The Self-Sufficient Living http://theselfsufficientliving.com Is about simple living,growing your own food,raising livestock,Do It By Yourself,off grid living,gardening,homemade products Mon, 15 Jul 2019 22:36:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 21 Cheap DIY Sauna Projects With Tutorials     http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-sauna-projects-with-tutorials/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-sauna-projects-with-tutorials/#respond Sun, 14 Jul 2019 23:10:14 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=6366 A DIY sauna will not only warm you up, it will provide a multitude of health benefits. Saunas have long been used to deep heat cold, aching muscles and causes users to sweat, but they were also getting improved health without being aware of it.

Build a DIY sauna and use it regularly to improve cardiovascular health, reduce risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, reduce stress, promote better sleep, cleanse skin, remove toxins from the body, speed up muscle recovery after intense physical activity, and promote better overall health.

With all the benefits, it just makes scents and cents to build your own sauna using one of these 21 cheap DIY sauna projects with tutorials.

You may also like to see “diy hot tubs“, “diy solar water heaters“, “diy solar pool heater“, “diy clay pot heaters” and “diy solar air heaters

21 DIY Sauna Room Plans

1- Wood Burning Sauna

This attractive DIY sauna is small enough for a backyard in the city, yet large enough to seat four people comfortably.

Great for small outdoor spaces and small families, this cheap DIY sauna project is quick to build and inexpensive to maintain. Apply a natural wood exterior and ‘Z’ door or barn door for curb appeal and to increase property value.

This small sized sauna can also be portable with skids or wheels placed under under it. Light weight enough to be pulled behind a truck to your favorite camping or fishing spot.

Wood Burning Sauna

2- Barrel DIY Sauna

This barrel design makes for fast and cheap construction, plus durability. The unusual shape is stunning when placed in a natural setting, like near a river at the edge of woodland. The nearby woodlands will provide plenty of dead wood for burning in the stove to heat the sauna.

By using recycled materials, the cost is kept low for creating this beautiful DIY sauna. Add a couple of windows so you can enjoy the view while improving your health with a sweat inducing sauna.

Barrel Sauna

3- Cordwood Masonry Sauna

Authentic cordwood masonry sauna will last for years and help to keep you and your family warm and healthy, even in the most severe climates.

Old style of structure building, this DIY build involves stacking lengths of cut wood and filling in the gaps with masonry. This tutorial will walk you through this time honored building process and show you how to install the door, window and all the other authentic components so you can build this cheap and sturdy sauna on your property.

Cordwood Masonry Sauna

4- Large DIY Sauna

This tutorial will show you how to transform a large outside structure into a multi-room sauna.

Having multiple rooms is ideal for a large family that will be using the sauna together. A changing room, a storage room and a sauna room are all under one roof for convenience.

The more convenient something is, the more often you will use it. And in the case of a sauna usage, the more you use it the better you feel.

Having extra space is also an asset – it will add to the property value and can be used for overnight guests if needed.

Large DIY Sauna

5- Shed To DIY Sauna

It’s easy to convert an existing shed into a diy sauna with this free tutorial. Many people have an old shed on their property that is no longer needed for its original purpose, so why not convert it into something useful?

Step by step instruction and pictures will show you how to add insulation, a moisture barrier, cedar wall broads and all the other needed components. Transform an unused shed into a health improving homemade sauna in just a couple of days with these plans.

 DIY Sauna room

6- DIY Sauna and Hot Tub

This free tutorial will show you how to build a sauna on a wood deck large enough to hold the sauna and a hot tub. A great design that will incorporate two favorite things next to each other.

There is extra space on the deck for seating or a small changing room, if desired.

Detailed tutorial will take you through the entire building process so you can construct one just like this one on your property.

Sauna and Hot Tub

7- DIY Sauna With Wood Box

A wood burning sauna like this one is going to need wood to keep the fire going. Having the cut wood in a convenient location makes it easy to use on those cold winter days.

Building a sauna and adding a wood box on the outside is simple when you use this free tutorial. The wood box also doubles as an outside bench, so this building design could easily be incorporated into a backyard recreation spot.

Place it near the kids play area, outdoor kitchen or pool area to make it easy for the entire family to be outdoors and active year around.

wood burning sauna

8- Portable Sauna Plan

For people on the go, this is a sauna design that can go with you. These sauna plans will show you how to build a portable sauna that can easily be transported behind a bicycle to any location.

Don’t let the small exterior appearance fool you, this portable sweat pod can seat up to six people comfortably. The tiny wood burning stove heats the interior of the pod efficiently and cheaply, and the small chimney in the front of the sauna keeps all the smoke removed from the pod.

The semi-clear side panels allow the portable sauna to be bright on the inside from natural light. Ideal for downtown business meetings or other meetings that might benefits from being heald in a relaxing environment.

how to build a portable sauna

9- Finnish Sauna

Recycled materials are often the best design inspiration for a DIY project. This DIY sauna was inspired and created with silo staves that were being discarded.

A tradition Finnish design, this cheap to build sauna is in the shape of a mini silo and will last for many years. The wood burning stove that heats the sauna is also a DIY build from a recycled 55 gallon steel drum.

Most people don’t use their saunas during the summer months, so consider placement before starting construction. The right location will allow you to use the sauna as a storage shed for garden tools, fishing equipment or pool accessories during the summer months when the structure is not being used as a s sauna.

DIY sauna

10- Build A Sauna In 20 Minute Build

This quick build will appeal to many people who are not so handy with a saw and hammer. This cheap, functional and efficient homemade sauna can be built in 20 minutes and provide a health benefiting steam just like a more expensive model.

It’s a tent within a tent design that heats quickly, dries quickly and is portable so you can tent the sauna with you on camping, hunting or fishing trips. The tents are easy to find in any sporting goods store, inexpensive and easy to assemble and take down.

homemade sauna

11- DIY Infrared Sauna

Infrared saunas are popular with people who don’t want to cut fire wood or be bothered with a wood heater. Infrared heating for an indoor sauna is clean burning, easy to use and cheap. An entire DIY sauna using infrared heat can be built for under $100.

Any indoor space that is at least five feet square will work perfectly for this DIY project. Follow this easy tutorial and build yourself one this weekend.

DIY Infrared sauna

12- Trash Bag Sauna

Here is an idea for creating a diy sauna from things you have on hand, and the total cost is almost nothing.

Use a tall stick and a couple of plastic trash bags to form a teepee, securing the outside bottom of the trash bags to the ground. Build a fire and heat a few large rocks. Place hot rocks inside trash bag sauna, then get in and close the opening so the heat won’t escape.

Cheap, functional portable and recyclable. An ideal sauna for camping trips.

Trash Bag Sauna

13- A DIY Sauna In Backyard

This tutorial will show you how to allow your creative side shine while showing how to make your unique sauna.

Follow this tutorial and build your own style and size of sauna in your backyard. it will improve health and make the neighbors jealous.

how to make your unique sauna

14- Recycle Outhouses Into DIY Sauna

This free tutorial will show you that even old outhouses can be given new life as a recycled sauna. Two outhouses can be joined together to create one roomy place to take a steam bath.

The wood heater in this recycled DIY sauna was made from old scrap metal parts, making the total build cost almost zero. The foundation for the building is a few recycled cinder blocks and a few river stones were used to help create the inside steam heat.

DIY Sauna

15- DIY Electrically Heated Sauna

If you don’t like wood or infrared heat, how about trying electric heat? It burn clean and efficient, and will quickly heat up the interior of a DIY sauna.

This free tutorial will show you how to be an electrically heated sauna cheaply and quickly. Pictures go along with the detailed instructions to help guide you through the project.

DIY sauna

16- Homemade Barrel Sauna

Build this attractive and efficient homemade barrel sauna by following this YouTube instructional video. The total cost is under $200 and the finished product will last for years.

The YouTube video is entertaining as well as informative, well worth watching.

17- Outdoor Sauna Room

Another YouTube video to show you how to build an outdoor sauna. The style is different that the previous one, but just as functional. This YouTube video promises to show you how to build this attractive DIY sauna in 10 days. Experienced builders can probably even build it in less than that amount of time.

18- Converting a Room to a Sauna

Easy to follow instructions and photos will show you how to convert an interior room of your home into a relaxing sauna.

This is a great idea for empty nesters who have found themselves left with too many rooms after the kids grew up and went off to college. Also a great way to use empty basement or attic space.

Just a few easy to obtain components and a couple of days works, and you’ll have your own indoor sauna.

relaxing diy sauna

19- Lake Side DIY Sauna

A beautiful view and a cold lake to dip into after a steam bath in your own DIY sauna. That’s what this free tutorial will show you how to build. Instructions will guide you through the build from the ground up.

This sauna is large enough for three interior benches, so the whole family can enjoy a stem bath together at the end of a long day.

Lake Side Sauna

20- Backyard Sauna

A perfect addition to any home backyard, this DIY sauna is attractive, affordable and easy to build. These detailed instructions and photos will take you through the building process with ease.

The windows are not only attractive and allow natural light to flood into the homemade sauna, but also allow sauna users to watch the birds feeding outside. All your stress will melt away while soak up the heat and watch the birds.

Backyard Sauna

21- Outdoor Sauna Plan

Unlike other sauna plans, this plan is for building an electrically heated sauna. You can order an electric sauna stove to run on a normal wall socket. There are even electric sauna stoves that feature a countdown timer and temperature control.
Outdoor Sauna Plan

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21 DIY Bat Box Plans To House Bats In Your Yard http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-bat-box-plans-to-house-bats-in-your-yard/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-bat-box-plans-to-house-bats-in-your-yard/#respond Sun, 23 Jun 2019 00:11:29 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=6275 If you’re looking for a way to protect the bats that often fly around your property, consider looking into different bat house plans. You can find a range of bat box plans that keep them safe from the weather and predators, and you don’t have to worry about them destroying your garden or landscape. In fact, bats are very convenient to have around your garden. You see, bats are more interested in eating the insects and pests that fly around your property. Building a bat house is a great way to protect your garden without turning to pesticides.

There’s a wide range of bat house plans to browse through, and you can find most of the materials in home improvement stores. You may even find some materials around the house. Building a bat box is also a great way to teach your children how to protect smaller animals.

If you like these bat box or house plans then you may also like to see my other similar articles such as: bird feeder plans, diy squirrel feeders, bird house plans, homemade hummingbird feeders, diy bird bath ideas, and blue bird house plans.

If you want to learn how to build a bat house, check out the following bat house plans.

1. Wooden Bat Box

When it comes to building a bat house, it’s not uncommon to use wood as your material. You’re going to build this wooden bat box with planed timber plank softwood. The project also requires supplies such as a fine toothed saw, cross head wood screws, screwdriver and electric drill. When it’s time to assemble your bat house, you’re going to place the front on last to ensure it’s a perfect fit. Your bat box should include narrow slits, so the bat can easily slide into their house. As for location, you can attach the bat box to your house or shed.

