DIY Building Projects

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

Pine Needle Hand Broom Revisited, with Video

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

The original post from 2019 explains how to make one (with instructional video) while this revisit to the hand broom will include more information and ideas on how to use them!

Paint Your Own 'Story Stones'

By Kristen Tool, Olsen Farm

Turn unused garden stones into personally designed teaching tools. This craft is a great opportunity to be outdoors with children.

Build an Indoor Grow Light Plant Stand

By Cheryl Long

Cheryl Long shares how to build this indoor grow light plant stand, a multipurpose piece of furniture that acts as an all-in-one bookcase, seed-starting shelf and houseplant display case.

Effective Natural Cleaners

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

Try effective and natural cleaning recipes for window wash, soap scum, dish soap and more to keep your home clean, naturally.


DIY Coffee Can Bird House (with Video)

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

Do you have an empty coffee can at home you'd like to re-purpose into something nifty? Learn how to make a bird house from one in this article!

How to Build a Birdhouse for Martins

By Will Shelton

Learn how to build a birdhouse for martins, the beneficial bird that not only eats copious amounts of insects, but also scares away hawks and crows. Originally titled "The Martin Birdhouse" in the February/March 1998 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

DIY Vertical Gutter Garden with Auto-Watering System

By Kerry W. Mann, Jr., HomesteadHow

Learn to build an A-frame vertical garden system with an automatic watering setup. I designed this project in 3D using Google Sketchup.

Blazing New Trails on a Rural Property

By Monica White

From surveying to stepping stones, learn basic tips to establish or improve trails around your farm or acreage.

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