DIY Building Projects

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

Recycling or Upcycling

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

We all know that homesteaders are thrifty--but now you don't even need to feel guilty about all those things you just couldn't throw away because you can upcycle them!


​Make New Candles from Old Wax

By Anna Twitto

Used-up candles can be recycled and made into new ones with very little effort.


The Pros and Cons of Building Your Own Home

By Paul Wood, Shelter Works

Creating a pro and con list can be a good first step in deciding whether building your own home is the right decision for you


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.


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Find A Market For Your Handmade Items

By Anna Twitto

Your artisan crafts may blossom from a hobby to a profitable mini-business — if handled right. Find out how to find a market for homemade goods.


Build Your Own Egg Incubator

By Julie Gauthier

A poultry farmer offers up the lessons she learned after constructing her own incubation cabinet to hatch rare heritage chicks.


How to Sharpen a Chainsaw Better Than New

By Steve Maxwell

Still struggling to sharpen a chainsaw with a file? An electric sharpener is faster, easier and makes a better cutting saw. Download a hands-on guide for learning how to use electric saw chain sharpeners.



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