Wooden Bat Box

2. Single-Chamber Bat Box

You can build a single-chamber bat box with cedar, plywood, cedar fence panels and plastic wire mesh. You also need tools such as a staple gun, exterior-grade screws and silicone caulk. The cedar is used for the front and sides, the cedar fence panels are used for the slats and the plywood is used for the back. The wire mesh goes inside the chamber so the bat has something to cling to. Use the silicone caulk to keep their box warm and dry. There should be a gap between the bottom slat for air circulation. Finally, you want to ensure the entrance is big enough for the bat, but not its predators.
Single-Chamber Bat Box

3. Painted Bat Box

If you’re looking for something that allows you to be more creative, consider a painted bat box. This is a fun project that you can use to teach your children how to make a bat house. The materials include plywood, deer netting, screws, caulk and paint. The house itself should include a bat-sized entrance, air vents and netting for clinging. If your children want to do the painting, the exterior should be camouflaged from predators, and the interior should be black to keep it dark. You can even decorate it with a silhouette of a bat that matches the exterior.

Painted Bat Box

4. Board Bat Box

A board bat box is built using, you guessed it, wooden boards. Your list of materials include non-toxic plywood or outdoor-grade solid board, cedar and pine board. The supplies include, but are not limited to, a drill and bit, coated deck screws, table or handsaw, sandpaper and exterior latex caulk. You want to use a sharp blade to cut grooves into the back plate for clinging. One idea is to make the entire back plate their landing area. If you’re painting the exterior, make sure it blends in with the surroundings to protect the bats from predators.

Board Bat Box

5. DIY Bat Box

With these bat box plans, you’re going to use plywood, white wood, scraps of lumber, exterior screws and construction adhesive. The other materials include caulk, a caulk gun, felt paper and an electric drill. Their house should feature a landing area, grooves for clinging and air vents, but it should also be weather-proof to keep them dry and warm. The most important thing is to keep them safe from predators, so the entrance should only be big enough for them. Like other plans, you can mount your DIY bat house to your house or shed.

DIY Bat Box

6. Cedar Bat Box

A cedar bat box is durable enough to protect bats from predators and the weather. The materials include cedar fence boards, deck screws and wood joinery biscuits, and the tools include a drill, circular saw and miter saw. There’s enough space for a bat to stay inside during the day, but there isn’t enough space for a predator to get inside the box. Attaching the box to a tree gives them easy access to bugs, but it may be safer to attach it to a pole or your home.

Cedar Bat Box

7. Silhouette Bat Box

When learning how to build a bat house, it’s always fun to find plans that allow you to be more creative. One idea is a silhouette bat box, which you can build with wooden boards and drywall screws. The box is bent at a 10-degree angle to keep the bat comfortable, and caulking is used to attach the roof and seal any drafts. When you’re ready to create your silhouette, use craft foam as your stencil and Krylon spray paint for the design. Once you’re finished assembling and painting your box, you can use a mini French cleat, L-brackets and screws to mount it to the wall.

Silhouette Bat Box

8. Bat Box Condo

If you’re looking to build a DIY bat house that stands out from the crowd, you’re sure to enjoy these bat house plans. You’re going to use wood such as soffit plywood, treated posts, baffle plywood, cedar and boards for different elements of the box. It’s important to avoid green treated lumber because of the scent and toxic materials. The entire structure should be about 8 feet off the ground to give the bats plenty of sun and distance from human interaction. Inside this bat box condo is a dark interior with rough edges for the bats to cling to.

Bat Box Condo

9. Garden Bat Box

There are plenty of bat box plans that encourage bats to eat the insects that attack your garden. You can build this garden bat box using materials such as untreated wood, nails and odorless glue, as well as tools such as a crosscut saw, drill press, hammer and nail punch. The door and roof are placed at an angle so the bat can nest and rest comfortably. You want to place the bat box on your home, shed or a tree near your garden, so they have easy access to bugs.
Garden Bat Box

10. Upper Bat Box

These plans teach you how to build a bat house that is higher off the ground. You’re going to build this upper bat box out of naturally weather-resistant wood, such as cedar or white oak. The tools include a table saw, drill, utility knife and screws. Use the utility knife to cut grooves so the bats can cling to the interior. You can place the bat box on a tall pole or your home.
how to build a bat house

11. Simple Bat House

If you’re looking for bat house plans that are easy to follow, you can’t go wrong with this simple bat house. This bat house is designed for a single bat to dwell in as they eat insects. You want to use a scaffolding plank for this project because it’s wide, rough and untreated. It doesn’t feature a bottom plank, as the house is not intended for nesting. The tools also include a fretsaw, screws and woodworkers’ glue. You can decorate the house with a bat graphic.

bat house plans

12. Bat Box On Shed

Whether you have a store-bought or DIY bat house, you’re going to learn how to hang it on your shed. You’re going to need treated boards to safely mount the house. The supplies also include lag bolts, U-bolts, metal and wood screws, pipe-strap and a 10-foot fence pole. Attach the bat house to the pole using the pipe-straps, and then attach the boards and mounting. The pole is going to be attached to the shed, and it’ll be high enough to keep the bats safe.

DIY bat house

13. DIY Bat Nest

With these bat box plans, you’re going to build a DIY bat nest. It’s simple enough to build, but it provides a dark, protective spot for bats. Scrap OSB wood and wire mesh are enough for your bat nest. You can also use a drill, nail gun, miter saw and band saw, but a handsaw with a screwdriver or hammer also does the trick. You’re building the house out of the wood pieces, and the wire mesh gives the bat something to climb on and cling to inside the nest.

DIY Bat Nest

14. Plywood Bat House

Use these bat house plans to build a plywood bat house. In addition to the exterior plywood, you’re also going to use boards for the interior and wood spacer blocks. The supplies and tools include a crosscut saw, pocket knife, exterior wood screws, drill with bits and paint-able caulking. Your bat house should feature a landing area, air vents and dark interior. Paint the bat house in a darker shade, and hang it high enough to keep the bats comfortable.

bat house plans

15. Four-Chamber Bat House

A four-chamber bat house can be built with a combination of cedar and exterior-grade plywood. You should also use exterior-grade screws and staples, as they last longer than nails. Remember to caulk the house, re-caulking every three to five years, to prevent leaks. Use an overhanging roof made of shingles or sheet metal to provide a shaded area and durable construction. If you’re looking to house multiple bats, consider mounting two four-chamber bat boxes back-to-back on a pole.

Four-Chamber Bat House

16. Batman Logo Bat Box

If you’re a fan of Batman, you’re sure to love these bat box plans. This bat box is made of pine or cedar, different sized boards and a nylon mesh screen. You also need materials such as a table saw, drill and bits, deck screws, dark paint or wood stain and exterior caulk. The Batman logo is made of pine or cedar boards, which you can color with the dark paint or stain. You can mount the box in a high spot on a tree or your home.

Batman Logo Bat Box

17. Suburban Bat House

If you live in a suburban area, you can protect bats with the suburban bat house. The materials for these bat house plans include your gable vent, pine wood, galvanized screening and wood screws or galvanized drywall screws. You’re also going to need tools such as a cordless drill and bit, table saw and hand shears. The bat box is going to be mounted to the gable vent on your house, keeping it attached to your home.

Suburban Bat House

18. DIY Garden Bat House

There are many plans that teach you how to build a bat house, and this includes the DIY garden bat house. You can build the house using outdoor-grade plywood, pine wood, board for the roof and black asphalt shingles or galvanized metal. The project also requires materials such as a table saw, roofing nails, caulking gun and paintable latex caulk. Mount the bat house to a pole, tree or your home near your garden, so they can eat the bugs.

DIY Garden Bat House

19. DIY Bat House

The plans for this DIY bat house include cedar fencing, cedar boards, red oak plywood and plastic mesh. You’re also going to use supplies such as a jigsaw, power drill, exterior screws, caulk and bat stencil. This is going to be a single-chamber bat house, so there’s only going to be enough room for one bat. Use the bat stencil and craft paint to add a silhouette, which is a great task for children if this is a family project.

DIY Bat House

20. Cedar Bat Box

A cedar bat box is a great choice because cedar is untreated and weather-resistant. The roof and sides are angled to create a tight but comfortable space for the bat. Remember to include a landing area at the bottom of the bat box, where you’re going to cut grooves or rungs for clinging. You can decorate the box with a small bat symbol before mounting it to your house.
Cedar Bat Box

21. Board Bat House

When learning how to make a bat house, you’re going to find that most are made of boards. For this project, the pieces come in a variety of sizes to be used as different parts of a board bat house. You’re also going to use rough sided plywood or exterior siding, galvanized or exterior wood screws and exterior-grade silicone. The tools include a table saw, wood screws and drill. Once you build the bat house, you should mount it at least 10 feet off the ground.

Board Bat House

Remember, every bat house should be tight and dark, and it should feature rough-textured pieces and air vents. It’s also important to avoid recycled, treated wood, as well as scented glue and paint, as they can be toxic to bats.

When you take the time to learn about the different types of bats and bat boxes, you’re sure to find the right bat box plans for your property.

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12 Homemade Crossbows For Hunters And Survivalists http://theselfsufficientliving.com/12-homemade-crossbows-for-hunters-and-survivalists/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/12-homemade-crossbows-for-hunters-and-survivalists/#respond Sat, 01 Jun 2019 21:50:14 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=6208 A homemade crossbow will enable you to hunt for food and protect your family and livestock from predators without the need for bullets. A diy crossbow can be customized to launch many types of projectiles with accuracy for hunting small or large game.

Hunters and survivalists can create wooden crossbows at little or no cost, plus operate them at no cost, making them an ideal weapon to have for off-grid living. Even if you don’t live off-grid, crossbow hunting is a popular sport and the primitive weapon can help you supplement your family’s food supply during hunting season.

Check out these 12 homemade crossbows for hunters and survivalists and choose a couple to make so you’ll always be ready when that trophy buck comes within shooting range.

1- Wood and Aluminum

This classic crossbow design is made with wood and aluminum to provide the user with lightweight efficiency. This homemade crossbow won’t weigh you down while on a hunt, and will shoot accurately when a game animal is located.

These free plans will show you how to build this DIY crossbow that looks and performs like an expensive store bought model. The front bead design will enable the user to get an accurate shot on the target every time.

homemade crossbow

2- Wooden Crossbow

Learning how to make a crossbow is made easy with these step by step pictorial instructions. Every detail of the DIY build is written and pictured, even the instructions on how to fire your new weapon is included.

Follow these instructions and transform some wood and a piece of rope into an accurate weapon that has the power to kill small game.

how to make a crossbow

3- Crossbow Pistol

Small but accurate, this crossbow pistol is easy to carry along with you when hiking through the woods. This DIY build is made simple with the free plans included on this website, and a video of how to shoot this crossbow pistol is also on this website.

The trigger on this crossbow pistol enables you to time to get a good aim on the target so when the arrow is shot it will hit the desired target. Compact in size, yet powerful enough to kill small game.

Homemade Crossbow Pistol

4- Monster Crossbow

This mega sized monster crossbow is not for the novice hunter, even a seasoned hunter should take extra precautions with this powerful weapon.

Designed for the serious hunter, these free plans will show you how to build a DIY crossbow that has a 1,000 pounds of pull power. Ideal for survivalists or hunters living in regions that have large game animals, like caribou or elk. This powerful weapon is one of the best crossbows for safely taking down a large animal.

Video instructions are easy to follow so you can build this heavy duty crossbow from wood and metal.

