To close out our 100th birthday year, here's a glimpse of some BL projects from decades past.
American Indians made rope and twine (cordage) using natural fibers from trees, plants and animals. You can make cordage using common materials found around the house or at the hobby store. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Build your own desk with a tray for your computer keyboard, shelves and even a secret drawer.
Todd Davis, author of "Handy Dad," offers step-by-step instructions for creating your own skate longboard. With a little work, you can be carving back and forth across the blacktop in no time.
Not sure what to read? Start with this teacher/librarian-tested list of titles for boys of all ages.
Improve your fishing with these casting tips from a professional fisherman.
A winning raingutter racer stays on an even keel, moves in a straight line, keeps the bow above water and does not drag. If your boat does all this, it finishes ahead of any boat that can't. Here's how to build your winner.
They might annoy us or amaze us, but there's no question about it: Bugs are an essential part of the natural order of things. Here's how to make your own nature museum to display them.
Conserve water by collecting rainwater and using it for your garden or lawn.
Looking for Pinewood Derby design ideas? Browse our photos of more than 100 amazing Pinewood Derby cars.
Watch video of Indiana Cub Scouts experiencing a whole new speed of pinewood derby at this giant track.
Make a stereograph, using two cameras to create cool 3D snapshots.
Cave paintings have been around for thousands of years. Light up your own bedroom "cave" with this torn-paper lamp shade.
Looking for a homemade gift or just a fun game. Try making this classic Soma puzzle.
Plants don't need soil as long as they have five things: food, water, light, air and support. You can provide all five in a hydroponic garden. Here's how to create your own.
Make a simple banjo and start making your own music.
With a few tools, you can twist and turn metal into something that is functional and easy on the eyes. Here's how to wire up some new things around the house.
Looking for a unique and fun way to cook for your troop? Do what this North Carolina troop does: Cook in a mailbox.
Read it and keep it! Here's how to start a great collection of magazines.
With the right pioneering skills, you can create all kinds of contraptions that come in handy at a campsite.
Make your own pinhole camera, much like the ones photographers used in the Civil War.
Having an aquarium is cool -- and easy! Here’s how to start yours.
This authentic Native-American drum will challenge your skill, but the results are well worth it.
Have you built one of the projects features in the pages of
Boys' Life magazine or on Boyslife.org? If so, we'd love to see a photo of the completed work.
Radios might seem super high-tech. But with about $10 and one afternoon, you can make one at home.
Build GISMO 4, a quick, remote-controlled robot that can do battle with other robots or roll around the house.
Ten tips to help you get straight A's in school and have fun at the same time!
Build a four-family Purple Martin bird house and you can attract these bug-eating birds to your yard to help make your summer pest-free.
Use felt to make the grass in your models look good enough to mow.
Here’s how you can become a knight in shining chain-mail armor.
Create your own Native American Rattle out of dried gourds.
You can turn an old action figure toy into a neat new acrobat that can do flips and somersaults.
Try these amazing feats using things you may already have in your home.
Create a cool prehistoric scene for your dinosaur toys using items you may already have at home.
You don’t have to wait for the right season to plant your flower and vegetable seeds. Grow plants indoors any time of year with this easy project.
Keep your stuff out of the dirt by building a table for your camp. It's easy if you have the pioneering skills.
Show your colors by building a flagpole for your camp. It's easy if you have the pioneering skills.