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10 DIY Sinks and Vanities (and a Tub and Shower Too!)
Turning bowls into vessel sinks, and dressers into vanities aren't new ideas, but the difference is that the people that are in this article did it right. Also in our list are some ideas that might serve as inspiration for the next big thing in bathroom fixture re-purposing.  Jill bought...
10 Pallets and $80 Makes This Great Swimming Pool! DIY Fun!
Are you dreaming about having your own pool at home and spending some relaxing moments in it? Well, with the help of this next DIY project this dream can become reality and you will never again have to go to public pools in the Summer. It doesn't cost much. We are talking about old pallets th...
10 Unusual DIY Creations With 55 Gallon Barrels
While researching for a post about reusing 55 gallon plastic barrels, we came across people who had figured out ways to use them in a manner that was a little more creative than most of us.  Thought these ideas might spark new ideas from you.  If they do – please send us your idea an...
10 Uses for Wood Ashes
A cord of firewood can produce 50 pounds of ashes—a formidable heap of soot but also a great source for mineral-rich dust that has practical uses. Just be careful to store them in a fireproof container with the lid shut to choke any embers. Unlike ashes, you can't use flames any place except i...
100-Year-Old Way to Filter Rainwater in a Barrel
By Linda Holliday     During our boiling, broiling, blistering summer of 2012 here in the Missouri Ozarks, water was a topic of conversation wherever we went. Creeks and ponds dried up (some never recovered) and the water table dropped, forcing a few neighbors to have their well p...
11 Ways to Cook Without Power
One of my favorite things about the pioneer days is their ability to accomplish so much without electricity. It’s amazing when one looks at how they lived and what they did. Many of us would be hard pressed to make it a few days, let alone years, without our electricity and stores.   Now, ...
12 Great DIY Greenhouse Projects
by Kathy Woodward Greenhouses can extend your growing season, allow you to propagate plants from your yard, and the yard of fellow gardeners, and let you grow tender or delicate plants you might not otherwise be able to grow. I’ve seen lettuce and spinach grow in a greenhouse when there was a...
14 Projects To Cut Your Energy and Water Usage
These are projects to consider for your off grid homestead, whether you’re building a cabin in the woods that’s disconnected from any power or water sources, or just want to reduce your utility bills, going partially or totally off grid can be done on the cheap with a little creative thi...
18th Century Cooking: How to Build an Earthen Oven.
In this video they show you how to build an earthen oven. Wood-fired earthen ovens are easily documented all the way back the ancient Romans. Likewise, they are easily documented in archaeological evidence and first-hand accounts from the 18th Century. They will show you how easy it is to ...
20 Fun And Creative DIY Swimming Pools!
When the sun is beating down, and the heat overtakes you, and there's no swimming pool close by, some folks resort to good ole fashioned ingenuity to bring the water into the sun.  Watch how some of them did it.  Maybe you'll get some ideas! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 1...
20 Uses For The Bathtub In The Yard
Beautiful yard landscaping with planters, small ponds and water gardens help reuse and recycle old bathroom tubs and create beautiful yard decorations for outdoor living spaces. Lushome presents 22 creative yard landscaping ideas for recycling bathroom tubs and personalize backyard and garden design...
20+ Incredible PVC Projects to Make Today
In this article you will show you how to build different PVC project. Some of them might be more useful to you, some might not, but I'm sure you will find something you like among this list. PVC is a flexible, easy material that has inspired outlandish projects that you could never imagine. Human cr...
23 Awesome PVC Projects for the Home
How about a summer marshmallow attack to kick off the day!  Everybody can have their own color! You don't really need to measure to make them.  Just cut where it looks right and glue the pieces together with pvc glue.  The lower part is just for a handle.  The marshmallow will f...
24 Handpicked Simple Fresh And Creative DIY
It is never to early to star planning projects and activities for the family, what better than using our imagination, re-purpose materials and letting our creative juices flow. Making things together is a great way to build lasting memories, valuable skills or just plain having fun. I think tha...
25 Creative Ways To Deal With Wood Stumps In The Yard
When you don't have a stump grinder at hand, and you want to conceal one or two, here are some great ways to dress them up... This little slide idea won't be going anywhere soon.  Once the kids get a taste of this fun, it's there to stay!  Besides, it's stronger than a concrete post...
