The Self-Sufficient Living Is about simple living,growing your own food,raising livestock,Do It By Yourself,off grid living,gardening,homemade products Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:01:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 17 DIY Privacy Screen Projects For Your Patio Or Backyard Sun, 14 Jan 2018 02:20:35 +0000 A DIY privacy screen provides many benefits and only requires a minimal investment of time and money. An outdoor privacy screen will give you the feeling of seclusion even if you have close neighbors. Not only is a DIY privacy screen suitable for use on a patio, deck or pool side to prevent unwanted onlookers, these easy to build screens can also be built to hide an eyesore in the yard and increase property value. No one wants a view of a tool shed or other unsightly backyard structure, but a decorative privacy screen with hanging flower pots adds a pop of living color to any outdoor location. Check out these 17 free plans to find the one that will provide the seclusion and separation that your landscape needs.

  1. Slat Wall

This simple slat wall hides a tool shed and provide vertical space for hanging planters.

  • Decide on height and width of wall
  • Dig two holes 2 feet deep with a post hole digger
  • Place fence posts in hole and file in holes with concrete
  • Allow concrete to set up and harden for two days
  • Attach wood slats horizontally to the fence post with screws, leaving a 1 inch space between each slat
  • Paint or stain desired color

Get the complete instructions at

DIY Privacy Screen

  1. Outdoor Fabric

Give yourself some shade and privacy with these easy to build fabric and wood backyard privacy screen.

  • Construct the desired size and height of a simple wood frame using 2x4s
  • Add decorative corner brackets
  • Stain or paint wood
  • Cover top and two side with outdoor fabric

backyard privacy screen

  1. Cedar Planter Screen

Create a dual purpose item with this privacy screen idea. Attractive and easy to build, this idea provides you with privacy from the neighbors and a place to grow plants. Made from cedar for a long lasting screen that can withstand the elements and provide you space for an outdoor herb garden.

Cedar Planter Screen

  1. Deck Privacy Screen

Enjoy your glass of wine at sunset in privacy with this attractive outdoor wall. Perfect addition to an outdoor deck, this wall provides seclusion and separation from neighbors. Add a few vertical planters to the deck wall to drown out the traffic noise.

Deck Privacy Screen

  1. Recycled Doors

Such a fun and practical way to recycle old doors! Transform them into a garden privacy screen with this simple idea. Great backdrop for a wedding or birthday party.

  • Procure enough old doors to create the length of screen desired
  • Paint each door a different color with exterior, high gloss paint
  • Allow paint to dry, then attach doors to each other with hinges
  • Stand upright at angles in selected location

The angled doors should provide enough secure support to keep the doors upright. However, braces can be added to the back side for additional support.

garden privacy screen

  1. Vertical Garden Wall

This is a perfect idea for gardening in a small space. Use these free plans to build a stylish and functional vertical garden wall using a wood frame and chicken wire. Privacy and garden space in just one DIY build. Also check out vertical gardening ideas.

Vertical Garden Wall

  1. Tin Wall

Use roofing tin to create a focal point on a privacy fence. A good way to use leftover roofing tin to create an outdoor area that is inviting as well as secluded.

privacy fence

  1. Patio Privacy Screen

Living in a subdivision offers families a lot things, but private outdoor space is not one of those things. Create your own patio privacy screen with this idea so you can enjoy outdoor living without everyone in the subdivision seeing what you’re doing.

Patio Privacy Screen

  1. PVC Pipe Screen

Easy to build and lightweight, this PVC pipe screen can be moved anywhere outdoors where you want a little privacy. Place it in front of the hammock for a quiet afternoon nap, then move it to the outdoor cooking area when it’s time to fire up the grill and prepare dinner. Easy to fold up and store during the winter. You may also like to see pvc pipe projects.

PVC Pipe Screen

  1. Chevron Pattern Wall

Add a decorative touch to your patio or deck with this attractive privacy wall. Wood placed in a classic chevron pattern will provide separation from neighbors, add beauty to your outdoor living space and increase the value of your home.

Chevron Pattern Wall

  1. Privacy Pergola

This is a perfect solution for people who have neighbors living on a hill above them. When homes are located above yours, a fence or wall does not provide the desired privacy, but a simple pergola will. Make it a permanent structure or temporary with these free plans. Get the tutorial at

Privacy Pergola

  1. Lattice Panel Screen

A simple and attractive outdoor privacy solution is the use of lattice panels. Available in wood or composite material, lattice panels are easy to cut to size, lightweight and provide privacy without completely blocking the sunlight and fresh air.

outdoor privacy solution

  1. Cedar Fence

Use this idea and some pre-fab cedar fencing material to create a DIY privacy screen to hide trash cans, air conditioning unit or other outdoor obstacles.

DIY privacy screen

  1. Bamboo Privacy Screen

Great for blocking out the afternoon sun, but still leaving space to view the landscape. Simple and eco-friendly to build, this bamboo privacy screen can be built to any size using these step by step plans. Easy to attach to an existing wood frame porch.

Bamboo Privacy Screen

  1. Plant Privacy Screen

Create a living privacy screen from plants with this unique idea. A planter box at the bottom and vertical trellis coming up from the box provide the ideal space for a flowering vine to grow. As the vine matures and covers the vertical trellis, you will have privacy and colorful blooms too.

Plant Privacy Screen

  1. Budget Friendly Lattice

Lattice panels are lightweight, easy to work with and very affordable. Use these plans for building your own DIY lattice privacy screen for under $40.

  1. Folding Privacy Screen

Easy to build, easy to use. This wood screen is portable and can be placed anywhere in the landscape where a little seclusion or shade is desired. The wood privacy screen can be built as large as needed, then folded up into a small size to be stored away for the winter. Add wheels on the bottom for easy mobility.

