Have some extra time and looking for some cool projects? Need a preparedness project you can do this weekend, or even several? Hoping to learn a new skill in the process?
Look no further. I’ve spent a lot of time lately researching cool projects, and I want to share with you these 36 great weekend preparedness projects I found. It was hard to decide, though. I found a ton of good ones. I may have to do a series like this.
Some are projects on the diyprojects.com site, some on other sites I like. Preppers, survivalists, and anyone who wants to be a little more prepared at the end of the day can get a lot from making these. All of these projects are low budget, many practically free. Most will not take more than a couple of hours, and some are faster than that.
Try them out and let me know what you think. I certainly know I learned a lot from trying them, and am happy to feel so much better prepared.
Here are my top 36 DIY Weekend Projects for Preparedness and Survival:
1. Make a how to make a rocket heater
You can use paint cans for this, or you can use soup cans. Rocket heaters get super hot. Check it out.
2. Make your own homemade survival bars
Perfect for stocking your emergency kits as well as taking on camping trips. These have a long shelf life- 20+years, but I have to admit, I have been eating mine as snacks.
3. Add some “earthquake proofing” to your food storage shelving.
Learn how just a few changes can help you store you food more safely. I was surprised to learn some of these.
4. Make a DIY Pallet Smoker: How to Build A Smokehouse
For less than $100, you can build your own DIY Smoker. This is awesome, big enough to smoke an entire animal! We are about to smoke meat in it and make another cool DIY and video. Follow us on Facebook to get latest updates.
5. Learn how to make fire starters
This is a fun little project, really fast, with impressive “fire” power.
6. Learn how to make a paracord belt
This is a rescue belt. Learn how to make one, and you will have the fastest quick deploy belt I could find- it uses Slatt’s rescue weave and gives you instant access to 1o0 feet of paracord.
7. Start composting. Build a DIY Pallet Compost Bin
A great big bin for your composting needs. Assemble in minutes.
8. Learn how to make a monkey fist with a steel center
Great weapon on a keychain, one you can keep at all times. This one lets you use a steel ball bearing center. Clear instructions and lots of photos.
9. Build a solar cooker- basic version and more advanced version
I looked at a couple of different designs. One uses a car window shade, the other one, recycled CDs.
10. Make a solar USB charger
11. Learn how to make an oil lamp
Perfect thing to know how to make for emergencies, as it uses olive oil and things you should have on hand. Pretty, too. Make one now and use it for home decor, keep it around in case of emergency.
12. Protect your electronics with a homemade faraday cage
Watch the video in the link above and click here for some instructions on how to make one
13. Learn how to make hardtack
Easy to make with only flour, water and salt, this is what sailors used to eat.
14. Make an awesome gardening tool for planting seeds
This is one of the coolest things I have seen lately. What a time saver. Easy to make, worth the effort.
15. Make a torch
Need I say more?
16. Build a PVC bow
PVC and nylon string. Cheap. Powerful.
17. Make a DIY Knife Sharpening Kit
I don’t know why knife sharpening kits are so hard to find. This one is easy to make at home, inexpensive, gives amazing results.
18. Build a space saving Can Rotator Rack
I like this one, because it does not require serious wood working skills. Great way to store cans.
19. Plant a container garden
Learn how to grow vegetables indoors all year long.
20. Learn how to build a pallet workbench
21. Learn to grow food from scraps and make food from scraps
You can grow plants from celery, carrots and many more food items you are probably throwing away.
22. If it’s not time to plant, make newspaper pots to start your seeds.
Origami for gardening. Get your kids or grandkids helping with this one. Easy, fun, and useful.
This guy has a wealth of knowledge about composting and vermiculture.
You can download plans here to build a neat shooting bench
25. Learn how To make paracord bracelets
26. Learn to pick a padlock with a soda can
Not nearly as difficult as I thought. A nifty skill, I say.
27. Put together an important documents binder.
This site has a great list of starter documents that you want to get together and keep safe.
28. Make a survival kit in a pill bottle
It is amazing how much stuff we managed to fit in the little pill bottle.
29. Be prepared for an evacuation
This is a great piece that tells you what to be prepared for, what to bring, lots of smart tips. Clearly written.
30. Learn how to make lotion
Learn the basics of making basic lotion. A good primer for all those who want to make lotion
31. Learn how to build a geodesic dome
This one can be a greenhouse, a storage space, a garage, and even a living space. Quick assembly
32. Learn how to build an outhouse
More steps than you would think. Probably a good thing to learn how to do.
33. Learn how to bake bread from scratch
A great skill to have an enjoy now, and use later, regardless of what you are doing.
34. Learn how to make a poultice
This one uses plantains, and is good for bug bites, blisters and boils
35. Learn how to make green cleaners
DIY Cleaners are much less expensive and good for the environment.
Figure you are pretty prepared if you got this far. Why not protect your chickens? They should be prepared, too!
Like I said, these are only a few of my favorite weekend prepper projects. Maybe you have something you’ve done or would like to do? Share them with us in the comments below. I am always looking for ideas to publish and cool things to make.
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