The Self-Sufficient Living Is about simple living,growing your own food,raising livestock,Do It By Yourself,off grid living,gardening,homemade products Sat, 23 Nov 2019 20:15:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 12 Homemade Bug Spray Recipes You Can Make Using Natural Ingredients Sat, 23 Nov 2019 20:13:42 +0000 When you make homemade bug spray you will know the exact ingredients that go into the product. There will be no fear of harmful chemicals that may cause illness to your children or pets, or cause damage to plants and/or furniture.

The recipes for these homemade bug sprays contain natural ingredients, like essential oils and beeswax, that will repel bugs naturally while leaving a refreshing scent in the air. If you are looking for a natural way to rid your home, landscape, and garden of harmful pests like mosquitoes, ants, and flying insects, check out these homemade bug repellent recipes.

Some other homemade recipes to get rid of pests are: Homemade ant killers, homemade mouse poison, homemade mouse traps, homemade mosquito traps, homemade wasp traps, homemade fly traps, and homemade pesticides to keep garden pests at bay.

1- Essential Oil Homemade Bug Spray

The fragrance of the essential oils in this DIY bug spray is effective at repelling pests and fill the air with a pleasing aroma.  This pest repellent is not a spray but a natural bug repellent in a solid form and has the texture of lip balm. Beeswax, cocoa butter, coconut oil and castor oil are natural ingredients that solidify and help to create this DIY pest repellent that is easy to take along with you.

  •  40 drops of Lemon Eucalyptus oil is an ingredient which is often used in store-bought pest repellent because it contains a chemical called p-menthane-3,8-diol
  • 10 drops each of Citronella, Lemon Grass, and Lavender oils, all of which are commonly used in pest-repellents and be can grown in a home garden
  •  5 drops of Peppermint oil that contains menthol which bugs hate the smell of
  •  5 drops of Geranium oil is a natural pest-repelling flower that if often planted in home gardens to keep plants pest-free
  •  1/4 cup of beeswax, coconut oil, and castor oil
  •  2 tablespoons of castor oil

Place all ingredients except essential oils in a large bowl and microwave until all are melted. Allow mixture to cool then stir in essential oils. Pour into small containers and allow to solidify.

Essential Oil Homemade Bug Spray
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2- Witch Hazel Homemade Bug Spray

Witch hazel is a plant that has long been used for medicinal purposes and is gentle on skin. Bugs hate the scent, and when it’s mixed with vanilla extract you’ll create homemade insect repellant that’s powerful, yet safe for kids to use.

  •  1/4 cup witch hazel
  •  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •  1/4 cup distilled water
  •  1 tablespoon olive oil
  •  85 drops Plant Therapy’s Shield Me Essential Oil

Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well. Spray on skin and surrounding areas. Shake before each use.

Witch Hazel Homemade Bug Spray

3- Bug Spray Repellent Balm

Herbs do more than flavor food, they also repel bugs naturally and safely. This natural bug repellent will show you how to get rid of bugs without chemicals by using herbs and flowers.

  •  1 cup dried calendula flowers to prevent skin irritation
  •  1 cup fresh rosemary to repel bugs
  •  1 cup dried catnip to repel mosquitoes
  •  1 cup olive oil
  •  1 cup coconut oil
  •  1/4 cup beeswax.
  •  10 drops each of lavender and lemon essential oils

Place the rosemary, calendula, and catnip in the top bowl of a double boiler and cover with olive and coconut oil to completely submerge the herbs. Simmer 30 minutes.

Strain through cheesecloth, pour strained oils back into double boiler and add beeswax. When beeswax is melted add essential oils. Pour mixture into small containers. Apply to skin when going outdoors.

Bug repelling balms are easy to carry with you in a pocket or backpack and they provide long-lasting protection after being applied to skin.

Homemade Bug Spray Repellent Balm

4- Fresh Mint and Herb Bug Spray

Mint and herb plants are easy to grow in a home garden and perfect for making homemade bug spray. This recipe uses fresh ingredients right from the garden to keep bugs away

  •  2 tablespoons of fresh mint that has been finely chopped. Use spearmint or peppermint leaves
  •  6 tablespoons finely chopped herbs. Use catnip, citronella, cloves, rosemary and/or lavender
  •  1 cup distilled water
  •  1 cup witch hazel or rubbing alcohol

Bring water to boil, then add fresh mint and herbs. Remove mixture from heat and allow to cool. Add witch hazel or rubbing alcohol. Pour into spray bottle and spray on skin and surrounding areas when you go outdoors.

Fresh Mint and Herb Bug Spray

5- Vinegar Homemade Bug Spray

This is an ancient recipe that is used for many things, including as a homemade bug spray. The fragrant vinegar keeps pests away, and is also good for cleaning and disinfecting hands and surfaces.

  •  2 tablespoons each of rosemary, mint, sage, marjoram, lavender flowers, and anise hyssop – finely chopped
  •  4 cloves crushed garlic
  •  4 cups white wine vinegar

Place all ingredients in a glass jar, seal and allow to marinate for 10 days. Strain mixture and pour into spray bottle. Spray on skin when going outdoors. Keep away from eyes.

Vinegar and distilled water, mixed at a 50-50 ratio, creates an effective homemade bed bug spray. Add a few drops of lavender oil for a soothing scent.

Vinegar Homemade Bug Spray

6- Tea Tree Oil DIY Bug Spray

This is an ideal organic bug spray for people who spend a lot of time outdoors. The tea tree oil in this homemade bug spray kills ticks on contact and it’s gentle on skin.

  •  10 drops each of tea tree oil, citronella oil, and lemon eucalyptus oil
  •  5 drops each of lavender and geranium oil
  •  1/2 teaspoon light cooking oil
  •  1/4 cup each of distilled water and witch hazel

Combine all ingredients in a dark glass spray bottle and give it a good shake before each use.

Tea Tree Oil DIY Bug Spray

7- Homemade Tick and Bug Spray

This natural bug spray works to kill and repel a wide variety of outdoor pests, including disease-causing ticks. Keep mixture in a dark glass spray bottle to prevent sunlight from breaking down the oils.

  •  80 drops each of rose geranium oil, thyme oil, lavender oil, and citronella oil
  •  40 drops each of peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, and cedar oil
  •  20 drops each of clove oil and basil oil
  •  4 ounces witch hazel
  •  Distilled water

Combine all ingredients, except distilled water, in a spray bottle. Finish filling bottle up with distilled water. Shake well before each use. Spray on skin, clothing and surrounding areas when outdoors.

Homemade Tick and Bug Spray

8- Aloe Vera Bug Spray

We know the soothing and healing benefits aloe vera provides to our skin, and this natural ingredient also works well as an ingredient in homemade bug spray.

  •  Fill a small spray bottle two-thirds full of distilled water (boiled and cooled tap water can be used)
  •  2 tablespoons of witch hazel to the water
  •  1 teaspoon of liquid aloe vera
  •  1 teaspoon citronella oil
  •  1/2 teaspoon each of grapefruit oil and lemon oil (tea tree and eucalyptus can be used instead of grapefruit and lemon oil)

Shake well to combine all ingredients. Shake before each use. Safe for use on children.

Aloe Vera Homemade Bug Spray

9- Homemade Bug Spray for Kids

Kids enjoy spending a lot of time outdoors in the warm weather when bugs are most active, making them a prime target for biting and stinging bugs. Keep your kids safe from bug bites and chemicals with this effective homemade bug spray.

  •  15 drops each of lavender oil, citronella oil, lemongrass oil, and patchouli oil
  •  3 drops Argan oil
  •  1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  •  1/4 cup witch hazel
  •  1/4 cup distilled water

Combine all the oils in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Add distilled water and witch hazel and stir until combined. Pour into spray bottle and spray all over kids (including hair and clothing) before they go outdoors. Shake before each use.

When using a new skin product, especially on kids, it’s best to test on a small area of skin to determine if there will be an allergic reaction before applying it all over skin.

