DIY Building Projects

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

Turning Nettles into Textiles

By Mari Stuart, Make Gather Grow

Anyone – not just textile artists – can learn the fairly straightforward process of extracting fiber from the humble stinging nettle (Urtica dioica).


6 Easy Gifts to Make with Beeswax

By Carrie Williams Howe

These simple beeswax DIY projects make for simple yet elegant gift-giving ideas for friends and family.


Building a Front Yard Pond

By Kyle Chandler-Isacksen, Be the Change Project

Build a small garden pond to enjoy the soothing qualities of water and add a diverse habitat for birds, aquatic plants and insects.


5 Easy Options for Restoring Old Furniture

By Nicholes Ammons, Austin Furniture Repair

In general terms, refinishing refers to the act of repairing or reapplying a wood finishing coat on a furniture object. Refinishing can be applied to a variety of surfaces or materials, including metal, plastic, wood, glass with the help of varnish, lacquer, paint or wood finish. Here are five options for refinishing furniture in your home.


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How to Build a One Person Hot Tub

By Roy Green

Learn how to build the Furo, a one person hot tub for $100. The article includes step-by-step instructions, information on materials and construction photos. Originally published as "Hot Tub Nirvana for $100" December 1995/January 1996 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 


Purchasing a Used Tractor: A Checklist to Consult Before You Buy

By Monica White

Inspect any tractor that you intend to purchase, even if you feel that you know its history. This checklist covers safety, body, startup and more.


Aquaponics: The Basics

By Maryann Robinson

Use an inert growing medium and special fertilizer generated by fish with a little help from beneficial bacteria.


Handcrafted Soaps Podcast

Joanna Will of Prairie Turnip Farm shares how she began and developed her soap business, and what she’s learned through her experiences.



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