DIY Building Projects

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

Make Paper From Plants

By Kristi Quillen

Connect with an age-old process and the life cycle of plants to make fragrant, textured paper. See the photos on this page for step-by-step guidance in the papermaking process.

Homemade, Off-Grid Air Conditioner

Make a homemade air conditioner using a small fan, a plastic tote, and some frozen jugs of water.

Ep. 10 Get Married with Mother Earth Living

Join friends of MOTHER EARTH NEWS as we discuss planning eco-friendly and sustainable gatherings, specifically weddings.

Cheap Lumber: Find Great Furniture Wood in Piles of Floor Joists

By Steve Maxwell

You don’t need expensive wood to build fine furniture. With a little care and knowledge you’ll find amazing boards in piles of cheap construction-grade lumber.


The Ugly Truth About Staining Your Old Deck

By Steve Maxwell

If you hate the way your old deck looks bad again six months or less after restaining, you’re not alone. Long lasting deck stain beauty means you need to do things differently than most folks.

Building an Outdoor Oven

By William Rubel

This easy-to-construct, DIY clay oven fires up quickly and stays hot for days. Cook dinner at night and bake bread in the morning with its stored heat.

Which Pressure Washer Nozzle Should You Use?

By Bryan Johnson, DR Power Equipment

Which pressure washer nozzle is right for which jobs? This quick guide will get you to work on that cleaning project fast.

Recycling or Upcycling

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

We all know that homesteaders are thrifty--but now you don't even need to feel guilty about all those things you just couldn't throw away because you can upcycle them!