DIY

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

DIY Medal Key Chain and Magnets

By Courtney Denning

Old trophies and medals are special reminders of triumphs in our past, but they can quickly pile up and become a large collection. Instead of discarding old medals, why not turn them into a keepsake that is both functional and practical?


DIY French Press Terrarium

By Courtney Denning

This unique terrarium is a great way to repurpose a French press that has seen better days. Small terrarium plants or mosses are perfect for this tiny terrarium.


Earthen Oven for our Outdoor Kitchen: the 'Stoven 2'

By Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

I recently rebuilt an outdoor earthen oven made of cob and firebricks.


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.


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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.


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.




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Sept. 15-17, 2017
Seven Springs, PA.

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