How to fix it yourself & Do it yourself projects

Please follow safety instructions for any products you and use safe practices for every project. This site is meant to demonstrate how we did it ourselves and encourage you to give it a try. Please do not extend your project beyond what your personal skill set will allow you to do safely. Please note we are “do it yourselfers” and not experts.

Replace Oven Damaged Heating Element Yourself and Save Hundreds $$$

    Watch this video and be amazed how simple and inexpensive it is to replace the element and fix your oven.

   You could pay hundreds to replace the oven, a couple hundred for a repairman OR do-it- yourself for much less. Ours cost was under $20.

Watch the how to video the figure out the part number you will need.
Oven Elements

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Extend Mask Life with Easy to Make Cover

   With N-95 respirator supplies in question, extending the life of a mask may become important during the pandemic.

   Quilters will especially appreciate that these covers are made with scrap batting. We chose quilting batting because it tends to cling to masks. We have included a casing for elastic or ties should you desire to secure it in place.

   We designed this mask cover to be disposable yet it can be washed a few times.
Please follow CDC guidelines to help you, your community, and beyond be safe and healthy!


Bar None Liquid Soap Saves Money

   Hand soap can be expensive and body washes are even more. Lets us show you how to inexpensively make your own very simply using a bar of soap.

   For hand soap, we suggest a soap that makes you feel extra clean yet is gentle on your hands. Your hands do so much for you so here’s a way to take card of them.

   In the shower a wet bar of soap can turn yucky so many of us turn to the pricey body wash. Follow our video and you can have the best of both worlds. Select a favorite bar soap with a great scent and skin quenching characteristics and Wow! you just extended the life of your soap bar and eliminated the mess.

Do it yourself Face Mask

It is important for every one of us to do our part in trying to impede the spread of the corona virus. Three important actions you can take right now are social distancing, washing your hands, and reserve the supply of masks for the frontline health care professional and first responders.

It is of the utmost importance that the health care and first responders are protected so that they will be there to save lives when they are needed the most. Conservation by the general public of the professional grade masks is why MainelyDiY.com has developed our own mask.

Covid-19 and other viruses are tiny – in the micron range or smaller. How small is that? Move the decimal point 6 points to the left or 0.000001. Our mask likely will not be able to filter out particles of this size. However the virus may carried by other larger particles which the mask could offer some protection from. If your handmade mask gets the least bit wet with potential contaminants remove it immediately.

Another way our mask can help is that is will protect your nose and mouth from being touched by your hands. We considered several factors we designing our mask.
  • Snug fit against the face
  • Breathability
  • Reusable
  • Comfort

Standard surgical style masks gape at the side. Our mask is designed to fit snuggly against the skin to eliminate this.

It also needs to be breathable as you don’t want your body to work harder than normal to getting air into your lungs. Adding more layers will make it more difficult to breathe and thus is not recommended.

The medical grade masks are one time use. Our mask can be laundered with disinfectant agents.

Comfort makes out mask wearable. Face it if isn’t comfortable your won’t use it.



We used a fun cotton fashion fabric for the outside. Why not be fashionable by choosing a fabric theme you love. Cotton flannel was chosen for the inside due to its softness against your skin. This is important because you want it to seal against face for best effectiveness.

We do not recommend you wear any mask constantly. Just wear it when needed and keep it clean. You may want to make several to have a clean one readily available.

The information contained in this blog is the opinion of MainelyDiY.com. Please follow CDC guidelines.

Handy Dandy Tool Organizer Case

Keep your tools organized and ready to roll with this roll-up handy holder. Just place your tools in pocketed slots, fold down top flap to keep tools in place, roll it up, tie the shoe lace and you will have a compact tool storage kit that is perfect for storing in car, truck, garage or tool box. This one was designed with wrenches in mind but would work well for other tools such as screwdrivers.

We suggest using a sturdy fabric like denim. It sews up very quickly.

Makes a Great Gift for a Birthday or Father’s Day

Bean Bag Toss Game

    You can make this bean bag toss game yourself and customize it any way you like. Paint it the way you like. We recommend painting the target holes a contrasting color. The bean bags are literally filled with beans.

   With the innovative leg design, you can adjust the angle and height any way you desire. Since the support legs are independently adjustable playing on an uneven surface is no problem. The legs are also removable so you can store the game flat or hanging it.

   This game is lots of fun for the whole family. It can be played both indoors as well as outdoors.

Just teach your pet to retrieve the bags after tossing at add a bit more laughter to the game. Check out the video to see how the Crafting Kitty gets it on the playing fun too!

Some people call this corn hole game

To make bean bags

  • Cut 3 dark and 3 light rectangles of fabric 4 1/2″ by 9″
  • Fold one piece in half right sides together along the 9″ side – it now measures 4 1/2″ square
  • Sew a narrow seam along 2 open edges
  • Turn right side out
  • Fill with beans
  • Realign open edge so that seam in centered one the former fold line.
  • Fold in edges and stitch across.
  • Repeat for remaining bags.

Prevent Money from Flying Out the Door by Replacing Weather Stripping

Save $
Keep Heat ≋ In
Keep Pests Out!

    Can you see light around your doors or windows? Then it is time to replace the weather stripping.
    Closing the gap will not only save money by conserving heat, it will serve as a barrier to prevent small pests from coming inside.

Let MainelyDiY.com show you how in this quick instructional video.
At MainelyDiY.com, we love to share our money saving tips!

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