How Much Does a Pottery Wheel Cost?

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How much does it cost to buy a pottery wheel? Well, that depends. There are multiple varieties and sizes of potter’s wheels on the market. There are electric powered pottery wheels and old-fashioned kick wheels that are fueled by your feet and legs. Regardless of the type and size of pottery wheel you want to … Read more

Brush Hogging 101 – Everything You Need to Know

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Maintaining quality pastures and hay fields, as well as “grubbing” wooded survival homesteads to create more grazing and gardening space requires diligent tending to the land. Brush hogging livestock areas and woodlots is the primary way to rid the area of weeds that choke out grass growth, and to clear the land for agricultural use. … Read more

How to Make a Dirt-Cheap, Predator-Proof Chicken Run

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The chicken run, the hangout of your feathered friends. It serves as protection for your flock, and also encourages natural behavior to allowing them freedom and entertainment. It is always best to customize and build the run that will suit your birds. You need to take into consideration the size of your flock before building … Read more

DIY Natural Leather Cleaner

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DIY natural leather cleaner conditions and protects your boots, sofas, tack, and other goods for a fraction of the cost of commercially produced products designed for the same purpose. If you can find 100% pure mink oil, which is not necessarily easy anymore – especially if you want a product made in the the USA, … Read more

How to Sharpen a Chainsaw Safely [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

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Chopping wood with a dull chainsaw does not only make the task far slower and more dangerous, it can also ruin one of your most essential homesteading tools. If your chainsaw is “bucking” during the wood cutting process, it is overdue for a sharpening. Sharpening a chainsaw yourself can save you hundreds to a few … Read more

DIY Liquid Hand Soap Step by Step

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DIY liquid hand soap is not only super easy to make, it will save you a lot of money without subjecting your body to harsh and potentially dangerous chemicals found in most commercial liquid soaps. Learning how to inexpensively make your own DIY liquid hand soap, laundry soap, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash (all of … Read more

DIY Smudge Sticks (and How to use Them)

Have you ever walked into a room, a business, or gone someplace and suddenly felt negative energy surrounding you? Chances are you have and you didn’t feel comfortable there so you left or relocated yourself to an area that felt more comfortable. This is negative energy. It drags you down and you can really feel … Read more

How to Build A Massive Wood Playhouse For Less Than $350

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If you possess at least moderate construction skills and have some “junk” lying around you homestead, you too can build an enormous wood playhouse on the extreme cheap. I could no longer stand all of the grandkiddos’ toys and ride-on vehicles cluttering around the shelter house. The cost of cheaply-made plastic playhouses that barely leave … Read more

24 DIY Solar Projects to Try on Weekends

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Solar power is of great benefit on a homestead – while it’s just plain better for the environment, it also saves a good bit of money and every homesteader wants to have a little more padding in their monthly budget. Some states will even pay you for the clean energy you produce, creating a passive … Read more

How To Make a Fairy Dollhouse

I am incredibly excited to announce the launch of a new New Life on the Homestead series. This ongoing column is going to be solely devoted to the making of homemade toys and upcycled DIY toys, for the little loved ones in your life. Is there a difference between homemade toys and DIY toys? Oh, … Read more

Building a Pond on the Homestead

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People build ponds for many reasons. Some build them to store water while others to keep fish. For many, they are built simply for the beauty that they can add to a homestead. Whatever your motivation is, building a pond on your homestead can be challenging, and will cost you some money. Yet it’s a … Read more

15 Great DIY Compost Bins For Homesteaders

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If you’re a homesteader or aspire to be one, sooner or later you’re going to make a compost bin. Turning yard waste, kitchen scraps, and manure into rich fertile compost is just plain common sense, right? If you’ve always wanted to have a compost bin, but don’t know where to start, don’t worry; this article … Read more