Homemade Bug Spray for Kids

10- Smell Good Homemade Bug Spray

In addition to keeping bugs away, this homemade bug spray will make you smell good so you can apply it for any outdoor function without having an embarrassing chemical odor.

  •  20 drops each of lemon oil and peppermint oil
  •  1 teaspoon of organic castile soap
  •  4 ounces distilled water (boil tap water and allow to cool instead of using distilled water)
  •  witch hazel

Place all ingredients, except witch hazel, in a spray bottle and shake to combine. Top of with witch hazel and shake bottle again. Spray a light mist all over hair, skin, and clothing ( avoid eyes) before going outdoors.

Smell Good Homemade Bug Spray

11- All Purpose Homemade Bug Spray

There are many pests to avoid when enjoying the great outdoors and this all-purpose homemade bug spray will help keep all pests away.

Mosquitoes hate citronella, lemon eucalyptus, cinnamon, geranium, and catnip. Ticks and lice hate eucalyptus and geranium. Ants and flies hate mint and basil, and annoying gnats hate citronella, lemongrass, and rose geranium.

  •  2 cups witch hazel
  •  20 drops each of the essentials oils that repel the pests that are living in your area.

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle, shake well and spray all over hair, clothing, skin and outdoor area.

Fresh or dried herbs can be substituted for essential oils.

All Purpose Homemade Bug Spray


12- Lavender Oil Homemade Bug Spray

Lavender oil is an effective pest repellent and can be applied to skin undiluted. It’s safe to apply to children, elderly and expectant mothers. The lavender scent is calming and soothing to humans, but pests turn and go in the opposite direction when they smell it.

Lavender oil can be used as-is or mixed with other lotion before applying to skin as a DIY bug repellent.

Before applying any substance to skin it’s always best to consult your physician to ensure the safety of the product or potential drug interactions.

DEET is the main chemical ingredient used in store-bought bug sprays. DEET is effective in killing a wide range of pests, however, there are harmful side effects to humans. Humans may experience memory loss, headache, weakness, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, tremors and shortness of breath.

Children are more susceptible to subtle brain changes caused by chemicals in their environment because their skin more readily absorbs them. Also, their still-developing nervous systems are more potently affected. Symptoms from DEET or other chemicals may not be evident for months or even years after exposure.

Lavender Oil Homemade Bug Spray

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21 Cool DIY Zen Garden Ideas That Will Keep You Calm And Relaxed Tue, 12 Nov 2019 19:21:36 +0000 There’s nothing like a DIY zen garden to create a peaceful environment in your space. A zen garden encourages relaxation and meditation, and it’s fun to put together. In fact, creating a zen garden is a project the whole family can enjoy.

You can find a variety of DIY zen garden ideas, from a small garden on your table to a large garden in your backyard. It’s easy to find a project that works for you. When you’re finished, you can use your zen garden to find peace or meditate.

Are you ready to create a soothing atmosphere in your space? Here are 21 cool DIY zen garden ideas that will keep you calm and relaxed.

You may also like to check out other interesting and relevant ideas once you finished reading article such as: Keywhole garden ideas, rain gutter garden ideas, hanging herb garden ideas, wall planter ideas, pallet garden & furniture ideas and diy tower garden ideas.

1. DIY Zen Garden For Kids

Children need to relax just as much as adults, so look into a zen garden for kids. They can add their colored sand to kid-safe containers and create designs, as well as choose their own rocks, crystals and seashells. Of course, your child may want to add a small figurine or dry plant, and that’s okay. The key is to create a zen garden that helps your child to feel calm and happy.

Zen Garden for Kids

2. Mini Zen Garden Idea

A mini diy zen garden is just what you need when you’re having a stressful day at home or work. One idea is to fill a white dish with black sand and a black dish with white sand, creating an elegant but relaxing color scheme. When you add your rocks, crystals, dry plants and knick-knacks, stick to your black and white palette. Remember to draw designs in your sand using a miniature rake or stick.

Mini Zen Garden

3. Grass and Sand Zen Garden Idea

If you’re looking for zen garden ideas that don’t only focus on sand, you’re sure to love this tabletop zen garden. It’s a project for a grass and sand zen garden, with a shadow box as your container. You’re going to use decorative sand and a moss sheet, as well as decorative stones and figurines. The contents allow you to create a design that promotes peace and relaxation.

Grass and Sand Zen Garden

4. Succulent DIY Zen Garden

A succulent zen garden on your desk is great for relaxing when your day is hectic. You can create a small zen garden with a glass container, which is going to be full of light-colored sand. Of course, you also need an artificial or real succulent plant for your garden. You can also add in stones, rocks or crystals if you want, and don’t forget a rake, stick or pencil for creating your designs in the sand.

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5. Desktop Zen Garden

When your work day is too much, you need a desktop zen garden to help you feel calm in the midst of chaos. For this garden, you’re going to need potting soil, beach stones and a Silver Plant or Calocephalus, all in a shallow vessel. As you can see, you’re putting together a zen garden with a plant and soil rather than sand, but the sight of your beautiful zen garden is enough to help you relax or meditate.

Desktop Zen Garden

6. Pink Zen Garden

If the sight of bubbly, chic items makes you feel good inside, then you’re sure to love this pink zen garden. Fill a light-toned wooden tray with pink sand, with a bunch of small white pebbles or crystals in one corner. The other items may include stones, figurines or a small air plant. To enhance the color scheme, consider a white stick or miniature rake. You’re sure to feel happy whenever you look at your garden.

Pink Zen Garden

7. DIY Zen Garden in Tins

Space is never an obstacle when creating a mini zen garden, especially when you can create a zen garden in an Altoids tin. You can even paint the tin in a color that helps you to feel calm. If you want to create two gardens, add sand and smaller stones to the first tin, with enough space to draw smaller designs in the sand. For the other tin, you’re going to add dried moss and dried plants. You’ve learned how to create both sand and moss gardens, so using Altoids tins allows you to add both of them to your desk.

DIY Zen Garden in Tins

8. Mini Succulent Zen Garden

If you’re looking for zen garden ideas that use plants, look no further than this mini succulent zen garden. Start with a decorative bowl, and make sure it’s shallow enough to hold the sand. For your sand, you’re going to use two soothing colors, such as white and blue. Of course, you don’t want to forget your small decorative rocks. You’re also going to transfer a small succulent plant to a paper cup in your garden. When you’re finished, you have a small succulent surrounded by rocks on one side, and enough space to draw your design on the other side.

Mini Succulent Zen Garden

9. DIY Zen Garden For Chilling

There’s nothing like a small zen garden to help you chill out when you’re having a rough day. Just filling the tray with sand and stones can be relaxing, let alone drawing designs in the sand using a stick or tool. You’re also going to add small air plants throughout your garden. You can create a zen garden that looks like a small dessert or beach, whichever helps you to feel calm, cool and collected.

DIY Zen Garden For Chilling

10. Simple Zen Garden Idea

As you can see, these zen garden ideas are very easy to put together, and here’s a set of plans for another simple zen garden. Start by filling a wooden box or tray with colored sand. Next, you’re going to arrange three mini glass candle holders in the center of the garden, surrounding each one with stones. Finally, you’re going to add a flower to the center candle holder, and a tealight to the other two candle holders. Of course, you can use different items for your garden, such as a succulent, pebbles and crystals.

Simple Zen Garden Idea

11. Miniature Golf Zen Garden

With these plans, you’re going to create a miniature golf zen garden. That’s right, this adorable zen garden actually looks like a miniature golf course, and it’s a fun way to relieve your stress when you need a break. Instead of moss, you’re filling a cardboard lid or wooden tray with green felt for the grass. You’re also going to create a pond, sand bunker for designs and vegetation. Finish it off with small pebbles. You can create your own golf ball and club, or you can find miniature items in stores.

