DIY

Great DIY projects and building plans for anyone who can swing a hammer.

Cork the Caulk

By Bob Post

Did you know that every caulking tube comes with a cork? Save money by sealing your caulking between projects with this simple hack.


Make Light Fixtures from Old Chicken Feeders

By Pat Hill

Even with minimal building capability, you can learn how to make light fixtures from old metal chicken feeders. The feeders may be hard to come by, but if you know someone that has been in the commercial chicken-raising business, then you can likely find some in their used feeder pile. The total cost per light was $19.32.


How to Make a Mini Terrarium from an Incandescent Light Bulb

By Molly Daly

As more people choose to reduce their energy consumption and buy newer, energy-saving light bulbs, more incandescents are disposed of. Divert incandescent light bulb waste by hosting a terrarium-making workshop, where students can up-cycle their incandescents into something new: mini terrariums! This post will show you how.


Making Your Own Tools

By Brian Kaller

Forging metal means a lot of time standing over the fire, holding the metal – with tongs, obviously – in just the right place to get the proper amount of heat, and withdrawing it at just the right moment. Too much heat and it sparks and disintegrates, too little and no amount of hammering can budge it. Movie blacksmiths look like bodybuilders slamming white-hot metal with sledgehammers; the reality involves a lot more frantic and often delicate tapping, as the smith has only a few seconds to make the right changes before it cools again.


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Get Power from ‘Dead’ Batteries by Building a ‘Watt Wringer’

By Bob Post

When your electronics say “low battery,” it means just that: The batteries are low but not dead. The energy that remains in seemingly dead batteries can be used in this simple night light project that you can build at home in about one hour. Your new night light will shine for months and is reusable for years, powered by “dead” batteries.


5 Mother-Earth-Friendly DIYs for Mother's Day

By Courtney Denning

Looking for the perfect gift for Mother's Day? I have five ideas for Mother Earth friendly DIY gifts that are sure to please your mom and the planet!


How to Make a Pallet Garden

By Monica Sharrock

Recycle an everyday pallet to make a beautiful spring garden for your porch or patio.


DIY Teacup Cactus Planter

By Courtney Denning

A tiny teacup and an even tinier cactus make an adorable planter that’s easy to assemble. Small children’s toys, pebbles and other little decorative items add a whimsical touch.




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