3 Non-Toxic Ways To Kill Mold In Your Home
Mold, if not managed around the house it can cause severe health problems. Asthma, allergies, bronchial infections. On top of being unsightly. In this article you will learn 3 non-toxic ways to treat mold. You will find that you probably already have some of these ingredients at home. Over the years...
31 Ways To Organize Your Tiny Home Kitchen
Tight budgets and even tighter spaces are the bane of every organization-freaks existence. When you have a small space and little money to create order, sometimes things can get a little crazy. Luckily, this post will give you a few ideas to spruce up your tiny kitchen and save space while you d...
9 Steps From Pallets To Hardwood Floor For About $100 Bucks And Some Elbow Grease
It took some effort, it took some time, but in the end, we're super thrilled with it. Step 1: Getting Started Our pantry floor was a disaster. Or, the tiny scary purposeless room we turned into a pantry had this horrible cheap carpet in it. Hardly up to task. Stopping by a pallet recycler for anothe...
A $10 Barrel Becomes 24 Different Creative And Ingenious Things
Pallets have gotten a lot of credit as being extremely recycleable.  There's another commodity out there that is in rich supply, and they are often used once, and then they end up in the metal scrap yard or even the garbage.  They are the 55 gallon drum oil type barrel.  Today they ar...
A Beautiful Oven From Scratch To Finish
Every good idea begins with a need.  That need is followed by a plan.  The plan is often written down, and drawn out... and in this case, a plan can receive a special reminder of what is to go there.  Well, at Dancing Rabbit eco village, this was how they began with one of the first o...
A Change Of Lifestyle And Hand Made Sandals - Going Off Grid
My story starts out with a 60-80 hour work week running a very well-established restaurant. I was only focused on money and the store. I was rarely able to see my family or friends, focus on myself, or really live in general. I honestly thought I would have a heart attack by the age of 45 with all t...
A Colorful Pedal-Powered Folding Wall (Video) by Farwaste
From sharpening knives to blending smoothies, the potential of pedal power seems virtually endless. Italian design studio Farwaste has combined the wonders of the bicycle with upcycling in B*wall, a project that transforms old objects that have reached the end of their lifecycle into a beautiful and...
A Readers Dream Chair: How To Build A Bookshelf Chair
There is nothing better on a cold evening to get cozy around the fireplace reading a book. What better than this couch built for the bookworm at heart. People creativity amaze me. Such inexpensive materials, a little elbow grease and a couch to enjoy for time to come. Are you handy at heart, what ab...
A Woodworkers Dream Tool! (Video)
Woodpeckers was established in September of 1988. Their focus has always been woodworking tools. Up until 2004 they focused on demonstrating tools at woodworking shows throughout the U.S. Since 1993 they've been manufacturing router tables and router mounting plates. Starting with lit...
After Finding An Old Wooden Pallet, She Transformed It Into Practical Furniture
Fiona is the crafty creator behind YouTube channel Style Resurrection, where she demonstrates her neat DIY projects. She can turn practically anything into great pieces of furniture. Knowing this, her husband came home one day with an old wooden pallet he found by his work. Fiona instantly knew she ...
Amazing Firepit Swing Design Start To Finish, Who Want's To Build One?
What’s better than sitting around a campfire in the summer evenings? A beautiful summer evening with a backyard fire pit is the perfect gathering spot for family and friends. How does it look? Materials: 6- Bags of Sacreete (or Quickcreete – whatever you call it) one for each upright. ...
Amazing Outdoor Seats From Upcycled Clawfoot Tubs by Helen Stephenson
The idea came about as a commission to design sturdy weatherproof outdoor seats for a music festival with a limited budget. On my daily walk from my flat to my studio, I saw two baths dumped on the street by the rubbish bins. Made from fibreglass, they are an instant, durable material already m...
An Ingenious Washing Machine Made Of Little More Than A Bucket
This laundry unit uses found materials to get the job done. Anyone can do this and the cost is minimum but highly practical and effective.  The time is nigh for foot-powered washing machines. Though the concept has been explored before, two recent projects are garnering attention for th...
An Outdoor Fairy Tale Oven
In the blistering heat of summer, the last place you or anyone else wants to be is in the kitchen cooking. Standing in front of a hot oven or stove top isn’t much fun in the best of circumstances, but in July or August it can make you feel as if you’ve just landed a starring role in a re...