DIY crossbow

5- Adult Toy

This DIY bow and arrow is more of an adult toy instead of a weapon. Designed and built on the same principal as the childhood crossbow toys many of us played with as kids, this one is meant for target practice only.

A simple designed bow with large arrows is great for shooting into bales of hay. Use to help improve your hunting aim or when teaching a beginning hunter how to safely and accurately use a crossbow.

DIY bow and arrow

6- Automatic Crossbow

Crossbows were originally designed to have one arrow loaded for shooting at a time. This new homemade crossbow design has changed all of that.

Fully automatic crossbow is created from wood and can hold several arrows at once to reduce the re-load time. Smooth and accurate arrow shooting will provide you with a weapon that is capable of taking down more than one game animal at a time, or stop an attack of a pack of wild predators threatening you or your livestock.

homemade crossbow

7- Repeating Crossbow

This homemade crossbow will handle as smoothly as a rifle and provide five arrow shoots at once without re-loading. A vintage design that has stood the test of time, and in the hands of a skilled hunter, this homemade crossbow will be able to hit a target 40 yards away.

Free plans are on a downloaded PDF file and will take you through this homemade crossbow build step by step.

homemade crossbow

8- Crossbow Made From Scratch

This effective survival weapon can be made from scratch using only what you might find in a wilderness location. An ideal weapon to keep in your survivalist arsenal.

This free video will show you how to take ordinary items and transform them into an efficient homemade crossbow that can hit a target with accuracy.

homemade crossbow

9- Crossbow Revolver

When both speed and accuracy from a primitive weapon is needed, then this is the DIY crossbow  for you.

This revolving crossbow shoots arrows so quickly you can’t even see them with the naked eye. A slow motion video is needed to watch this homemade crossbow in action.

These free plans will show you how to use a toothbrush to enable the revolving crossbow to accurately shoot up to four arrows without re-loading.

Crossbow Revolver

10- Crossbow Made From All Wood

Classic and accurate, this all wood crossbow design will get the job done, one arrow at a time. Whether you enjoy target practicing with a bow and arrow, or need a sustainable hunting weapon, this homemade crossbow made from wood is an ideal weapon to have on hand.

wood crossbow design

11- Powerful Crossbow

Ideal for hunting small to medium sized game, this powerful crossbow will help you put meat on the table.

Follow these free video instructions for building this homemade bow and arrows so you can live a survivalists lifestyle without a store bought firearm. Replenish your arrow supply as needed with the skills you will learn from this tutorial.

homemade bow and arrows

12- Pocket Crossbow

This small sized DIY crossbow is meant to be a created as a practice craft and not as a real weapon. Made from popsicle sticks and a paper clip, this pocket crossbow is an ideal craft to create on a rainy day. You can hone your creative skills with this free video on how to build a pocket crossbow.

DIY crossbow

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23 Stylish DIY Concrete Planters For Your Home And Landscape http://theselfsufficientliving.com/23-stylish-diy-concrete-planters-for-your-home-and-landscape/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/23-stylish-diy-concrete-planters-for-your-home-and-landscape/#respond Sun, 19 May 2019 01:27:48 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=6146 Creating DIY concrete planters is an easy and affordable way to customize your home design. This is an ideal way to create any size or shape planter that you want for indoor or outdoor use. Concrete is easy to paint or stain, so you can customize the colors along with sizes and shapes.

DIY concrete planters are not the only things that can be created from a bag of concrete and homemade molds. Things like candle holders and garden globes can also be created to accessorize the planters.

Check out these 23 stylish DIY concrete planters and their accessories so you start creating your own customer home and landscape look this weekend.

If you like these ideas to be interesting then you might also like to see my other similar articles such as: diy self watering planters, diy planter box, diy wall planters, diy hanging planters, and diy window box.

1- Planters and Globes

Here are some great ideas for creating planters and garden globes with recycled items from your home or a local thrift shop.

Old soup bowls are just the right size for making small cement planter pots, and old light globes found at the thrift shop are just right for making a trio of garden globes.

Steps by step instructions show you how to make several concrete items with either smooth or textured finishes.

cement planter pots

2- Tinted Concrete Planter

Concrete is not boring, it’s colorful and can be used for creating sturdy planters in any size you want. Concrete can be tinted to most any color you want, making it an ideal way to create planters that will compliment your exterior decor.

Follow these step by step instructions on how to make concrete planters with color tint so you can have a perfect color match or a contrasting colored planter.

These free instructions will also show you how to build a mold for an interesting and rock solid planter.

how to make concrete planters

3- Decorative Planter Box

These free plans will show you how to create a mold that will enable you to create a decorative concrete planter box.

The architectural design on the sides of this planter box are easy to achieve with a little cardboard and a hot glue gun. The concrete planter box can be left in the natural concrete color, tinted or painted, the design will really make it stand out as a unique planter.

These plans will help you create a planter box large enough to grow a small tree and/or several annual flowers.

concrete planter box

4- Raid the Kitchen

Molds for DIY concrete planters can be found in your kitchen. Odd bowls, cups, and containers with interesting shapes can be used to create fun containers for flowers or candles for indoor or outdoor use.

Create decorative planters to use on a sunny porch or in a sunny window with this thrifty idea. By using items you have on hand to create molds for the concrete, you will be saving money and giving unused kitchen items a second life.

Raid the Kitchen

5- Marble Look

Make marble looking DIY concrete planters with this great idea. Concrete may start out as a dull gray color, but it doesn’t have to stay that color. With these tips, you can make the concrete look like marble in any color you want.

Create a high end design look by using powdered concrete pigments that come in a wide array of colors. The color variations, along with these free instructions, will enable you to make dull gray concrete look like colorful marble. You can even create hombre colors with your planters for a unique look. Ideal for gift giving.

DIY concrete planters

6- Geometric Designs

This idea will show you to take cardboard and create concrete planter molds. Cardboard is easy to fold into any desired shape, yet sturdy enough to hold wet concrete until it is dry. Recycle used cardboard to create geometric designs to use as molds for planting pots.

concrete planter molds

7- Less Than $1 Each

Here is an inexpensive idea that will show you how to make a grouping of  DIY concrete planters for less than $1 a piece.

Get a high end design look to decorate a table top or fireplace mantle by creating a grouping of attractive small cement planters. Plant succulents in some of them, and use a couple of the planters to float open flower blooms for a romantic look.

Recycled plastic bowls make cheap concrete molds. Any container that can retain its shape while filled with wet cement can be used as a mold for a small planter. Browse through your pantry of local thrift store for the perfect sized bowls for this thrifty DIY project.

DIY concrete planters

8- All Shapes and Sizes

Create some fun concrete planter to give as unique gifts with this idea. Use cheap plastic bowls for molds, then small plastic bowls to create an off-center planting hole in the top.

Family and friends will enjoy receiving these whimsical and sturdy concrete planters for any gift giving occasion. The planters are so pretty, recipient may not even want to place plant inside of them!

With a little creativity, you can put names, dates or other designs in the concrete. These would make creative table centerpieces for weddings or other festive occasions.

sturdy planters

9- Hanging Planters

Use these free plans to create hanging planters that look like concrete, but they are not made from concrete at all.

A little clay molded into the desired shape and painted with a concrete finish will create an exterior that looks exactly like concrete. Holes are made in the clay before it’s baked, so placing a sturdy hanging rope in the planter is easy. Add a plant and suspend and you’ll have a decorative hanging planter with the look of concrete.

Hanging Planters

10- Succulent Planter

Succulents are small, easy care houseplants that are in the cactus family. Theses small plants thrive on neglect, making them an ideal houseplant for most offices and homes.

An attractive pot made from concrete will make an ideal home for an easy care succulent.

Use these detailed instructions to create an attractive and functional DIY concrete planter that will be perfect for displaying on a desk top, book shelf or table top.

Hanging Planters

11- Recycled Juice Bottles

Large plastic juice bottles are free and easy to recycle for use as planter molds. Those large gallon jugs of juice and other beverages come in handy for many different DIY projects and are a great size for creating planters.

These free plans show you how to use recycled juice bottles and mix perlite into the concrete so the finished product won’t be quite so heavy.

Recycled Juice Bottles

12- Painted Planters

It’s so easy to create modern and stylish DIY concrete planters with these free instructions. By adding a little peat moss and perlite to mix into the cement for texture, plus a little paint to go onto the finished product, you can create a unique design that fits into a modern decor.

The entire cement pot is not painted, only a small stripe going across the bottom to make this a modern design. The resulting look is a high-end design planter that looks like it costs $50 or more, only you will know how inexpensive it was to make.

Use this paint idea on geometric concrete planters for an upscale stylish look.

There is a bonus idea included on this web page too: a three legged concrete stool. Check it out and you may want to create a couple of them to go along with your unique planters.

DIY concrete planters

13- Stylish and Inspiring

There is nothing boring about these concrete plant pots. Easy to make and will fit into any style of decor.

These free detailed plans will walk you through the creative process so you can create some of these planters for yourself and to give as gifts to family and friends.

concrete plant pots

14- Industrial Look

Here is a style that will fit in perfectly with an industrial look. It’s clean, stylish and classic, plus it’s an easy DIY project.

All you need is a simple round plastic bowl to use as a mold, plus a smaller plastic cup, like a yogurt cup, to create an off center planting hole. After the cement has cured and the planter removed from the mold, sand the outside of the planter smooth. Paint it white or use a pigment powder in the cement mix if desired, but the raw gray color of the cement is ideal for an industrial looking planting pot.

DIY Planting Pot

15- Quick and Easy

This idea will enable you to make cement planter pots in a few minutes and be using them the following day.

The molds used are thinner and allow the cement to dry and cure much quicker than a large mold. These molds are created from a common object found at home supply stores and used to cover lawn sprinkler heads. They are in the shape of a donut cut in half lengthwise. The half circles filled with cement dry quickly, and once dried, they are stacked together to form a round planter that already has a center planting hole.

cement planter pots

16- Concrete and Wood

Create a unique and up-scale planter design with concrete and small pieces of wood. Place small pieces of squared off wood in each corner of a square mold before pouring the concrete into the mold. The wood will create legs for the planter and give the planter an architectural design element.

Pieces of wood can be used in other areas of the planter mold to create designs within the cement instead of legs for the planter. This free design plan can inspire you to create your own unique planter designs with concrete and wood.

 unique planter designs with concrete and wood.

17- Abstract Design

What can you create with an old towel and a little concrete? A unique abstract design for a DIY concrete planter that will look stunning on your front porch.

This is so simple to make, uses very little concrete and give an old towel a new life. Just dip the towel in wet concrete, drape it over an upside down bucket and wait until it dries. You just created a large concrete planter with an abstract design.

Add a coat of paint or powder pigment to the mix to compliment the color of your home’s exterior and increase the curb appeal of your home.

DIY concrete planter

18- PVC Pipe Molds

Use PVC pipe to create the perfect size DIY concrete planter to meet your plant needs. PVC pipe is inexpensive and comes in a wide range of widths, and it’s easy to cut to the right height.

Follow these instructions to create your own planting containers using PVC pipe as the concrete mold.

PVC Pipe Molds

19- Paver Planters

Some of the work is already done for you with this fun idea. Transform concrete pavers into planters with wood accents using these free plans.

