Do It Yourself Projects





3/21/2014
Follow these easy steps to make a solar food dryer, and stop worrying about wasting your excess vegetables.
2/16/2014
Re-purpose old louver doors into a lovely bookshelf in just one day!
2/12/2014
It's time to remember that 'frugal' is not a dirty word. Doing things for ourselves feels good and makes us less dependent on big companies to have a full life.
1/20/2014
Old-World archways create an elegant, open flow from one space to another and are much easier to create than you might think!
11/13/2013
This homemade light fixture is DIY project that is perfect for a rustic kitchen.
10/15/2013
A Newbie (Urban) Farmer learns how to string onions.
10/14/2013
Wisconsin's freakishly mild autumn seasons in recent years has extended the laundry-hanging season, and I've added some of my Grandma's techniques for fresh-scented laundry.
3/20/2013
You can handle all your spring cleaning with five common kitchen ingredients.
1/18/2013
Tips to make cleaning quick and simple. 
11/26/2012
Hank talks table saw safety and taking the occasional calculated risk to get things done in a pinch.
9/25/2012
Instead of buying gifts this year, think about making easy homemade holiday gifts for family and friends.
9/24/2012
Make a handmade recipe scrapbook for the cooks in your life for a unique holiday gift.
7/3/2012
Making candles can be fun with this charming illustrated guide.
5/2/2012
Tips to transform old, worn-out or ruined items into new and improved items.
3/12/2012
Louisiana woman recalls whittling as a pastime and useful skill from the depression era.
3/12/2012
Iowan remembers the sad times of the depression era, and the doll bed that her mother made her with only a coping saw, knife, and hammer.
2/29/2012
Kansan woman recalls her grandma using her apron as an all-purpose pot-lifter, apple carrier, chick rescuer, signal, and shawl during the depression era
2/29/2012
Massachusetts woman recalls her father trying to locate underground water with both a water drilling rig and by dowsing to no avail during the depression era
2/27/2012
Oregon woman recalls using galvanized tub for washing clothes, dishes, and family members during the depression era.
2/22/2012
Iowan recalls the resourcefulness shown by his father and mother in surviving the depression era.
2/15/2012
An Iowan talks about the ways in which the wood cookstove was used on her family farm
2/15/2012
Nebraskan remembers her childhood on her family farm: her grandparents' old homestead
2/13/2012
An Illinois woman recalls her wood cookstove and other cherished conveniences on her family farm
2/9/2012
An Iowa man talks about his memories of playing in his grandfather's farm shop on his family farm
2/6/2012
Scrapbooking is a creative way to record family history. 
1/10/2012
Expert cleaners share five must-have tools for household chores. 
12/30/2011
It was too easy to make very potent soap when my sisters and I were making soap from scratch on the homestead.
10/12/2010
Easy-to-make gifts perfect for holiday giving.
8/2/2010
Learn to photograph your farm animal friends, capturing their unique personalities, then turn those photos into beautiful scrapbooks.
6/14/2010
It's easy to preserve family heritage by interviewing family members and taking notes. Then combine the information you've learned with photos you have, and you've got a piece of history that will last a lifetime.
4/8/2010
Scrapbooking doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. As with most things, when you have a plan, things tend to go much smoother – and a whole lot quicker.
2/5/2010
Two readers share their love of quilting, with photos of a wall hanging and a T-shirt quilt.
12/15/2009
A craft project for crocheting a dust mitt is excerpted from the book 1•2•3 Skein Crochet.
10/16/2009
A woman tells how she learned the art of crochet, and how much she came to love it and began teaching others, including her mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friends, the art.
8/20/2009
This album is fun to make and small enough to carry with you.
5/12/2009
Simple instructions for making a decorative recipe box.
5/12/2009
Tips on how to make an inexpensive scrapbook of a family vacation.
5/12/2009
Books offer great scrapbooking ideas and crochet projects for crafters.
4/20/2009
Tips and ideas for making cards and scrapbook pages that will look like a professional made them.
4/20/2009
Make a recipe scrapbook as a way to pass memories down through the generations.
4/20/2009
Tips to help you create a heritage scrapbook to share with your family.
3/19/2009
Use your individual style and have fun creating a beautiful baby scrapbook.
3/19/2009
Books feature ideas, tips and techniques for making beautiful scrapbooks.
3/19/2009
Instructions for making a cute and practical bunny apron.
2/20/2009
Women fulfill wish of mother with cancer, creating fabric items for her children.
2/20/2009
Coins celebrate the president’s life during the bicentennial year of his birth.