Folding Privacy Screen

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12 DIY Mini Greenhouses For Small Space Gardens Sun, 31 Dec 2017 01:00:08 +0000 A DIY mini greenhouse is the ideal solution for plant growing and seed starting in small spaces. Not everyone has a large outdoor space to accommodate a full size green house, but even apartment dwellers can enjoy the benefits of a DIY small greenhouse. Tiny greenhouses have a variety of uses, like nursing sick plants back to health, growing fresh herbs and vegetables, propagating plants, starting plants from seeds and over-wintering plants. Check out these 12 DIY mini greenhouse ideas to find the right one to meet your plant growing needs.

Also check out round up of various types of homemade greenhouses, wooden greenhouses, cold frame plans.

  1. Recycled Windows

These small greenhouse plans show you how to recycle five old windows and a wooden pallet into a functional greenhouse.

  • Four equal sized windows and one smaller window.
  • One wooden pallet.
  • Clean window glass.
  • Join the four same size windows with screws to form a box.
  • Place smaller window on top of box and mark where it ends.
  • Remove small window and use wood slats from pallet to fill in the gap on top. Attach slats with screws.
  • Place window back on top and attach to wood slats with two hinges for easy opening.

small greenhouse plans

  1. Five Window Greenhouse

This design uses five windows to create a small greenhouse that is portable and functional. Three windows are the same size and are used to create two opposite sides and top lid, and two smaller windows are used to create the front and back. No extra wood is needed, the wood framed windows are screwed to each other. Easy to move as-is, easy to take apart when no longer needed.

Five Window Greenhouse

  1. Clear Plastic Bin

This YouTube video shows you how to build a mini greenhouse using an ordinary plastic bin. Use a deep bin so you can add an interior rack to double the growing space. Perfect for an indoor mini greenhouse.

  1. Pallet Greenhouse

Easy mini greenhouse design using wood pallets and plastic sheeting.

  •  Use one pallet to create the bottom floor.
  •  Use wood slat from another pallet to create a triangle on top of the floor. Secure with screws.
  •  Cover all but one side with plastic sheeting. Secure into place with staples.
  •  Create a a wood frame door for the last side of the triangle using wood from the pallet.
  •  Cover with plastic sheeting and attach with hinges for easy access.

Pallet Greenhouse

  1. Storm Window Greenhouse

A wood frame and a few storm windows makes a nice homemade greenhouse.

  •  Measure storm windows and use 2x4s to create a box which the storm windows will be attached to.
  •  Three storm windows are used for this design – one for the front and two for the sides. A back and top are not needed since this. small greenhouse sits on a covered porch with the back against the exterior of the house.
  •  Attach the two side windows to the frame with screws.
  •  Attach the front window with hinges so it can be opened.

Storm Window Greenhouse

  1. Fold Up Greenhouse

This mini greenhouse design is tall enough to stand upright inside of and built to be folded and put away when not in use. This design is great for gardeners who want to start plants from seeds in the late winter and extend their growing season in late fall. Easy to fold and store when not in use.

Fold Up Greenhouse

  1. Small Greenhouse

This is a small version of a traditional greenhouse. Step by step pictorial and written instructions show you how to build a greenhouse in your own backyard that is small in size yet large enough to hold plenty of plants.

Small Greenhouse plans

  1. Mini Greenhouse

Adorable and functional, this design easily becomes a part of the outdoor landscape decor while providing an interior that promotes plant growth. Six windows create the four sides design with a pitched roof. Get the detail at

Mini Greenhouse

  1. Table Top Greenhouse

This mini greenhouse is easy to build and fits nicely on a table top. Use these free plans to create a safe, warm environment for ailing houseplants or for showcasing houseplants outdoors. This mini green house is inexpensive and easy to build and is created from large photo frames.

Table Top Greenhouse

  1. Raised Bed Garden Greenhouse

Convert your raised bed garden into a small greenhouse to extend your growing season. Create a hoop structure over the raised bed with PVC pipes and cover with white plastic sheeting. Perfect for starting garden seeds in the raised beds and for growing crops all the way into early winter. Plastic is removed and replaced as needed while PVC pipe hoop frame is left in place. You may also like to see 12 ideas to build a hoop house.

Raised Bed Garden Greenhouse

  1. CD Case Greenhouse

Recycling and ingenuity at its finest. Old, clear plastic CD cases can be transformed into a functional mini greenhouse with this idea. Use clear glue to attach CD cases to each other and create the size and shape you want. Apply painter’s tape to hold the cases together until the glue dries. No need to build a frame for this sturdy design.

CD Case Greenhouse

  1. Umbrella Greenhouse

This is the simplest mini greenhouse design of all – a clear umbrella opened and placed over a large container of seed or plants. Perfect for an herb garden and/or for someone who lacks DIY skills. Fill a large, round container with potting soil, plant herb seeds and stick the pole of a clear, opened umbrella in the center of the soil. Allow 1-2 inches of space between the bottom of the umbrella and the container for air flow.

mini greenhouse design

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8 Homemade Power Hammer For Forging Sun, 10 Dec 2017 01:50:03 +0000 A homemade power hammer can help turn your blacksmithing hobby or business into a less intensive labor of love. Instead of physically hammering heated steel into submission by hand, a DIY power hammer can do most of the labor intensive work for you with beautiful results. A homemade power hammer may not be the cheapest thing to build, but by doing it yourself you can build it to your own exact specifications. Look over these 8 design ideas and plans to find just the right power hammer to meet your forging needs.

You may also like to see homemade propane forge.

  1. Mechanical Power Hammer

These detailed plans will show you how to design and build a mechanical power hammer that will be easy to maintain and have a long life expectancy. Not exactly for the hobbyist forger, but if you foresee forging as a way of life in your future, this top of the line homemade power hammer will meet your needs.

