DIY Building Projects

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

Video: Building a Headboard from Materials in the Barn

By Adam D. Bearup, Hybrid Homes

It is amazing to see what treasures lay beneath old dust and paint! Join me on this adventure as I show you how to turn old, re-purposed material into a custom headboard.

How to Build a Natural Stream Pond

By Tim Matson

Tim Matson provides a guide to building a natural stream pond for your property, including pond advice and building diagrams. Originally published as "The Digger" March/April 1986 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 

Country Lore: Good to the Last Drop


Reader tips on topics from monster zucchini bread to pickle poles

Basic Portable Sawmill Maintenance: Blade Care

By Monica White

Quality sawmill results start and end with sharp blades. This post covers sawmill blades for homesteaders using portable sawmills.


Recycled Map Crafts

By Sarah Hart Boone

Use old maps to wallpaper a room, shade a window, create a scrapbook, and other useful household crafts.

Video: Building a Corner Media Unit from Materials in the Barn

By Adam D. Bearup, Hybrid Homes

In this video, you will see how I re-purposed material in the barn to build a custom corner media unit using a few old walnut boards.

Solar Food Dehydrators

By Eben Fodor

With a solar food dehydrator, you can use free energy from the sun to preserve your harvest.

Win a Portable Generator for Outdoor Living

By Steve Maxwell

Quiet operation, frugal fuel usage, clean power and multiple voltage outputs are the main features of any generator that’s optimal for outdoor living.

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