DIY Building Projects

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

DIY Bottle Hydroponics

By Tyler Baras

Convert empty bottles into a low cost, low maintenance, and aesthetically pleasing hydroponic system using this step-by-step guide.

Getting the Job Done: Hiring an Amish Contractor

By Corinne Gompf, Heritage Harvest Farm

Easy tips to help find an Amish contractor to help with your project.

6 Equipment Rentals That Will Speed up Your Spring Yard Prep

By Kayla Matthews

You don't have to buy expensive equipment to take care of your spring yard prep. There are lots of rental options you might not have considered before.

Hay Baler Tutorial

By Readers

Readers’ tips on building a hay baler, adding a scoop to your lawn mower, protecting your garden from nosy critters, and more.


There’s Gnome Place Like Home

By Blythe Pelham

Vignettes can add focus and fun to a garden. They also offer opportunities to reflect personality and whimsy along with habitat possibilities for our smaller co-habitants. This post shares Blythe’s new spot for gnomes, fairies, insects and others to reside.

Woodworker Salvages Fallen Trees by Designing Custom Furniture

By The Wood-Mizer Team

Brian Presnell of Indy Urban Hardwood Co. utilizes his portable sawmill to salvage fallen and diseased urban trees in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition to providing high-quality salvaged wood furniture to homeowners and local businesses, Indy Urban Hardwood Co. works closely with Herron School of Art by donating salvaged wood to art students to learn woodworking.

Making a Candle Out of Lard: Experiments in Waste Reduction

By Claire E.

While a zero-waste economy is a long way from becoming mainstream, we can all take small steps toward making it a reality. Claire E. and her family experiment with one way to reduce their waste footprint: using leftover cooking fat to make a lard candle.

How to Make a DIY Water Filtration System Using Sand or Gravel

By Kayla Matthews

For our purposes of DIYing a water filter system, you'll want to use more natural materials like sand and gravel or small rocks.

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