Do It Yourself Projects

Stories of DIY Projects Made With Recycled Building Materials

Readers share stories of do-it-yourself projects made with recycled building materials, including wood pallets and a barbecue grill.

Saving Money on Back to School

Learn how to save money on back-to-school supplies.

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Fix Your Broken Lawn Chairs

Rewebbing lawn chairs is a great way to keep them out of the lanfill.

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Kids Craft: Easy Chicken Treat Boxes

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GROW A SUSTAINABLE DIET

Everyone loves to prepare a meal with ingredients fresh from their own garden. But for most of us, no matter how plentiful our harvest, homegrown produce comprises only a fraction of what we eat. And while many gardening guides will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about individual crops, few tackle the more involved task of helping you maximize the percentage of your diet you grow yourself.

Grow a Sustainable Diet will help you develop a comprehensive, customized garden plan to produce the maximum number of calories and nutrients from any available space. Avoid arriving in August buried under a mountain of kale or zucchini (and not much else) by making thoughtful choices at the planning stage, focusing on dietary staples and key nutrients. Learn how to calculate:

  • Which food and cover crops are best for your specific requirements
  • How many seeds and plants of each variety you should sow
  • What and when to plant, harvest and replant for maximum yield
Focusing on permaculture principles, biointensive gardening methods, getting food to the table with minimum fossil fuel input, and growing crops that sustain both you and your soil, this complete guide is a must-read for anyone working toward food self-sufficiency for themselves or their family.

$24.95

CURIO SHELF WITH CACTUS & PEGS E-PLAN

  • Size - 16 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 13 1/2"
  • Southwestern design accents this unit
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

Artistic Southwestern design accents this practical shelf. E-plan includes complete list of materials and step-by-step instructions. Finished product size 16.5-by-2.5-by-13.5 inches.


Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!


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DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$20.00

HOW TO MAKE FROZEN YOGURT

Most frozen yogurt recipes produce a hard dessert that's not much fun to eat, but with Nicole Weston's unique technique (using a simple meringue and your ice cream maker) the result is creamy, smooth and delicious. Weston shows you her method and then offers recipes for 56 irresistible flavors, from classic vanilla, chocolate and strawberry to mango, coconut, key lime, chai, honey, ginger and cardamom, white chocolate raspberry, dulce de leche, avocado, maple bacon, and mint julep. She even offers festive flavors for the holidays, including candy cane, spiced pumpkin, cranberry, eggnog and gingerbread!

$9.95