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DIY Building Projects

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

An Interwoven Braided Rug

By Mary Pledge Peterson

Braided rugs are nice, but an interwoven braided rug is stronger. Here's how to make one yourself. Originally published as "AN INTERWOVEN BRAIDED RUG" in the November/December 1979 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Help the Bluebirds: Build a Bluebird House

By Samuel L. Skeen

Our bluebird house is designed to give this embattled native a fighting change again habitat loss and competing avian species.

Bicycle Power

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

Learn why bicycle power is one of the most efficient forms of mechanic energy transfer ever invented and how you can take advantage of it.

A Feather-Light Bird Kite

By G.R. Osborne

Because it uses actual bird feathers, this flyer you can make yourself is almost literally a bird kite. Originally published as "A FEATHER-LITE BIRD KITE" in the March/April 1983 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.


Make Your Own Bicycle Safety Lights

By TJ Byers

When you're riding in the midst of cars 20 times your weight, our bicycle safety lights will help protect you. Originally published as "MOTHER'S BICYCLE SAFETY FLASHER" in the May/June 1985 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

The Do-It-Yourself Bicycle Cart

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

For the urban or suburban shopper with a load of groceries to carry home, the bicycle cart is a helpmate you can make yourself. Originally published as "The Bicycle-Wheeled Shopping Cart" in the January/February 1983 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Make a Pair of Berry Picking Pants

By Brent Mathson

Make these sturdy berry picking pants by using an old pair of jeans and coating them with fabric cement to ward off sharp thorns and keep you dry for less than three dollars. Originally published as "Make a Pair of Brush-Buster Britches" July/August 1982 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 

Reusable Toilet Paper Cloths

By Ilene White Freedman, House in the Woods Farm

Make toilet paper replacements - reusable cloths - for times of need, times of short supply, and anytime at all.

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