DIY Building Projects

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

Rodent Proof Raised Garden Box

By Bruce McElmurray

We made our own rodent proof raised garden box to keep vegetable eating rodents out. It is easy to make and not very costly.

Irrigation Tips from MOTHER EARTH NEWS

By Mother Earth News editors

Keep these helpful tips in mind for setting up and maintaining your soaker hoses and drip irrigation.

Country Lore: April/May 2018

Submitted by MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers

Readers’ tips on developing homesteading skills, giving to back to the community, save time and money by buying in bulk, utilizing minimal resources, and more!

Build a Board-and-Batten Door

By Strother Purdy

Follow these steps to make a board-and-batten door for a pantry or shed.


How to Build a Drip Irrigation System

By Kurt Jacobson

One reader shares how to build a watering system that incorporates both soaker hoses and drip irrigation.

Build a Culvert that Looks Like a Stone Bridge

By John Shaw-Rimmington

Create a dry-stacked stone driveway culvert that looks and functions like a beautiful stone bridge.

Making Homemade Laundry Soap

By Alicia Grosso

Stop buying commercial detergents and create your own personal laundry soap.

Using Colors in Homemade Hand Soaps

By Alicia Grosso

Learn how to personalize your homemade soaps by incorporating your favorite colors.