Pavers will make large, sturdy planters that are ideal for use at the end of walkways, to flank a garden gate or to accent a front doorway. Several colorful flowers can be planted inside of one paver planter to help you maximize growing space.

DIY Paver Planters

20- Soda Bottle Molds

Make some cute concrete planters by using the tops of soda bottles as the molds. Add pigment powder to the cement mix and paint happy faces on the finished concrete planter for added touch of cuteness. Ideal for any room where a little fun would be welcomed.

Easy to create and is a great way to recycle soda bottles.

finished concrete planter

21- Cardboard Geometrics

Card stock cardboard is easy to fold and fashion into a desired shape and is sturdy enough to hold cement. The bendable cardboard will allow you to create a variety of geometric designs for molds to be used for creating  cement planting pots.

Decorate the finished planter of leaves in the original gray color. The geometric design will fit in with most any decor.

cement planting pots

22- Concrete and Gold Planters

Concrete is never boring if you add a little bling to it. Add accents of gold to your homemade concrete planters to make them look like they were an expensive purchase, but they will only cost pennies to make.

Download this free PDF file that will take you through the process step by step so you create these lovely concrete and gold planters.

Concrete and Gold Planters

23- Cinder Block Planters

The concrete work is already done for you with this fun DIY project. Create interesting and sturdy planters by painting designs on cinder blocks. Paint different patterns on the cinder blocks to add interest and a pop of color to the gray cement.

Easy and fun DIY project, perfect for the beginner do-it-yourselfer.

Cinder Block Planters

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27 DIY Lemonade Stands For Your Kids To Have A Fun Summer http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-lemonade-stands-for-your-kids-to-have-a-fun-summer/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-lemonade-stands-for-your-kids-to-have-a-fun-summer/#respond Mon, 13 May 2019 00:49:44 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=6111 A DIY lemonade stand is a great way to teach your child a little about responsibility. It gives them a sense of accomplishment to know they earned their own money. The best part is learning how to make a lemonade stand, which gives you quality time with your child.

When building a DIY lemonade stand, you want to look through different lemonade stand ideas to find one that works for your family. You can build a lemonade stand using materials ranging from cardboard to a nightstand. Use the following ideas to learn how to build a lemonade stand.

If you like these diy lemonade stands interesting you may also like to see other relevant ideas for fun activities such diy play houses, diy tree houses, diy swing sets for kids playing, diy climbing wall, diy cornhole boards and diy gaming tables.

DIY Lemonade Stand Ideas For Kids

1. Wooden Crate Lemonade Stand

The wooden crate lemonade stand is easy to build because it doesn’t require any tools. You’re going to use four wooden crates, two wooden stakes, twelve zip ties and a hot glue gun to build this stand. If you want to add a splash of color, consider white spray paint and yellow acrylic paint, or you can go with another color scheme.

 Wooden Crate Lemonade Stand

2. Chalkboard Lemonade Stand

You can build your chalkboard lemonade stand out of an old lemonade stand or a small wooden cart with wheels. Paint the front with chalkboard paint, which you can decorate with yellow vinyl letters. Your awning is made with pieces of fabric, a curtain rod and translucent Velcro. If your child wants to add more pizzazz, consider a colorful bunting made of patterned fabric.

Chalkboard Lemonade Stand

3. Cardboard Lemonade Stand

If you’re looking for an easy kids lemonade stand idea, you can never go wrong with a cardboard lemonade stand. A refrigerator box is a great option, and you can easily cut a window and door into the stand. Use extra strips of sturdy cardboard to make a shelf that displays your inventory. One idea is to create a slope for the paper awning by cutting off the top of the box. Finally, decorate the lemonade stand with a little paint.

Cardboard Lemonade Stand

4. DIY Lemonade Stand

Are you looking for lemonade stand ideas that allow you to work more with your hands? You’re sure to enjoy building this DIY lemonade stand. The materials include lumber, boards, plywood, deck screws, sandpaper and a jigsaw. Like any DIY project, you’re going to start by building the frame, and then you can add the rest. When you’re finished, your child can help you decorate with paint and fabrics.

DIY Lemonade Stand

5. Shipping Pallet Lemonade Stand

When learning how to make a lemonade stand, you may want to build it out of shipping pallets. This is a great way to upcycle wooden pallets and crates. You’re also going to use scraps of plywood, and you can even add decorative or functional wheels. Let your children paint the entire shipping pallet lemonade stand, or just paint the sign and leave the rest unpainted for a natural look.

Shipping Pallet Lemonade Stand

6. Display Table Lemonade Stand

Another great choice for a kids lemonade stand, this stand uses slots and notches instead of screws and nails. It’s similar to a display table used for science fairs. While you’re sawing the slots and notches, your children can sand and paint the table. When they’re not using the table to sell lemonade, it can easily be disassembled and packed inside your house.
Display Table Lemonade Stand

7. Beverage Cart Lemonade Stand

Whether your child is selling lemonade on your front yard or in front of a grocery store, a lemonade stand with wheels is a good way to transport everything. The stand is built using pieces of wood such as boards and plywood, as well as nails, screws, wood glue and sandpaper. Use a handle and wheels to create a design similar to a beverage cart. Once again, you want to take care of the actual construction, and let your child decorate the stand with paint and fabric.
Beverage Cart Lemonade Stand

8. Wood Pallet Lemonade Stand

As you can see, a wood pallet lemonade stand is an easy way to build a stand for your child. You can find the wood pallets and scrap wood in lumber yards, home improvement stores or your own garage. Use the scrap wood as a counter, and add hinges so you can fold up the stand later. Finish it off with a paint job by your children, and add an umbrella for shade.
Wood Pallet Lemonade Stand

9. Charming Lemonade Stand

Whether you’re upcycling or hitting the flea market, a nightstand makes a charming lemonade stand. You’re going to make a topper and sign using plywood and two pieces of 1×2 boards that stand at 5 feet tall. Once everything is assembled, paint it in a fun color scheme, such as green and yellow. Position the stand so the drawers are facing your child, as they can use them for money jars and extra supplies.

Charming Lemonade Stand

10. Picket Fence Lemonade Stand

Have you ever thought of building a picket fence lemonade stand? Okay, it’s not going to be an actual picket fence, but you’re going to use the pickets to build it. You’ll be cutting and stapling the wood pickets to reduce the amount of scrap leftover. Use 1×3 boards and a piece of cedar picket to create your topper and sign. Your children are sure to love painting their stand in fun colors, such as yellow and white.

Picket Fence Lemonade Stand

11. Wooden Lemonade Stand

You’re going to build a wooden lemonade stand out of plywood, PVC pipe and Masonite board. The plywood and PVC pipe are for the stand itself. The Masonite board is for the sign, which is going to be designed by your children. You can even attach hinges to fold it up for easy storage. Use paint, chalkboard paint and printed graphics to decorate the lemonade stand.

Wooden Lemonade Stand

12. Simple Lemonade Stand

Build a simple DIY lemonade stand using two large wood crates, plywood project panel and boards. You do need to use a drill, circular saw and wood screws for the actual construction. Use Velvet Finishes Bold and Baroque to paint the stand and sign in a vibrant color scheme. When you’re finished, you have a lemonade stand that’s just right for your little one.Simple Lemonade Stand

13. Wooden DIY Lemonade Stand

If you’re looking for more lemonade stand ideas that use wood, you can build this wooden lemonade stand with wooden crates and scraps of wood. Start by stacking four wooden crates, two-by-two, on top of a plywood base. Then, place more plywood on top as a counter. Use nails and a nail gun to attach the pieces together. When it’s time to paint, you can use painter’s tape to create a fun design.

Wooden DIY Lemonade Stand

14. Gourmet Lemonade Stand

In addition to lemonade, you may want to serve tasty snacks, so consider a gourmet lemonade stand. You’re going to use a three tier cart, which you can find in a fun color or paint yourself. Use the top tier for lemonade, the second tier for cookies and brownies and the bottom tier for candy, extra lemons and supplies. Label the tiers with laminated scrapbook paper and mailbox stickers. If you need to move your stand, the wheels on the cart makes it easy to transport everything.
Gourmet Lemonade Stand

15. Carnival Booth Lemonade Stand

How would you like to build a carnival booth lemonade stand? It resembles a ticket booth, which is a cute design for your child. You can build is out of a refrigerator, wardrobe or washer/dryer box, as well as a rivet project kit. You’re going to create a large front window with a shelf for selling the lemonade, and you can create side windows as well. Your child is sure to have a blast decorating the box with paint.

Carnival Booth Lemonade Stand

16. Bright Wooden Lemonade Stand

When learning how to build a lemonade stand, you may be looking for plans that use wooden crates. As you can see, wooden crates are affordable, durable and easy-to-use materials. For this plan, you’re going to spray paint four wooden crates in a bright color, such as aqua, pink or yellow. Then, stack them two-by-two and nail them together. You can even turn a top and bottom crate around to create a charming display for customers. Paint and attach two wooden rods for the banner, which you can make out of paper or wooden pendents and pretty ribbon.

Bright Wooden Lemonade Stand

17. Rolling Lemonade Stand

These are actually plans for a rolling slushie stand, but it works for a rolling lemonade stand as well. You’re going to build it with a rolling cooler, large cardboard boxes, zip ties and wrapping paper rolls. Decorate it with regular or chalkboard paint, a foam brush and scraps of fabric. It’s easier to put together than it may sound, and your children can help paint the stand and create the sign.

Rolling Lemonade Stand

18. Changeable Lemonade Stand

You’re not just learning how to make a lemonade stand with these plans, but you’re building a changeable play stand your child is sure to love. You’re going to build the stand out of wooden pieces, and be sure to include shelves for supplies. There should be a slot at the top for three foam board signs, with the lemonade sign in front to hide the other signs. When your child isn’t selling lemonade, you can switch out the signs to create a pretend market, post office or puppet theater.
Changeable Lemonade Stand

19. Easy-To-Build Lemonade Stand

The plans for this easy-to-build lemonade stand include a board, side posts, wooden drawer crates and miscellaneous decor. You also need screws, natural wood filler, clamps, a drill and a jigsaw. When you’re finished, you’ll have a wooden lemonade stand with a sign in the front and drawers in the back. Use wooden letters, vintage signs, a chalkboard or whatever decor catches your eye to dress up your stand.
Easy-To-Build Lemonade Stand

20. Fancy Lemonade Stand

A fancy lemonade stand is sure to grab your customers’ attention. Start with a patio coffee table, which you can reuse or buy from a thrift store. It’s small enough for your child to sit at comfortably. Use duct tape, hot glue and long wooden dowels to create posts and attach your pennant banner. A lace tablecloth or ruffled table skirt is perfect for your fancy stand.

Fancy Lemonade Stand

21. DIY Rolling Lemonade Stand

If you love DIY rolling lemonade stand ideas, here’s another set of plans for you. The plans require several boards, wide trim boards and plywood, along with screws, casters and washers. You can create a pennant banner out of scraps of pretty fabric, as well as cut-out letters for your sign. The inside of the stand should face your child, as it holds the cooler and supplies. It’ll be a breeze moving their stand thanks to the attached wheels.

