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.

| Appeared in January/February 2015 issue of GRIT

  • A homemade smoker built by connecting a cold-smoke generator to a barbecue grill.
    Photo by Bradley Trimble
  • Goats enjoy their new barn made with recycled materials, including wood pallets and old lumber.
    Photo by Heather Colwell

We asked readers to share their stories and experiences with DIY projects. Most of the stories we received were created using recycled building materials. If you’re looking for some do-it-yourself projects to keep you busy, here are a few suggestions from Capper’s Farmer readers.

DIY Projects from Recycled Materials

Building a Homemade Smoker
Wood Pallets Make a Great DIY Barn
Dream of Building a Home Becomes Reality

We want to hear your story

We want to hear what old wives’ tales were popular in your family. Did — or do — you believe them? What makes you believe or disbelieve them? How long have they been passed down through the family?

Send us your old wives’ tale stories, with a photograph or two (jpeg, at least 300 dpi) if available, and we’ll publish our favorites in a future issue. We’ll also feature a few here on our website. Email your stories and photos to or send them to Capper’s Farmer Editorial, Attn: Heart of the Home Department, 1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609.

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