12. Backyard Zen Garden

If you’re looking for something bigger, consider this backyard zen garden. Start by designating a spot in your backyard to your garden, such as a corner next to your house. It should be a place that doesn’t receive much rain water, but you want to stick with low-maintenance succulent plants if it receives a lot of sun. Your zen garden may include rocks or boulders, a gravel or water feature and a zen-inspired statue, but it’s up to you of course. One idea is to place a bench near your garden for reading or relaxing, or take your yoga mat outside for meditating.

Backyard Zen Garden

13. Mini Zen Garden Favor Kits

How would you like to create mini DIY zen garden favors? They’re perfect for bridal showers, wedding receptions and other special occasions. Fill each mini tin with sand, and place two or three stones or crystals in each tin. You can also add a miniature rake to each garden, so your recipients can draw their designs. Another idea is to use the tins, card stock, gravel and an air plant to create a mini vertical zen garden. You can even attach a magnetic strip to the back, so your recipients can hang their garden on the refrigerator or file cabinet.

Mini Zen Garden Favor Kits

14. DIY Desktop Zen Garden

For this project, you’re going to build your own DIY desktop zen garden. The first step is to build the box out of wooden scraps, and be sure to insulate and paint your box. Fill the box with pebbles, sand and stones, and arrange your stones in a design that works for you. Use a wooden dowel, miniature rake or sharp tool to draw designs in the sand, such as ripples for a water effect. While the garden may remind you of a dessert, there’s something calming about drawing in the sand or rearranging your stones.

DIY Desktop Zen Garden

15. Tabletop Zen Garden

You can put together a tabletop zen garden with a bowl or plate in any shape, as well as sand in a color that helps you to feel calm. You may want tan, white or black sand for this project. Of course, you want to add items that make you feel good, such as smooth stones and pebbles, or maybe an air plant or figurine. Use a bamboo skewer to draw your designs and enhance the relaxation aspect of your garden. If you’re making more than one zen garden, you can have fun switching out the items.

Tabletop Zen Garden

16. Mini Beach Zen Garden

Another fun idea for children, you can put together a mini beach zen garden using tan sand and blue slime. Of course the sand is going to represent the beach, and the slime can represent the water. Add in small items such as a miniature beach ball and umbrella, as well as a miniature rake. You can make or buy a small ball and rake, and for the umbrella, the toothpick umbrellas designed for cocktails work just fine. Pretending to spend a day at the beach is a great way to help your child relax.

17. Father’s Day Zen Garden

If you’re looking for zen garden ideas for Father’s Day, look no further than this Father’s Day zen garden. It’s a great gift idea for his office or man cave. You can use a plastic container, shoe box or subscription box for his garden. As usual, you’re going to fill it with sand in his favorite color. The items can include an air plant, rocks or stones and a small tool. Whether he’s having a bad day at home or hectic day at the office, your child can bring him a little peace with his own zen garden.
Father's Day Zen Garden

18. Beaded Cacti Zen Garden

A beaded cacti zen garden is a little different from the other zen garden projects. For this garden, you’re placing sand and river rocks inside the lid of a round paper mache box. Now, here’s where things get a little different. You’re going to hot glue several green teardrop acrylic beads together, making several bunches of two or three. Next, hot glue small silver acrylic cone spike beads to the teardrop beads, but don’t stick to a pattern or design. Place the arrangements into the sand to resemble small cacti.

Beaded Cacti Zen Garden

19. Cheerful DIY Zen Garden

Whether you’re happy or relaxed, the purpose of a DIY zen garden is to make you feel good. Why not create a cheerful zen garden with purple or pink sand? There’s something about those shades that invoke feelings of happiness. Instead of filling it with rocks and stones, add a small succulent plant. You can also use a see-through container, so you can admire your garden from any angle. Remember to find a small tool for drawing the designs in the sand.
Cheerful Zen Garden

20. Colorful DIY Zen Garden

A colorful zen garden is great for both children and adults, starting with sand in a tray. Now, you’re going to add a pop of color to your rocks, which you can do by melting crayons over them. Another idea is to paint your rocks, but the melted crayons create a fun design. You also need your tools for drawing designs in the sand, such as a stick or fork. The best part is you can put together the garden and color the rocks with your children.

Colorful DIY Zen Garden

21. Mini DIY Zen Garden

Just like other projects, you’re going to put together a mini zen garden with sand and a wooden shadow box. You can choose from a variety of small objects for your zen garden, including rocks, stones, crystals and an artificial succulent. Another idea is to purchase a miniature metal bridge for your garden, which is both adorable and peaceful.

Mini DIY Zen Garden

If you’re looking for a project that’s fun, appealing and calming, consider a DIY zen garden. A zen garden is a great way to promote relaxation and meditation.

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How To Make A Bow And Arrow-17 Easy DIY Ideas Sat, 09 Nov 2019 16:10:08 +0000 Learning how to make a bow and arrow is a fun DIY project that will create a useful tool. A homemade bow and arrow cost very little to make and the finished product will provide hours of enjoyment when used for target practice, plus it can be used to harvest animals for food.

Sustainable living involves hunting and harvesting wild game and a DIY bow and arrow will enable you to that as humanely as possible. Many of these bow and arrow ideas use recycled parts and that keeps unwanted material out of the landfill, which is also part of sustainable living.

Check out these 17 easy DIY ideas and choose the design that will work best for your hunting needs.

Other similar articles you may like to read once you finished reading this one, such as homemade crossbows, diy camper trailers and diy tiny houses.

1. Bike Wheel Bow

Here’s a great way to recycle an old bike wheel and transform it into a new useful bow. This bow very lightweight, making it easy to carry long distances. It’s good for hunting small game, like rabbits. This bike wheel bow is also good for bow and arrow fishing.
The rigid frame provided by the bike wheel allows for a longer draw so the arrow can easily reach a target up to 65 feet away. It’s easy to create an arrow holder on the frame so bow and ammo are carried together and ready for use in a moment when wild game is located.

DIY Bike Wheel Bow

2. PVC Pipe Bow and Arrow

Learning how to make a bow and arrow for kids using PVC pipe with these detailed instructions.
The arrows have foam tips and will this set will provide hours of outdoor fun for children. Just one 10 inch PVC pipe will make 3 bows so it’s a cheap enough DIY project to make for all the kids in your family. Paint each of bow and arrow set a different color so each child will know which ones belong to them.
Add some nylon string and duct tape to the PVC pipe and that’s just about all it takes to create the DIY bow. The arrows are created from wooden dowels and foam cut into a triangular shape.

PVC Pipe Bow and Arrow
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3. Kid’s Wooden Bow and Arrow

Cold winter days make an ideal time for DIY projects with the kids. This kid’s wooden bow and arrow set is easy to make and will provide hours of indoor fun creating it followed by hours of outdoor fun using it.
This bow and arrow design is for small children and uses craft sticks to create the bow and straws for arrows. Craft sticks, glue gun, tape, wooden blocks, and a few straws can be fashioned together to create a fun toy that would great to use for some Valentine’s Day fun.
Line up targets of empty water bottles or other lightweight items so kids can target practice indoors on wintry days when the weather is too bad for outdoor activities.

Kid’s Wooden Bow and Arrow

4. Kid’s PVC Bow and Arrow

A kid’s bow and arrow not only provides fun for the kids, but it also helps to improve motor skills, accuracy, and patience.
In addition to the skills learned while making a bow and arrow, children will also improve on other skills while they learning how to aim, draw, and line up a target so their arrow can hit their target with precision.
Short lengths of bamboo canes are used for arrows in this easy DIY idea. Squares of felt fabric cover the arrow tips and are held in place with rubber bands. Quick and easy to make, safe for children to play with.

Kid’s PVC Bow and Arrow

5. Recycled Ski Bow

Learn how to make a bow and arrow set using an old cross-country ski. The proportions are perfect and so is the curve and bend of the ski. With so much of the work already done for you, this DIY build will be very quick and easy. Plus it will keep usable material out of the landfill.
Follow these detailed instructions to create an adult bow that is designed to be used to take down wild game. Ideal for homesteaders or hunters who want to keep hunting costs down to a minimal and are looking for ways to create new items from something old.

