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The DIY Wormery Project: Make Your Own Wormery!

Has your child ever wondered what worms do all day? Well, now you can get crafty and show them the ways of the worm with this DIY Wormery Project. You can show your kids how worms move through different layers of the Earth and how they help with composting.

Has your child ever wondered what worms do all day? Well, now you can get crafty and show them the ways of the worm with this DIY Wormery Project. You can show your kids how worms move through different layers of the Earth and how they help with composting.

Has your child ever wondered what worms do all day? Well, now you can get crafty and show them the ways of the worm with this DIY Wormery Project. You can show your kids how worms move through different layers of the Earth and how they help with composting.

The DIY Wormery Project:

What Is A Wormery?

A Wormery is an easy, efficient system of converting ordinary kitchen food waste into liquid feed and rich organic compost through the natural action of worms. They are wonderful to have in your backyard to help with your garden. Our wormery is small scale, but you can find instructions for larger wormeries here.

To make your own wormery, you will need:

  • An empty jar (like a glass mason jar)
  • 1/4 cup of gravel per jar
  • dirt
  • sand
  • leaves and grass clippings
  • 1 TBS of water
  • and of course, WORMS! Earth and Gummy!

Here is how to assemble your wormery:

  • Place the gravel in the bottom of the jar and then, alternate with layers of dirt and sand. (about an inch per layer) The last layer of dirt should be 2 – 3 inches to give the worms room to start.
  • After you have made your layers, drizzle the water all over the top layer of dirt.
  • Now, add your worms. I suggest only 3 to 4 worms for this size wormery.
  • Once your worms are in, gently place the leaves and grass on top and then, put on your lid. Please make sure that there are air holes in your lid!

Place your wormery in a cool, dark place. We have ours in a cabinet in the basement. You can check on it and make observations every few days.

You can also add small, compost-able items to your wormery. Things like an apple peel, orange peel, a bit of lettuce stem and watch the worms work!

On the day we made our wormeries, we had Worm School!

We were lucky enough to have everything we needed for our wormeries right in the back yard. It was fun to send the kids out on a worm/scavenger hunt!

We did a few things with our worms before we put them in our wormeries. We looked at all of their parts, we compared them to gummy worms, we observed them in wet and dry situations.

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16 Comments

    1. We had so much fun with this and the kids love peeking at the worms!

    2. My girls have been digging up worms and trying to keep them with not so great outcomes. I am so excited to share this with them!

  1. this is awesome! My son has asked to keep a worm as a “pet” several times but I didn’t think there was a good way to keep them indoors. He’s going to be so exited to make his own wormery!

    1. A wormery is a great way to keep one for a while. It’s also a great learning tool!

  2. I can’t lie that I think they’re lucky, but I definitely made wormeries when I was a kid. Only, I had no idea what I was doing and they were nothing like this. My dad would always let them go, luckily.

    1. We will let ours go eventually too, but it is cool that you just naturally made them!

  3. This is such a fun idea!! We’re currently digging up an area in our backyard to finish up our garden and we’ve already found quite a few worms. We’ll definitely be giving this a try! And thanks for the awesome printable!

    1. I bet Nicholas would love to watch them in the jar!

  4. My kids will love this!! We try to compost and they always ask questions, but you can’t see what’s going on. I think we’ll put a piece of black paper around this so we can keep it in the kitchen and still peek at it.

    1. That’s a great idea. It is such a fun project!

  5. This looks like something my son would LOVE! Pining and sharing πŸ™‚

    1. I am betting he would love it! Especially collecting the worms!

  6. Oooh, I love this. Helpful and informative.

    Definitely pinning this to my Deliberate HOMESCHOOL board.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

    1. Thanks for pinning this! It really is a great project!

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