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How to Make Beeswax Leather Conditioner & Shoe Polish

How to Make Beeswax Leather Conditioner & Shoe Polish

This recipe creates a beeswax balm that both conditions and polishes leather, such as boots, purses, and other items. As an avid thrift store shopper, I have seen so many pairs of perfectly good leather boots given away by their owners because of some scratches […]

How to Boil Sap more Efficiently

How to Boil Sap more Efficiently

Over years of experimentation with maple sugaring methods, we’ve learned a few important tips for boiling more efficiently.

How to Boil Sap to make Maple Syrup

How to Boil Sap to make Maple Syrup

This article is the third in a series on backyard sugaring in partnership with the Vermont Evaporator Company. We appreciate their partnership in helping us to test out the process and share with our readers! You’ve tapped your trees, and in your sugar woods is […]

How to Collect & Store Sap for Maple Syrup

How to Collect & Store Sap for Maple Syrup

This article is part of a series on Backyard Sugaring in partnership with the Vermont Evaporator Company. Check out the first article – How to Tap a Maple Tree for Syrup – and then use this one to get you to the next step in […]

How to Tap a Maple Tree for Syrup

How to Tap a Maple Tree for Syrup

This post was contributed by Kate Whelley McCabe from Vermont Evaporator Company, our partner in a series of articles on backyard sugaring for February 2020. You’ve decided! You’re going to make maple syrup on the homestead for the first time this year. You’ve identified your […]

How to Make Beeswax Ornaments

How to Make Beeswax Ornaments

Beeswax holiday ornaments are a great gift for friends and family. They are easy to make with just a few simple supplies, and they smell beautiful! The process to make them beeswax ornaments simple, but the options to personalize them are plentiful! Because they are […]

How to Render and Clean Beeswax

How to Render and Clean Beeswax

While there are many methods for cleaning and rendering beeswax, this method, described by Starla of Misty Meadows Homestead & Apiary results in beautiful clean wax worthy of all of your beeswax products. We asked her to share with our readers so you too can […]

How to Make Wool Dryer Balls

How to Make Wool Dryer Balls

Wool dryer balls are a great DIY project you can easily make in your home in an afternoon. Not only are they better for the environment, they are better for you! Dryer balls help to speed up the drying process when thrown in with your […]

How to Make your Own Lip Balm

How to Make your Own Lip Balm

Homemade lip balm is easy to make and personalize. This recipe uses beeswax and honey for added benefit.

How to Make Pine Cone Fire Starters

How to Make Pine Cone Fire Starters

Pine cone fire starters can offer a safe and reliable option when it comes to getting a good fire started in your fireplace, outdoor oven, or wood stove. Pine cones themselves burn well when dry, and can serve as helpful kindling.  By adding a wick […]