ground, you can compost early in spring and keep your compost going even in winter. Use 4 non-pivoting wheels to effectively rotate your compost tumbler.
9. DIY Steel Drum Compost Tumbler
Making compost is really easy. I wonder why not all gardeners do it. It is even made easier with this steel drum composter built at just the right height. Use old steel drums you have around your homestead for an even cheaper compost tumbler.
10. How to Make a Compost Tumbler for a Super Low-Budget
Make an inexpensive rolling compost tumbler by repurposing a garbage can. It is another simple and inexpensive compost tumbler you can easily make. Since it can be both mobile and stationary, it can be a 2-in-1 composter. You can tumble and roll it when composting green and brown materials. Or, you can use it as a worm composter.
11. Very Simple Homemade Compost Tumbler
If you want to have some fun composting, try this super simple homemade compost tumbler. This follows the principle of the preceding composting tumbler in this list. You can find more helpful tips and insights in this guide to make a simple homemade compost tumbler.
12. Double-Decker Drum Composter
In case one barrel isn’t enough for you, try a double-decker… or a triple. You can never have enough of compost if you’re serious at growing your own food. This double barrel compost tumbler will allow you to make more compost and grow more food!
13. Wine Barrel Composter
Got some wine barrels lying around? Repurpose them into a compost tumbler. You can find inspiration to make an old wine barrel compost tumbler here.
Or… Just buy one! This Yimby Tumbler Composter is an Affordable Option
This is the top rated and most affordable compost tumbler on Amazon. Get your own tumbler here.
Want to see how to make a compost tumbler that’s fast, cheap, and easy? Then watch this video from TheCrunchyHousewife:
Composting is one of the essential homesteading skills if you want to grow your own food. Without it, I’m not sure how I’d be able to grow all the crops and even my beautiful garden. It’s not really that hard to make. It just takes time and a little bit of work but it’s all worth it. With these tumbling composter ideas and designs, you have different options to suit your needs. Make your own compost and your own composter from any of these compost tumblers.
Which of these compost tumblers will you try for your homestead? Let us know below in the comments section below!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on January 17, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.