The best thing about homesteading is you get to practically do everything with your own hands. This is a valuable way to spend your time especially if you’re into woodworking, crafting, repurposing, and completing DIY homestead projects.
If you’re new to homesteading or simply want to make your place more liveable, the simple DIY homestead projects listed here would be a good start.
Wooden Crate Coffee Table
Use four wooden fruit crates to make a stylish rustic coffee table. Sand the crates to make them smooth, especially the sharp edges. Apply at least two coats of stain to give them that rustic look or paint it over if you want a colorful coffee table.
Arrange the four crates according to how you want the coffee table to look like, preferably on their sides. Their openings should be facing outwards. Cut out a piece of plywood the size of the four crates when arranged. This will be the base of your table. You can also sand and stain the top side of the plywood.
Screw the crates together and onto the plywood then fasten caster wheels under the base of your DIY coffee table. Cut a small piece of plywood and place it in the space in the middle.
Wooden Crate Shelves
Wooden crates can be repurposed into different things such as the aforementioned coffee table, shelves, cabinets, and other similar DIY homestead projects.
To build a shelf, all you have to do is screw the crates onto the wall. You can also create a book shelf by fastening numerous crates together. Of course, you might want to sand and stain or paint the crates first.
Wooden Pallet Vertical Garden
DIYers and woodworkers love wooden pallets, perhaps more than they value wooden crates. Pallets, as is, can be used in various wooden projects, including shelves, tables, chairs, bed frames and headboards. When dismantled, the wooden planks are even easier to use for building.
Wooden pallets can also be used to organize your garden. First, make sure the pallet is clear of nails and chipped wood so you won’t get into an accident while making and caring for your vertical garden.
Next, you can either lean the pallet against a wall or screw it to the wall if you want it higher. Make sure the underside of the pallet is facing you. You’ll need the bigger spaces for your plants.
Cover the back and sides of each level of the pallet with landscape fabric or weed cloth to keep the soil from falling out. Pull the cloth tightly before stapling it with a staple gun. Finally, fill each level with garden soil then plant your seeds or seedlings.
They may be small but nails and screws often make a huge mess in your tool shed or garage if they’re not stored properly. You can easily keep them in plastic containers but a better way to keep things tidy and make the most of your space is to turn them into hanging jar organizers.
Remove the plastic lids of the jars and fasten them to the underside of a wooden shelf using screws and a screw gun. Two screws will suffice unless you’re filling the jars with heavy items. Fill each jar with nails, screws, bolts, and other small items before screwing them back onto the lids. You can label each jar so you can easily grab what you need.
If you prefer not to have plastic in your home, you can opt for mason jars or any glass ones. You need to be careful when screwing and unscrewing them though.
You can use an old hanging shoe rack to organize your tools and other items in what is perhaps the simplest DIY homestead project on this list. In fact, this may be more of a hack than an actual DIY project. All you need to do is hang or fasten the plastic rack on the wall and use it to organize spray paint cans, brushes, and other things.
Pegboards are popular with DIYers, as well. Wooden pegboards can be installed to a wall to organize garden tools, hand tools, power tools, and the like. You can also make one for your arts and crafts stuff. Basically, you can hang anything on a wall pegboard organizer. Furthermore, pegboards with wooden rods may be placed inside kitchen drawers and cabinets to organize utensils, plastic containers, and other items.
Galvanized steel pegboards, like the one pictured, can also be used to organize your things. The good thing about steel pegboard organizers is that they last longer and are easier to clean than wooden ones. Use zip ties or glue to secure the hooks to the pegboards so they won’t fall off when you get a tool.
PVC Tool Organizer
Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC plastics are notorious for its negative impact on the environment. One way to hinder PVC’s bad effects is to reuse it. This way, these plastics won’t find its way to garbage dumps after only one use.
PVC can be transformed into a garden tool organizer. Simply cut the pipes into smaller pieces. Use screws to attach some of the PVC pieces to a wooden plank a few inches from the floor of your tool shed. Attach another wooden plank about 36 inches above the first plank. Screw more PVC pieces directly above the ones below. Place brooms, rakes, shovels and other tools with long handles through the pipes to keep them organized.
Magnetic Tool Holder
Reusing a magnetic knife holder into something for your garage or tool shed is another simple DIY homestead project you can do in an instant. Simply mount the magnetic knife bar onto the wall and you’re good to go. It would be better if you use a magnetic holder meant particularly for heavier items such as tools.
If you don’t have a magnetic bar but have some magnets lying around, you can make your own tool holder. One version of this DIY homestead project requires a piece of wood about 3 inches in width and an inch thick. The length depends on the number of magnets and tools. You also need screws and strong disc magnets.
First, screw the wood onto the wall. Make sure you have ample space between screws so your tools will not hit each other. Next, place the magnets on the head of the screws. Since the magnets are so strong, there is no need to glue them in place though you have the option to do so. Finally, simply place the tools on the holder and let the magnets do their job.
There’s no limit to what DIY homestead projects you want to do for your humble abode. In fact, with the right tools and materials plus a dash of creativity and imagination, you can transform your homestead into a DIY heaven.
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