Mechanical Power Hammer

  1. Rusty Dusty Power Hammer

The name was given by the inventor of this amazing mechanical hammer, and he also gives his phone number along with the building plans. The pictorial plans will walk you through the DIY build, but if you need further assistance, call the number provided with the plans. You are encouraged to call with any issue or problem you encounter while embarking on this DIY build and the inventor will talk you through the process over the phone.

Rusty Dusty Power Hammer

  1. Scrap Built Power Hammer

You can build a power hammer for practically nothing by following the instructions on this YouTube video. Watch the video for inspiration, then prowl through your own metal scrap pile to discover items that can easily be transformed in a DIY power hammer.

  1. Bucket List Blacksmith

If one of the things on your bucket list is to build your own power hammer and become a blacksmith, then this easy to build design is for you. This entertaining and informative YouTube video will show you how to transform some basic items into a blacksmiths power hammer. Only a few items are needed for this DIY build:

* Steel rods

* Brass pole

* Anvil

* 25 pound hammer created from a railroad tie

* Assemble and weld together as shown in this video, then get busy forging and check it off your bucket list.

  1. Crank Shaft Motion

These power hammer plans show you how crank shaft motion can be used to make working with steel much easier. Informative YouTube video provides step by step plans for building this inexpensive and tough power hammer that will make forging easier and quicker. The two handed control literally puts the striking force into your hands, but uses much of your energy to exert the forceful blows.

  1. Tire Hammer Plans

Invented by Ray Clontz, from Charlotte, NC,  the tire hammer is truly unique and easy to build. The operating mechanism runs smoothly and is easy to get a feel for so you can be forging like a pro from the beginning. The operating mechanism is simply a steel wheel on the motor shaft that rubs an inflated rubber tire. Detailed pictorial instructions show you how to assemble the tire hammer at home with just the following tools:

* Cutting torch

* Stick welder

* Drill press

* Bandsaw

* Grinder

These common tools are found in most home workshops and they will enable you to build this highly functional, unique DIY power hammer.

Tire Hammer Plans

  1. Anvil Mounted Power Hammer

These power hammer plans are unique in that they show you how to build an anvil mounted power hammer. This DIY build features a variable speed motor, electric clutch control, portable and can deliver 50 to 350 blows per minute. Weighing only 82 pound, this anvil mounted power forging hammer can be scaled to accomodate large or small anvils, allowing you to customize it to meet your personal forging needs.

Anvil Mounted Power Hammer

  1. Treadle Hammer

This YouTube video provides you with power hammer plans that run the finished product without power. The treadle design allows you to physically control the power with your foot. The unique design using a spring allows the hammer to be less rigid for more controlled strikes. Dies are easily removed for quick interchanging when forging your own unique pieces.

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12 Wood Greenhouse Plans You Can Build Easily Sun, 03 Dec 2017 21:08:44 +0000 These easy plans for building a wood greenhouse will enable you to build a decorative and functional outbuilding that will not only allow you to grow food and flowers in the off-season, but will also add value to your property. A DIY wood greenhouse can be built as a permanent structure, temporary structure, or something in-between to meet your gardening needs. Check out these 12 wood greenhouse plans that you can build easily to find the DIY structure that is right for your gardening needs. You may also like to see diy greenhouse ,hoop house plans, cold frame plans and vegetables you can grow in a greenhouse.

  1. Wood Frame Greenhouse

This DIY structure can be created in any size needed and can be semi-permanent or permanent. The plastic sheeting that covers the wood frame will last 3-5 years and can easily be replaced or the structure taken apart, depending on your future needs.

Wood Frame Greenhouse

  1. Extend Growing Season

Use these step by step plans to build a large wood frame greenhouse that will enable you to extend your food growing season. Harvest fresh vegetables almost year around when using a large greenhouse like these plans will enable you to build. Get crops started earlier in the spring with the growing space this homemade greenhouse will provide.

wood frame greenhouse

  1. Small Wooden Greenhouse

This size is perfect for most home gardeners and will enable you to have fresh produce and/or flowers almost 12 months out of each year without taking up the entire backyard.

* Select a location that is in full sun.

* Decide on size and buy lumber, door and polyethylene foil (according to detailed list included with free plans)

* Create this functional and decorative greenhouse with top vents.

Find out complete instructions at

Small Wooden Greenhouse

  1. Fiberglass Panel Greenhouse

These free plans will show you how to build a permanent greenhouse using fiberglass panels over a wooden frame.

* Select a level location that receives full sun.

* Build the wood frame according to directions (measurements and shopping list included in these free plans)

* Attach fiberglass panels to let the sun in and keep the elements out.

See the tutorial at

Fiberglass Panel Greenhouse

  1. Industrial Size

This DIY greenhouse is for the serious gardener who depends upon their homegrown vegetables as part of a sustainable lifestyle or for income production. Great for growing plants on shelves and in grow boxes.

DIY greenhouse

  1. Raised Bed Greenhouse

This style of wood greenhouse allows for indoor and outdoor gardening.

* Pick a sunny, level location and install 6 wooden support posts.

* Lay insulation board on the ground and cover with at least 18 inches of soil (this will be the raised bed).

* Build and install the top frame for roof.

* Cover structure with plastic to hold heat inside. Remove plastic in spring.

Get the instructions for this raised bed greenhouse.

Raised Bed Greenhouse

  1. Cheap Greenhouse

Small wood greenhouse that can be built against another outbuilding. The small size and use of exterior wall space from another structure make this an inexpensive DIY build. Great for seed starting in spring so you can get a head start on the garden growing season.

Cheap Greenhouse

  1. Pallet Wood Greenhouse

Use these plans and recycle wood pallets into a functional and attractive greenhouse. Wood planks from pallets can also be used to create walkways within the greenhouse.

