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25 DIY Weekend Preparedness Projects.
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25 easy DIY prepper projects for preparedness and survival.Have some extra time on your hands?  Looking for projects you can do today (or this weekend) to be better prepared?  Well, look no further.  Here are 25 great weekend preparedness projects I’ve gathered up from around the web.  Great for the prepper, survivalist, or anyone wanting to be a little more prepared at the end of the day.  Each of these projects are fairly low budget (some only require your time and a piece of paper) and shouldn’t take longer than a couple of days to complete–many won’t take more than a couple of hours.  Tackle one (or more) this weekend and you’re that much more prepared than you were yesterday!

FOOD and COOKING Projects

1.  Make a rocket stove with empty cans.  You might need to have soup for lunch to get enough cans for this.

2.  Build a Solar cooker–The link has lots of different designs you could try–some even using those shiny vehicle windshield shades.  If you’ve got some extra time and a sunny day, try cooking something in your new cooker!

3.  Make your own homemade survival bars.  Be sure to read through the comment section on that post–there are some really good ideas for changing them up a bit.

LIGHT and FIRE Projects

4.  Make some dryer lint fire starters.

5.  Build a heater out of a candle and some terra cotta pots.

6.  Make a candle from a tub of Crisco.

7.  Make an oil lamp.

8.  Not enough light for you?  Okay, make a torch!  Just like in the movies!

WEAPONRY Projects

9.  Build a PVC bow.

10. Make a blow dart gun.

11.  Take a trip to a shooting range.  If you don’t have a gun of your own, some ranges have them to rent.  Take a friend or your spouse if you can and do some shooting.

12.  Build a shooting bench.  Downloadable plans at the link.

FOOD STORAGE Projects

13.  Build a space saving can rotator rack:  or this one that’s a little more finished looking (read: takes longer)....  You could also make alarger standing unit if you’re really crafty with wood and tools.

14.  Add some “earthquake proofing” to your food storage shelving.  See this post at Prepared LDS Family for some great ideas and be sure to scroll down into the comment section as well.

15.  Get in your food storage room and do an inventory or some organizing.

GARDENING Projects

16.  Build a cold frame for winter gardening.

17.  Plant a container garden.  If you have a warm, sunny room, you can grow some vegetables all year long even in cold climates.

18.  If it’s warm enough where you live, get outside and plant something.

GENERAL SURVIVAL Projects

19.  Make a paracord survival bracelet.

20.  Protect your electronics with your own homemade metal trash can faraday cage.  Check the video at the  previous link and click here for some instructions on how to make one (scroll WAY down the page to get to the pictures).

21.  Try picking a padlock with a soda can.

22.  Put together an important documents binder.  Here is a starter list of documents you’ll want to include.

23.  Put together a survival kit in an altoids tin.  There are many variations on this type of kit.  You can do a google search to get ideas of what people are putting in theirs, or head over to Field and Stream for a starting point.  Have a little more time and money?  Put together a full 72 hour emergency kit for yourself or your family.

24.  Write down your evacuation plan including what you’re taking, where you’re going, and a meetup plan in case someone isn’t home at the time you need to leave.  Include any other family members that may be affected.  I like having a 10 minute list and then an additional items list if you have a little more time before you have to get out of your house.  If you’re feeling really ambitious, run a mock evacuation drill with your family!

25.  Build your very own composting toilet.  With only one bathroom in our house I’ve seriously considered this numerous times–maybe this weekend is the one I set out building one of these!

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1.Rocket Stove with Empty Cans:

It's AWESOME....

   Will have to try that...

Thank You! I am going to post all 25 DIY Weekend Preparedness Projects...

Sounds good to me...I will try and find some more as I start to get some things taken care of on my end...

Komrad I Hope you & your family are Well. 

Have you found or made any new DYI Projects?

