The homestead family works long hours together every day but it’s important to not forget the fun! Here are some simple natural crafts for autumn that are enjoyable for the whole family. Did you know we have several fall holidays coming up? Use them to plan your natural crafts for kids and grown ups alike! Continue reading “Natural Crafts for Autumn”
Any fiber geek loves their natural dyes, but have you ever thought you might be helping the planet with them? Learn how to reduce food waste with these vegetable dyes made right from your compost bin. No special materials, no expensive ingredients – just rummage around your kitchen to make these natural dyes. Plus, read our review of Natural Color by Sasha Duerr and be inspired to make even more vegetable dyes!
It was pretty much the worst Thanksgiving ever. My boar gored my leg, the kids got lice for the first time, the sink wouldn’t stop leaking and the fireplace broke. Like a cherry on top, the washing machine decided to follow suit. Here’s how we survived hand washing clothes for three months. Continue reading “When the Washing Machine Breaks: Hand Washing Clothes”
Are you ready for backyard farming? Here’s a great resource for that! Continue reading “Are You Ready for Backyard Farming?”
Made from upcycled materials and items you have on hand already, create these simple mason jar lanterns with your family. Give them as gifts or use them for holiday celebrations – the possibilities are endless! Continue reading “Mason Jar Lanterns”
Have you heard reports about the dangers our honey bees face these days? Have you also heard that they pollinate an estimated 70 percent of the world’s plants, including many food crops? Maybe it’s time you and I did our part and thought of ourselves as nice hosts for the pollinators. We do this by providing them with a food source (flowers), something to drink (simple dish of water) and a bee house, of course! Here’s how we made our own bee house for nesting bees and have plans for our very own pollinator garden this year. The book that’s helping us do both? The Bee Friendly Garden, by Frey and LeBuhn. Continue reading “Bee House in The Bee Friendly Garden”
Do you remember our popular, if controversial article, “Why Ducks Might Not Be Right For You”? Well, here is its sister post, “Why Ducks Might Be Right For You”! Come learn all about the useful and remarkable duck, and decide if some just might be right for your homestead. Continue reading “Why Ducks Might Be Right For You”
The Do It Yourself Homestead is your homesteading manual. Do you lie awake at night, wondering how to make your family more self-sufficient in an uncertain world? Are you fearful and wondering how you are going to make it through to your homesteading dreams with your current finances? Are you wanting to gather your family together, as opposed to watching them drift apart, distracted by the siren call of the modern lifestyle? Are you wanting to feel more prepared for any eventuality so that you no longer experience fear when reading the newspaper? Are you wondering how to expand your homesteading efforts while still maintaining the rest of your life?
Maybe you’ve considered homesteading, but you’re stuck in an apartment, and don’t even know where to begin.
Never fear, The Do It Yourself Homestead is here!
Whether you’re into guerrilla gardening or just need a great Mother’s Day gift, these clay seed bombs are an easy DIY. This is also a fun family or school project. The kids love the big mess they can make and you can enjoy the great conversations you will have about the importance of growing your own food and planting flowers for the bees. Continue reading “Stamped Medallion Seed Bombs”
If you don’t have the time to make violet jelly, but really want that lovely, sweet flavor of violets try this simple recipe for violet gelatin. Using nourishing, healthy bone gelatin and fresh violets from the spring garden, you can throw together this flower food snack for after school or anytime. Plus, we have a wonderful round-up of other edible flowers and different ways to prepare them. Continue reading “Violet Gelatin and Other Flower Foods”