Pallet Wood Greenhouse

  1. Cedar Greenhouse

These plans are for a medium sized greenhouse made with a cedar wood frame. Cedar wood is long lasting and stands up well to the elements, making it a good wood choice for structures that are intended to be permanent.

Cedar Greenhouse

  1. Small Greenhouse

Follow this instructional YouTube and build your own small greenhouse from 2×4 lumber and plastic. Small size, but big on plant production.

  1. Floored Greenhouse

This easy to build greenhouse has a plywood floor and plywood half-walls, topped with a wood frame covered with plastic. This simple and functional design will last for years and can easily be transformed into a different type of outdoor structure (work shop, playhouse, tool shed, etc.) if the time comes when it’s no longer needed for a greenhouse.

Floored Greenhouse

  1. 8×8 Wood Frame Greenhouse

Classic style that is easy to build and efficient to use. Simple wood frame with one door and three air vents, all covered with plastic provides plenty of space for seed starting and plant growing. Get the detail for this wood frame greenhouse.

8x8 Wood Frame Greenhouse

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12 DIY Solar Air Heaters-Keep Your Garage Warm With Little Cost Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:44:33 +0000 Building a DIY solar air heater is a cost-efficient way to heat your garage during the winter months. Draw the energy from the sun to produce heat so you can continue to work in your garage or out building all winter without increasing the cost of your monthly utilities. A solar air heater is also an eco-friendly way to heat a garage (or home) with a renewable energy source so you will be leaving a smaller carbon footprint on the planet. Check out these 12 easy to build solar air heaters and choose the plans that are right for your heating needs this winter. You may also like to see diy solar pool heater and diy solar water heater. Also look at other renewable energy sources to produce heat such as wood burning heaters and diy solar panel.

  1. $100 Solar Heater

These solar air box heater plans will show you how to build a large heater for around $100. The large size enables the box heater to produce enough warmth harnessed from the sun to heat a large garage.

$100 Solar Heater

  1. Pop Can Heat Collectors

These free plans will show you how to build a heat collector from pop cans. It’s easy and those aluminum pop cans will heat the garage for you free of charge.

  • Collect and clean enough pop cans.
  • Cut the tops and bottoms out of each can.
  • Glue the soda cans together in columns.
  • Paint with a high-heat black paint.
  • Build and install a manifold plus inlet and outlet vents.
  • Build the frame and assemble the absorber.
  • Install screen and baffle and place the pop can heat collector in full sun.4

Get the full instructions at

Pop Can Heat Collectors

  1. Soda Can Heater

If you drink a lot of soda, recycle those used cans into an efficient solar powered heater with these plans. The DIY build process is much like the previous one:

* Clean empty cans and remove the tops and drill holes in the bottom. Drill side holes in the bottom of 5 cans too.

* Build a shallow wood box that can hold 5 stacks of 10 soda cans and caulk the seams.

* Paint cans with black BBQ paint and glue into the box.

* Recycle parts from an old shop vacuum to create an air disperser.

* Build a frame for the box from PVC pipe. Attach box and place in full sun.

Get the full detail at

Soda Can Heater

  1. Large Solar Air Heater

This large homemade solar air heater also utilizes empty soda cans in the design. The large designs provides enough solar heat to keep a 1,000 square foot garage or home warm.

Large Solar Air Heater

  1. DIY Solar Panel

Another ingenious design that enable you to build a solar garage heater using recycled soda cans.

  •  Clean the cans and punch out 3 holes in the bottom of each can. Paint can with high heat paint.
  •  Build a large box with six sections with a sheet of plywood and 1×1 wood strips. Create hole for intake and exhaust hoses.
  •  Use heat-resistant adhesive to glue to adhere cans inside the box.
  •  Attach a sheet of Plexiglas over the top and mount on the south side of the garage.

Find out full tutorial at

DIY Solar Panel

  1. You Tube

Watch this step by step video on YouTube to learn how to build an affordable steel can solar room heater that will save you a ton of money on heating costs.

  1. Shop Heater

Watch this instructional video for the details on how to build a solar space heater that produces enough hot air to heat an outdoor shop. Great for an art studio or shop that is detached from the main house.

solar space heater

  1. Window Heater

Window air conditioning units have been around for decades providing cool air for one room. With these solar air heater plans you can build a DIY window heater that will provide dependable, efficient heat for one room.

  •  Create an aluminum frame (an old storm door frame is ideal) that will reach from the ground to the house window.
  •  Add blackboard and foam insulation board to collect heat from the sun.
  •  Place at a 45 degree angle in a south-facing window and enjoy the free warm air coming in the window.

Get the complete tutorial at

solar air heater plans

  1. Screen Absorber

This unit may be small in size, but it’s big in heat production. These easy to follow DIY solar heater plans are detailed in this YouTube video.

  1. Solar Heater

These plans will show you how to create a large solar heater that fits securely on the exterior of your home. The large size enables this DIY heater to provide warmth for the entire house.

large solar heater

  1. Cheap Solar Heater

Recycle aluminum storm windows, aluminum cans, a couple of fans and some insulation board into an efficient garage heater. If you have the materials on hand, this solar heater could cost you almost nothing.

Cheap Solar Heater

  1. Solar Air Heater

Lower your home heating costs significantly with this easy to build solar air heater. On sunny winter days, home heating costs will be slashed to zero. These plans allow you to build an efficient DIY heater for under $100.

Solar Air Heater

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12 Homemade Propane Forge For Blacksmithing Sat, 04 Nov 2017 20:58:40 +0000 Having your own homemade propane forge will enable you to transform steel and glass into practical and beautiful items. Create useful items for your home, campsite, off-grid homestead or gift-giving in a homemade forge. Decorative and useful items forged from steel commands a hefty price in the market place, so a DIY propane forge will also enable you to supplement your income or to start up your own business. It only takes three things to get started creating unique pieces from steel; a hammer, anvil and a forge. The hammer and anvil are easy to find, and with these 12 homemade propane forge plans, the forge will be easy to build.

