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 :

The Recycled Chicken Coop Pallet Project

Creating A Chicken Coop From Recycled Materials The completed recycled pallet chicken coop in our garage. Ever since creating Old World Garden Farms in late 2010 - we've tried to really show that you can build much of what you need using recycled, re-purposed and reclaimed materials. More importantly - that it can all be accomplished in a way…

How To Easily Plant And Grow Grapes

If you've always wanted to grow grapes - now is the time to get started! Springtime is the perfect time to plant a few grape vines to enjoy bountiful harvests for years to come.   Our mini vineyard at the farm where we grow grapes in the traditional row style Planting a small selection of…

The Secrets To Building A Beautiful Pergola Without Breaking The Bank

The timeless look of a pergola compliments almost any style of landscape. Besides their intricate beauty - they provide shade, shelter, a quiet sitting or outdoor dining spot -  and even a place to grow climbing roses, clematis or grapes. One of our favorites we have ever built - this one is 16 x 16.…

Building Grow Boxes – Creating The DIY Any Age Anywhere Garden

Building Your Grow Boxes. Today is our second installment on creating the DIY Any Age Anywhere Garden. A container garden that lets anyone of any age - grow some, most, or nearly all of their food  - even when space is limited. Today's article focuses on building your own grow boxes for the garden. You can…

DIY Hand Painted Pallet Sign – No Vinyl Cutter Required!

After we painted our kitchen over the long Thanksgiving weekend we realized that our decorations and pictures no longer fit with the new decor. You know how it is - one project leads to another, and another and another. Our new pallet signs are now a part of our Christmas decorations…

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…