DIY Building Projects

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

Make a Rustic Wooden Cheese Board and Stirrer

Story by Samina Langholz and Andrea Brugi. Photos by Ditte Isager.

Add warmth and personality to your kitchen by creating a cheese board from a slice of a log and a classic stirrer from scrap wood.


Build a Children’s Lounge Chair

Story and photos by Spike Carlsen.

With a little lumber and know-how, you can build this simple, pint-sized chair for the little ones in your life.


Build a Custom Chicken Coop

Story and photos by Tim and Amy Roden.

Two readers share how their family built a quality custom coop for a fraction of the cost of a pre-made model.


How to Make a Bone Needle

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

Have you ever considered the many uses of a single deer leg, normally left as waste from processing the animal for meat? This article discusses an interesting use for the leg bone, by giving instruction for primitive and modern methods for creating a bone needle.


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Work With Your Hands, Build A Community

By Anna Twitto

How unplugging, slowing down and working with my hands helps me engage with the community.


Beginner Bar Soap

Story and photos by Kimberlee Bastien

Make your own tallow and lye soap with this beginner-friendly guide.


7 Unique DIY Projects for Essential Oils

By Mikkie Mills

There are so many ways to use essential oils in DIY activities with your kids.


Low- (or Zero-) Budget Shelter for a Stray Cat

By Bob Post

Make a simple and effective DIY cat shelter from repurposed items around the house.



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