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

How to Insulate an Outdoor Workshop

By Megan Wild

Your outdoor workshop is likely one of your favorite places to be. Learn how to insulate it before winter comes!

Make a Perfect Headband from Over-the-Knee Socks

By Mary Ann Reese

Using over-the-knee socks to make these 10-minute wonders opens up a whole new world of choices for cozy headbands. Think of it! Headbands for men, women, and children can be charming as they coordinate with your outdoor clothes or practical to pair with your jeans and t-shirts.

DIY Termite Treatment

By Lloyd Khan

We've had (drywood) termite problems on and off for years. A few years ago, I decided to try Greenbug spray, which is made of cedar and natural ingredients. I've been spraying this stuff on the wood where I see termite frass (pellets) and to my amazement, there are no more pellets. The stuff smells great, like cedar oil, and I am just now buying a 2nd gallon (about $60).

How to Build a Garden Aquarium

By Ann Katelyn

In order create a more relaxing environment in your garden, you can build and aquarium and also create an attraction to make your home beautiful. Buying a pre-made aquarium will cost you thousands of dollars, and with the current economic pressures on most people, this is avoidable by building your own.


Yearning for Yarn, Especially Recycled

By Anna Twitto

How recycling yarn saved my grandmother's life.

Making Your Own Knives

By Lloyd Kahn

When I was at the Mother Earth News Fair in Pennsylvania a few months ago, I bought a handmade knife from a mountain man. The blade was carbon steel, which I prefer over stainless steel. It's softer and easier to sharpen, even if you have to care for it so that it doesn't rust. Here are some tips for those wanting to get started making handmade knives.

How to Tan a Deer Hide

By Dennis Biswell

Follow these steps for tanning a deer hide, complete with time requirements and tool recommendations, to make your own beautiful, quality leather.

6 Things You Can Repurpose Into Homestead 'Mojo'

By Christopher James Marshall

Repurposing building materials is at the heart of sustainability and mojo is what you build with. I’ve tried many ideas at my homestead and here’s the tips I’ve found are the most affordable, brings that homestead mojo to work for you, and instead of filling up the landfill you’re helping save the planet.

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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.