DIY rolling lemonade stand ideas

22. DIY Wooden Crate Lemonade Stand

You know by now that a DIY lemonade stand made with wooden crates is a popular choice among families. The materials for this idea include wooden crates for the stand, a board for the counter and two square dowels for the burlap banner. One idea is to not label the banner, and place a small lemonade sign on the counter. Leave the wooden crates alone for a natural look or cover them in paint. Decorate the counter by covering it in wrapping paper.

DIY Wooden Crate Lemonade Stand

23. PVC Lemonade Stand

You don’t always need to use wood or cardboard to build a kids lemonade stand. Why not build a PVC lemonade stand? The entire frame is built with PVC pipes and fittings, but the counter is made of pine board for a flat, durable surface. You can create the front, sides and awning with a patterned fabric. Imagine yellow and white striped fabric for your lemonade stand.
PVC Lemonade Stand

24. Adorable Lemonade Stand

You’re sure to attract customers with this adorable lemonade stand. It’s made of one piece of 4′ by 4′ wood and two pieces of 1′ by 4′ wood. The signs are made of cardboard and long skinny boards for a simple but effective look. Use fabric to create curtains for their lemonade stand. Bonus: You can easily switch out the signs by using sawtooth hangers.
Adorable Lemonade Stand

25. Wishing Well Lemonade Stand

A wishing well lemonade stand is a charming idea, as the top resembles the roof over a wishing well. The actual wishing well is the table of your child’s stand. You’re going to build the lemonade stand out of cedar or pressure treated lumber because they’re durable enough for the outdoors. If you’re placing the lemonade stand inside, such as your garage or a flea market, pine wood is a good choice.

Wishing Well Lemonade Stand

26. Plywood Lemonade Stand

Another idea is to build a plywood lemonade stand, as this is an affordable and durable option. Once your lemonade stand is assembled, which you can do with hinges, you can prime and paint it. Keep it simple but effective with yellow, or create a multicolored lemonade stand with yellow, orange and green. A yellow sign is attached to white posts to match the rest of your stand.

Plywood Lemonade Stand

27. Wooden and Chalkboard Lemonade Stand

A wooden and chalkboard lemonade stand is never a bad idea for your little one. The stand is made of cedar, plywood, cedar fencing and tight knot cedar. When you paint the top area with chalkboard paint, you’re making it easy to create and erase your sign. Let your little one write out the sign to add a child-like quality to their stand.

Wooden and Chalkboard Lemonade Stand

Learning how to build a lemonade stand is a great experience for you and your child. You can take care of the construction, and they can take care of the decorating. It’s the perfect project for the whole family!

When you take your time to research the plans, you’re sure to find a DIY lemonade stand that catches your eye.

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13 DIY Bluetooth Speakers To Enjoy Great Quality Sound http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-bluetooth-speakers-sound/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-bluetooth-speakers-sound/#respond Sun, 28 Apr 2019 22:48:03 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=6073 Why spend the money on an expensive speaker when you can make your own DIY Bluetooth speaker? Building your own DIY speaker box is a weekend project that allows you to dabble in technology. It also gives you the chance to be creative without going broke on the supplies.

There are many plans for building a DIY Bluetooth speaker. You may need to know a bit about technology so you can connect the pieces, but many plans include a materials list and easy-to-follow instructions. Use the following plans to learn how to make Bluetooth speaker.

You may also like to see: diy charging stations

1. PartyBar Bluetooth Speaker

You can build your PartyBar speaker with two Neodymium speaker drivers and the Nsiway’s NS4263 dual 3W SMD chip. The Nsiway chip is used as an amplifier to deliver a high-quality sound. Your DIY speaker includes a rechargeable Li-ion battery, 15 meter Bluetooth range and mini USB charger. The best part is you’re going to build the case with an eyewear container and matte spray paint.

PartyBar Bluetooth Speaker

2. Battery-Powered Bluetooth Speaker

Another idea is to build a battery-powered DIY Bluetooth speaker with two rechargeable battery banks. With both battery banks, you can use the speaker for 42 hours at 50 percent volume on a single charge. The parts also include the Dayton Audio KAB-250v3 Amplifier Board, 18650 batteries and Parts Express C-Note Bookshelf Speaker Kit. The speaker itself includes a volume knob, handle and rubber feet.

Battery-Powered Bluetooth Speaker

3. 3D Printed Bluetooth Speaker

When learning how to make Bluetooth speaker, you need parts such as a Bluetooth receiver, TDA2030 amplifier, 18650 3.7 Li-ion batteries and 55 mm speakers. If you’re looking to save money, consider recycled parts, such as batteries from an old laptop. You can give it a stylish, colorful look by investing in a 3D printed case.

3D Printed Bluetooth Speaker

4. Bluetooth Speaker With Lights

The best thing about a DIY Bluetooth speaker is you can break away from the same shape and design. One idea is a speaker that stands up vertically and features colorful LED lights. It creates a visual appeal that’s perfect for nighttime, parties or just relaxing. The other parts include a touch sensor, power adapter, PVC pipe, wooden plyboard, cylindrical wooden block and frosted acrylic cylinder lamp shades.

Bluetooth Speaker With Lights

5. Portable Bluetooth Speaker

If you’re looking for wireless speakers you can easily carry with you, you’re sure to love this portable Bluetooth speaker. You’re going to use a Bluetooth amplifier, li-ion battery, speaker, case, vintage shoulder strap and other parts for this project. Your portable Bluetooth speaker features an LED light, charge monitor, storage space and two USB sockets for charging your mobile devices. It’s a great speaker for on-the-go activities with friends, such as beach and camping trips.

Portable Bluetooth Speaker

6. Handheld Bluetooth Speaker

You’re going to use basic tools to build this handheld DIY speaker box, so you don’t have to worry about going over your budget. The parts include a full range speaker, stereo amplifier module and micro USB battery charging module, and the tools include a mini handsaw, hot glue gun and masking tape. Your handheld Bluetooth speaker features a Bluetooth 2.1 connection, high-efficiency amplifier, USB charging port and Li-Po battery. It may be a small, simple speaker, but it offers an incredible sound.

DIY speaker box

7. Boombox Bluetooth Speaker

This amazing boombox Bluetooth speaker does more than just amplify your music. It also plays MP3 files, tunes to FM stations and charges USB devices! The Bluetooth speaker is made out of a pelican-like case for style and durability, as well as a Bluetooth module, amplifier modules and LiPo batteries. Your DIY speaker offers a Bluetooth 3.0 connection, IR remote control compatibility and 18 hours of playback on a single charge.

Boombox Bluetooth Speaker

8. DIY Bluetooth Speaker Kit

A DIY Bluetooth speaker kit makes it easier to gather your supplies. The kit includes everything you need for your DIY Bluetooth speaker, such as a tweeter, woofer, acoustic stuffing, drivers and gaskets. You need to buy the lumber and wood glue separately. You have the option of painting the lumber to add a splash of color to your speaker. When you’re finished, you’re left with an amazing sound system that’s just as good, if not better, than other speakers.
DIY Bluetooth Speaker Kit

9. Gowanus Audio Bluetooth Speaker

You can learn how to make Bluetooth speaker using tips from Gowanus Audio. They offer a list of parts needed for this project, such as a speaker cabinet port tube, adapter power supply and Bluetooth amplifier boards. You also need supplies such as solder, a soldering iron, wood glue and adhesive foam strips. You’re going to start by assembling the wooden case, and then you’re going to take care of the solder components. Once you’re finished connecting the components, you can screw on the back panel on and enjoy your speaker.

Gowanus Audio Bluetooth Speaker

10. Magic Box Bluetooth Speaker

The magic box Bluetooth speaker features a case in the shape of a hexagon, which gives it a unique look. The best part is you can buy the hexagon box at an affordable price. Once you have the box, remove the hinges from the lid and attach them to the bottom as feet. You’re also going to use hot glue to attach NeoPixel LEDs inside the box for a cool effect. Of course, you’re going to need your speaker, amplifier, Bluetooth module and the other usual supplies.

Magic Box Bluetooth Speaker

11. Upcycled Bluetooth Speaker

Are you looking for a way to save money on your DIY Bluetooth speaker? Build an upcycled Bluetooth speaker out of materials such as a car speaker, 9V battery, TPA3116DA amplifier board and USB-powered Bluetooth audio receiver. You can buy these materials brand new or reuse the parts you have around the house. One example is a case made of an old broken toy guitar amplifier.

Upcycled Bluetooth Speaker

12. DIY Portable Bluetooth Speaker

The plans for this portable Bluetooth speaker don’t require you to spend a lot of money, but you’re going to need materials such as two 3W speakers, a micro USB charger and 3.7V lithium 18650 battery. You’re going to place everything inside a small PVC T-profile that measures at 50 mm in diameter. This speaker may be small, but it has a big sound.
DIY Portable Bluetooth Speaker

13. Powerful Bluetooth Speaker

You can build a powerful Bluetooth speaker without breaking the bank. The list of materials includes a USB Bluetooth audio, micro USB charger module, 5W speakers and 3.7V lithium 18650 battery. Everything is placed inside a box made of wood, which you can touch up with paint and a grill.

Powerful Bluetooth Speaker

Remember, you’re going to need a Bluetooth module so you can pair the speaker with your devices. Whether you’re building a simple speaker or including additional features, your DIY Bluetooth speaker is sure to offer a quality sound.

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13 DIY Climbing Walls To Do Healthy Exercise At Your Home http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-climbing-walls-home/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-climbing-walls-home/#respond Tue, 16 Apr 2019 00:54:13 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=5998 If you’re looking for a fun way to exercise, consider a DIY climbing wall. You may have seen families climb on them at indoor playgrounds, but a climbing wall is not limited to occasional use. There are may people who have a climbing wall right in their own home.

You can build a DIY climbing wall in areas such as the playroom, garage or backyard. Now, it’s important to take the precautions to keep everyone safe while using the wall. This includes a sturdy hangboard and climbing holds, as well as thick padding at the bottom. There should also be enough room to fall without hitting any other parts of the wall.

Are you looking for an exciting way to stay active without a gym or club membership? Check out the following ideas for building a climbing wall at home.

If you find these ideas interesting you may also like to see my other kids fun projects such as diy tree houses, diy playhouses, and diy swing sets.

1. Budget-Friendly Climbing Wall

If you’re looking to build a DIY rock climbing wall on a budget, then these are the plans for you. You’re going to build your wall with materials such as wooden panels, T-nuts and climbing holds. Plywood and lumber are great choices because they’re affordable and durable. Remember, when you’re shopping for supplies, reach out to your local manufacturers to see if they offer any discounts. When building, the walls should be at an angle to offer a bit of a challenge and different movements. For padding, you want to use several thick mattresses to create a safe landing.

Budget-Friendly Climbing Wall
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2. Climbing Wall With Storage

When building a home climbing wall for your family, you want to be sure the storage area is easy for everyone to access. One idea is to install cubbies, hooks and lower shelves for their shoes and climbing gear. This way, their gear is already in the same room when they’re ready to climb. On the other side of the room is your climbing wall, which includes a mixture of angled walls and one vertical wall. If you can find seat materials from old cars, they’d make great padding for the floor. Whatever you use for padding, cover it with carpet for an extra layer of protection.

