DIY Building Projects

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

Turn Unreturnable Bulk Bags into Potato Planters

By Judith Docken

When I first started building my garden and raised beds, I ordered several bulk bags of garden loam and bark mulch. The bags are made of a sturdy, heavy-duty fabric, and I didn’t want to just throw them away, so I had to give some thought as to how I could use them. I decided to recycle the bulk bags into flexible raised beds in which I could grow potatoes and carrots. What this gave me were three extra raised beds with very little effort.


Woodworking Arborist Salvages Urban Trees

By The Wood-Mizer Team

Working as an arborist in Colorado, Ryan Baldwin saw an opportunity to salvage city trees destined for the dump into usable lumber for woodworking projects.


Craft Distilling with a Home Distillery

By Victoria Redhed Miller

Learn how to safely and legally distill your own spirits with this "home" distillery guide.


Make a Greenhouse from an Unused Dog Kennel

By Mary Ann Reese

We no longer used our 6-foot-by-10-foot dog kennel, and it looked like a sturdy frame for a greenhouse.


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How We Built a DIY Wood-Fired Hot Tub from Cedar (With Instructions)

By Alyssa Craft

When we arrived on our off-grid property, one of our first plans of action was to build our own cedar wood-fired hot tub. Here's how we did it.


No Bark, All Byte: Make a DIY Wooden Mouse Pad

By Julia Marchand

Make this unique mouse pad using natural materials - perfect for a Father's Day gift!


How to Color Soap at Home

By Anne-Marie Faiola

Making soap is a creative and artistic process with a practical use. Learn how to color, pour and cut soap at home to achieve your desired results.


How to Stretch a Hat using an Inflatable Ball

By Mary Ann Reese

Hats are useful to keep damaging UV rays away from sensitive head and neck areas. They protect kids from the sun and wind as they play. But what if your favorite hat is just too small? Here is useful hack for stretching a hat using an inflatable ball.