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DIY Building Projects

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

Reusable Toilet Paper Cloths

By Ilene White Freedman, House in the Woods Farm

Make toilet paper replacements - reusable cloths - for times of need, times of short supply, and anytime at all.

The Incredible, Edible Bean Bag Tripod

By Ron Spomer

If you're a shutterbug on a budget, the bean bag tripod is a camera support you can make in just minutes.

Oil Drum Handicraft: Barrel Stoves, Barrel Heaters and Barrel Smokers

By Gary L. Brooks

Gary Brooks shares how you can convert 55-gallon oil drums, Blazo cans, and Blazo crates into barrel stoves, barrel heaters, barrel smokers, and many other useful appliances. Originally published as "Oil Drum Handicraft" in the July/August 1973 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Coffee Can Bird House (with Video)

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

Do you have an empty coffee can at home you'd like to re-purpose into something nifty? Learn how to make a bird house from one in this article!


Tips on Building Amateur Radio Kits

By Jim Stamper

Learn how constructing your ham radio equipment can be a good project, but be sure you have the patience for it first.

3D Tic-Tac-Toe!

By David Dyer

Keep cabin fever at bay with a new version of an old pastime: 3D Tic-Tac-Toe! Originally published as "3-D Tick-Tack Toe!" in the January/February 1981 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Soap Making for the Beginner, Part I

By Sarah Hart Boone

Part I of a two-part tutorial on how to make soap for the absolute beginner. Readers will assemble materials and prepare the mold this week in anticipation of combining the ingredients to make a batch of cold-process soap.

How to Make Your Own Fabric Face Mask

By Danielle Pientka,

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

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