DIY Building Projects

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

What’s the Deal with Cloth Cage Liners for Small Pets?

By Danielle Pientka

Learn about using reusable cage liners for small pets like guinea pigs and practical considerations, such as saving money on bedding.

Sheep and Their Fleeces, Part 2

Deborah Niemann teaches a class on dang near everything you need to know about marketing your fleeces.

No-Sew Heavy-Duty Curtains

By Carole Coates

Draperies can be expensive, even if you’re making them yourself. But if you make curtains from canvas drop cloths, you’ll save both money and time.

6 Easy Gifts to Make with Beeswax

By Carrie Williams Howe

These simple beeswax DIY projects make for simple yet elegant gift-giving ideas for friends and family.


How to Make a Pine Needle Hand Broom

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

Learn how to easily make a miniature hand broom that can be a unique decoration, or a functional piece, in just four simple steps.

Conversations on Home Brewing and the History of Beer

In this episode of Mother Earth News and Friends Jereme Zimmerman and Victoria Redhead Miller chat about basic mead and beer making, and have a lively discussion about the history of beer and alcohol around the world.

Sheep and Their Fleeces, Part 1

Charlotte French chats with Deb Robson and Deborah Niemann, both sheep breeders and fiber experts, about raising sheep and processing fleece.

Replace Paper Towels with a Reusable Cloth Alternative

By Danielle Pientka,

Invest in dish cloths to replace paper towels. Small ones are perfect for hand washing, medium towels for cleaning, and large to dry hands.

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