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TAG : Do It Yourself

How to Form Live-Edge Furniture

When I first tried my hand at woodworking, my friends and family were surprised. I’ve never been a hands-on, crafty person, but I’ve always been drawn to handmade wood pieces, and I have dreams of filling my home with antique wood furniture. To me, worn wood feels more cozy and comfortable ...

A Fresh Take on Felting

Photo by Janae HardyWant to be an artist? Creativity is a muscle that needs to be worked and tested regularly, so nurture your creative skills by testing new ideas and challenging old assumptions. When I picked up a felting needle for the first, second, and even hundredth time, I wasn’t ...

How to Build a Pergola for Backyard Shade

How to Build a Pergola for Backyard ShadeKeep your cool under a pergola that brings beauty and comfortable outdoor living to your property.By Steve MaxwellBountiful sunshine makes our gardens grow, but all living things need a little shade sometimes — especially people. These step-by-step ...

Homemade Twig Lantern

Vintage Crafts(Skyhorse, 2013) by Clara Lidstrom is a guide to crafting on a budget. Vintage flair isn't just classy and cute; it's fun to create and perfect for any budget! So, let your creativity run wild on trips to the flea market, and don't back down from that deal at the yard sale. This ...

Do-It-Yourself Personalized Garden Sign

The garden is a great destination for fresh perspective, especially when life gets busy. This project combines inspiration with a little therapy and the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. I love visiting the garden. Something about being surrounded by growing plants reminds me ...

Homesteading: Hard and Rewarding

"I love to garden." "I would like to build my own house." "I want to be my own boss." "I want to be self-reliant." "I want some peace and quiet." "I love animals." "I think chickens are neat." "I would love to have milk from my own cow or goat." "I want to live far away from the city." " I'd ...

A Comprehensive Guide to Beekeeping Basics

Abigail Gehring has put together a simple and informative guide to basic independent living in Self-Sufficiency (Skyhorse Publishing, 2010). Whether families are trying to move completely off the grid or just reduce their impact on the environment, this book is full of tips, advice, and ...

Build a Classic Birdhouse

Sharon and David Bowers have written The Useful Book (Workman Publishing, 2016), a veritable encyclopedia of do-it-yourself — whatever “it” is, learn to cook it, build it, sew it, clean it, or repair it. Not only do the authors walk you step-by-step through handy repairs and projects, but ...

How to Keep Your White Clothes White

Sharon and David Bowers have written The Useful Book (Workman Publishing, 2016),a veritable encyclopedia of do-it-yourself — whatever “it” is, learn to cook it, build it, sew it, clean it, or repair it. Not only do the authors walk you step-by-step through handy repairs and projects, but ...

Stories of DIY Projects Made With Recycled Building Materials

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 ...

I’ll Show You Mine

My name is Renee, and I’m a junk pile-aholic. There. I’ve out-ed myself. I freely admit I have a junk pile. This is really quite a revelation and really goes completely against the grain of my upbringing. You see, I am Midwestern born and bred, and we don’t do junk piles out there. If ...

Do-It-Yourself Flat Bed Truck Conversion

A flat bed truck is a very useful item on a ranch or small farm. It’s a lot easier to load and unload when you have to haul hay or straw, grain or feed sacks. If you have a regular bed truck, you can convert it into a flat bed with a little bit of effort. And you’ll save a LOT of money! If ...

Becoming a Do-It-Yourselfer

My dad had three girls, and not one of us was interested in learning how to build stuff. My mom was a hairdresser, and I definitely wanted to use a comb and scissors over a hammer and nails. My dad will tell you he isn’t a very good builder, but I tend to disagree. He helped build our ...

Backyard Olive Oil: Part Two

In most parts of olive country the olive trees are just about ready to bloom. This is the time to prepare for making your own olive oil if you decide you want to try this most rewarding process. It’s similar to sitting in the dead of winter reading seed catalogs. Eventually the weather will ...

How to Dry and Make Your Own Tea

Create handmade and heartfelt gifts by following the simple tips and instructions provided by Jennifer Worick in Simple Gifts: 50 Little Luxuries to Craft, Sew, Cook & Knit (Voyageur Press, 2010). Not only does Worick outline eco-conscious gifts for any holiday or occasion, she also ...

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