DIY Building Projects

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

Making Soap: Yes You Can!

By Deb Tejada

Soap-making is fairly easy and rewarding, especially when you make a soap that’s better than anything you can buy.

An Introduction to Soap Making

By Anna Twitto

Let your creative side shine while learning to make artisan cold process soap made with ingredients needing to be used before expiration.

Learning Beginning Carpentry Skills

By Pat Stone

Learn beginner-level carpentry skills, including the fundamentals of build such as measuring, marking, cutting, nailing, tools, and other aids.

Build This Cozy Cabin

By Steve Maxwell

Anyone with basic carpentry skills can construct this classic one-room cozy cabin for about $6,500.


Hobby Space Workbench

Story and photos by Jake Lasorsa and Hannah Kincaid

Dedicate a spot to your hobbies and projects, and then craft a built-in workbench to manage those creative jobs with ease.

How to Make a Quick and Easy Chicken Saddle

By Deb Tejada

Chicken saddles are fabric "vests" you can put on hens that are suffering from overly, ummm, romantic roosters.

Why a Firewood Splitter Makes Sense

By Steve Maxwell

If I had to choose one machine that does more to boost my household self reliance, a wood splitter would be at or near the top of the list.

Seed-to-Fiber Clothing with a Homegrown Linen Vest

By Cindy Conner, Homeplace Earth

I have explored flax to linen in my garden and have made a vest, including the buttons, from my homegrown fiber.

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