DIY Building Projects

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

Create Living Art with a Succulent Vertical Garden

By Kara Holzmiller, Build. Sow. Grow.

A step by step guide to building your own succulent vertical garden.


Build Your Own Yurt Using Papercrete

By Michael Warren

Papercrete – concrete made with paper – recycles household trash into a durable material that's perfect for heavy-duty DIY projects.


Nourish Your Winter Skin with this Winter Body Oil using a Warm Oil-Infusion Method

By Sarah Hart Morgan

Learn how to formulate a body oil that is nurishing for the winter months and how to infuse your oils with skin loving botanicals using a warm infusion method


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Turning Nettles into Textiles

By Mari Stuart, Make Gather Grow

Anyone – not just textile artists – can learn the fairly straightforward process of extracting fiber from the humble stinging nettle (Urtica dioica).


Building a Front Yard Pond

By Kyle Chandler-Isacksen, Be the Change Project

Build a small garden pond to enjoy the soothing qualities of water and add a diverse habitat for birds, aquatic plants and insects.


How to Build a One Person Hot Tub

By Roy Green

Learn how to build the Furo, a one person hot tub for $100. The article includes step-by-step instructions, information on materials and construction photos. Originally published as "Hot Tub Nirvana for $100" December 1995/January 1996 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 


Purchasing a Used Tractor: A Checklist to Consult Before You Buy

By Monica White

Inspect any tractor that you intend to purchase, even if you feel that you know its history. This checklist covers safety, body, startup and more.



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