Warning: Propane forge can be very dangerous if handled not carefully. Please do’t attempt these projects if you are not well aware how to use propane forge. I take no responsibility for any misshaping that is caused from the use of information in this publication.

  1. Box and Burner

Simple, inexpensive and efficient. These propane forge plans show you how to build a box that can retain the heat from a burner so the metal can be heated enough to be hammered into the desired shape. Professional looking results and easy of moving would make this design a good choice for taking to craft fairs or similar venues for on-site metal forging or glass blowing.

propane forge plans

  1. Air Tank Forge

The shell of a forge can be created by recycling something you may have on hand, like this design that uses an old air tank for the shell.

* Cut the material being used for the shell to the desired length.

* Determine how many burners the DIY gas forge will have and how far apart they will be (if more than 1). Then create the appropriate sized holes.

* Attach burner nozzles, pipes and choke assembly.

* Plumb in the gas jets and hook up the gas valves and hoses using the step by step instructions given in these free plans.

Get the complete instructions for this diy forge at

Air Tank Forge

  1. Homemade Propane Forge

Building a propane forge from an expired propane tank is easy with some ingenuity and these free plans.

* Remove the collar top and fill tank with water.

* Measure and cut appropriate sized hole on top (which will become the front side).

* Paint with heat resistant paint. Allow to dry and attach burner nozzle and all remaining hardware with the detailed instructions found in these building plans.

Homemade Propane Forge

  1. Fire Brick Forge

This is a small forge that is highly efficient and perfect for the hobbyist. It only requires nine standard sized fire bricks to create the exterior, and a blow torch to produce the heat for forging metal, so this DIY build is great for beginners.

Fire Brick Forge

  1. Recycled Propane Grill

Use these homemade forge plans to recycle that old propane grill that never gets used anymore into a useful blacksmith’s forge. Since the grill is already built to withstand heat, removing the wood and plastic items from the grill and doing a little tweaking to the design is all you’ll need to do. A charcoal grill can also be transformed into a usable gas forge.

Recycled Propane Grill

  1. Mini Forge

Dreaming of making homemade jewelry and/or knives from metal? Then this is the DIY forge for you. Small but efficient, this mini forge only requires a few parts to build. Just a few fire bricks, a propane torch, aluminum angle, nuts, bolts and a few washers is all that’s needed to get you ready to hammer out some one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces or unique knives.

Mini Forge

  1. Propane Blacksmith Forge

These detailed plans will not only show you how to build a DIY gas forge, but also tell you the right questions to ask yourself prior to the DIY build. By asking yourself the right questions, you’ll be able to build the DIY propane forge that best suits your needs in terms of size, heat output and how to best use the forge.

Propane Blacksmith Forge

  1. YouTube Video

If following a video of a DIY building project is the best way for you to create, then watch this one before undertaking a forge building endeavor. This YouTube video will walk you through the entire process of building a propane forge and answer all your questions.

  1. Propane Forge

Another instructional video that will walk you through the forge building process with ease. This DIY propane forge  design gets extremely hot and is great for the more advanced black smith that has income potential on their mind. Forge glass items as well as metal in this homemade forge so you can create both practical and decorative items.

DIY propane forge

  1. Coffee Can Forge

No rule says a forge has to be big, it just has to work, and this one does. Any large metal can, like coffee, soup or paint cans can be transformed into a workable, mini propane forge. The refractory lining used inside these mini forges allows the heat to build up inside these small spaces to high enough temperatures to soften metal. Use this plan to create a quick and inexpensive forge. You may consider building these propane forges and selling if you can score a steady supply of large metal cans from a local restaurant.

Coffee Can Forge

  1. Customized Build

Here is a YouTube documentary of a DIY propane forge build. Detailed, informative and easy to follow, watch this YouTube video and build your own customized homemade forge.

  1. Metal Bucket Forge

So simple and inexpensive to build, you won’t even need power tools to build this DIY gas forge. A metal bucket can be transformed into the forge body with some simple hand tools. Legs for the forge can be created from any metal you have on hand and a burner holder made from standard black pipe and conduit rings. A couple of layers of Durablanket and fire bricks will enable an ordinary metal bucket to heat up hot enough to be used to forge steel.

Metal Bucket Forge

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8 File Cabinet Smokers-Turn An Old File Cabinet Into A Meat Smoker Sat, 14 Oct 2017 22:54:35 +0000  A file cabinet smoker is a useful way to recycle an old metal file cabinet. A typical four-drawer metal cabinet is ideal for recycling into an outdoor smoker and cooker. You can easily adjust the amount of heat in these homemade cookers so they can smoke meat and/or cook meat. And the size makes them perfect for cooking and smoking for a large crowd. Metal filing cabinets also come in two-drawer sizes and are great for recycling into smaller smokers. Check out these innovative ideas for creating a file cabinet smoker and get busy making yourself one this weekend. You may also like to see diy smoker and smokehouse plans to cook meat or to preserve food.

  1. Four-Drawer Smoker

Building a smoker is made simple and cheap with these step-by-step instructions. Start with an old, discarded metal filing cabinet, drill holes in the back and in the bottom of each drawer. Fill a disposable aluminum pan with charcoal briquets, place in the bottom draw and light. When the briquets start smoking, place meat on racks in the upper drawers, then close the drawers and relax while the meat smokes and cooks to perfection.

Four-Drawer Smoker

  1. Wood Smoker

This is awesome for people who enjoy throwing large backyard BBQs for family and friends! The large drawers allow lots of food to be cooked and smoked at the same time. This free video will show you how to build your own smoker from an old file cabinet and be able to feed a crowd.

