Category Archives: DIY

chicken staring at camera

Building a DIY Backyard Chicken Coop – Part 3 (The Grand Finale)

In April, Brian started building the frame of a chicken coop and run area in our yard. The chicks were non-existent, and it was all still just an idea.

Were we crazy for building a chicken coop in our urban backyard? Could we make it look nice or would it be an eye sore? Would it decrease the value of our home?

In April, we started the project (see pictures from Part 1 here). We had little chicks who would soon need a bigger home.

In June, it was time for the chickens to live outside. We made more progress on the coop and run area in Building a DIY Backyard Chicken Coop – Part 2.

Now in August, months later, we’ve put the final touches on it. Continue reading Building a DIY Backyard Chicken Coop – Part 3 (The Grand Finale)

Horizontal Coat Rack

Building a Custom Coat Rack for Your Home

Do you decorate chairs and couches
with winter jackets?

Be an adult.
It’s time for a DIY coat rack.

We needed a coat rack, but everything in stores was either stupid expensive, cheaply made (particle board coat hanger? Eeew!), or the wrong size for our space. Solution? Brian and I set off on an adventure to build our own custom coat rack.

DIY coat rack? This was either going to end really well or really poorly.

Continue reading Building a Custom Coat Rack for Your Home

cut blue jeans

DIY triple-decker plant hanger from recycled blue jeans

Recycling old jeans into a
DIY plant hanger.

 

 I had a pair of old blue jeans with a tear in an awkward place. They were too holey to donate, and I didn’t want to just throw them away.

Blue jean is a durable fabric – instead of tossing the old, ripped jeans in the trash, I decided to take the DIY recycling approach and attempted to sew a homemade triple-decker hanging planter. Continue reading DIY triple-decker plant hanger from recycled blue jeans

adding wood to a hugelkultur

Hugel-whaaat? Building an Alaska Backyard Hugelkultur

What started as
“Sweet, that’s an awesome idea!”
soon felt like

OMG did we really dig a massive hole in our yard??”
but now it’s more like

“Whew, done – YES!!”

 

Hugelkultur.

It’s a gardening word I had never heard of about 3 weeks ago (heck, it’s a word I still can’t pronounce) but it’s a pretty freaking spectacular gardening idea. And now I have one in my yard. Continue reading Hugel-whaaat? Building an Alaska Backyard Hugelkultur