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36 Prepping Projects You Can Start (And Finish) This Weekend



My friend Stephanie over at DIY Projects posted this great article on 36 Preparedness Projects you can start today, and I just had to share a few of them with you!

Check them out below:

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 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 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.  Learn how to make green cleaners

DIY Cleaners are much less expensive and good for the environment.

4.  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.

5. Make a DIY Pallet Smoker:  How to Build A Smokehouse

Make a DIY Pallet Smoker

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.

6.  Learn how to make fire starters

This is a fun little project, really fast, with impressive “fire” power.

7. 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.

These are just the first 7 projects you can start (and finish) this weekend to help you be more prepared.

Want to see the other 29?

Check them out over on Stephanie's blog

 36 DIY Projects for Preparedness and Survival

Do you want to add your own projects?

Leave a comment below and let me know about them!

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  1. Mark Blunt

    January 31, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    I to have learned a few tricks in my day. Take a old tuna fish can rinse it out. Cut along piece of cardboard then roll the cardboard up. With you tube of cardboard cut a piece off the bottom the same height as your can. Let it uncoil in the can. Pour wax into your can over the cardboard. Aftdr it sets up you have a little burner. If you take a metal coffee can an poke vent holes in it then you put the burner inside you have a grill top.

  2. Brian

    February 4, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    This is the coolest site for DIY projects !!! I would recommend this site to everyone I know !!!

  3. Chris Crow

    March 3, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Next year, when the school supplies are dirt cheap, I’m stocking up on Crayola Brand crayons (regular and JUMBO). These make great candles. Why spend time making your own taper candles (which I have done)when you can have 48 candles in a neat little box?? I clip a clothes pin at the bottom of the crayon to stand it up. Just snip the tip down to the paper and light the paper as the wick. It will consume the ENTIRE crayon, wax and all. Each regular crayon will burn around 20 minutes. The flame is about 2″ tall and is brighter than a taper! So next year, when they are 25 cents a box in the fall, I’m stocking up! Crayola brand ONLY. RoseArt blobs everywhere.

  4. Chris Crow

    March 3, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    We recently got caught in the “propane crisis” and went w/o propane for 10 days! Every morning while waiting for the electric heaters to do their magic, I would place an aluminum pie tin on the stove top, pour in a large blob of HAND SANITIZER GEL and light it! The gel stays in gel form and burns a gentle blue flame. And it will burn until there’s nothing left to burn. Don’t “blow” it out! Place a pan lid over it to smother the flame or just let it burn itself out. Puts off enough heat to take the chill off in a small room. No fumes were noticeable. The gel needs to be 62% or higher. And the cheap stuff works just as good. A good idea for power outages, camping trailers, or even to keep a little bottle in a car in the event you are traveling in a winter storm.

    • Chris Crow

      March 3, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      In a car, you need to crack open a window for ample oxygen flow.

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