How to make a worm composting starter kit

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Want to make a worm composting starter kit to help your friends and family get started? It can be fun and exciting to see your food and paper scraps turn into nutrient-rich fertilizer for houseplants or your garden. Many people are not aware they can compost with worms inside their apartment or in their small home.

I recently made a bunch of worms composting starter kits for Earth Day and National Gardening Week. I wanted to share how I was about to repurpose old packaging to make worm composting starter kits. Without any further ado – let’s get started.

Composting Worm Starter Kit

Total Time: 30 minutes.

To get started on today’s project you will need a few things. A container, bedding materials, worms, and their natural bedding, and a drill or awl to make holes.

  1. Find a container

    The first thing you need to do to build your composting worm starter kit is to find a container for the kit. Thankfully many up-cycled and repurposed containers can provide a good home for your worms. I chose to use a large ice cream container to create my kit. The container is opaque, a decent size for them to grow for a few weeks to a month, it has a lid, and it is sturdy.
    Yogurt container recycled into compost bin

  2. Make air holes

    Once you’ve found your container, it’s time to add air holes along the top of the rim, drill air holes about one inch apart. Also, feel free to drill holes in the lid as well. Airflow is key to keeping a happy worm bin, even if it is a temporary starter home. I took some 80 grit sandpaper and sanded it over each drill hole to smooth everything over.starter kit vermicomposting with yogurt bucket

  3. Add new bedding

    Next, you’re going to want to add some new fresh bedding at the bottom of your bin. For this project, I used extra corrugated brown cardboard that I had on hand from a recent package. I soaked them in some spring water. After soaking I wrung them out to pretty good. Think of the wetness of recently washed laundry before you dry it. I first cut them with a pair of scissors into narrow two-inch strips.

  4. Add worms

    Once you’ve added the bedding, it’s time to add some words. I grabbed a good handful of worms and bedding and finished compost into the bin. I don’t like to pick just the worms out. This is because I want to include and share the good and beneficial microbes and bacteria that have developed in my bin.

    Worms are not the only decomposers working in your worm bin. Often there are micro bugs, mites, and other bacteria that help sustain your worm habitat.
    yogurt container converted into composting worm starter kit

  5. Add some food

    Next, since you don’t know when they will be fed next you’ll want to add some food. I like to help my little wormy friends out and cut up two teaspoons of thinly sliced banana.

    However, adding too much food can be deadly for the worm bin, so add a small amount of blended or thinly sliced food scraps into one of the corners of the bin. Cut up banana peels for vermicompost food

  6. Add top layer of bedding

    Finally, ofter you pocket-fed your worms for their journey, it’s time to tuck them in with another layer of that 2-inch strips of cardboard. This gives your worms protection from the light as well as additional bedding that they can hide.top view of worm composting starter kit with worms and bedding

  7. Your done!

    Once you’ve added your top layer of bedding, you can close the lid and your all done!
    finished worm composting starter kit made from yogurt container

So there you have it, a quick, easy, and kid-friendly activity to help a friend or family member with a worm composting starter kit. After you’re finished, it is a good idea to check on the worms daily in the beginning. You may notice your worms climbing up the side which is a common issue. If your worms are trying to escape be sure to check out a recent article I wrote to troubleshoot this issue.