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6. Bow and Arrow Made From Found Material

Use this tutorial to learn how to make bow and arrow for hunting from materials you can find in the woods. The very place you want to hunt for wild game can also provide you with the material to create the needed weapon for hunting.

The bow and arrows are made from wood harvested from a local tree and the bow string was made from the fibrous inner bark the tree. The bark was separated into thin strips and left to dry, then twisted into cordage.
This is a great project for a homesteader or someone who is desiring to get back to the basic way of life that our ancestors lived. The primitive design is classic and functional and will enable an adult to harvest small game.

Bow and Arrow Made From Found Material

7. Stick Bow and Arrows

This is a fun DIY for kids and the instructions will show you how to make a bow and arrow easy. Great for a kid’s party or as a craft project for kids that are home-schooled. Many of the materials needed to create this tick bow and arrows can be collected while taking a nature walk with your kids.
A straight stick around 12 inches long will be needed to create the bow, and several sticks that are around 6 inches will be needed to create the arrows. Feathers to decorate the arrows are needed and might also be found while on a nature walk.

Stick Bow and Arrows

8. Cheap PVC Bow

This video tutorial will show you how to make a bow and arrow for less than $7. The bow is made from PVC pipe and the arrows are made from fiberglass rods, and both materials can be purchased from any home supply center.
The video maker is very personable and takes you through each step of build slowly and thoroughly so even a novice DIYer will have no problem building this cheap PVC bow.

9. Bamboo Skewer Bow and Arrow

This YouTube video will show you how to make a bow and arrow using bamboo skewers, craft sticks, and twine. While the finished project won’t be suitable for hunting wild game, it’s a fun DIY project that will provide a suitable weapon for use during target practice.

Learning the mechanics of how a bow is built and works will help you become a better archer so you can make accurate shots with a more substantial bow and arrow set.

Get out those old, unused bamboo skewers and turn on this informative YouTube video and build your own DIY bow and arrows set today.


10. Homemade Archery Bow

This homemade bow is created from PVC pipe and is very inexpensive to make. The low cost makes this bow great for use during target practice but it’s also powerful enough to use to harvest dinner in the wild.
Follow these steps by step instructions so you can create this homemade archery bow that will be fun to use in the backyard and accurate enough to use in the woods.

Homemade Archery Bow
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11. Native American Longbow

This free tutorial will show you how to make an authentic Native American longbow that is 68 inches long and powerful enough to take down wild game.
Plans for this DIY longbow have to be made in advance because you will need to cut down an 8- inch tree and allow the wood to dry out for up to one year. If you have a piece of dried wood on hand, then you can begin this DIY project sooner.
Written instructions combined with detailed drawings will enable you to create your own longbow as soon as your selected wood has dried.

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12. Bamboo Bow and Arrow

Learn how to make a bow and arrow from bamboo that appears so natural it looks like it grew in the woods instead of being created by human hands.
Lengths of thick and thin bamboo are used to create the bow and the arrow quiver that is attached to the bow. The handcrafted are also made from bamboo and can be used to harvest small game.
If you have access to growing bamboo, this DIY project will be almost free to make.

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13. Cardboard Bow and Arrow

This free video tutorial will show you how to make a bow and arrow from cardboard. Cardboard is a very sturdy material and can be used in building many things, including a functional bow and arrow.
This is a fun DIY project for creating with your kids and this bow and arrow set is best used for target practice.

14. Mini Bow and Arrow

This is a great rainy day project that you can do with your kids. The materials needed to build this mini bow and arrows are items you probably already have around the house – popsicle sticks, dental floss, Q-tips and a sharp knife.
Create several of these mini bows and arrows and have fun ‘hunting’ each other around the house on rainy or snowy days.

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15. Hunger Games Faux Weapons

This DIY bow and arrow can be part of a fun game for children called Hunger Games. Instead of fighting till the death like in the real Hunger Games movies, make up your own game rules and use these faux weapons as game props.
Part of the game can also be sending the kids out into the woods to find their own sticks for building the bow and arrows. You will also need cord elastic and duct tape for this DIY project.

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16. Plastic Bow and Arrow

Lightweight and easy to build, this plastic bow and arrow set will provide hours of fun for kids. The bow is fashioned from plastic that is designed to hide electrical wires and the arrows are created from lengths of bamboo with aluminum foil arrowheads.
Add some string and feathers and the finished product will resemble a real longbow.

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17. Coat Hanger Bow

Make a toy bow from a plastic coat hanger with this easy to follow YouTube video. This will be fun for all ages and the homemade arrows are made with cotton-tipped swabs so they are safe for shooting inside the house.
The plastic coat hanger is not damaged during the building process and can be re-used for hanging clothes after playtime is over.

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17 Popular Indoor Vine Plants That Are Easy To Care For Wed, 30 Oct 2019 15:34:56 +0000 Indoor vine plants make the inside of your home more attractive and healthier, plus they are easy to care for. A home that has house plants, especially indoor climbing plants, will look more lavish and expensive.

Living plants help to purify the air and an indoor vine plant can extend throughout a room to help occupants breathe easier day and night. Choose from this list of 17 popular vine plants that are easy to care for so you can make your home appear more lavish and purify indoor air.

You may also like to have a view of other types of plants you can grow indoors such as: house plants to clean indoor air, indoor hanging plants, hanging herb garden ideas for indoors, low light indoor trees, tropical house plants, herbs to grow indoors in winter, small and large indoor plants, growing mushroom indoors and indoor succulents.

Vine House Plants  

1- Arrowhead Vine

This indoor vine thrives on a little neglect and is ideal for someone who is often away from home for a few days at a time. Arrowhead vine needs to dry out between watering and fertilized once a month during the active growing season. Mist vine during the winter and stop fertilizing.

Place arrowhead vine in a bright location but not in direct sunlight.

The leaves change shape as the plant matures, beginning as an arrowhead shape, and then changing into three to five finger-like sections

Arrowhead Indoor Vine Plant

2- Betel Leaf Plant

This indoor vine plant is native to India and it produces heart-shaped leaves that look like they have been coated with wax. The plant is a member of the pepper family and the leaves are prized for their medicinal and culinary uses.

Betel leaf is a slow-growing vine that produces mildly scented white flowers in the spring. The vine will reach about 3 feet in length when mature. Place potted planted in a low-light location that is out of the way of drafts and air conditioning vents. This vine plant likes warm temperatures that won’t dip below 50F. If betel leaf gets too cold it will drop its leaves.

Keep soil moist and feed vine every other month. Leaves can be harvested when the plant is 6 months old.

Betel Leaf Indoor Vine Plant

3- Black-Eyed Susan Vine

This flowering vine is so easy to grow indoors in a hanging basket, all it needs is a little water and a lot of sunshine. It’s easy to train to grow vertically also and will wrap itself around any vertical structure.

The vine will reach a mature length of 8 feet and grows best in loamy, slightly acidic soil that drains well. This fast-growing vine needs plenty of water but dislikes soggy soil

This is one of the best climbing plants to grow indoors if you want bloom color. Black-eyed Susan vine will produce blooms all summer in white, yellow, red, or orange.

Black-Eyed Susan Vine Plant

4- Burro’s Tail Vine Plant

Attractive succulent plant with waxy blue-green leaves that resemble long hair that has been braided. Burro’s tail likes dry soil, indirect sunlight, and warm temperatures.

The soil should remain moist at all times but over-watering this indoor vine plant will cause the roots to rot. Burro’s tail also grows best in a room that remains consistently warm.

Plant this vine house plant in a hanging basket so the unusual-looking ‘tails’ can spill over the side. Tails will reach a mature length of 1-2 feet.

Burro’s Tail Vine Plant

5- Creeping Fig Vine Plant For Indoor

It’s a fast-growing creeping vine with small, leathery dark green foliage. Vigorous-growing, clinging, dense branches adhere to any surface and look enchanting as a ground cover, climbing up an outdoor fence or spilling over a hanging basket indoors.