Wood Smoker

  1. $20 Smoker

Nothing pleases a hungry crowd better than BBQ meat and a large smoker can get the job done. However, large commercial smokers are expensive, but a large homemade smoker like this one can be made for $20. Amaze your friends and feed a crowd when you follow this instructional video for building an inexpensive DIY file cabinet smoker.

DIY file cabinet smoker

  1. Little Smoker

This is an ideal companion to the family grill. Perfect for smoking enough meat to feed the family and a friend or two while using the BBQ grill or stove top for vegetable side dishes. Easy to build with these detailed instructions and the small size makes it easy to use in small backyard spaces and for storing when not in use.

Get the instructions for this diy smoker at Instructables 

Little Smoker

  1. Facebook Smoker

This intriguing and informative video that was posted on Facebook  and shows how to build a cabinet smoker. With well over 3 million views so far, the builder of the Facebook smoker certainly knows how to create an inexpensive and highly effective smoker from a recycled file cabinet. Watch this video so you can learn tips and tricks from a DIY pro and consider making your own Facebook video.

Facebook Smoker

  1. DIY Smoker

This detailed video will show you how to turn a file cabinet into a functional smoker, plus provide you with a delicious recipe to get you started. It’s a fun and easy build that will enable you to build a DIY smoker and have guests over for a backyard BBQ on the same day. Your guests may want you to build them a DIY smoker and get you started in a side-hustle business venture that will bring in extra income.

DIY Smoker
7. Side Rack Smoker

A recycled file cabinet smoker does not have to be plain, you can add side shelves and hooks that will help make the smoking process more convenient for the chef. Adding side racks and hooks won’t even add to the cost of the DIY smoker build if you get creative. This DIY  smoker builder used a discarded shopping cart and metal store shelves to complete his creation and make it more functional for his BBQing needs. Since it’s a DIY build, you are free to add whatever is needed to make the smoking process go smoothly and clean-up a breeze. Add a set of wheels to make the new DIY smoker easily portable for cooking and storing afterwards.

Side Rack Smoker

  1. Old Grey Cabinet

An old grey metal filing cabinet is functional for paper storage, but it’s the most boring pieces of furniture in the home or office. But all that changes with a simple DIY transformation. An old grey filing cabinet can be turned into the most useful and amazing pieces of hardware in your backyard when you follow these step by step instructions.

Turn that old grey filing cabinet into a BBQ smoker and paint it any color you want (use heat-resistant paint). Boring furniture never looked, or smelled, so good before. Your friends will be asking for your BBQ recipe and to build them a file cabinet smoker.

Old Grey Cabinet

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Top 10 Rain Garden Plants To Grow Sat, 23 Sep 2017 22:20:36 +0000 A rain garden can be turned into a beautiful landscape by planting exquisite plants, both flowering and non-flowering in a planned manner.

Here is a list of top 10 rain garden plants that can enhance the aesthetics of your garden. Follow this compact list of plants to grow in rain garden and the place will be blooming in no time.

  1. Swamp Sunflower

Swamp sunflower is a flowering plant native to the eastern parts of the United States. It grows in abundance in areas where the temperature does not go below – 10 degrees Fahrenheit. They are salt tolerant and grows best in plenty of sunshine. The golden yellow color can brighten up any rain garden. Swamp sunflower plants grow well in wet pine lands and swamps. Low spot rain gardens where the soil is saturated with water for a prolonged period of time, are good this plant.

Swamp Sunflower

  1. Canna Lily

Canna Lily is an exquisite species which is native to the tropical and subtropical regions of South America. They are not true lilies but they have bright and loud colors with a large foliage. Canna lilies grow in a wide array of colors like red, orange, pink, yellow and relevant shades. These plants can be quite tall and grow up to a height of 8 feet. It is one of the best choices for a rain garden which has water saturated soil since Canna lilies love wet soil.

Canna Lily plants

  1. Blue flag Iris

Blue Flag Iris is known by many other names like the northern blue flag, Harlequin blue flag, poison flag and more. This rain garden plant produces bright purple colored flowers which add a lovely look to the garden. They grow best in marshes, wet soils, meadows and shores. Blue Iris is native to Eastern United states, North America and eastern Canada. This plant needs full sunshine and plenty of water. It is tolerant of cold temperatures.

Blue flag Iris

  1. California Poppy

California poppy is a vibrant flowering plant which grows mainly in California and Oregon. These plants produce paper thin flowers whose colors range from white to yellow to red.  The green leaves and the brightly colored flowers can impart a fabulous look to your rain garden. Rain gardens and sunny hillsides are the best locations for these plants to thrive well in. They are tolerant to drought and the bloom period extends when sunshine and water are provided sufficiently.

California Poppy

  1. Lavender

Lavender is one of the most popular plants used for its enchanting fragrance. It is a plant native to the Mediterranean regions and found in many varieties. You can plant lavender plants at the edge of your rain garden or border the garden with these pretty shrubs. Lavender does not survive well in extremely cold temperatures and needs lots of sunshine and moderate water. The tiny violet flowers generally bloom in late spring and continue blooming till early summer.

Sunshine Lavender

  1. Lady Fern

If you are looking for lovely feathery leaved plants for rain garden, Lady Fern can be your garden’s best friend. Its name is derived from its ladylike, graceful appearance. Native to the northern hemisphere, Lady Fern grows well in woodlands, wetlands, damp and shady areas. These plants are widely used for decoration purposes and can revamp the look of your rain garden. The height of this plant ranges from 4 to 5 feet. Rain basins and lower spots in the garden would be the best place to plant Lady Ferns.

