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Raw Edge Concrete Plant Stand

Plants make any home feel effortlessly natural, calming, and comfortable. Plus, I like how they fit perfectly with the mid-century modern designs of my home.I looked everywhere for a cute plant stand before deciding to make my own. I wanted to challenge myself and create some industrial decor. ...

Coffee Candles to Get Rid of Odors

Photo by Nassima RothackerCoffee is by far one of the greatest smells in the world to me. It is comforting, invigorating and makes me salivate just a little. It’s also fantastic for removing odors.Makes 1–2 candles (depending on the size of your molds) Ingredients17 ounces (500 grams) soy ...

Upcycled Garden Tool Fan Trellis

A vegetable garden doesn’t have to be purely functional — it can be beautiful, too! Vertical gardening is all the rage right now, and it’s one of the best ways to add unique character and charm to your vegetable garden.Upcycled Garden Tool Fan TrellisA fan trellis is a timeless and ...

Using Yarn from Recycled Sweaters

Thrifted or ill-fitting sweaters can be salvaged for the yarn used to make them.Many a knitter and crocheter has bemoaned the cost of yarn, especially for a large project. Even the less-expensive options tend to run around $5 per skein, and if you need several colors — or a mile of yarn — ...

Wood Pallet Storage Chest

Wood pallets are easily accessible items that can be found almost anywhere. Businesses, such as grocery stores, hardware stores, and lumberyards, often have them lying around and are happy to give them away for free. I’ve also found them through construction companies and businesses that have ...

Farmhouse Spice Rack

Wood pallets are easily accessible items that can be found almost anywhere. Businesses, such as grocery stores, hardware stores, and lumberyards, often have them lying around and are happy to give them away for free. I’ve also found them through construction companies and businesses that have ...

Sew a Simple Foraging Apron

When I’m harvesting wild plants, I usually carry a couple of baskets with me. But sometimes it’s a lot easier with a big ol’ pouch to put things in, especially if I have to, say, climb a tree to get what I need. This is where the foraging apron comes in. It also has pockets for keeping ...

Knit a Nifty Dishcloth

This is the third of 12 basic homestead skills we’ll be presenting throughout the year from Kimberlee Bastien’s new book, 52 Homestead Skills. We invite you to join Kimberlee and her family on their homesteading journey. Visit the 52 Homestead Skills page to learn more about this series and ...

DIY Concrete Bookends

Finished product.There are loads of tutorials online for making concrete letters, but most of the letters are made out of cement rather than concrete. (Cement is an ingredient of concrete.) While we wanted to use concrete, we didn’t want to use quick-setting concrete because we wanted a ...

Children’s Pyramid Picnic Table

There are a thousand plans for kids’ picnic tables out there, and 999 of them have A-shaped legs, a rectangular top, and two long seats.If you’re looking for something more unique, compact, and stable—yet easy to build—check out this one. The footprint is a mere 4 feet by 4 feet, but ...

Antique Ladder Hanging Planter

A vegetable garden doesn’t have to be purely functional — it can be beautiful, too! Vertical gardening is all the rage right now, and it’s one of the best ways to add unique character and charm to your vegetable garden.Antique Ladder Hanging PlanterAntique ladders have become popular ...

Bound-Up Bookcase

This upcycled bookcase uses painted apple crates to make a rustic chic place for books and knick-knacks. Turn empty crates into a stylish bookcase to fill an open space. Be sure to look around for your crates. They can be old, and they don't have to be identical. If you want new ones, you can ...

Letters to the Editor from the Capper’s Farmer Winter 2019 Issue

Stained Glass SnowflakeKimberly Giuffrida, via email This stained glass snowflake was made by Kimberly Giuffrida, who shared it on the Capper's Farmer DIY Group on Facebook. Photo by Kimberly GiuffridaI’ve been doing stained glass for nearly two years now, and I find the best way to learn is ...

Knit A Handmade Rain Dance Shawl

Knit A Handmade Rain Dance ShawlApproz size: 27 x75’ (69 x 191cm) Gauge: 8 sts x 10 rows + 4” (10cm)The open stitching on the bottom of this piece allows whatever color you’re wearing underneath to complement the beautiful colors of the yarn. Pick an eye-catching toggle or button to use ...

Knit A Handmade Cable Cowl and Wristers

Knit A Handmade Cable Cowl and Wristers Convert any shirt into a turtleneck with this cozy cowl. The stylish wristers make it easy to keep your fingers and wrists warm. Coordinate with style!What’s Needed:Knitting Loom: 8 Zippy Looms + 4 Zippy Corners, 36 pegs totalYarn: Approx 180 yds (165m) ...

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