Wild, Wacky and Wonderful

| 7/6/2010 4:17:48 PM

One of the perks of working in the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editorial office is the opportunity to leaf through the pages of the issues that were published in Hendersonville, N.C., prior to 1985. Hidden in single columns, Country Lore tips and black and white features are dozens of wild, wacky and imaginative projects built by MOTHER’s readers. Here are just a few to whet your appetite:

We Built a Spinning Wheel for $2.50 (The wheel is from a bicycle.)
How to Build a Garden House for Birds, Bats and Bees
Build a Kozy Korner Homestead Garden Thing

We’re wondering if you’ve built any wild, wacky and wonderful objects. If so, tell us about it in the comments section below, and you could post a photo on CU, our photo-sharing site.


kate phillips
7/15/2010 11:19:52 PM

as a 'what have you always wanted to do' challenge for my husband to be, (we were over 50 and just dating), we took on the treehouse dream..... tied into three trees and hovering like an elevator stuck on the third floor, it has weaved with breeze and 'gusts up to 50 mph" for three years now...... we sleep there many nights, all seasons and the beauty of it is many recyclables, including windows....will try to submit a photo....

Jan Steinman
7/14/2010 11:30:54 AM

I built a goat milking stand out of scrap metal I had laying around -- an old bed frame, the "headache rack" from behind the driver of a delivery van, bits of electrical conduit and angle iron left over from other projects. I wanted it to be easily movable by one person, so I put wheels on one end. They are from my father-in-law's old golf bag caddy, and they say "Bag Boy" on the hub, which seems strangely apropos for a milking stand! Photos here: http://www.ecoreality.org/pix/090513_Milking_Stand/

Ellen Forde_1
7/14/2010 9:49:28 AM

Every year in our town the Boys and Girls Club hosts a Christmas Tree Auction as a fundraiser. (Fake) Trees or wreaths are donated by individuals and groups pre-decorated for the holiday season. Last Christmas, I made a wacky spin on this idea by making a tree out of 100% post-consumer materials. I scrounged hardware stores for items they were going to be throwing out and the recycling centers in our area. The trunk was made out of a old tree stand and a decorated PVC pipe. Branches were made out of green plastic bottles with wire stabilizers. The tree was decorated with ornaments made out of the bottle labels and caps strung together with old string and the "star" had a little blurb on it encouraging others to reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink the ways in which they can use materials. The tree didn't bring in much money, but it was a highlight to the event!

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