DIY Blog Posts

Between my vision & Ryan's engineer background, we truly are the "dream team" when it comes to DIY. There really isn't anything that we can't build together. You'll find everything here from predator proofing a chicken tractor, how to build a toxin-free raised bed and more!

DIY doesn't stop at building things, though. There are many household projects that you can make yourself! Follow along to learn how to make your own chapstick and tallow balm.
A bottle of homemade mosquito repellent laying on a blue towel along with some essential oils, a paper flower, and a succulent
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Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent Recipe (that WORKS!)

Living in Minnesota’s north woods, mosquitoes are quite literally our state bird. It’s a DAILY battle not to be eaten alive from spring to fall. I grew up using the typical DEET mosquito spray and thought nothing of it until I started to pay attention to the after-effects. The plants near my spray site nearly

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A close-up photo of an empty raised bed
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DIY Toxin-Free Raised Bed Liner

Raised garden beds are excellent to grow vegetables in, however, finding inexpensive and toxin-free materials can be a real challenge. You’re probably thinking about using a raised bed liner to create a safe barrier, and you’re onto something there! I’ve been experimenting with different raised bed materials for years and have finally landed on the

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3 tallow candles in 8 oz glass containers sitting on a wooden cutting board
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How to Make Tallow Candles

Making tallow candles is seriously SO easy, and inexpensive, supports local farms, and provides a toxin-free alternative to modern candles. Both beef and venison tallow work great for making these candles! I love a true nose-to-tail strategy so that nothing goes to waste. These homemade tallow candles are wonderful to have on hand in case

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DIY Whipped Tallow Balm (Only 3 Ingredients!)

My whipped tallow balm recipe is a staple on our homestead and I know you’ll LOVE it, too! It’s inexpensive, easy to make, toxin-free (unlike most lotions at the store), and can be whipped up using local ingredients. Wahoo! Tallow balm has been prized for skincare for centuries because it’s highly compatible with our skin

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DIY Lip Balm Recipe

Ready to make your own DIY lip balm and toss the inflammatory store-bought stuff away? Heck yes! I’m sure you’ve noticed that the more you use store-bought lip balm, the more “addicted” to it you become. Yikes! That’s because most lip balms that you buy at the store are LOADED with inflammatory and irritating ingredients.

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A photo of homemade drawing salve tins laid out next to calendula, plantain and mullein leaves in the woods
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Homemade Drawing Salve (Bites, Stings & Slivers)

A homemade drawing salve is a perfect addition to your home apothecary or emergency kit. Insects bites, and injuries are a part of outdoor living, but they don’t have to ruin your day! Don’t miss this one! My homemade salve recipe contains potent ingredients that will help draw out toxins or foreign objects to get

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