An Oval Cutout, Some Wood Stain, And Some Creativity Of Course- I Can't Believe My Eyes!
Beth and Nick are a couple that has found a niche online among their extreme creativity.  As you will see in the videos and photos below, Beth has managed to take a photograph and become an expert with shading it's design and shadings onto a wooden table blank with a cotton rag.  Enjo...
Arts And Crafts Time
I was out on a roofing appointment today, and I ran into Cathy  with great crafts skills.  All over her home were hand crafted ideas, and I had to take some pictures.  Check these out:  Popsicle Stick Snowflakes and Cathy Showing Off Her Work: Put your outdoor picture beh...
Be Careful When You Reach For Your Walking Stick - It May Bite!
The process begins in the woods, searching for just that right piece of timber.  Not so light it's going to break... no knots in bad places, and just right for what's in mind... In this video I demonstrate how I go about making a rattlesnake wrapped walking cane from one piece of pine. Once...
Be Still My Heart: Turn undrinkable water into pure, crystal-clear distilled water with a home-built solar still
"The box is built from 3/4 " BC-grade plywood, painted black on the inside to absorb heat. We used a double layer of plywood on the sides to resist warping and to help insulate the box, with an insulated door at the back and a sheet of glass on top." Make Your Own Distilled Water Make your ow...
Best Space Saving Ideas for your Home or Apartment
Mirror Table This wall-mounted mirror table is a great little idea for saving space.  On the wall you can enjoy it, but when you are hungry or have guests round you can take it down and use it as a dining table. Drawers within Stairs This is a great idea to maximise storage space in your hom...
Best-Ever Solar Food Dehydrator Plans: 12 Simple Steps To Completion
Nearly two decades of expert testing and experimentation have gone into producing these solar food dehydrator plans. The resulting food dryer isn’t just efficient and off-grid — it’s also highly cost-effective for anyone wanting to preserve large amounts of food at home. By Dennis ...
Biochar by Bio Burner- A new method of manufacturing
We found a unique way to continuously make biochar here at BioBurner. We can also dry, sterilize and configure almost any biomass into fertilizer, bedding, mulch etc at the same time. The combination of opportunities has put us in a good place for testing biochar and organic fertilizers.   We...
Bob Turns Metal Food-Cans Into Amazing Designs! (3 pages)
"I sculpture all-occasion gifts from food cans and various types of metal. I learned welding back in the early 90's building street rods, and retired in 2012. I was a Graphic Designer and Illustrator for over 42 years, never umemployed. I share over 52 national awards for my advertising design work....
Build A Compost Water Heater For Hot Water Abundance
It’s a water heater and it’s also a compost pile. That’s correct, compost: that same pile of decomposing organic material you’re naturally accumulating from your own backyard homesteading operation. While you’re probably well aware that keeping the sweet-spot ratio of 1...
Build A Secret Compartment Table To Keep Your Nines (Video)
Made of Walnut and Cherry with brass hinges and hardware. The idea to use Cherry was a last minute decision after seeing Matt Cremona's Sofa table here https://youtu.be/atL5A8DzNi4.  The Cherry will darken over time and won't be as loud as it is right now. The compartment is hidden i...
Build your own mini wind turbine from printer parts
Here's a fun little DIY project that can bring home the clean, quiet nature of wind energy. For all the DIY-ers and parents and teachers who want to get hands-on with renewable energy, building a micro wind turbine could be a great little project. It's not nearly big enough to power anything large, ...
Building A Chicken Coop? Checkout These FREE Plans!
If you’re going to get chicks this spring, or need a new home for your flock, you’ll love this free chicken coop plan. When it comes to building your own chicken coop, it’s important to make sure it’s large enough for your brood. This coop is meant to house five chickens that...
Building A Colorful Beautiful Bottle Wall
You’ve likely seen the bottle wall picture (above) floating around on green living and re-purposing pages on Facebook. However, the pictures of beautiful bottle walls seldom come with DIY directions. Well if you’ve ever wanted to transform your property for little or no money at all, her...
Building a smokehouse: 11 Easy Steps
by Cameron Faustman Building a smokehouse is fairly easy to do. Wood is a popular choice. Animal Science Professor Cameron Faustman at the University of Connecticut says there's no need to be an accomplished carpenter. The roof is a little cock-eyed? That's OK! You want a leaky smokehouse so it vent...