Climbing Wall With Storage

3. Climbing Wall With Loft Bed

A climbing wall with a loft bed is a great option for building a kids climbing wall in their bedroom. This way, they always have a reason to use their climbing wall. You’re going to build the wall out of thick plywood and wood pieces, with the loft bed behind the top section of the wall. Placing the loft bed behind the top section keeps it hidden if they’re entertaining guests, but it also keeps them secure in bed as they sleep. It never hurts to build or invest in a ladder or small staircase for the nights when your child doesn’t feel like climbing up and down the wall. A climbing wall with a loft bed is sure to be a hit with your child and their friends!

Climbing Wall With Loft Bed

4. Climbing Wall For Less Than $100

That’s right, these plans allow you to build your own climbing wall for less than $100. This DIY climbing wall is made of birch plywood, spare plywood, climbing holds and T-nuts. Of course, you have the option to buy additional materials if needed. Wood glue, a power drill and clamps are the only other supplies you may need. Remember to install the T-nuts in every hole you create in the wall, as this allows you to change up the layout of your holds whenever you want. You can place a small climbing area above a lengthy door way, or you can designate an entire room to angled and vertical climbing walls.

Climbing Wall For Less Than $100
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5. Freestanding Indoor Rock Climbing Wall

A freestanding climbing wall works if you have limited space, live in a rental or want a portable wall. You want to use plywood for the wall and a strip of plywood for the top area, as well as climbing holds, T-nuts, connectors and other supplies. The sides are going to hold the climbing wall at an angle while making it easier to move it, so you don’t have to worry about a permanent location or damaging the walls. The hangbar is going to be secured on the top part of the wall. Don’t forget to place some padding under the wall, as you’re still going to need a soft landing.

Freestanding Indoor Rock Climbing Wall

6. Cave-Design Climbing Wall

If you’re looking to build a DIY rock wall outside, but you’re worried about the weather, then consider a cave-design climbing wall. It’s built inside a structure of vertical and angled posts, horizontal slats and marine board walls. The marine board and corrugated roofing iron offer weather protection. The final step is to install the climbing holds in a layout of your choice. You can give yourself a challenge, but make sure you can see the course inside the climbing area.
DIY rock wall outside

7. Backyard Climbing Wall

You can build a DIY backyard climbing wall on the back of your home. It’s going to be made of pressure treated plywood, pressure treated wood, wood screws and Philips head screws, all for exterior use. If you want to create a fun design for your children, such as a forest or city, you can use spray paint for your design. Once the paint dries, attach your screw-on climbing holds to the board. Since your climbing wall is in the backyard, you can use rubber mulch as your padding, just as you may find on the playground.

Backyard Climbing Wall

8. Outdoor Climbing Wall

Here is another DIY climbing wall to consider for your backyard. If you have children, you may decide to build a small playground on the back of the wall. The materials include, but are not limited to, posts, plywood sheets, wooden pieces and T-nuts, as well as primer and exterior paint. As for the climbing wall itself, you want to include vertical and angled walls to keep your layouts interesting, as well as a slide, monkey bars and ladders for your little ones. Your whole family can enjoy playing and exercising in the backyard.

DIY climbing wall

9. Outdoor Climbing and Training Wall

Another backyard climbing wall idea, this plan allows you to design a wall that gives you everything you need to train. If you’re looking for a fun challenge, you can build a structure with a wall that is angled at 36.6 degrees, which isn’t too steep or vertical. In addition to your climbing holds, you’re also going to install campus rungs on one side of the wall as another source of climbing. The wall is semi-permanent, so while it may be difficult, it can be moved by at least two people.

Outdoor Climbing and Training Wall

10. Garage Climbing Wall

With this DIY climbing wall plan, you’re going to build your own climbing wall right in your garage. This way, you have easy access to the wall without making any major changes to your home. If you’re looking to create a fitness plan, you want to include a 90 degree overhang with a 25 degree lead out, 45 degree overhang, Jacobs ladder and pull-up bar. You can also add a vertical wall, angled portion, bulge and top anchors just for leisure activities. The climbing wall is made of pine plywood, pine boards and climbing holds with the usual tools and supplies.

DIY climbing wall plan

11. Home Climbing Wall

A home climbing wall can be built in areas such as a storage room, basement or garage, as long as you consider your lighting, ventilation and access. Remember to use angles and features that are not going to get boring quickly. One idea is to built flat, overhanging walls between 20 degrees and 45 degrees, as this keeps the layout interesting and full of moves. If you’re building walls steeper than 20 degrees to 30 degrees, be sure to include a small, vertical kicker panel at the bottom of the area. Build a climbing course that is a challenge, but not impossible to complete.

home climbing wall

12. Kids Climbing Wall

If you’re an active parent, this kids climbing wall allows your children to be active right along with you. You can build this climbing wall in the playroom, their bedroom or even the living room. You’re going to cut and attach smaller pieces of plywood boards with climbing holds onto the wall, which forms different sections to work with the room and create age-appropriate courses. Use thick mats to double as padding when climbing and a wall cover when there’s no adult supervision.

Kids Climbing Wall
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13. Portable Kids Climbing Wall

When building this portable DIY climbing wall for kids, consider building it at an angle that points upward, rather than an overhanging wall, but remember to adjust it according to their age and skill level. You should also cover the wall with indoor/outdoor carpeting to avoid splinters, plus it serves as weather protection if you want to move the wall outside. Remember to invest in padding to give your children a soft landing.

Portable Kids Climbing Wall

The layout you use not only depends on your space and budget, but it also depends on what you want to get out of your climbing wall. You may be active in climbing competitions, or maybe you’re looking for a way to change up your exercise routine. It’s also a great way for children to release their energy.

Whether you’re building for yourself, your children or the whole family, you’re sure to build a DIY climbing wall that keeps everyone active.

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17 DIY Tiny House Plans You Can Totally Build Yourself http://theselfsufficientliving.com/17-diy-tiny-house-plans-you-can-totally-build-yourself/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/17-diy-tiny-house-plans-you-can-totally-build-yourself/#respond Thu, 04 Apr 2019 22:38:39 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=5967 If you’re like many other homeowners, you have been looking into DIY tiny house plans. It’s a great way to downsize and live a simple life. You don’t have to worry about expensive bills or a mortgage, and you’re able to conserve energy and water. The interior of a mini house is very cozy and stylish, and you can still add your necessities and favorite decor.

In addition to the mental and financial freedom, you can also add wheels to your DIY tiny house. Imagine taking a road trip without even leaving your home. No luggage, no pit stops and no hotels, just you and your tiny house. If you’re interested in living a simple but thrilling lifestyle, here are several small home plans to consider for your project.

You may also like to see other interesting and relevant ideas such as diy camper trailers, diy log cabin, and diy treehouses for kids.

Tiny House Plans For DIYers

1. Tiny House On Wheels

If you’re someone who often travels, you’re sure to love this tiny house on wheels. The tiny house is built on a trailer, and you can connect it to a larger vehicle for movement. It features necessities such as a sink, stove and refrigerator, as well as a kitchen, bathroom, loft and even an office area. Saving space is easy with double-duty or convertible furniture, such as a slide-out table for meals and projects. When you leave the interior open and clutter-free, you can easily fit several people inside this tiny house.

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Tiny House On Wheels

2. Tiny Lookout Cabin

When learning how to build a tiny house, it’s best to look at different plans to find one that fits your needs. If you want enough space without sacrificing the tiny house concept, you may enjoy this tiny lookout cabin. The narrow, tall design allows you to live comfortably on the inside, but it doesn’t take up a lot of space on the outside. The first floor features a shared space that can be used as your living room and kitchenette, and it also includes a small bathroom. On the second floor is your bedroom, full bathroom and a balcony. There are several windows to provide a gorgeous view from your small home.

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3. Tiny Solar House

One reason why people turn to a tiny house is to conserve energy, so why not build a tiny solar house? Start by attaching a horizontal pipe to the back of your home, and attach a metal rack to the pipe for your photovoltaic panels. The panels are going to be tilted at an angle, toward the sun, to catch the solar rays. You can easily flip the panels over when you want to turn your house away from the sun, but the panel needs to be removed and reattached when transporting your home. You’re going to save even more money with a solar tiny house.

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4. Classic Tiny House

You can build a classic tiny house with a shingled exterior, pitched roof and wooden frames. Your foundation can be made of materials ranging from a concrete slab to a trailer with wheels. If you choose a trailer with wheels, you are going to need to make adjustments to your tiny home plans. The changes are worth being able to build the tiny home you have in mind. Your tiny home includes enough space for your necessities, as well as windows for natural light.

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Classic Tiny House

5. Tiny Market House

If you have a business that often travels, you may like these tiny house plans. They were originally designed as a place for artisans and marketers to sell their goods. The home is built on a flatbed trailer with wheels for movement. It features a slide-out display shelf that can be hidden behind shutters when you’re on the road. There are also interior shelves for displaying your items inside your tiny market house. If you’re going to be using it as a place to live while on the road, you may need to adjust the plans to add in the necessities. One idea is to replace the interior shelves with furniture or appliances, and use the exterior shelves to display your items. Remember, a tiny market house was originally built for a street fair spot.

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Tiny Market House

6. DIY Tiny House

You’re going to build your own tiny house out of pressure treated wood, exterior plywood siding, corrugated galvanized roofing and roofing felt. The layout includes a living area, kitchen, wet bath, built-in cabinets and room dividers. You can build the loft above the living area. Your DIY tiny house includes several windows, including a small window in the loft, for air flow and natural light.
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DIY Tiny House

7. Wooden Tiny House

If you want to learn how to build a wooden tiny house, you may want to check out these small home plans. You’re going to use materials such as plywood, lumber, fir boards and rafters to build a durable house. You can use new or recycled wooden pieces for your tiny home. This depends on the time and money you want to spend on the project, but you should always make sure the wooden pieces are durable enough for a house. A metal roof protects your home from weather and other damage. For a portable option, build the home on a trailer frame with wheels to pull with a truck. Just like any home, this tiny home features a window, door and insulation.

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Wooden Tiny House

8. Flo Shack Tiny House

With this project, you’re going to learn how to build a tiny house that has all the bells and whistles, and the creator has named it the Flo Shack Tiny House. This tiny home features a propane stove, refrigerator, custom-sized bed, shower and composting toilet. It also features outlets, electricity, water and insulation, as well as a propane wood stove for heating the interior. Your tiny home is built using a custom SIP construction, as well as cedar panels on the walls and ceiling and a hardwood Pergo floor. It’s also built on a flat trailer for easy transportation.
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Flo Shack Tiny House

9. Tiny House Workshop

If you’re only looking to build a tiny house for occasional use and not to live in, then consider a tiny house workshop. A tiny house workshop can be used for your hobbies, tools or outdoor supplies. You may even decide to use it as a home office. It’s made out of wooden pieces, poles and spacers, but you’re also going to add a waterproof layer to protect it from the weather. Your workshop features windows and doors, as well as enough space for your essentials. It gives you a place to work on your projects without worrying about the weather or distractions.

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Tiny House Workshop

10. Tiny House Conference Room

If you work or hold meetings at home, you’re sure to love the tiny house conference room. When you look at the pictures, it actually looks like a comfortable lounge or living room. It’s made of affordable but durable materials such as pressure treated wood, wavy metal and spray foam. The details include a window, portable air conditioner, LED lights and electrical outlets. If you have the right pipes, you may be able to add a kitchenette or bathroom, which is perfect for those long meetings or work hours. The money you save on these tiny house plans can be used for your business or even leisure activities.

