DIY projects! We have built Old World Garden Farms on the cheap by practicing the art of recycle -reuse and repurpose.  

Our goal has always been to show that giving new life to old items can be more than just a savings to your pocketbook – it can look good too. Simply click on the picture for a direct link to each DIY story

Our DIY Projects :

How To Turn Summer Hanging Baskets Into Great Christmas Decorations!

Need a new and refreshing way to spruce up your Christmas decorations without costing you any money at all? If you have an outdoor hanging basket it is easy to do! This year…

How To Build This Simple Wine Rack – From Pallets!

Sometimes, simple can be elegant.  A few years back, when we featured our large 60 bottle DIY wine rack built from pallets and old barn wood - we had a lot of followers email and ask if there was a way to make a smaller version. …

Recycling And Repurposing To Redecorate – On The Cheap!

Whether you want to redecorate your room or your whole house - you don't have to break the bank to do it. With a little leg work, you can salvage, recycle and build almost anything you need to fill any room for pennies on the dollar - or in some cases - for free! No matter…

How To Disassemble A Pallet In Less Than 2 Minutes – With Ease!

How to disassemble a pallet with ease. Using recycled pallet wood is a great way to make some really rustic, unique and functional pieces on a shoestring budget - learn how to take pallets apart with ease.  We have built everything…

Growing Potatoes With Homemade Potato Crates – Vertically!

We had always grown potatoes in our long raised-rows of soil, until of course last year, when we experimented with “vertical growing." I am sure, like us, you have read about all of the ways to grow potatoes in garbage cans or plastic tubs…

DIY Table-Top Seed Starting Stand – Start Your Garden Seeds Indoors!

One of the most rewarding experiences for a home gardener is to grow their own vegetable or flowering annual plants from seed. It also can be a huge savings in place of buying plants at your local nursery or garden store each Spring! Not only is it expensive - you are also limited to whatever mainstream varieties…

The Basics of Raising Your Own Chickens

As Spring approaches - many begin to think about the possibility of raising their own little flock of chickens. Backyard chickens have become popular in the last decade - and with good reason - not only can they provide your family with great tasting eggs - they can also become a great source of free fertilizer…

Preparing to Sell…and Feeling the Pain

As I write this week's Sunday Farm update - I am wondering in retrospect about the sanity of trying to complete an entire dining room remodel in a 36-hour period. Actually, at this point there…

4 DIY Holiday Gifts You Can Make Free From Pallets!

With Christmas just a few months away - now is a great time to start thinking about what to get those "hard to buy for" friends and family. Here's a great idea - get creative and make them something! Not only are home-made gifts a…

The DIY Rustic Wooden Lantern – Made From Pallets!

A wood lantern is a timeless look for almost any setting - and when created from reclaimed barn wood or rough-sawn pallets - it can really add a distinct rustic flair to any room. We have wanted a few over-sized lanterns for the barn and house for…

The One-A-Day / 365 Experiment – Removing Unnecessary Clutter And Simplifying Life!

I never imagined that removing unncessary clutter could be so life-changing - and yet, it has been all of that and more.  My only regret – we didn’t begin sooner! A Little Background… It was late Spring when Mary and I began to talk seriously about beginning the process of building our little dream house…

How To Create Simple Garden Harvest Crates With Pallets Or Scrap Lumber!

Every year, as the spring and summer garden harvest swings into full gear – the robbing of our kitchen equipment begins! We start off using a few of our large colander bowls to pick sugar snap peas and cucumbers  – and before you know it – we have used every pot, pan and container we…

Using Pallets To Build A Farm And A Dream

In a way, it's comical that a simple, common, disposable item such as a pallet could be responsible for creating so much at our little farm. To most, pallets are nothing more than a few pieces of rough-sawn wood, assembled together to provide a stable base for safely shipping items around the world. For us,…

Building A Classic Wine Rack From Pallets And Reclaimed Barn Wood

We have always wanted a vintage-style wine rack for our dining room - and the frigid winter temperatures that swept through Ohio last week gave us the perfect opportunity to finally create it! Mary and I have never been…

Making Vintage Signs From Pallets or Barn Wood On The Cheap!

There is something about vintage signs that capture the essence of the good ol' life of days gone…

Creating A Mason Jar Centerpiece From Old Barn Wood Or Pallets

Creating a Mason Jar Centerpiece. With the garden all planted and growing, and a little bit of extra time before the heavy picking and canning season begins…