Creeping fig is versatile and can be grown indoors or outdoors as long as it receives plenty of indirect sunlight. A mature vine can reach up to 30 feet in length but can be kept pruned to any desired length.

Water only when the top of soil becomes dry and feed only twice each year; once in the spring and again in the summer. Do not feed vine in fall and winter. Spritz vine with water during the winter to increase humidity and decrease the amount of water poured onto soil.

Creeping Fig Vine Plant For Indoor

6- Heartleaf Philodendron

Also known as the Sweetheart plant because of its heart-shaped leaves that start bronze then turn to a glossy green color as the leaf matures.

Heartleaf philodendron will reach a mature length of 4 feet and the plant will need to be pinched back occasionally to keep it looking full. Pinch after a leaf node (the place where a leaf is attached to the stem). A new stem will grow from that node and more heart-shaped leaves will be produced on this indoor vine plant.

Place plant in a bright location but not in direct sunlight. Keep soil moist from spring through fall, but reduce water during the winter months. This indoor vine plant loves humidity and is an ideal house plant to place in the bathroom.

Heartleaf Philodendron

7- Hoya Vine

The hoya vine has beautiful waxy foliage, produces fragrant flowers, and is super easy to grow indoors. The trailing stems of this indoor vine plant will reach one foot in length along with clusters of aromatic waxy flowers when the plant is mature.

The large waxy leaves hold water so this plant needs very little water to grow. Place plant in a bright location but not in direct sunlight. Hoya is fast growing and will produce blooms when less than one year old.

Hoya Vine Indoor

8- Inch Plant For Indoor

Also called Wandering Jew or Purple Heart, this indoor vine plant has been around forever and can be grown outdoors also.

The leaf colors vary and range from deep purple to green and purple stripes. The trailing steam and lush foliage look stunning in a hanging basket. In mid-summer, the Inch plant will produce tiny purple flowers.

Place this vine house plant in a location where it will be in bright light and receive a little direct sunlight every day. The leaf color will fade if this vine does not receive a little direct sun daily.

Inch Plant Indoor

9- Ivy Indoor Vine

Ivy is a slow-growing house plant that is happy to sit on a shelf among books and knick-knacks all its life. It’s an easy-care indoor vine that thrives in medium to bright light.

Ivy does not like soggy soil, so wait until the top inch of soil is dry before watering. If this vine house plant is over-watered the leaves will turn brown and the plant will eventually die. The vine does like humidity and it makes a great addition to a bathroom. Spritz daily with water to increase humidity.

Ivy Indoor Vine

10- Golden Pothos

Golden pothos is a fast-growing vine and is virtually indestructible. Also known as devil’s ivy this indoor vine plant grows equally well in shade or sunlight, but the green and yellow leaf color will be brighter when the vine is grown in a sunny location.

This popular indoor vine plant can be allowed to grow unchecked to create a long, flowing vine that can easily reach around a room or it can be kept pinched back to create a more compact houseplant suitable for displaying on a table or desktop.

Golden Pothos Vine

11- Jasmine Vine Plant

This hard-working indoor vine plant gives you a fast-growing green vine, white flowers, and a delightful fragrance. Blooms appear on this house plant in mid-winter and produce the strongest fragrance at night.

Jasmine grows best in a porous soil mix that contains compost and tree bark. Place the plant in a south-facing window so it will receive bright, indirect light. Feed every month during the growing season. Water when the top of soil becomes dry.

Jasmine Vine Plant

12- Maiden Hair Vine

This hardy vine looks like it has a bad case of bed-head hair. Long, wiry stems are covered in tiny little oval leaves and stick out in every direction from the planter. This vine is native to New Zealand and stems will reach a mature length of 8 inches. Grow in medium light and water only when soil becomes dry.

Maiden Hair Vine

13- Indoor Philodendron Vine

This easy-care indoor vine plant grows well in low-light conditions and will wrap itself around any stationary object. Philodendron needs bright light to grow but not direct sunlight. If direct sunlight touches the leaves they will turn yellow and fall off.

Wait until the top inch of soil dries out before watering and use a water-soluble plant food once a month to keep vine well-fed and growing strong.

Indoor Philodendron Vine

14- Passionflower For Indoor

This indoor vine plant produces large fragrant flowers that will fill a room with a sweet fragrance. The spent blooms will fall off naturally so you won’t have to dead-head old blooms to keep vine looking good.

Place vine in a bright location away from direct sunlight. Keep soil moist but not soggy. Fertilize twice a year, once in spring and again in mid-summer.

passionflower Indoor Vine Plant

15- String of Pearls

String of pearls is a low-maintenance creeping succulent that tolerates prolonged drought and does well in a bright light location. It grows equally well in its own planter or is happy to share space with other plants.

The leaves look like small green bubbles growing along the stem and give the appearance of a string of green pearls. The plants also produce tiny white flowers that have an aroma similar to cinnamon.

Water sparingly and keep out of reach of children and pets as this indoor vine plant is poisonous when eaten.

String of Pearls Vine Plant

16- Spider Plant

One of the easiest indoor vine plants to grow and to propagate. The spider plant is so named because of its small spider-like plants that dangle down from the mother plant like spiders on a web.

New plants can be created by pinching off one of the tiny ‘spiderettes’  and placing it in potting soil.

Place this house plant in bright, indirect sunlight and water only when the top inch of soil becomes dry. Fertilize once in the spring.

Spider Plant For Indoor

17- Swiss Cheese Vine

This is a large-leafed, unusual looking trailing plant that makes a great evergreen plant for a vacant corner in any room. The vine produces large green leaves that have holes in them, like Swiss cheese.

Place this vine in a location that is bright but away from direct sunlight. Keep soil moist but not soggy. Fertilize in spring and summer but not in fall and winter.

Swiss Cheese Vine

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17 DIY Garage Cabinets To Add More Storage Space In Your Garage Wed, 02 Oct 2019 01:22:33 +0000 Your garage is the place where you store your tools and supplies, and DIY garage cabinets are essential to keeping everything safe. While you can always buy a garage cabinet in stores, there’s nothing like building a cabinet with your own two hands. The best part is you can customize your cabinet to meet your needs.

There are several ways to build DIY garage cabinets, from a simple cabinet for several tools to a row of cabinets for more organization. The key is to find the garage cabinet ideas that work for you. To help you get started, here are 17 garage cabinet plans to add more storage space to your garage.

You may also like to see: garden shed plans, diy solar air heaters for garage, diy pole barns and diy pallet shed plans.

1. Tall Garage Cabinets

With these plans, you’re going to build a row of tall garage cabinets, which can be used for everything from power tools to gardening supplies. The cabinets are tall enough to store supplies such as brooms and rakes, as well as sports equipment such as hockey sticks or baseball bats, or even a skateboard or folded-up scooter. If you do not need a lot of storage space, you can build just one or two cabinets for your items, as you have the opportunity to customize your cabinets however you see fit.

Tall Garage Cabinets

2. Ultimate Garage Cabinets

You can build the ultimate DIY garage cabinets with these plans. There is a lot of work that goes into building these cabinets, and this includes working with several types of tools. When you’re finished, you’re going to have so much storage space, you won’t believe how much floor space is left after you put everything away. The project includes a row of tall cabinets against the wall, as well as smaller cabinets near the ceiling. Imagine how many daily and seasonal items you’re going to be able to store in your new cabinets.

DIY garage cabinets

3. Hanging Cabinets

As you know, you can find different plans for garage storage cabinets, and this includes hanging cabinets. The cabinets are attached to the wall to keep your floor space clear, or you can add smaller bins under the cabinets for additional storage. You’re building upper and lower cabinets to give you more room for organization, which works if you’re categorizing tools, gardening supplies, automobile items and sports equipment. Each door features a knob to make opening and closing your cabinets a breeze. One idea is to adorn each cabinet door with a colorful knob, such as orange, red or blue, to add a little pizzazz to your space. Another tip is to place the knobs near the bottom of your upper cabinets, and near the top of your lower cabinets, for easier access.