2/19/2009
“Eleanor” outhouses popped up in the 1930s, the result of a Depression-era work project. Paul and Mary Beth McClenon are the proud owners of one of the old-fashion privies still standing in Atchison County, Kan.
2/18/2009
For the look of a scrapbook without all the time and expense, embellish your photo albums using one of these easy tips.
2/18/2009
Valuable tips on how to organize your scrapbook room so supplies will be easy to find, and scrapbooking will be more enjoyable.
2/18/2009
Instructions for creating a festive recipe scrapbook page.
1/14/2009
Butterfly candle holders are an easy project for crafters of all ages and skill levels.
1/14/2009
Learn how to make jewelry, embellish clothes, crochet handbags and knit clothing, using books available from Krause Publications.
1/14/2009
Scrapbooking is a way of preserving life's special moments, and to make them even more memorable, embellish your scrapbook pages with items such as appointment cards, party favors, napkins and more from all your special events and occasions.
12/23/2008
As the digital television transition grows near, subscribers to cable or satellite services may be ready, while others may need to purchase converter boxes. Find out if you are eligible for a coupon, and learn about multicasting and the picture and sound improvements the switchover will bring.
12/12/2008
Having a family memory journal, in which you write down occasions attended, the names of the people who were there, and things about the day that made it fun, will be useful when adding journaling to scrapbook pages.
12/12/2008
Card-making is the perfect way to express your feelings for others in a unique, creative way. Holidays, birthdays and other special occasions are preserved in our memories forever through cards and photos.
12/12/2008
An easy-to-make craft project that with instructions for making scrapbook pages with a cooking theme.
11/25/2008
Creating patchwork quilts provided woman a way to honor memory of sister who died from a brain tumor.
11/25/2008
Handmade, old-fashioned dolls crafted by Gardner, Kan., couple Jesse and Pat Wilkerson benefit brittle bone disease research by aiding the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation.
11/18/2008
Create a gift basket for those on your holiday gift list by selecting a theme and adding items you know interest the person, such as items they collect or that is a hobby of theirs.
11/11/2008
Tips on how to design a creative scrapbook layout using photos, mementos and embellishments.
11/11/2008
Whether young or old, you'll enjoy making tags for your scrapbook pages to give creativity to your layout.
10/16/2008
Easy directions for making felt Christmas ornaments for the holidays.
10/15/2008
For a coin collector, finding a good storage place for their coins is important because it ensures that the quality and value of their rare coins is maintained.
10/15/2008
Coin collecting is a great hobby if you live in the United States. In most denominations there are some really interesting coins.
9/25/2008
With candle making, there are hardly any limits.
9/25/2008
Bob Pike always wanted to build something big, so it made sense that he spent most of his work life in construction.
9/25/2008
Are you ready to learn how to start scrapbooking, but aren't sure where to start? Well, you're in the right place - here is a quick-start guide on how to start scrapbooking.
9/25/2008
Involving kids in scrapbooking is a wonderful way to spend family time together. Depending on the age of your kids, they can help you with your album or they can create albums of their own.
9/22/2008
A recent morning found neighbors Loree Carlton and Kathy Kinn visiting the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, Mo., together. The two, who live in Raymore, Mo., were at the center to dig deeper into their respective family histories - a pastime both have worked at for years.
9/22/2008
Involving children in your genealogy research is a smart idea.
8/1/2008
The Alaska Quarter, the 49th coin in the 50 State Quarter Program, will be released this month.
6/1/2008
The Arizona Quarter, the 48th coin in the 50 State Quarter Program, will be released this month.
4/1/2008
Postcard collections add a unique stamp to your home
3/1/2008
The New Mexico Quarter, the 47th coin in the 50 State Quarter Program, will be released April 7.
2/1/2008
The Treasury Department unveiled the designs of this year’s presidential dollar coins.
1/1/2008
The Oklahoma Quarter, the 46th in the 50 State Quarter Program, will be released this month.
9/1/2005
Gourds may look like odd, lumpy vegetables, but to some people, they present a world of decorative possibilities. Ruth Nix, of Camden, Ark., can turn the humble veggies into works of art. She got her start some four years ago, after seeing her first display of painted gourds at a craft show.
8/1/2005
When asked what they know about Sweden, many people might say that they remember its flag is bright blue and yellow, or that the country has a king. They may say that reindeer live there and the weather there is cold. However, it would be hard to think of a more widely recognized symbol of the country than the small, red wooden horses that have become associated with the Swedish people.




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