DIY

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

Making Your Own Tools

By Brian Kaller

Forging metal means a lot of time standing over the fire, holding the metal – with tongs, obviously – in just the right place to get the proper amount of heat, and withdrawing it at just the right moment. Too much heat and it sparks and disintegrates, too little and no amount of hammering can budge it. Movie blacksmiths look like bodybuilders slamming white-hot metal with sledgehammers; the reality involves a lot more frantic and often delicate tapping, as the smith has only a few seconds to make the right changes before it cools again.


Get Power from ‘Dead’ Batteries by Building a ‘Watt Wringer’

By Bob Post

When your electronics say “low battery,” it means just that: The batteries are low but not dead. The energy that remains in seemingly dead batteries can be used in this simple night light project that you can build at home in about one hour. Your new night light will shine for months and is reusable for years, powered by “dead” batteries.


5 Mother-Earth-Friendly DIYs for Mother's Day

By Courtney Denning

Looking for the perfect gift for Mother's Day? I have five ideas for Mother Earth friendly DIY gifts that are sure to please your mom and the planet!


How to Make a Pallet Garden

By Monica Sharrock

Recycle an everyday pallet to make a beautiful spring garden for your porch or patio.


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DIY Teacup Cactus Planter

By Courtney Denning

A tiny teacup and an even tinier cactus make an adorable planter that’s easy to assemble. Small children’s toys, pebbles and other little decorative items add a whimsical touch.


Make Homemade Pillows with Repurposed Fabric

By Ronique Gibson

Repurposed pillow covers are an easy way to wake up your stale sofa and chairs, not to mention they offer a second life to household items that normally would have ended up in a dumpster. Here’s how to repurpose your castoff fabrics into fun, fresh pillow and cushion covers.


How to Make a Roman Shade by Recycling Clothes

By Rebecca Martin

These step-by-step instructions will show you how to make a Roman shade to fit any window in your home. You can save lots of money by recycling clothes for the fabric of your custom DIY Roman shade.


Repurposed Clementine Crate

By Courtney Denning

Repurpose an empty wooden clementine crate into a stylish organizer. All you need is some paint, papers to collage with and glue!