Building my first Ugly Drum Smoker (UDS); from beginning to completion! (Video)
This video shows how to build a Ugly Drum Smoker (UDS) from scratch. Ugly Drum Smokers (UDS) are simple smokers to build and operate yet they put out some really good barbecue. With a 1/3 basket it held a 250 degree average for 5-6 hours with all intakes wide open during the seasoning step!! The ...
Building the fishing dock: Homesteading From Scratch
In this video the dock for the pond is built. Starting with the framing, leveling and then the flooring is installed.   Eventually the rains came and filled the pond And brought with it more greenry to the area surrounding the home (yup that's the house for now). on to page 2.......
Cheap Trick - Mosquito Repellent Clears Foggy Headlights
Do you need an easy fix to a foggy headlight issue? Here is an off-the-wall idea using products you already have at home. You don't need a ton of time, or a mechanic's degree to fix them, just a sock and some deet and you can have clear headlights once again. This is what old, yellowed headlig...
Check Out My Mini Portable Cookhouse Made From Scratch
Imagination was my biggest concern. Here is a more detailed description of my project: To start I have to say tha I am a member of a team called SIMSON of oltimers (mainly SR1 / SR2). And in this occasion we took this trailer to re-build. The starting point was the kettle, a food bucket, just like ...
Check out the Beautiful Design of This Rocket Stove!
The cutting edge of sustainable low-tech cooking these days are rocket stoves. This is Chris's first rocket stove, and now he's seen it in action he's planning to refine the design of the next one.  But I'm finding its a pleasure to cook on as well as look at. The stove had its first run c...
Coin Becomes a Ring...AMAZING! (Video)
If you have the time and the patience, why spend all that money buying a new ring, when you can make your honey a beautiful one at home. In this video you will learn the process of making a ring out of a regular coin. The process is long, but the results are amazingly gorgeous. And so personal....
Cooking With Homemade Fuel Alcohol
This blog provides information for educational purposes only. All copper "moonshine" distillers featured on the site are non-functional props. All recipes and "how to's" are theoretical. All scenarios are fictitious. No laws were broken during production of the material found on this site. Products ...
Couple makes an awesome fish pond in their backyard (Video)
The Construction of this fish pond, simply fabulous! from David Webster on Vimeo. This is a video that shows a couples build of a nice fish pond. Still images were taken of the footage to show the step by step process. Posted by Amazing to See on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 sour...
Cowboy Makes These Western Masterpieces From Scraps And Tools! (26 images, 3 videos)
All images: John Lopez A man of many talents, South Dakota Born Cowboy, John Lopez had learned the art of making bronze sculptures, and had  made a career of it.  After his beloved aunt passed away, he went to build a family cemetary plot on his widowed uncle's ranch.  As he ass...
Creating A Simple And Inexpensive Rain Water Collection System
Visitors to the farm are usually surprised to learn that we water the entire garden and landscape with only reclaimed rain water. Our system, which collects and stores rainwater from our barn's metal roof, provides 100% of our annual watering needs. The best part, it was extremely easy to install, a...
Creative and Beautiful Cinder Block Decor
There are extremely creative people out there, they have a unique vision of how things can be used as something totally different than their utilitarian purpose, and are able to turn them into an unexpected but beautiful thing. Who would have thought that you could do these things with the concret...
Creative Ways To Add Amazing Curb Appeal To Your Home
You don't need a lot of money to create a nice curb appeal for your home, all you need is a little creativity, imagination and put a little elbow grease into it. You will feel great having achieved something beautiful for your space. Below are some amazing examples of just little changes that have g...
Creativity With Sticks And Hide, The Splendor Is In Simplicity (Updated)
Located at Tacos El Tequila in Cape Coral Florida, this set captured my eye as so fantastic, because it looks like somebody went into the woods, gathered up some sticks, butchered a couple cows, and went to work assembling this amazing handmade set. (Update: Just found out the name of this Furniture...
Custom Chicken Coop Plans
Raising backyard chickens is more popular than ever. Keeping chickens is a hobby that pays off in fertilizer, pest control, companionship, and, of course, fresh eggs. For those ready to take the plunge, it all starts with the right housing, but finding a coop that is appropriate for the flock, easy ...
