DIY Building Projects

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

Country Lore: August/September 2018

By MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers

Build your own horizontal Layens hive to save money while creating the best hive possible for your bees.


Build a Bee Hive from Reclaimed Materials

By Leo Sharashkin

Make your own beekeeping equipment with free and cheap materials to save money while creating the best hive possible for your bees.


How to Build a Better Bee Hive, Step-by-Step

Build your own horizontal Layens hive to save money while creating the best hive possible for your bees.


How to Unclog Drains Easily

By Anna Twitto

A few basic hacks will enable you to call the plumber much less often.


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Changing Plans and Building an Herb Spiral

By Jonathan Olivier

Off the road for a few weeks in the South, the author employs permaculture principles to build an herb spiral by using spare materials nearby.


A New Spin on an Old Craft Handspun Yarn Gets Its Resurgence

By Jennifer Huhta, Roses and Purls

A resurgence in popularity of handspinning is taking root in the modern makers movement.


The Specifics of Food Storage

By Kate Rowinski

Learn which dry goods, especially for baking, you can store and the best ways to store them for a prolonged shelf life.


Homemade Charcoal Drawing Sticks

Learn how to make charcoal sticks for creating works of art using a new paint can, a campfire, and some small sticks.



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