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Upcycling the Bundt Pan

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

Do you have an old bundt pan that's just too worn to bake with anymore? Find out about a few different ways you can upcycle an old bundt pan.

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.

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