If you’re tired of buying survival gear and would like to work on your skills for a change by making some of it yourself, I’ve got some really easy DIY projects for you to get your feet wet. You’ll not only improve in one area where many people are lacking (i.e. survival skills), but you’ll also save a ton of money on yet another piece of equipment you already had.
Of course, you’re also going to need some tools in order to do these projects, but that’s the whole point: putting your gear to work. You need to start using it today, before SHTF, not after. So let’s see what the projects are…
Primitive Bows and Arrows
Let’s start with something simple: a bow and some arrows. Making them is so easy that you can even get your kids involved, just like my grandpa taught me when I was a kid.
Now, if you’re going to use it for survival purposes, you need to do it right. You’ll need the right kind of wood (maple, oak and ash are all good choices), choose the right branch, and have the right cordage. Synthetics work best but if you truly want to feel like a survivalist, use natural cordage such as milkweed or yucca.
Watch this video for step-by-step instructions:
Making Your Own Archery Target
Now that you have bows and arrows, you’ll need a target to practice, right? Fortunately, you don’t have to spend 50 bucks on Amazon on one, when you can make your own.
There are plenty of materials to make your own target, such as cardboard bales, a garden bag or box filled with carpet scraps, shrink wrap and so on, or you can make one from an old carpet.
Primitive Mortar and Pestle
If you’re looking to make medical remedies from medicinal plants, you can make your own mortar and pestle to make the poultices. A mortar is a wooden bowl and the pestle is like a small, wooden club, used to mix together the ingredients. You might be interested in a step-by-step guide to make them, but I can assure you it’s not that hard.
The thing is, you can prepare a huge number of things with them. Besides poultices, lotions and potions, you can also use them to mix ingredients, to make all sorts of sauces and mixtures with the foods from your survival stockpile. You’re going to like how all the flavors blend together using this method and, best of all, you don’t need any electricity to “run” the mortar and pestle.
Sure, you can just spend 8 or 9 bucks on Amazon to get a ready-made one, but where’s the fun in that?
According to this website, you don’t need much to make it: Paracord, a pair of scissors, a lighter, a binder clip, a buckle and some measuring tape. Ideally, you’ll want two colors to make the end result look more fashionable.
Just like a bow and arrow, a slingshot serves a double purpose. One, as a self-defense weapon and two, for hunting purposes.
You will need:
- a sturdy Y-shaped branch (again, hardwoods are your friends: oak, maple, ash etc.)
- leather strips
- surgical tubing
- a saw
- and, of course, your survival knife
You can read the full instructions here.
Want Even More DYI Project Ideas?
You don’t have to ask me twice. The fact of the matter is, you can make a huge number of tools and weapons and save a ton on money, for example:
- a rifle camouflage using paint
- a bug out bag from an old pair of jeans
- your own glue (from vinegar and sugar-free gelatin)
- an oil lamp (a breath-mint tin, wick and olive oil)
- primitive fishing hooks (from wood, cactus hooks or animal bones)
- toothpaste (from baking soda and coconut oil)
- an air conditioner or even an air filtration system
- your own grain grinder
- a primitive stone hammer
- a stone tomahawk
- a blowgun and so on
As you can see, there are dozens and dozens of prepper projects you can make right at home, with little or no money. What I’ve given you here are just a tiny few of the easiest ones, to help you get your feet wet. In time, you’ll start looking for things that are more challenging and harder to do, but one thing I advise you is to also keep your survival plans in mind. Look at the list again and ask yourself:
Which of these is more important to me? Which of these will help me survive a possible disaster scenario?