Custom Made Liquor Dispensers For Your Deck, Porch, Or Man Cave (Photos)
These Creative Liquor Dispensers can be helpful if you are decorating your home, office, tv room, bar, man cave or even for wedding or party. The majority of the dispensers are self explanatory and don't require a description. Some of them are fun, some of them are vintage, some are DIY and ver...
Dig A Hole And Put A Shipping Container In It - It's Bunker Time!
When you get an inkling, an itch to do something, that's how it begins.  I know because I started that way.  The tensions had risen in my marriage because my wife didn't want to run when the tornados came.  She said "if it hits us it hits us."  I am a survivor.  I don't live...
DIY Build Your Own Bio-Digester, and Make Your Own Natural Gas!
With just a few inexpensive parts, you can learn to make a home biodigester, and begin to transform the way we handle our food waste, and turn it into fuel for the home!  There's no need to pay for a natural gas hookup when you have one of these!   If you find this too much to deal with, ...
DIY Building A Brick Cistern To Store Volumes Of Filtered Water
In this example a DIY brick cistern is used to store filtered water. This one holds about 9450 Litres of water. (about 2500 gallons plus or minus 20 gallons) The blocks are filled with concrete and re-enforced with 1/2 inch rebar. They sit on a 5 inch concrete pad re-enforced with 1/2 inch rebar. Th...
DIY Circular Saw : (video)
A trip to your local junkyard could get you everything you need to make a circular saw.   All you need is a piece of sheet metal, 9 volt motor, styrofoam, & a piece of cardboard.   Badda-Bing-Badda-Boom: a Circular Saw...
DIY Earthen Floor in 3 Days
An earthen floor, also called an adobe floor, is a floor made of dirt, raw earth, or other unworked ground materials. It is usually constructed, in modern times, with a mixture of sand, finely chopped straw and clay, mixed to a thickened consistency and spread with a trowel on a sub-surface such as ...
DIY Etch-A-Sketch coffee table!
You won’t need any fancy books to cover this genius coffee table — it’s an interactive art display for the lucky visitors and inhabitants of your home. Using an Etch-A-Sketch and a zen garden as his inspiration, Caleb Kraft created a larger than life version of the classic boredom-...
DIY Extreme: Building Your own Custom Shelving From Junk Cardboard!
Watch this unmatched DIY Extreme cardboard-building demonstration where creativity is king!  It's got color, it's got style, and best of all, it costs almost nothing!  Watch and enjoy, then go get some cardboard! First you'll have to draw out your design Then you'll cut it out and trace...
DIY Girls Night Out Survival Kit
Girls night out can be a beautiful thing, but it can also be a messy one. This survival kit by Nifty has everything you need in one spot, from ready-to-eat mints to a phone case. Posted by Nifty  What you’ll need: *Sunglasses Case*Cotton Fabric: 1/4 yard *Hot Glue*Glue Gun*Wire Cutt...
DIY Harvesting Cart (Video)
Flavourful Farms shared this cart is a DIY project on their facebook page and was built to work around the fields to harvest crops, in it you can find all the tools needed to get the job done "Everything has a spot and I don't have to unload it to store it. I think I will make a harve...
DIY Hillbilly Smoker
Who knew the same file cabinets that hold some of the most important information could also be used to make your next meal.  If you want to build a smoker or barbecue then consider making one from a file cabinet. It takes only a few hours, minimum tools, it works great and it the whole thing ca...
DIY Home Made Wind Generator; Parts List With Instructions (2 pages)
Take self sufficiency to the next level with this incredible homemade wind generator. Credit to Mother Earth News – this is one of many excellent guides for a home made generator Wind Generator Parts List Car/Truck Alternator – GM 1988, 350 motor, alternator with built-in regul...
DIY Inuit Snow Goggles
The Inuit of arctic North America used goggles like these in springtime to protect their eyes. The combination of clear skies, stronger sun and longer days created ideal conditions for snow blindness—an eye injury caused by glaring light bouncing in all directions off the wet, white snow. Th...
DIY mosquito trap: How to build a mosquito trap in under 15 minutes. (Video)
How to make a mosquito trap with beer. First, let me tell you about the science and why this trap works. The combination of sugar water and yeast is the process of making alcohol. So the two bi-products of this is alcohol and carbon dioxide(this is what attracts the mosquito's and is also what we ex...