Lady Fern in rain garden

  1. Daylily

Daylily is a lovely flowering plant which can grow in a wide variety of soil. This species is native to the eastern parts of Asia. The word Daylily refers ‘beauty for a day’. The color of this flower ranges from white to yellow and goes further to orange and pink shades. Whether you want a flowering plant or a non-flowering one, Daylily plants add a unique texture to the garden with its fountain like leaves. These plants can thrive in cold temperatures of up to -40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Daylily flowers

  1. Scarlet Rose Mallow

Known to grow in abundance in the southeastern parts of the United States, this beautiful, woody-based flowering plant can thrive in cold climate. These plants can reach a height range of about 3 feet to 6 feet in length and from 2 feet to 3 feet in width. These plants need plenty of natural light to be in full bloom. Wet and moist soil or swamps are the most suitable places for Scarlet Rose plants to grow in. Although its shape differs from that of a rose, the 5 dark colored petals can surely make your garden look gorgeous.

Scarlet Rose Mallow

  1. Butterfly weed

As the name suggests, butterflies are attracted to this species of milkweed. These plants are native to eastern North America. The flowers of this plant are bright orange in color and they grow from 0.3 to 1 meter in height. They produce good amounts of nectar which attracts butterflies. Gravel soil, sand or dry soil suits this plant the best and needs full sun. It is tolerant of cold climatic conditions and can survive in temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit. While planting Butterfly weed plants, make sure that it receives a good amount of sunlight.

Butterfly weed flower

  1. Swamp Milkweed

Swamp milkweed is a plan which is native to the eastern part of the United States. These plants can thrive in cold temperatures up to -40 degrees Fahrenheit. The stems of this plant are green and the flowers are mauve in color, which bloom seasonally. Due to its ability to produce an abundant amount of nectar, monarch butterflies derive their food source form this plant. Their height ranges from 4-5 feet and the width ranges from 2-3 feet. These plants grow well in wet soil, meadows and swamps. They can do well in average garden soil.

Swamp milkweed

Rain garden plants generally require wet or saturated soil, full sun and moist air to grow and bloom. Add these plants to your garden to alter the look of the landscape. Make sure that you provide the necessary and optimum conditions for every plant in your garden.

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20 DIY Barn Doors To Add A Rustic Touch Your Home Needs Tue, 05 Sep 2017 01:15:16 +0000 A DIY barn door is a perfect solution to many of your homes privacy needs. DIY sliding barn doors can be used as window treatments, interior doors and exterior doors. This stylish and practical solution adds a rustic touch to any space while using less floor space. All floor space around the door can be used since none has to be allotted for an opening and closing swing that traditional doors need. Using some of these barn door plans to create window treatments will also improve the health of anyone suffering from dust allergies since it will limit the amount of fabric curtains needed. Whether for health or decorative reasons, a DIY barn door will add that rustic touch your home needs.

  1. Window Treatments

Add character and privacy to any room with sliding barn doors over the windows. Use these plans to create the right size for your window. Paint to match any home decor.

diy barn door

  1. Laundry Room Door

Laundry rooms are needed in every home, but are not desired daily views. Conceal all the machinery, laundry products and the dirty laundry behind a stylish and functional DIY barn door. These tutorial videos and pictorial instructions  make building a barn door a cinch for both novice and seasoned DIY’er.

Laundry Room Barn Door


  1. Barn Sliding Door with Glass

Interior separation between rooms is sometimes needed, yet total separation is not desirable, like between a kitchen and dining room, family room and office. A DIY barn sliding door with a glass insert is the perfect solution. The see-through glass top barn door allows two interior rooms to be separated, yet not completely closed off from each other.

Barn Sliding Door with Glass

  1. Sliding Barn Door With Chevron Pattern

These detailed plans will enable you to create an attractive sliding barn door with a chevron pattern wood inlay. Great for use as a focal point in any room of the home. Easy to follow video and these plans even include a material shopping list so you won’t forget to buy anything.

Sliding Barn Door With Chevron Pattern

  1. Modern Look

Barn doors don’t have to look old to add a rustic touch, just look at this modern rustic style door. These detailed plans on how to build a barn door are easy to follow. Start by measuring the door, cutting plywood to size and add steel around the edges. Measure and cut cedar wood, then attach cedar to plywood with glue and nails. Sand and leave cedar wood natural or stain desired color. Install DIY barn door with a hardware kit and you’re done.

detailed plans on how to build a barn door

  1. Herringbone Barn Door

So elegant, yet so simple to build, wood strips applied in a herringbone pattern. Measure door and cut plywood to fit. Frame out the door edges with 1×6‘s. Cut 2×2‘a into 4 inch long strips to create a herringbone pattern. These plans only cover the bottom half of the barn door  but the process can be repeated to cover the entire door if desired.

Herringbone Barn Door

  1. Modern Barn Doors

Building barn doors could not be easier. These free plans show you how to build these sleek, modern barn doors that fit in perfectly with a modern, minimalistic look.

Modern Barn Doors

  1. Traditional Barn Door

Making a barn door to fit an interior door is simple with these detailed plans. Attractive, functional and in the traditional style, this door look is classic and fits in with any decor.

Making a barn door

  1. Recycle Skate Board Wheels

Use these plans to create a functional sliding barn door with skateboard wheels. Perfect design for an outbuilding that needs a large opening for equipment to pass through. Using skateboard wheels instead of a barn door kits can save you a couple hundred dollars.

Recycle Skate Board Wheels

  1. Increase Home Value

An attractive barn door can increase the value of your home and cause it to sell faster when placed on the market. But even if you don’t want to sell your home, this design and paint color choice adds a WOW factor to an otherwise ordinary bedroom.

sliding barn door

  1. 36“ Sliding Door

Small door openings can still be covered with an attractive sliding barn door. Use these free plans to create your own attractive 36“ sliding door.

36“ Sliding Door

  1. 1 Pallet Door

Here’s another way to recycle old wooden pallets – transform them into an attractive barn door. Stack and stain the wood, then add some black metal hardware for a look that fits in with any decor.

