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

A Hand-Dug Backyard Pond

By Wayne Johnson

A backyard pond creates both a beautiful oasis and a convenient spot to store rainwater.

Try a Wood Pallet Project

By Kitty Werner

A couple in Vermont has created potting sheds, a greenhouse and more from repurposed wood pallets.

Making Beeswax Candles

By Jennifer Ford

From cleaning raw beeswax to enjoying the final product, Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary will take you step by step through the process of making beeswax candles.

Not Just for Easter: Homestead Basketry

By Brian Kaller

Many traditional crafts require substantial training, infrastructure, and investment of money and time. Basketry, however, requires only a few days of training to learn basic techniques, and can use materials that be harvested naturally from almost every biome on Earth. It can be practiced around a modern working schedule, and can beautiful, durable and sustainable tools and furnishings, including animal traps, armor, beehives, boats, cages, chairs, chicken coops, coffins, fences, hand tools, hats, huts, sheds, stables, wagons, walls, and weirs.


Multidirectional Ratchet Bar Clamp

By Scott D. Reinhardt

You can repurpose broken tools to make this easy-to-assemble multidirectional ratchet bar clamp system.

Handmade Gifts That Say 'I Love You'

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Facebook community

Forego chocolate and roses this Valentine’s Day and instead choose homemade gifts, such as these ideas submitted by our Facebook friends.

How to Make Padded Hangers

By Rhonda Shephard

Use leftover yarn, ribbon or crocheting to upgrade cheap plastic clothes hangers into padded clothes hangers that will keep your garments in place.

Transform Charcoal Ash Into Homemade Putty

By Robert J. Raynor

Charcoal ash can be used for the surprisingly utilitarian purpose of concocting homemade putty.

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Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.