4. Simple DIY Cabinets

When building garage cabinets, don’t be afraid to go with plans that allow you to build more simple cabinets. You may not have the need for taller cabinets, or you don’t have the space or time for such a huge project. With these plans, you’re building two lower DIY garage cabinets with a few useful amenities. The top area of each cabinet features a full-size adjustable shelf, while the bottom area features a pull-out tray for easy access. There are also cubbies attached to the door for more storage. In addition, you’re also going to attach adjustable feet to the bottom of your cabinets. As you can see, it’s not impossible to keep it simple while adding useful features.

6. DIY Garage Storage Cabinets

Do you like the idea of building upper and lower cabinets? You’re sure to love these DIY garage cabinets. To start the project, you’re going to build what seems like tall cabinets, and you’ll separate them into upper and lower cabinets later. They are even wide enough to store items such as power tools, laundry baskets or coolers. The cabinets actually look like storage lockers, which is perfect if you’re craving garage cabinets that have a unique look to them. You can even paint them gray to resemble traditional lockers, or you can add color by painting them a darker shade of blue or red.

DIY Garage Storage Cabinets

7. DIY Garage Cabinets

These garage cabinet plans show you how to build a cabinet box out of wood, and you can repeat the process with additional cabinet boxes. You may feel it’s easier to build the cabinet when you’re focusing on just one box. When you’re finished building your cabinets, you can hang them on the wall to create more floor space. Like other DIY hanging cabinets, you can use the space under the cabinets for storage bins. Use your DIY box cabinets to store your power tools in a secure place.
DIY Garage Cabinets

8. Giant DIY Cabinets

If you have a lot of stuff to store in your garage, you can find a place for everything with giant DIY garage cabinets. The cabinets are large enough for items such as camping equipment, power tools, sports equipment and various bins and boxes. You can build a cabinet with four wide shelves for easy organization, as well as sliding doors to keep everything inside your cabinets clean. When you really think about it, you’re building a giant box cabinet with shelves and sliding doors.

Giant DIY Cabinets

9. Affordable DIY Cabinets

Are you worried about going over your budget when upgrading your garage? You can use these garage cabinet plans to build affordable DIY cabinets. To keep your cabinets inexpensive and durable, you’re going to use wood for the frame, particle board for the sides and plywood for the doors. Use mounting boards as a strong back frame when attaching each cabinet to the wall. You’re building standard box cabinets to hang on your wall, as these are effective for storing hand tools, scrap wood and other small items off the floor and in a safe place. The best part is you can build your cabinets without breaking the bank.

Affordable DIY Cabinets

10. Easy-To-Build Cabinets

If you’re worried about building your own DIY garage cabinets, here is a set of plans for easy-to-build cabinets. It may seem like a big project, but it only requires a few tools and basic woodworking skills. In addition to a list of the materials, the instructions and images take you step-by-step though the process. When you’re finished, you have a storage solution that features a cabinet on the lower area and drawer on the upper area. The cabinet and drawer both feature handles instead of knobs for easy gripping.

DIY garage cabinets

11. Garage Tool Storage Cabinets

When you need a place for your garage tools, consider building a set of workshop cabinets. You can build large cabinets for your hand tools, power tools or both. With these plans, each cabinet is going to feature an upper shelf, tall middle area, small drawers and two bottom shelves. Inside the middle area, there are peg boards attached to the sides, so you can hang your tools with ease. To finish it off, each cabinet is going to feature a door with pull knobs. Your garage tool storage cabinets not only free up your floor space, but they allow you to keep your tools in a safe, organized spot.
Garage Tool Storage Cabinets

12. Plywood Garage Cabinets

Sturdy DIY garage cabinets rely on strong materials, so consider building plywood garage cabinets as your next project. The best part is you can use the plywood to build floor-to-ceiling cabinets, complete with upper shelving, for all your garage essentials. In addition to the plywood, you’re also going to use 2×2 boards. The cabinets stand on legs to raise them off the ground, and you can place them against the wall to keep them out of the way. Of course, your cabinets are also going to include doors to hide and secure your tools and other items.

Plywood Garage Cabinets

13. Spacious Garage Cabinets

Use these garage cabinet plans to build an effective storage solution for your tools, wood pieces and other essentials. Depending on the height, each cabinet can have up to seven shelves, giving you enough space to store and organize your items. One idea is to build three cabinets to place side-by-side for maximum storage. Use plywood to build sturdy doors with handles, and attach a door to each cabinet to keep your items safe and hidden. Remember to take care of tasks such as filling the holes or smoothing the surface. You can protect your spacious garage cabinets by applying stain or paint to the wooden elements.Spacious Garage Cabinets

14. Upper Garage Cabinets

As you already know, DIY garage cabinets are essential for keeping your garage clutter-free. Rather than wide or tall cabinets, you can build a bunch of standard box cabinets to hang around your garage. If you need additional storage space, build a few taller cabinets, and place them between every few upper cabinets. Of course, you can also stick to upper cabinets only, but this depends on what you’re planning to store inside each one. The upper cabinets help you create more floor space for a table or work bench, as well as one or two vehicles. It also gives your garage a neat, clean appearance.

Upper Garage Cabinets

17. Raised Garage Cabinets

You’re going to use these plans to build raised garage cabinets, as you don’t want the possibility of a flood to ruin your cabinets or their contents. The cabinets are raised off the floor with sturdy legs, to the point where you can see a little of the floor space underneath. The cabinets themselves are tall enough to store items of different sizes. In addition, there’s also enough room to place a few plastic storage bins on top of your cabinets. This is perfect for items you only need several times a year, as you may have to stand on a step ladder to reach them. Regardless of what you’re storing in or on your raised cabinets, you can rest assured that they’re going to keep everything dry should water leak into your garage.

Garage Shelves With Doors

If you’re looking for an easy way to build your cabinets, consider this set of plans for garage shelves with doors. You’re going to start with garage shelves that are already assembled, which you can find in most furniture or home improvement stores. All you need to do is divide each section and add the side panels and doors. Finish off the garage doors with pull handles, and consider painting the unit to give it a professional look. The cabinets are spacious enough for coolers, camping equipment, hand tools and small or medium-sized power tools. In addition to the ease of this project, you’re also building a new storage solution without breaking your wallet.

Garage Shelves With Doors

A Variety of Cabinets

With these plans, you’re building a variety of garage cabinets to make one functional unit. The unit includes upper cabinets, lower cabinets, lower drawer-based cabinets and a pegboard on the wall. The lower cabinets and drawer-based cabinets provide a surface for preparing your tools, or you can use this space to add a charging station and organizers for smaller items. A pegboard is attached to the wall above the drawer-based cabinets, with a wooden frame around it, and you can use the top of the frame to store smaller items. Use your cabinet unit to store everything from nails to power tools, allowing you to be productive when it’s time to get to work.

Large Storage Cabinet

If you need a cabinet that provides enough storage for your garage essentials, look no further than this large storage cabinet. This cabinet is a tall unit with five sections of different sizes in the upper area, as well as one large section in the lower area. The sections allow you to store a variety of tools and items in your cabinet. The door has been divided into four pieces, so you only have to access the section you need at the moment. This way, the items in the other sections are safe as you work. You can leave this wooden cabinet to its natural tone, or you can stain or paint it to give it a new look.

Whether you’re building upper cabinets, giant cabinets or raised cabinets, the wide selection of garage cabinet plans makes it easy to find something that works for you. From storing camping equipment to preparing for possible floods, the key is to find a plan that meets your needs.

Once you do settle on a plan, take your time and follow the instructions to build your cabinets. This way, you’re building DIY garage cabinets that are just right for your tools and other essentials.

