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

Make Homemade Pillows with Repurposed Fabric

By Ronique Gibson

Repurposed pillow covers are an easy way to wake up your stale sofa and chairs, not to mention they offer a second life to household items that normally would have ended up in a dumpster. Here’s how to repurpose your castoff fabrics into fun, fresh pillow and cushion covers.


How to Make a Roman Shade by Recycling Clothes

By Rebecca Martin

These step-by-step instructions will show you how to make a Roman shade to fit any window in your home. You can save lots of money by recycling clothes for the fabric of your custom DIY Roman shade.


Repurposed Clementine Crate

By Courtney Denning

Repurpose an empty wooden clementine crate into a stylish organizer. All you need is some paint, papers to collage with and glue!


DIY Plant Labels

By Robert J. Rhodes

You can recycle the plastic stakes that lawn-maintenance companies leave in customers’ yards by turning them into simple, DIY plant labels.


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Carpet-Sample Rug

By Courtney Denning

Turn a collection of carpet-sample pieces into an eclectic rug for your kitchen or bathroom! This resourceful DIY project can be made with just four materials - some of which may already be in your home.


Tapping Maple Trees: A Beginner’s Guide to Making Your Own Maple Syrup

By Julie Fryer

This article will answer common questions about collecting maple sap and making maple syrup. It will walk the beginner through the first steps of gathering tapping supplies, drilling the taphole, and getting started on becoming a sugarmaker.


How to Build a Guitar from a Wood Pallet, Part 3: Sound Chambers

By Warren McKenney

Ah, the fun begins for building a wood pallet guitar. In this post, we apply the following building steps: planning material, matching the right tools to the wood, shielding cavities, and basic electric guitar electronics assembly and testing.


How to Build a Guitar from a Wood Pallet, Part 2: Make a Salvage Plan

By Warren McKenney

Now it's time to gather your materials, thoughts, imagination, blend them together and your guitar plans. My plan is drawn out on old reversed-blue prints. I draw my plan in real size in case I have to scale for measurements.




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