DIY Building Projects

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

Add Thermal Mass Materials to Your Off-Grid Greenhouse

By Lindsey Schiller with Marc Plinke

Install a greenhouse system that can store daytime heat and release it at night to keep the temperature regulated 24/7.

Autumn’s Inexpensive DIY Greenhouse

By Autumn Hansen

One reader shares how she created a small, urban greenhouse for under $150 using reclaimed windows.

Redesigning Holidays to Fit Your Lifestyle

By Blythe Pelham

In this post, Blythe shares pointers for creating holidays and holy days more fitting to your lifestyle. Tradition is important to many of us and intentionally chosen traditions can be much more meaningful and joyous.

DIY Greenhouse Build with 2-by-4s and Gambrel Roof

By Kerry W. Mann, Jr., HomesteadHow

Our family designed and built a gambrel-roofed greenhouse from the ground up. In this article, I provide step-by-step details on how to build this greenhouse with a 2-by-4 structure.


Greenscraping Gourds

By Blythe Pelham

In this post, Blythe goes into more detail (including a video) about how she cleans her smaller gourds for a more uniform surface and a faster drying process.

A Gourdeous Day for Cleaning Gourds

By Blythe Pelham

Blythe shares her process for cleaning gourds on a nice sunny day.

Holiday Heirloom Wallhanging

By Cindy Conner, Homeplace Earth

Find a new use for your old jewelry or the heirlooms you inherited from your mother. Put them in a wallhanging for all to see and let the stories flow about each piece.

Using Power Tools to Grow Healthier Gardens

The growing popularity of power tools is helping gardeners plant more in less time while giving their plants a healthy boost.