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DIY Building Projects

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

Wood Pallet Project Ideas

Wood shipping pallets are often free for the salvaging, and these humble platforms can be repurposed as sturdy furniture, distinctive décor, and in other ways both functional and eye-catching.


Make Your Own Flag From Pallets

Make your own flag from wood pallets to create a more durable and unique way to display your patriotism.


Try a Wood Pallet Project

By Kitty Werner

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


How to Make a Pallet Garden

By Monica Sharrock

Recycle an everyday pallet to make a beautiful spring garden for your porch or patio.


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Sewing Machine Maintenance Made Simple

By Duane Sommerfield

Some repairs do require the attention of a professional, but don't be intimidated. If you're attentive and careful you can do quite a bit of sewing machine maintenance yourself. Originally published as "SEWING MACHINE SURGERY MADE SIMPLE" in the March/April 1983 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.


Sewing Rabbit Fur

By Kathy Kellogg

If you have experience sewing thick fabric, you shouldn't have any trouble sewing rabbit fur.


How to Make Your Own Fabric Face Mask

By Danielle Pientka, DIYDanielle.com

Learn how to sew your own face mask to protect yourself on trips to the grocery or feed store.


Upcycle a Broken Glass Patio Table with a Farm-Style Wood Table Top

By Kerry W. Mann, Jr., HomesteadHow

Our glass patio table shattered so we made something even better using cedar and converted this basic glass table into an awesome farmhouse style patio table!



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