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17+ Free Pavilion Plans In Different Sizes Sat, 21 Sep 2019 21:40:22 +0000 Building a usable outdoor space with one of these free pavilion plans will increase your home’s living space and increase property value. There are many uses for an outdoor pavilion, like an outdoor kitchen, picnic area or storage area.

Whatever your need is for a covered outdoor space, these free pavilion plans can help you decide what design will meet your needs the best. After deciding which one you need, the free plans will enable you to accomplish this DIY project like a professional.

Check out the 17+ DIY pavilions that can be built in different sizes to find the one that will best meet your needs.

1- 16‘x16‘ Outdoor Pavilion Plan

This large and sturdy outdoor structure will be around for many years and is ideal for multi-purpose usage.

If you have a large family with young children, this size of backyard pavilion will make an ideal play area and outdoor kitchen for the next few years. As the children grow up, this 16‘x16‘ structure would make a great place to host birthday parties, graduation parties, weddings, and baby showers.

A family would enjoy this covered outdoor space for many uses over the years, and these free pavilion plans will show you how to build it.

16‘x16‘ Outdoor Pavilion

2- 20‘x20‘ Outdoor Pavilion

Moving up in size from the previous pavilion, this larger covered outdoor structure can do it all. Host corporate get-togethers, backyard BBQ’s for family and friends, host family reunions or just hang out with friends under the roof of this 20‘x20‘ DIY pavilion.

This solid structure will provide years of covered outdoor space that can be used for a wide range of activities. The large size may also lend itself for the structure being an income-producing venue on your property. Rent the structure out for weddings, parties or other activities where a large, secure outdoor space might be needed.

20‘x20‘ Outdoor Pavilion

3- Vinyl Pavilion Plan

Traditional, attractive and classic, these pavilion plans will show you how to assemble this vinyl pavilion in your backyard.

A great size for outdoor family meals or for relaxing in the shade at poolside, this classic style of outdoor pavilion will fit in with almost any style of home. The classic style should be acceptable to most all Home Owner’s Associations, making this outdoor pavilion an ideal choice for those living in subdivisions.

The vinyl exterior makes it low maintenance and inexpensive to construct.

Vinyl Pavilion
Vinyl Pavilion Plan

4- Shed Roof Pavilion Plan

A shed roof will provide the same protection as a pitched roof, and is quicker and easier to build.

The clean-line construction of this outdoor pavilion makes the building process go quickly. The finished 24’x24′ structure provides plenty of protected space underneath the shed roof that can be used for storage, get-togethers, or whatever other activities you need a dry outdoor space for.

Shed Roof Pavilion Plan

5- Backyard Pavilion

Use these free pavilion plans to build your backyard retreat. Perfect size for an outdoor dining table, a couple of comfortable chairs, side table or whatever else you may want to create a cozy backyard retreat.

Add curtains to shield you from the neighbors and the elements. Hanging baskets of flowers and LED rope lighting will add to the relaxing ambiance of your backyard retreat.

A small outdoor space like this one will also be easy to keep free of summertime pests. Use your favorite mosquito repellent around the perimeter and keep your backyard retreat free of flying pests.

free pavilion plans

6- Pavilion With Railing

These free pavilion plans will show you how to create a safe outdoor area for families with small children. This pavilion design has wood railings around the sides that will help keep small children securely inside while they play. The entry points can be covered with gates so create an ideal outdoor play area for small children.

The side railings are attractive and add to the overall look of the outdoor structure. When the children grow older, the side railings will be easy to remove to create an open pavilion that is accessible from all sides.

These free plans will show you how to build a pavilion in just one weekend with minimal expense.

Pavilion With Railing
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7- Wood Pavilion Plan

Download this free PDF plans for building a wood pavilion and put your carpentry skills to good use. These detailed plans will walk you through the DIY build so you can be enjoying your new covered outdoor space in just a few days.

Ideal size for family dinners, pavilions are great structures for building beside a lake or garden so the view can be enjoyed from all sides. The breeze can come in from all sides to keep the structure naturally cool during the summer months too.

Add a kitchen and hang canvas curtains and you can enjoy the outdoor pavilion year-around, no matter what the weather may be.

building a wood pavilion

8- 20‘x30‘ Pavilion Plan

Large enough to serve multi-purposes, these free pavilion plans are detailed and easy to follow during construction.

This large outdoor structure can house a fully equipped kitchen on one end and a comfortable dining area on the other. This size pavilion would be great for families that enjoy spending most of their time outdoors.

A large pavilion like this one would also be great for storage of heavy equipment, firewood or animal feed. The open sides make it easy to drive into for loading or unloading.

free pavilion plans

9- Post and Beam Pavilion Plan

Enjoy time outdoors regardless of the weather with this easy-to-build post and beam  pavilion.

Rainy days, windy and cold weather usually keep the family indoors, but a post and beam pavilion built on your property can change that.

Enjoy the great outdoors anytime under the covering of a wood pavilion built anywhere on your property. Relax, grill, enjoy nature and let the kids play under the attractive roof of the structure. Don’t let rain, wind or snow keep you cooped up inside on your day off, this easy to build pavilion can protect you from the elements and allow you to enjoy the great outdoors.

Post and Beam Pavilion
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10- 10‘x10‘ Pavilion Plan

Imagine having this pavilion beside a lake, or pond or your favorite hunting area. Furnish it with a grill, table, seating, and hammocks and you would have the perfect place to spend the day. Cook the catch of the day and take an afternoon nap in a picturesque setting with this DIY pavilion. Affordable and easy to build with these free plans.

Use these pavilion plans to construct this 10‘x10‘ structure for a small backyard. Plenty of room under the roof to get out of the sun and enjoy a meal.

pavilion plans

11- 20‘x20‘ Pavilion Plan

These detailed plans have a shopping list of everything you will need to purchase to build this 20‘x20‘ outdoor pavilion. Easy to print out and take along with you to the building supply center.

The detailed plans also allow for adjustments to the structure so you can customize the DIY pavilion to meet your needs. Since landscapes and family needs vary, it’s nice to have a pavilion design that can be customized to land grade and family need.

Sturdy construction and attractive design will have you using this outdoor structure for many years to come.

outdoor pavilion

12- Square Pavilion Plan

This simple structure is easy to build and has multiple uses. 16‘x16‘ square pavilion has a solid construction that will stand up to the elements for years to provide you with a dry, sheltered space for family functions or outdoor storage space.

Great for building in a mid-sized backyard, the 16‘x16‘ square will increase the outdoor space that is usable during inclement weather. These pavilion plans are easy to follow and will enable you to construct this DIY project in just a few days.

pavilion plans

13- Recreation Area

These free pavilion plans will show you how to construct a 12‘x16‘ covered structure that makes an ideal recreation area for your backyard.

Oblong and open, this pavilion size is great for entertaining friends or relaxing with family. An outdoor kitchen and lighting would make this a family hangout day and night. Create a fun and safe recreation area for family and they will want to stay home instead of at their friend’s home.

free pavilion plans

14- 12‘x12‘ Pavilion Plan

Simple and easy construction, this square 12‘x12‘outdoor pavilion will provide shade from the hot summer sun and protection from the ultraviolet rays while allowing you to enjoy time outdoors.

Enjoy a picnic under the roof of this pavilion, take a nap in a hammock, or set up a cozy seating area so you can enjoy some quiet reading time. Ideal for a small backyard or poolside, this cozy pavilion will increase the amount of time you enjoy being outdoors plus increase your property value.

12‘x12‘outdoor pavilion Plan


15- Steep Roof Construction

A steep roof and side railings enhance the appearance of an outdoor pavilion, and these free plans will show you how to build them all.

Create this DIY pavilion for dining with family and friends on an everyday basis, and use the enhanced features to make other events more special. The steep roof design will make the outdoor structure desirable for weddings, parties and other events.

The side railings are also ideal for keeping small children confined to the outdoor space for safe playtime. The railings can also be used to hold party or wedding decor so events can be made more personal.

