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

The Write Stuff: DIY Stationery

By Candis Calvert

Use everyday recyclable materials to create personalized DIY stationery.

New Uses for Old T-Shirts

By Candis Calvert

Drawers overflowing? Drowning in a sea of more T-shirts than you can wear? Here are two quick and easy ways to get those used Ts back in heavy rotation.

Do It Yourself With the Wiser Living Video Series, Vol. 1


MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine comes to life in the recently released Wiser Living Video Series. Volume One of the Series features some of our most popular workshops from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS taught by members of the editorial team and expert community. Become more self-reliant in and around your home by tackling 19 projects ranging from keeping backyard chickens to making tinctures.

Wet Felting with Wool Scraps

By Sarah Cuthill

Learn how to easily wet felt wool using nothing more than wool scraps. It's so easy a two-year old can do it!


Chemistry in the Kitchen: Creating Laundry Detergent

By Candis Calvert

Crafting laundry detergent saves time, money and lightens your environmental footprint. Plus it’s simple!

Build a Rainwater Collection System

By Ben Nelson

Save the rain for a sunny day with this homemade rainwater collection system. Using recycled water containers and storing up to 275 gallons, this setup is five times bigger than the typical rain barrel.

Backyard Multigenerational Bean Bag Toss

By Robin Anderson

Build two simple game boxes to enjoy this entertaining backyard game.

How to Tap a Maple Tree: Tips for Beginners

By Rich Finzer

Learn how to tap a maple tree and which collection system is best for you.

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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.