1 Pallet Door

  1. Bypass Door

Follow these detailed instructions for building an elegant bypass door. Painted black here, but can be painted any color.

Bypass Door

  1. Kitchen Door

Add a pop of color to an all-white kitchen with a colorful sliding barn door. The pictured door separates the kitchen and laundry room and is painted yellow to compliment the decor.

Kitchen Door

  1. Cheap Barn Door

Cheap to build doesn’t mean cheap to look at. These plans show you how to build a DIY barn door on the cheap.

Cheap Barn Door

  1. British Brace

Attractive British brace detailing adds a touch of classic elegance to a rustic barn door. The contrast in styles will fit in with any style of home or decor. Get the full tutorial for this barn door at

rustic barn door

  1. Great Look, Low Price

These barn door plans show you how to give a DIY barn door a great look with inexpensive hardware. A high-end look for a low price.

barn door plans

  1. Door and Track

Discover how to build a barn door and track for a very low cost. Attractive wood design works in any room and can be stained or painted to blend with room decor.

how to build a barn door

  1. Barn Door Tutorial

Step by step tutorial shows you how to build an attractive barn door for minimal cost. This detailed tutorial takes all the guess work out of the DIY build and makes it easy for you.

how to build an attractive barn door

  1. Lightweight Sliding Screen

When you want the look of a barn door without the heavy weight of wood. consider this DIY sliding screen.

Lightweight Sliding Screen

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Guardian Dogs-12 Popular Breeds To Choose For Your Livestock Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:39:14 +0000 A guardian dog is a must-have addition to a working livestock farm. From the smallest backyard chicken farm to the largest cattle farm, all can benefit from the presence of at least one guard dog. Livestock guardian dogs will protect goats, sheep, cattle, rabbits, emus, turkeys, chickens or any other livestock you’re raising, plus these dog breeds can provide better protection that you can. Guardian dogs are with the livestock 24 hours a day, they are self-thinkers that can assess a potentially threatening situation and attack a predator without being told to do so. Protection dogs are bred to be aggressive towards all predators, but gentle with livestock. Read over these characteristics of the 12 most popular guardian dog breeds to help you select the breed that will be a good choice to protect your animals.

  1. Anatolian Shepherds

This guard dog breed is well-known for its keen eye sight and sense of smell. This large breed dog is also very agile and quick, well able to chase down and disable any wild predator that threaten the livestock. Anatolian Shepherds are very smart and easy to train. They are also very stubborn and may not always obey their owner’s command.

Anatolian Shepherds guardian dog

  1. Akbash

One of the best guard dog breeds to have on a farm that has frequent visitors. Their demeanor is calm, low energy and they don’t become aggressive unless challenged. Akbask guard dogs are extremely sensitive to their surroundings and can detect even the smallest change or sound in their environment that might indicate a predator is nearby. This large breed guardian dog is very gentle with newborn animals.

Akbash dog breed

  1. Great Pyrenees

For centuries, the Great Pyrenees has been one of the most popular livestock guardian dogs. Trustworthy and aggressive towards predators, this is the best guard dog breed for nighttime protection. The Great Pyrenees is a nocturnal dog that will interact with livestock throughout the night. The thick double coat protects this dog breed from harsh elements and predator attacks.

Great Pyrenees guard dog

  1. Kangal

One of the most recent dog breeds to be included on the guardian dog list. Kangals provide herd protection and have superior herding ability, but they are happy just to guard livestock too. Kangals are gentle, loyal, good with children and family pets.

Kangal dog breed

  1. Komonder

Over-protecting fighting dogs that bark a lot. This guardian dog breed with cord-like hair is excellent for homesteads with a high volume of predators, but not for homesteads with children and frequent visitors. The thick, cord-like hair provides protection for the dog during fights with wolves and other large predators. The corded coat will need regular maintenance, or can be cut short for easy-care.

Komonder guard dog

  1. Kuvasz

The Kuvasz is known as the class clown of guardian dog breeds. Very intelligent and very funny. This dog breed has a sense of humor that will keep you laughing while it works to protect your livestock. Good with children, healthy and typically live to be 12 years old.

Kuvasz dog breed

  1. Pyrenean Mastiff

A very loyal pack breed of protection dogs. Good with children, pets and livestock and will literally lay down its life to protect a member of its pack. However, anyone or anything outside of the Pyrenean Mastiff’s pack is considered a threat. Early and continuous socializing is needed for this breed.

Pyrenean Mastiff dog breed

  1. Polish Tatra Sheepdog

Herding and guarding sheep is this dog breeds specialty. They also make excellent personal protection dogs and will not attack unless commanded. Polish Tatra Sheepdogs are large, intelligent, active and do not drool, a big plus when employing them as a personal protection dog.

Polish Tatra Sheepdog

  1. Maremma Sheepdog

This breed is best suited for protecting free-range animals. Friendly and interactive with livestock, yet keenly aware of surrounding and will attack predators that come in from the air or land.

Maremma Sheepdog

  1. Tibetan Mastiff

The most hardy guardian dog breed that can withstand harsh climates. Good dog choice for regions that have extreme heat or extreme cold. Tibetan Mastiffs are nocturnal and will interact with livestock throughout the nighttime.

Tibetan Mastiff dog breed

  1. Estrela Mountain Dog

Very intelligent and protective. The older Estrela Mountain Dog typically train the young pups how to be a guard dog for livestock. This breed takes over full protection of newborn animals at birth, helping to lick them clean and not allowing anyone or anything around them.

Estrela Mountain Dog

  1. Welsh Corgi

The Welsh Corgi is a low maintenance protection dog that also enjoys being around people. This small dog breed is excellent for providing protection for geese, ducks, turkeys and chickens. Welsh Corgis are also good for herding larger animals. The main drawback with this protection breed is their size – they are unable to fight off large predators that threaten the livestock.

Welsh Corgi dog breed

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