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

Portable Table Saw Purchasing Tips

By Steve Maxwell

Here’s what to look for when purchasing a portable table saw for DIY building projects around your homestead.

How to Find Your Own Clay and Make Your First Sustainable Pottery Project

By Steve Walsh and Jenni Friztlan

People around the world have used sustainable pottery for thousands of years to store and serve food, hold water, boil tea, preserve documents (in the case of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls) and for many other purposes. Cups, bowls, pots, vases, plates, saucers, butter dishes, even a “pot-within-a-pot” used for refrigeration in parts of Africa, are all traditional pottery products. This wide, purposeful use of pottery supported the local agrarian community, which is what Cottage Crafted heartily encourages one specific use for pottery is fermentation crockery. Handmade pottery crocks are perfect for making sauerkraut or kimchi. Fermentation is not only a great way to keep your harvest, it also exponentially increases its nutritional value.

Winter Challenges in the Country, Part 2

By The Thyme Garden Herb Company

Suggestions for what to have on hand - and handy - when you hear a storm is heading your way.

A Hand-Dug Backyard Pond

By Wayne Johnson

A backyard pond creates both a beautiful oasis and a convenient spot to store rainwater.


Try a Wood Pallet Project

By Kitty Werner

A couple in Vermont has created potting sheds, a greenhouse and more from repurposed wood pallets.

Making Beeswax Candles

By Jennifer Ford

From cleaning raw beeswax to enjoying the final product, Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary will take you step by step through the process of making beeswax candles.

Not Just for Easter: Homestead Basketry

By Brian Kaller

Many traditional crafts require substantial training, infrastructure, and investment of money and time. Basketry, however, requires only a few days of training to learn basic techniques, and can use materials that be harvested naturally from almost every biome on Earth. It can be practiced around a modern working schedule, and can beautiful, durable and sustainable tools and furnishings, including animal traps, armor, beehives, boats, cages, chairs, chicken coops, coffins, fences, hand tools, hats, huts, sheds, stables, wagons, walls, and weirs.

Multidirectional Ratchet Bar Clamp

By Scott D. Reinhardt

You can repurpose broken tools to make this easy-to-assemble multidirectional ratchet bar clamp system.