Some homemade composter ideas include a barrel compost tumbler, a plastic trash or recycling container with ventilation holes, an open-air wood bin and small kitchen composting containers. Make a homemade composter out of a wide variety of materials; the only rule is to ensure proper ventilation.
Although homemade composters keep compost contained, composting is most effective when the material is simply placed on open earth. The natural surroundings aid in decomposition by exposure to elements and accelerated microbial activity. It is more efficient to layer rather than pile when composting on open ground, as increased ventilation speeds up the process.