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Tiny House Conference Room

11. Movable Tiny Tea House

The movable tiny tea house is an adorable idea for your mini house. It’s made of cedar wood, screens and metal support brackets for durability. The second layer of the roof features several large umbrellas to protect your home and create a teapot look. Create a unique, fun hangout by placing a small table, several chairs and a shelf inside your tiny house. You can transport your tiny tea house by using a truck without a trailer.

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Movable Tiny Tea House

12. Tiny Tree House

What do you get when you build a DIY tiny house on stilts? A tiny tree house! Your tiny tree house features a living area, kitchen, dining area and bathroom. The square footage is smaller than a standard house, but you still have everything you need to live comfortably. If you’re looking for an interior theme for your home, a rustic theme is perfect for your tree house.

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Tiny Tree House

13. Tiny House Bus

If you’re looking to build a tiny house on wheels, consider a tiny house bus. That’s right, you’re going to use an old traditional school bus to build your own tiny house. You can add frames and walls to separate your rooms, which include a bedroom, living area, kitchen and bathroom. A bus is more spacious than you think, and it makes it easier to travel whenever you’re ready to hit the road.

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14. Underground Tiny Solar House

This is another DIY tiny house you’re going to build from the ground up. With this project, you’re building an underground tiny solar house. What starts off as a wooden arched frame is going to turn into a beautiful home that fits most budgets. You’re only going to need to pay for your construction, utilities and furniture, and you’re going to be saving a lot of energy with this solar house. You can even head to the underground area when you need a little shade from the sun.

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Underground Tiny Solar House

15. Movable Energy Efficient Tiny House

With these tiny house plans, you’re building a movable energy efficient tiny house. You’re going to start by building the house on a trailer with wheels, so it’s easy to transport when the time comes to move it. The materials also include, but are not limited to, plywood, lumber, drywall, corrugated metal siding, triple pane windows, roof rafters and closed cell foam insulation. The thick insulation and heat recovery ventilation allow you to conserve energy in even the coldest temperatures. Your layout is going to feature a living area, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. There may be enough space for a small dining area, especially if your bedroom is a loft above the living area.

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Movable Energy Efficient Tiny House

16. Tiny Cottage-Style House

There are many styles to explore when learning how to build a tiny house, and this includes a tiny cottage-style house. The materials include pressure treated lumber, studs, bolts, washers, caulk, deck screws and outdoor glue. Your cottage should include a living area and kitchen, and the dining area is optional because you can always create an eat-in kitchenette. As for sleeping, you can stick with tradition by building a loft for your bedroom. If you follow these tiny home plans, you’ll notice that your tiny cottage also includes a charming porch, which is perfect for enjoying the weather.

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Tiny Cottage-Style House

17. Luxury Tiny House

You don’t have to skip on luxury when building a DIY tiny house. In fact, these plans show you how to build your own luxury tiny house. Your layout includes an entryway, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and laundry area, and it all fits comfortably inside your square footage. You can even use a small desk and folding chair as a home office, and do not forget about the floating shelves for storage. When you use narrow elements and make the most of your space, you can live in a tiny house without sacrificing a luxurious lifestyle. As for your exterior, you may enjoy the blue shade with a yellow door as seen on this tiny home. This is a tiny house on wheels, so it’ll be easy to move your house when you need to hit the road.

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Luxury Tiny House

There are many tiny house plans out there, but it’s up to you to find the best small house plans for you. Regardless of the plans you choose, living in a tiny house is a great way to save money and simplify your life. Remember, tiny homes are durable when built correctly, so it’s important to follow the directions on the plans you choose. It’s also important to check with your state regarding the rules, regulations and permits when building a tiny house, especially if you plan to build a movable tiny house.

A tiny home may be smaller in square footage, but you can still live just as comfortably as you would in a larger home. The key is to build a DIY tiny house that works for you.

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24 DIY Stepping Stones To Make Great Looking Walkways http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-stepping-stones-for-walkways/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-stepping-stones-for-walkways/#respond Sat, 23 Mar 2019 02:56:02 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=5903 There’s nothing like creating a beautiful walkway out of DIY stepping stones to boost your curb appeal. You’re not only showing off a gorgeous exterior to your neighbors and guests, but you’re also increasing your property value if you ever decide to sell your home. Plus, it’s nice to just admire a charming walkway in your front yard, backyard or around your garden.

You may be wondering how you can create a walkway with DIY stepping stones. There are many projects that make it easy to create your own landscape stepping stones. The best part is you can customize your stepping stones to fit your exterior. Use the following guide to learn how to make stepping stone for your walkway.

If you like these ideas you may also like to read out other diy garden ideas such as: diy rain chain, diy water fountain and diy retaining walls.

DIY Stepping Stones For A Beautiful Walkways

1. Pebble Mosaic Stepping Stones

A pebble mosaic is perfect for adding a pattern to your walkway. You’re using pebbles in different shapes, sizes and colors to create an amazing design. One idea is to create a walkway of waves to represent the water, or you can use the stones to create small circular shapes instead of a traditional path. The materials for a pebble mosaic walkway include sorted drain-rock pebbles, crushed gravel, premixed dry mortar and lumber and stakes.

Pebble Mosaic Stepping Stones

2. Stained Glass Stepping Stones

You can add a gorgeous design to your yard with stained glass garden stepping stones. Why not use the stained glass to create a sun or flower pattern in warm colors? You’re celebrating the start of spring or summer as you restore your garden. There’s something about stained glass that adds an elegant or classic touch, and it’s sure to look great with your colorful flowers.

Stained Glass Stepping Stones

3. NES Stepping Stones

How would you like to create concrete stepping stones that look like the Nintendo Entertainment System? You’re going to remove the top half and create a mold of the design, so you can create as many NES stepping stones as you need. Use cement to create the actual stepping stones for your path or garden. One idea is to arrange the stepping stones in your front yard and see how many people realize it’s a Nintendo Entertainment System.

NES Stepping Stones
4. Wooden Stepping Stones

You don’t have to stick with stone, concrete or pebbles when making stepping stones. Why not create your DIY stepping stones out of wooden pieces? There’s something about wooden stepping stones that add a warm touch to your exterior. If your home has a rustic, country or farmhouse interior, a wooden path is a great way to bring your theme to your exterior.

Wooden Stepping Stones

5. Colorful Stepping Stones

Creating colorful stepping stones is a great project for the whole family. You’re going to start by creating the actual stepping stones with quick-drying concrete and circular molds. Use pieces of stone, shell or mosaic tile to decorate your stepping stones. Your children may want to use small plastic figurines for their projects. It’s important to create your design on a paper plate and piece of paper before adding it to the stepping stone, as you’re working with quick-drying concrete.
Colorful Stepping Stones

6. Concrete Stepping Stones

You don’t have to worry about breaking the bank when you create garden path stones out of concrete. Concrete allows you to save money while still being creative on this project. One idea is to use concrete to make several hexagon-shaped stones with fun designs in the center. It creates a classic but exciting pattern for your walkway. Lay the stones together to create a unique path through or around your garden.

Concrete Stepping Stones

7. Personalized Stepping Stones

You may enjoy creating personalized stepping stones for your yard or garden. Personalize the stones with the last name of your family, or you can personalize each stone with a loved one’s first name. Surprise a household member with their own personalized stepping stone, or use the stone as a memorial for a loved one. You can even create a personalized stepping stone for your beloved pet.

Personalized Stepping Stones

8. Embossed Stepping Stones

If you want to learn how to make stepping stone with a beautiful design, consider making embossed stepping stones with a masonry mix. You can embed leaves, flowers, rocks, shells, pottery or other elements into your stepping stones. It’s important to use rubber gloves and follow the directions for this project. Use this method to create embossed stepping stones for each season.

9. Wooden Garden Stepping Stones

If you enjoy DIY stepping stones made of wood, here is another project for creating wooden garden stepping stones. You can attach pieces of wood to create your stepping stones, or you can buy wood pallets from a home improvement store. Paint the wooden pieces in a fun color scheme, or keep them unpainted for a natural look. Your garden stepping stones can be placed through or around your garden.

Wooden Garden Stepping Stones

10. Pebble Stepping Stones

This is another project that involves making stepping stones out of pebbles. The pebbles are going to be arranged in a mold of cement and mortar. You can collect your pebbles from the beach or shore. If you cannot get to the beach or shore, there are several retail stores that sell pebbles for home projects. The best part is pebbles come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors.

Pebble Stepping Stones

11. Mosaic Stepping Stones

It’s always fun to create your own mosaic stepping stones. You can use mosaic tiles to create a beautiful design for your exterior. You can also use pieces of broken tiles for this project. The design is going to be placed on a large piece of plywood, which should be big enough to create a walkway. Your mosaic can be placed in your front or backyard, or it can be placed on the path through your garden.

Mosaic Stepping Stones

12. Sea Glass Stepping Stones

The next time you’re visiting the beach, collect some sea glass for your stepping stone project. You can also add pebbles, stones or shells to the mix if you want. The elements should be mixed in cement and coarse aggregate, which you’re going to firmly press the sea glass into later. Your sea glass stepping stones are perfect for adding more color to your garden or creating a beach-like exterior.

Sea Glass Stepping Stones

13. Fossil Stepping Stones

How would you like to create a stepping stone that resembles a fossil? You can easily create your own fossil stepping stones using materials such as a leaf, modeling clay and sacked concrete. One idea is to make several stepping stones with assorted leaves, and use the stepping stones to create a fun walkway to your front or back door.

Fossil Stepping Stones

14. DIY Embossed Stepping Stones

If the other embossed stepping stone project caught your eye, you may enjoy this project. You can make these DIY stepping stones using materials such as a stepping stone kit, rubber decorative doormat and fine concrete. One idea is to create an attractive flower design for your garden. Once you arrange the circular stepping stones on your landscape, it will be hard to resist hopping from stone to stone.

DIY Embossed Stepping Stones

15. DIY Garden Stepping Stones

You can easily create garden stepping stones that stand out from the crowd. With this project, you’re going to use pieces of broken teacups to create gorgeous stepping stones for your garden. You want to use small, flat pieces of the teacups, and push the teacups down in the cement far enough to make it easier to step on the stones.

DIY Garden Stepping Stones

16. Button Stepping Stones

Are you looking for adorable, unique landscape stepping stones for your exterior? Why not create your own button stepping stones? You’re going to use materials such as large plastic lids, small plastic caps, cement, chalky finish paints and matte varnish for this project. When you’re finished, you can create a walkway of colorful buttons on your front exterior. Your stepping stones are sure to be the talk of your neighborhood.

landscape stepping stones

17. Salt Dough Stepping Stones

Do you enjoy collecting stones, pebbles and shells from the beach or shore? Turn your souvenirs into exterior decor with these salt dough stepping stones. You’re going to create your stepping stones out of salt, flour and water, as well as your souvenirs. You can add a splash of color by using paint to tint the stones. Use your stepping stones as a reminder of your favorite vacation by the beach, lake or river.

