DIY Building Projects

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

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.


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.


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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.


DIY Compost Bin Plans

Compost bins don't have to be unsightly or difficult to build. Try these DIY compost bin plans for a structure that looks great while it produces compost for your garden.


How to Make a Soil Sifter

Learn how to make a soil sifter that takes the weight off your back with these plans for a wheeled sifting box in a frame.



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