DIY

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

Yearning for Yarn, Especially Recycled

By Anna Twitto

How recycling yarn saved my grandmother's life.


Making Your Own Knives

By Lloyd Kahn

When I was at the Mother Earth News Fair in Pennsylvania a few months ago, I bought a handmade knife from a mountain man. The blade was carbon steel, which I prefer over stainless steel. It's softer and easier to sharpen, even if you have to care for it so that it doesn't rust. Here are some tips for those wanting to get started making handmade knives.


How to Tan a Deer Hide

By Dennis Biswell

Follow these steps for tanning a deer hide, complete with time requirements and tool recommendations, to make your own beautiful, quality leather.


6 Things You Can Repurpose Into Homestead 'Mojo'

By Christopher James Marshall

Repurposing building materials is at the heart of sustainability and mojo is what you build with. I’ve tried many ideas at my homestead and here’s the tips I’ve found are the most affordable, brings that homestead mojo to work for you, and instead of filling up the landfill you’re helping save the planet.


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Know Your DIY Limits: Safety on the Homestead

By John Atwell

Not everyone who has the time and inclination for DIY projects should necessarily engage in such endeavors on every level. Some completed self-done projects have function and form, some exhibit neither, and some are outright dangerous. Knowing your limits and when to trade your skills and products for those of others is a fundamental safety issue on a homestead. Sustainability, stewardship, and homesteading are much more than DIY.


5 Easy Options for Restoring Old Furniture

By Nicholes Ammons, Austin Furniture Repair

In general terms, refinishing refers to the act of repairing or reapplying a wood finishing coat on a furniture object. Refinishing can be applied to a variety of surfaces or materials, including metal, plastic, wood, glass with the help of varnish, lacquer, paint or wood finish. Here are five options for refinishing furniture in your home.


The Many Benefits of Refinishing Old Furniture

By Nicholes Ammons, Austin Furniture Repair

In context of furniture, “refinishing” refers to applying a protective coating to a furniture item that has lost its original or previous protective layer. A typical furniture refinishing involves sanding, staining, sealing, and application of protective layers. Here are five reasons to take on the task.


Homemade Soap for Laundry and Gifts

By Anna Twitto

I used to think of soap-making as one of those cool things I’d love to try someday, but for a long time it seemed too complex and intimidating. Then, one day it so happened that I had all the necessary ingredients – namely, a box of lye crystals and a bottle of non-food-grade oil I had absolutely nothing else to do with. I took a deep breath and dove in. Even a beginner soap-maker can produce simple, multi-purpose, natural soap at home.