Salt Dough Stepping Stones

18. Block Stepping Stones

Here’s a fun project for making stepping stones that look like colorful blocks. You’re going to make your block stepping stones out of concrete blocks. Use painters tape and spray paint to decorate your stepping stones in a cool pattern. Another option is to spray paint the entire block in your favorite color. Your family, neighbors and guests are sure to love walking up a path of colorful blocks.

Block Stepping Stones

19. Concrete Garden Stepping Stones

For this project, you’re going to create garden path stones out of concrete and an empty catering tray lid. All you have to do is pour the concrete and let it sit on a level surface for about 24 hours. Once it’s dry, remove the concrete and you have a new stepping stone for your garden. You can paint the stones to add a little color, or you can leave them unpainted to showcase their natural beauty.

Concrete Garden Stepping Stones

20. Footprint Stepping Stones

This project is perfect for families, friends or couples, as you’re going to be creating footprint stepping stones. It’s also very easy because you can buy concrete stepping stones at an affordable price. Use paint to add the footprints to your stepping stones. In a few years, you can look at the stepping stones and see how much your children have grown.
Footprint Stepping Stones

21. Leaf-Shaped Stepping Stones

There are plenty of projects that allow you to create DIY stepping stones in other shapes, such as leaf-shaped stepping stones. These stepping stones give your path a different look because you’re breaking the tradition of curved or straight lines. If you love nature, use your stepping stones to add a personal touch to your exterior. You’re going to use large leaves and premixed concrete for this project, as well as a mortar or cement colorant if you want to change the color of your stones.

Leaf-Shaped Stepping Stones

22. Lace-Style Stepping Stones

You can easily use lace-style stepping stones to add a touch of elegance to your landscape. You’re going to use a large piece of lace as a stencil for spray painting your stepping stones. Once it’s dry, you’re going to paint over the design to make it bolder. If you’re looking for an easy way to add a gorgeous, sophisticated pattern to your stepping stones, this is the project for you. Be sure to surround the garden stepping stones with mulch, greenery and beautiful flowers.
Lace-Style Stepping Stones

23. Handprint Stepping Stones

Just like the footprint stepping stones, the handprint stepping stones are perfect for families. It’s a great way to get everyone involved in decorating the exterior, and your children are sure to love being a part of this project. You’re going to help your children press their hand into the mixed concrete. Let them decorate it with elements such as shells, leaves, beads or mosaic tiles. You can even use a stick to write their name, age and the date on each stone. Don’t be afraid to create a stepping stone with your own handprint on it.

Handprint Stepping Stones

24. Oriental Stepping Stones

Creating oriental stepping stones is a fun way to add a unique but positive look to your garden. You can find stencils with Asian letters and meanings online or in craft stores. It’s best to pick something that creates a positive atmosphere, such as the words “Love,” “Peace,” and “Energy.” You’re going to use supplies such as the stencils, paint, mold and cement for this project, as well as the cut-out letters from your stencils. It’s a very hands-on project that takes a little time to complete, but it’s worth it to create beautiful, motivational stepping stones for your garden.

Oriental Stepping Stones

As you can see, the sky is the limit when you’re creating your own DIY stepping stones. Whether you want something elegant for your garden or playful for your front yard, you’re sure to create the perfect stepping stones for your exterior.

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 17 Cool DIY Camper Trailers To Enjoy Your Outdoor Trips http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-camper-trailers-to-enjoy-your-outdoor-trips/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-camper-trailers-to-enjoy-your-outdoor-trips/#respond Sat, 16 Mar 2019 21:59:03 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=5867 A DIY camper trailer will provide you with a mobile home at a very economical price. Plus, when building a camper trailer yourself, you are able to build it to meet your exact specifications. Travel, sleep and eat in comfort with your own DIY camper trailer. You can travel the country with your home right behind you when you create a DIY camper. No need to pay for expensive hotel rooms when traveling, just park your vehicle and walk a few steps to your free lodging that is connected to the back of your vehicle.

Check out these 17 cool DIY camper trailers and build the one that’s right for you so you can start traveling and enjoying the country this spring.

  1. Teardrop Traveler

Use these free teardrop trailer plans to build yourself a small home on wheels that is easy to pull on the highway.

The iconic teardrop shape is pleasing to the eye, plus it will improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency. This design creates a roomy teardrop traveler that has a stove, sink, shower, bed and storage, making this an ideal mini camper trailer for weekend get-aways or cross country travel.

Detailed plans with photos make this an easy DIY project.

Teardrop Traveler

  1. Box Trailer

Who knew an ordinary box trailer could be transformed into a comfortable homemade camper trailer? These free plans will show you how to transform a basic box shaped camper into a livable space that can hold all the comforts of home.

Small enough to be easily pulled behind your vehicle, yet large enough to be comfortable, have storage space and have electrical power. Step by steps plans show you how to take a plain box trailer and create a livable, usable space with it.

homemade camper trailer

  1. Recycled Pop-Up

Pop-up campers are great, but the cloth sides have a short life span. Fortunately, the frame of these type of campers are sturdy and can easily be recycled into DIY camper trailer that will last for years.

These free plans will show how to strip down an old pop-up camper and transform it into a hard sided home on wheels. The plans include an updated interior that contains a two burner stove, sink, bathroom and plenty of seating.

 DIY camper trailer

  1. DIY Teardrop Trailer

This is another design for a recycled pop-up camper and it takes the shape of a teardrop. These teardrop camper plans will show you how to take the frame of a dilapidated pop-up camper and build a usable and attractive teardrop trailer on top of the frame.

Easy to pull and light-weight enough for one person to maneuver, this mini camper trailer contains all that you will need for a weekend get-away to the mountains.

  1. Tiny Home

This cute little tiny home is light-weight enough to be pulled by a four cylinder vehicle, yet big enough to contain the comforts of home.

Use these plans to build this tiny home and install components like a refrigerator, TV, stereo system, microwave and several 110 electrical outlets. The back has a door that raises up to reveal an outdoor kitchen and the side door is equipped with a glass panel to let plenty of natural light come into the camper.

Tiny Home

  1. Outdoor Kitchen

Keep your living quarters and kitchen separate with this DIY camper trailer floor plan. The hatchback design quickly raises up to reveal a counter top with sink and food preparation area, plus storage space.

This DIY trailer is small, compact and lightweight, making it easy to pull behind any vehicle. The free detailed plans make this an easy DIY project for anyone interested in building their own camper.

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  1. Hidden Storage

These free teardrop camper plan shows you how to build a comfortable travel trailer that contains hidden storage.

A false floor provides plenty of hidden storage under the bed and in the kitchen area. The overall size of this tiny home on wheels is 8 feet in length and 5 or 6 feet in width, depending on the frame it’s built on.

These easy to follow free instructions will take you through the building process with ease.

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  1. Off Road Camper

Here is a DIY camper trailer for the adventurous travelers that like to get off the beaten path and explore the back roads.

This rugged camper can take the twists, turns and bumps that the back roads have to offer. Equipped with all the comforts of home, including a heater, this off road camper can be your home away from home year around.

Use these free plans to build your own year around usage camper so you can enjoy the ski slopes in winter and mountain trout fishing in summer, all while staying in a comfortable DIY camper.

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  1. Slide Out Kitchenette

This ruggedly build DIY camper trailer features a slide out kitchenette that is outfitted with a sink, two burner cook top, counter-top, drawers and storage under the counter.

Compact size allows for easy pulling and maneuverability, while the design utilizes space efficiently so everything needed for a week long stay in the woods can be packed and taken along.

This model has been spray painted in a camo colored pattern, but you can paint your any color.

DIY camper trailer

  1. Stunning Teardrop

Creativity can shine when you’re creating a DIY project like a homemade camper trailer in the teardrop shape. Romantic design is both comfortable and attractive. Heads will turn as you travel across the country pulling this little teardrop camper behind your vehicle. And at the end of the day, the design will provide plenty of space for a comfortable night’s sleep.

Use these free plans to start with a basic teardrop shape, then customize the camper with your own creativity.

homemade camper trailer

  1. Back Roads Camper

Create a rugged camper that looks good and can take all the bumps of a back road with ease with these free plans. Take your camper off the beaten path and enjoy scenery that most campers never get to see.

This design is both efficient and compact so you can take plenty of gear along with you for an extended stay away from home.

Detailed plans show you how to build this camper trailer and answers many building questions so your project will go smoothly.

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  1. Homemade Trailer

Here is an idea that will allow you to travel the country without breaking the bank. For only a couple hundred dollars, you can build a tent style trailer on top of a sturdy base.

The base can be created from scratch, or pieced together from various components of a camper or utility trailer. The main idea is to keep the DIY project inexpensive so the money can be spent on traveling.

The minimal design makes pulling this homemade trailer easy and fuel efficient. It’s an ideal way to get out and enjoy nature without spending much money.

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  1. Back Country Camper

If you’re idea of fun and relaxation is heading to the back country for a few days, then this DIY camper trailer is what you need to take along with you.

Rugged, easy to maneuver, and just the right size to hold all the needed equipment plus a comfortable bed, this design is ideal for the rugged outdoors-man.

Sleep up and off the ground, plenty of storage space for all equipment, and the same width as a four wheel drive jeep. Load the jeep, hook up the DIY camper and head off to the back country for a few days of fishing, hunting or just relaxing beside a quiet lake.

DIY camper trailer

  1. Camper On A Budget

When money is low and the desire to travel is high, this homemade camper can get you on the road without breaking the budget.

Recycling old camper parts and using hardware you have on hand, the cost of building a DIY camper trailer can be kept very low. This design uses a box base from an old pop-up camper to create sleeping and storage space. A canvas tent topper was customer designed to cover a large outdoor space for cooking and relaxing.

The two bed design allows for a family to go camping and see the country together, and do it all on a budget.

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  1. De Markies Camper

The De Markies style of camper is innovative, roomy and unique. It’s part camper, part tent, and all affordable comfort.

Create this unique style by building a homemade camper trailer using this unique design that actually triples the livable space when the side tents are fully extended.

The small center base of the camper looks like an ordinary travel trailer when being towed behind a vehicle. It’s not until it’s time to park the camper and get camp set up that it’s uniqueness is discovered.

On each side of the center base are large awnings that let down, transforming one side into a kitchenette and dining area and the other side into a sleeping area. Plenty of room for a family camping trip without the expense of a full size travel trailer.

homemade camper trailer

  1. Go Anywhere Camper

Anywhere your truck or SUV can go, this little camper can go too. Just hook it up to your vehicle and pull it up into the mountains for a quite weekend re-treat.

These plans will show you how to build a hard-sided trailer on a four by eight foot trailer frame. The finished DIY trailer has windows, an electrical outlet that is battery powered, plenty of room for a full size bed and room to store lots of camping gear.

DIY trailer

  1. Pop-Up Paradise

These detailed building plans will show you how to build a hybrid pop-up DIY camper that is part hard side and part tent. You’ll have photos and a YouTube video to follow to create this DIY camper trailer.

The hard sides protect the interior contents of the trailer as it’s being towed to the camp site and the streamline shape make it fuel efficient. Once you arrive at your destination, the top can easily be raised and one side extended to create more usable interior space. When it’s time to pack up and leave, just roll in the side and roll down the top.

DIY camper trailer

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