DIY No Wax Candle (Recipe Video)
Make a candle at home without the use of wax. This candle burns for 40 hours and will make your apartment smell amazing! Who said you needed to pay so much for candles? With this DIY you will realize how inexpensive making candles really is. What You'll Need: Jar (Bonne Maman jam jars w...
DIY Organization: Give Your Cabinets More Storage Space With This Simple Trick
Easy DIY video  that gives you ideas on how to use the wasted space in cabinets, both at home or in your shop or garage. Another great idea would be to stop trowing away those glass food jars and use them instead allowing you to save even more money. via Facebook...
DIY PVC Clips for Plastic or Shade Cloth
Attaching plastic or shade cloth to a greenhouse or simple frame can be challenging, especially if it’s something you need to take on and off for access. In this article we will learn how to make our own PVC clips to secure any kind of fabric or cover to a green house. While building the ...
DIY Smokehouse Ideas
Have you ever thought about having a smokehouse in the backyard? Having one can be a real advantage, you can have freshly smoked meat and even preserve food at any time. A smoker is much larger and will give a really authentic flavor to your food.   There are many types of home built smok...
DIY Solar Hot Water Heat Kit For About $30
The tubing is 5/8" irrigation pipe I bought at Lowe's. I bought three 100' sections for $10 each. The concrete under is my cesspool tank cover. The glass is from a sliding door that the salesman at Lowe's gave me (he bought a new one for his home).   The water comes out scalding hot, so I thin...
DIY Swimming Pool for Less Than $100
Now that Summer is fast approaching, we thought we would show this easy and inexpensive DIY swimming pool, that you can build for less than a US$100. Want a new pool in time for spring and summer but don’t have the money to make it happen? Just do it yourself!!! Below you will find basic ...
DIY The Poor Man's Sawmill
Some of us can't afford a sawmill, but probably already own a circular saw. In this article and video you will learn how to turn that circular saw into a sawmill with just the build of a jig. Before the invention of the sawmill, cutting logs into flat boards was a tedious, time-consuming and physica...
DIY Waterproofing Compound for Canvas Tarp. aka Waxed Canvas
Step video on how to make a Bees Wax, Turpentine Linseed Oil mixture for waterproofing/treating canvas, waterproofing/treating leather, and waterproofing/treating wood or protecting steel such as knife blades, axeheads, tools, and hinges. via Youtube...
DIY Wine Bottle Torch
If you are anything like me, you are a mosquito magnet.  There literally could be one mosquito in a group of 100 people and the mosquito will bite me 32 times and then die before it bites anyone else...So I am always on the hunt for citronella products and hate having to spend so much money on ...
Diy Wood Stools: Great way to start the spring.
What you'll need:   12 solid wood stumps big enough to hold one person (we used oak that was roughly 14" in diameter)  Drill with a 1/4" wood drill bit Plywood to create the base of the cushion (my friend Aaron had a bunch of plywood laying around that was leftover from other house proje...
DIY: Awesome Low Cost Backyard Fire Pit
Adding a fire pit as part of your landscaping will extend the enjoyment of your backyard for you and your guests. They provide warmth, light, a cooking source, and ambiance, making them a natural gathering spot for socializing, entertaining, and relaxation. People are drawn to the campfire-like atmo...
DIY: Build Your Own Camp Kitchen With Draining Sink
I found this great hack in a forum where user Vik-King is using plastic shelves and home depot parts to build a small kitchen sink for camping. The following quotations are the comments he left on that thread. "This is my first attempt to include a picture with my post hope it appears...
DIY: Cedar Hot Tub (Videos)
We are currently living off grid on a bare piece of land that we will soon build a home on. We’re living in a RV for the time being and don’t have a large amount of water (especially hot water) on site, so one of the first things we wanted to do was build a hot tub!We entertained doing a...
DIY: Dishwasher Detergent
These days, most, if not all of your home cleaning products can be made at home.  With a few key ingredients, your dishwasher detergent or floor cleaner, or clothes detergent can be made by you! This dishwasher detergent tutorial is ridiculously simple and only requires 4 ingredients.  Che...