DIY pavilion plan
DIY pavilion plans

16- Garden Pavilion Plan

A unique design for a unique outdoor space, this garden pavilion will enhance the landscape while providing shelter from the elements. The roof design maximizes air circulation inside the structure while keeping the rain out.

Make this outdoor structure the center point of your flower garden so you can enjoy the sight and fragrance of the plants from all sides. Attractive roof design has several sturdy wood beams that can be used to display hanging pots of flowers and to suspend lighting so the space can be enjoyed after dark.

Garden Pavilion Plan
Garden Pavilion Plan

17- Paver Floor

There are many different types of flooring materials that can be used for an outdoor pavilion, most designs use wood or poured concrete. But this design uses pavers for a unique look and ground-level floor.

This paver flood idea is ideal for families that have a member with mobility issues and find stepping up or down to be challenging. The ground level floor is also ideal for baby stroller, wagons, electric scooters or wheelchairs.

The space between the pavers allows for quick run-off of any rainwater or liquid spill that may occur find their way onto the floor. The pavers can be used for a walkway leading from the house to the pavilion to create a unified backyard appearance.

This YouTube video is easy to follow and will take you through the construction process of this large backyard pavilion with paver flooring.

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12+ DIY Pole Barn Plans For Your Homestead Sat, 27 Jul 2019 22:28:14 +0000 A DIY pole barn is the ideal choice for any homestead because it is adaptable to the terrain and to the need. Sturdy, strong, and versatile, these type of barns have been a popular DIY build for centuries for these reasons and more.

DIY pole barn can be adapted to suit any homesteader’s need, and can be built for use as a garage, workshop, shed or barn. These structures can be designed to fit the natural slopes and angles of the terrain since not all homestead property is level.

Related: garden shed plans, diy pallet sheds and wood shed plans.

Check out these 12+ DIY pole barn plans to discover which design will meet your needs and fit your homestead terrain the best.

1- Large Pole Barn Plan

Ideal size for homesteads that have lots of livestock. Plenty of room for the animals and their feed, with a little room leftover for equipment storage.

This website provides detailed information on everything you will need to build this large pole barn. Learning how to build a pole barn is made simple with these free plans that cover everything from roof pitch, site selection, squaring up the building to building codes.

Large Pole Barn

2- Basic DIY Pole Barn

These free barn building plans will walk you through the building process with ease. This basic pole barn is a no-frills, solidly constructed building that measures 16 feet by 20 feet.

When you just want a solid barn on your homestead that can be used to keep animals, feed and/or homestead equipment out of the elements, then this design is for you.

Quick and easy to build, adaptable to the terrain, this DIY pole ban will provide you with decades of uses.

Basic Pole Barn

3- DIY Garage Barn

Homesteaders need equipment to keep their homestead growing and running efficiently, and the equipment needs to be stored out of the elements. This garage barn can meet the need for storing large equipment, plus provide loft storage.

This pole barn garage design will be an attractive asset to any homestead. Large enough to drive a truck, tractor, bailer, mower or other large equipment into, and still have room inside after the equipment is parked.

The downstairs and overhead loft storage area has windows to allow natural light to come in, large exterior doors and solid building construction that will last for decades. Down loadable PDF file is easy to follow.

Garage Barn

4- DIY Barn Shed

This pole barn shed is attractive and just the right size for any backyard or any homestead. The gambrel roof design doubles the interior space so you will have plenty of floor space for a work area and an overhead loft space for storage.

These free plans will show you how to build a basic barn shed with storage loft in a 12 feet by 16 feet size. Whether your homestead is out in the middle of nowhere or in the middle of town, this barn shed will provide you with lots of storage space and take up very little land space.

how to build a basic barn shed

5- $600 DIY Pole Barn

Can you believe that you can build a pole barn quickly and cheaply? You can. These free plans will show you that building a pole barn does not have to break the budget or require a lot of time.

$600 worth of building materials and one afternoon is all you need to build this functional DIY barn that is large enough to shelter a lot of homestead equipment and animal feed.

Poles, wood rafters and a metal roof can be put into place quickly and the design fits in well with  a country style homestead.

building a pole barn

6- Pole Barn Studio

This design will provide you with a large, fully insulated work space that can have multiple functions. These free pole barn plans on YouTube will show you how to build a large 32‘x48‘x12‘ DIY pole barn that can be used to park vehicles, store equipment and provide ample space for working on projects.

7- Three Bay DIY Pole Barn

Simple, sturdy construction that provides lots of storage space. Keep your tractor, mover, and other large homestead equipment dry and secure in this three bay pole barn.

This large barn is 10 feet tall, 24 feet deep and 32 feet long, plenty of room for lots of big pieces of equipment, the open front makes it easy to drive the equipment in and out.

Use two bays for equipment storage and one bay to store firewood and keep it dry during the winter. Fence wire can be installed around one bay if the need arises so it can be used to keep animals safe and out of the elements. Ideal for pregnant animals preparing to give birth.

Three Bay Pole Barn

8- DIY Pole Barn House

Pole barn construction can be used in many ways, and the versatility is shown in these free plans for building a modern house.

This two bedroom, one bath design has a loft and plenty of windows to allow natural light to flood the interior living space. The pole barn house looks nothing like a traditional barn, but a modern home with clean line construction.

If your are considering homestead living and want an affordable, sturdy, versatile home design to build on your homestead, check out these free building plans.

Pole Barn House

9- Horse DIY Barn

Create a safe economical space for your horses, tack and feed by using these free pole barn plans. Several styles to choose from and one should be just right for your homestead. A two-story horse barn might suit your homestead if you have several horse and need to store lots of hay in the loft. For smaller homesteads with fewer animals, a lean-to horse barn might be the best DIY build.

The plans are free to download and the results are amazing. With so many to styles to choose from, you may want to get more horse just so you can build more pole barns on your homestead.

free pole barn plans

10- DIY Shed Barns

Barns are meant to provide a dry space for whatever you need to put inside of it. You may need a garden shed to store garden tools, or a run-in shed for hay, fire wood, or tractors. Perhaps DIY barn plans to build a Shedrow barn is what you need for your next building project on the homestead.

Whatever type of outdoor storage structure that you need, you can find the plans to build it on this website. Look at the many different styles and what you can build on your own land to make your adventure in homesteading easier.

11- YouTube Instructions

If following video instructions is the easiest way for you, then this YouTube video is for you. Detailed video instructions for building a DIY pole barn covers everything you may encounter during the build. These instructions are on several videos and contain many tips and tricks to enable you to build an ideal pole barn for your homestead.

The presentation of the pole barn build is excellent, speaker is easy to understand and all the details are easy to follow. The various video instructions allow you to choose the exact portion of the pole barn plans that you need instructions for so you don’t have to watch all of the videos to get the information you need.

12- Four Minute DIY Pole Barn

This YouTuber put the entire build into fast motion so you can watch the build from start to finish in just four minutes. While the actual build on your homestead will take longer than four hours, this short YouTube video will give you a good idea if you want to build the style pole barn or not.

The design is simple, but it’s a tried and true building method that will produce a strong structure that will last for decades. This video will take you through the entire building process at a rapid pace, but you can always hit pause so you can get a better look at what’s going on.

16 X 24 DIY Pole Barn

Here is another YouTube video that will show you how to build a DIY pole barn from the ground up. Watch how the land is prepared, hole for the poles are dug, poles places, trusses put up and roof installed. Nothing has been left out of fast forwarded in this video.

Easy to follow video instructions along with great questions and answers from viewers of the video. Nothing has been left to chance for this build. There’s even a material list you can print and take with you to the building supply store.

This design is easy to adapt to the specific size you need and can be adapted to the terrain on your homestead.

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21 Cheap DIY Sauna Projects With Tutorials Sun, 14 Jul 2019 23:10:14 +0000 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 Sun, 23 Jun 2019 00:11:29 +0000 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 Sat, 01 Jun 2019 21:50:14 +0000 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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