DIY Building Projects

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

Make a Bag Holder from an Old Feed Bag!

By Danielle Pientka,

Learn how to make a grocery bag holder using an old feed bag! No elastic required.

Country Lore: A Handy Broom


Readers’ tips on making hand brooms, sheep scales, and growing plants in gutters.

Set Up Your Own Small Animal Shed

By Spike Carlsen; Illustrations by Len Churchill

Stack timbers to shelter your animals from the elements with this simple and practical design.

3 Ingredient, Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizer

By Lyndsay Dawson Mynatt

Is your stash of hand sanitizer running low? Try this basic formula with three common household ingredients to create your own safeguard against germs.


Portable Solar-Powered Generator

By Kerry W. Mann, Jr.

These homesteaders converted an out-of-use garden trailer into a portable source of power to use around their property.

Keep Your Daily Catch Fresh: Build a Live Fish Holding Box

By Jean W. Lyon

Build a live fish holding box to keep your fish catch fresh. The article includes building photos, materials list and building instructions. Originally published as "Make a Live-Fish Box" July/August 1982 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Build a Book Nook and Window Seat

By Steve Maxwell

Build a book nook and window seat. Your favorite books within easy reach, a comfy seat and lots of warm, natural light — these are the three features that make an inviting book nook. With a simple design, and reclaimed cabinets (or inexpensive ready-made shelf units), success is within reach of anyone with intermediate woodworking skills. That’s what you’ll find here: a toolbox of universal concepts, techniques and solutions that you can apply to your specific project.

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.

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