DIY: Holiday Light Series
Christmas is soon approaching and each year we like to do homemade decorations or crafts. This year since we have moved to a new home we thought we would put light series all around our porch and deck and even though by themselves they are nice looking, we thought we would embellish t...
DIY: How To Build A Sun-Powered Heater That Cooks Food Too!
Solar heaters are gaining popularity and with good reason – they provide heat. This design uses solar fans to move the heat into the room so its totally off grid and will work during a power outage. Because it is attached to the window it can also be closed by shutting the window and keep th...
DIY: How to Make a PVC Bow (Video)
This article was written by David, an ex marine living in an undisclosed location in the Nevada desert. He writes the blog Truth Survival, so feel free to follow look for the link to his page at the bottom of this article. As much as I hate to say it, most people in today’s generation know lit...
DIY: How to Sprout Seeds and Beans on Your Kitchen Counter
At my local grocery store, out here in the middle of nowhere, a head of cauliflower costs $5 and a wilted ball of lettuce might run you $3. It’s a far cry from the vibrant fruit and vegetable markets we were accustomed to in downtown Toronto, and is a bit daunting when it comes to grocery budg...
Easy DIY Weekend Projects For Off-Grid Living
To plan your next project here are some ideas for you to do. Take advantage of those weekends. Instead of sitting in front of the tv, do something productive. You never know when these skills will com in handy. We have rounded up 5 ideas that will surely help be more prepared.  How to Turn a 5...
Easy to Build DIY Portable Solar Energy Generator 'Teslamaker
This is one home-build solution you won't want to pass up!  Watch as he goes step by step through the capabilities and metering.  It's pretty awesome!...
Family Shows That With Enough Love And Effort You Can Accomplish Awesome Things
You know those projects that get the whole family involved? The ones that might take forever, but in the end you're all really proud of what you've accomplished together? These are the projects that bring everyone closer, and allow each member of the family to contribute in a way that will help comp...
For More Room Or Smaller Spaces How About The Bed-In-A-Box?
Lots of us have issues regarding the amount of space available at one time in our home. Designers struggle with thinking about new and ingenious ways to achieve the feeling of space while still providing with the functionality you seek in a home. Who would have thought that a wooden chest can be the...
Free Pallet Build Idea - Great Greenhouse and Chicken Coop!
Ron Foust follows us on Living Off The Grid.  He shared this terrific project with us last week.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!   This is the beginning of a greenhouse that started with a stack of pallets The greenhouse was easy too. 3/4 PVC and some plastic dug down into ...
From Cans To Tin Man, and Wood Blocks To Trains, One 80 Year Old Man Builds Dreams For Children
This Cape Coral Florida man lost his wife of 55 years about 2 years ago.  Since then, he has poured himself into his creativity, making all kinds of cute things for the children.  He has given away about 250 wooden cars to children this past year, and about as many of his can-catchers as t...
From Ordinary Tool To Extraordinary Knife (Video)
In this video, you will see YouTube user ZNA Productions second attempt at blacksmithing a knife. In this video he is making a Karambit out of a 21mm wrench from home depot, using a:  Homemade anvil and a And a homemade forgeFor him, the end product is a little und...
FUN AND SIMPLE WAYS TO MAKE DIY COASTERS THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY USE
Spring is coming soon, and what a better way to celebrate it than doing a craft with your children, especially something that has a use. In this case is for the home, we are talking about coasters, the ubiquitous drink and coffee stain preventer. Today we have put together a few do it yourself...
Get Creative With these Backyard Designs... Add Interest to your Landscaping
Plain and boring backyard designs can be an eye sore. These creative garden decorations and backyard designs can inspire you to create unique installations, vertical gardens or fence decor, turning your backyard landscaping ideas into art projects. Adding fun to backyard designs takes only creativit...
Hang Dried Clothes: The Good And The Bad
One of the first things we did when we moved into our urban homestead was put up a clothesline. We have a semi-shaded backyard, but it does get enough sun to dry our clothes, especially in the summer.   By Erin Sheehan    We’ve learned that clotheslines are considered a thing o...
He Started With A Shovel By The House, And Built The Most Amazing Underground Study Nook Ever!
The greatest of adventures often begin with a big idea and a couple tools in hand.  This man began with a simple shovel and a ton of creativity.  I know, I know, by this point, you're going, what in the world is he doing!  But just hang around and you'll be as amazed as I was... O...