DIY Building Projects

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

Carpet-Sample Rug

By Courtney Denning

Turn a collection of carpet-sample pieces into an eclectic rug for your kitchen or bathroom! This resourceful DIY project can be made with just four materials - some of which may already be in your home.


Tapping Maple Trees: A Beginner’s Guide to Making Your Own Maple Syrup

By Julie Fryer

This article will answer common questions about collecting maple sap and making maple syrup. It will walk the beginner through the first steps of gathering tapping supplies, drilling the taphole, and getting started on becoming a sugarmaker.


How to Build a Guitar from a Wood Pallet, Part 3: Sound Chambers

By Warren McKenney

Ah, the fun begins for building a wood pallet guitar. In this post, we apply the following building steps: planning material, matching the right tools to the wood, shielding cavities, and basic electric guitar electronics assembly and testing.


How to Build a Guitar from a Wood Pallet, Part 2: Make a Salvage Plan

By Warren McKenney

Now it's time to gather your materials, thoughts, imagination, blend them together and your guitar plans. My plan is drawn out on old reversed-blue prints. I draw my plan in real size in case I have to scale for measurements.


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DIY Framed Floral Arrangement

By Courtney Denning

This framed floral arrangement made with dried flowers and corsages is a lovely and sentimental art piece. It can be made with flowers saved and preserved from many occasions, or from this year’s Valentine’s Day flowers.


How to Build a Guitar from a Wood Pallet, Part 1: Materials List

By Warren McKenney

This post is an overview of my wood pallet guitar. It explains the material sources, how they were obtained and preparation involved with little or no budget, along with the story of my life. Also, you’ll learn the benefits of recycling, repurposing, and reclaiming.


Shaking Off a DIY Fail

By Amanda Hoover of Homegrown.org

Homegrown.org's Amanda Hoover shakes off a DIY fail — an attempt at homemade natural food coloring — and holds her head high.


7 Delightful Mini-Indoor Garden Ideas to Liven Up Your Living Space

By James White

Put together your own mini-indoor garden with these clever ideas.



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