DIY Building Projects

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

Replace Wrapping Paper with a Reusable Alternative

By Danielle Pientka,

Learn how to reduce household waste during holidays replacing wrapping paper and gift bags with a reusable alternative.

Basic Techniques for Shaping Stone by Hand

Story by Brian Post; Photos by Tom Hutten

Rock your hardscaping projects by learning how to use the right tools for the job and honing your observational skills.

Dog Kennel Chicken Tractor

Story and photos by Thomas Ruth

Convert a dog pen into a chicken tractor that’s easy to assemble and move, and sturdy enough to keep your flock well-protected.

A Way with Willow: Basket-Materials Farmer Howard Peller’s Handcrafted Willow Structures

By Wendy Gregory

Willow farmer Howard Peller not only grows 100 varieties of willow on his 140-acre farm in Central Ohio, he creates willow play structure installations for nature playscapes, arboretums, and children’s gardens can be found throughout the United States.


6 Upgrades to Make for Life on the Homestead

By Kayla Matthews

Improve your self-reliance and the efficiency of your homestead with these six house and machinery upgrades.

Help Your Customers Do Your Marketing For You

By Norma Vela

Learn how to market your farm and products to reach new customers by harnessing search engines and social media.

Site and Build a Barn Owl Nest Box

By Tom Stephan, Barn Owl Boxes

Learn how you can put a barn owl nesting box on your property to invite these beautiful birds into your backyard for natural rodent control.

How to Make a Smart Garden

By Shawna Coronado

Liven up a drab balcony or dreary home office with this delightful planter design and you’ll reap the benefits of being surrounded by beautiful plants.

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