Do It Yourself Projects

DIY projects for the homemade life! Crafts and techniques, hand and power tools, repurpose and recycle, sewing and quilting, and woodworking.

Easy Homemade Holiday Gifts

By Traci Smith

Instead of buying gifts this year, think about making easy homemade holiday gifts for family and friends.

DIY Recipe Scrapbook: Give the Gift of a Treasured Keepsake

By Traci Smith

Make a handmade recipe scrapbook for the cooks in your life for a unique holiday gift.

Making Candles

By Julia Rothman

Making candles can be fun with this charming illustrated guide.

Turn Trash into Treasures

Family Features

Tips to transform old, worn-out or ruined items into new and improved items.


Depression Era Pastimes: Whittling

CAPPER's Staff

Louisiana woman recalls whittling as a pastime and useful skill from the depression era.

Depression Era: Mom Made Doll Bed With Coping Saw and Knife

CAPPER's Staff

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.

Grandma's Apron Was an All-Purpose Tool During the Depression Era

CAPPER's Staff

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

Water Drilling Rig and Dowsing Ineffective During Depression Era

CAPPER's Staff

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

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