2. How to Build a Solar Oven

There are a variety of ways you can teach your kids multiple lessons at once, and building a solar oven is a fun and easy project that will educate them about solar power and basic cooking science all at once. A solar oven could come in very handy in a survival or disaster situation, which is another set of lessons on its own. You can use materials you already have around the house, or purchase what you need for very little money. Let’s take a look at how to build a solar oven.

Gather Materials

build a solar ovenThe materials required to build a solar oven are simple and affordable, many of which you probably have at home right now.

  • scissors
  • empty pizza box
  • aluminum foil
  • clear tape
  • plastic wrap
  • black construction paper or paint
  • newspaper
  • ruler, wooden rod, or stick
  • oven thermometer

Assembly

First, cut the lid of the pizza box on three sides about an inch from the edges to make a top flap. Next, wrap a sheet of aluminum foil on the underside of the flap, folding it up and out so that light shines into hole.

Next, cover the hole with with plastic wrap so as to create an airtight seal (it’s best to do this by opening the box and taping the plastic down with your clear tape from the inside). Line the bottom of the box with black construction paper or paint it black, then placed rolled up newspaper around the border to use as insulation.

Prop up the lid with your ruler or stick, place your food inside on a plate or in a bowl (metal works best), and watch as the sun does the work of cooking. Before closing, make sure to insert your thermometer so you can check the temperature as you go.

Get Cooking

The best time to use a solar oven is between the hours of 11A and 3P when the sun is highest in the sky. Though it might take a bit longer than a microwave or oven, cooking with a solar oven provides a hands-on experience that kids will enjoy taking part in and actually eat the fruits of their labor.

3. Homemade Survival Bars:

Homemade Energy Bars

Tasty Homemade Energy Bars Recipe

  

Having enough calories per day is an essential part of surviving in an emergency situation, and energy bars can pack quite a punch when it comes to getting sufficient calories. The problem is that most of the energy bars you can buy in stores either taste like crap, or they have ingredients you may not want your family to eat. The good news is that you can make your own delicious AND healthy homemade energy bars that also work great as “ration bars” for your bug out bags, survival kits, and food storage!

What’s even better is these homemade energy bars are super easy to make. You only need a handful of ingredients, a few hours of dehydration on the lowest setting of your oven, and a vacuum sealer. The ingredients contain healthy sources of protein, iron, salt and fat. The sweeteners are natural and will give you the boost of energy, nutrition ,and calories you need.

The best part about these homemade energy bars is…you know exactly what ingredients are used to make them. No surprises. No mystery gelatin, no high fructose corn syrup, and no chemical additives. That is also what makes them something you can eat more often! Plus, you can alter the recipe to suit your specific tastes or needs (like swapping out peanut butter for almond butter). 

These are “no bake” energy bars, and they can be consumed without dehydrating them, but the texture will be soft and sticky. Dehydrating them will make them firm and chewy and a lot easier to eat on the go. They take about 15 minutes to make, a few hours to dehydrate, and another 5-10 minutes to seal and store. 

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Here are the Ingredients You Need to Make These Tasty Homemade Energy Bars 

  • 2 C Quick oats or rolled oats (quick oats are less chewy)
  • 1 C Chunky peanut butter
  • ¼ C + 2 T Honey
  • 2 C Powdered milk
  • 1 C Brown sugar
  • ¼ C Molasses (for added iron)
  • ¼ C Water or Fruit Juice
  • Splash of bottled lemon juice
  • Optional : Dried fruit like raisins, coconut, apricots, etc.
  • Food processor & vacuum sealer with plastic sleeves for the number of bars you make

Step One : Mixing your dry ingredients together

In a large bowl, place your oats, powdered milk and brown sugar together and stir until combined. Set aside.

Step Two : Mix your wet ingredients together

In a separate bowl, mix the lemon juice, honey, molasses and peanut butter together and add your dry mix to the wet mix and stir until the oats are thoroughly coated and you have a thick batter. Mix in any dried fruit.

Step Three : Shape your bars

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the batter onto the sheet and place another sheet of parchment paper on top. Press out the batter into an even layer and score the batter into the size bars you want to have. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Remove bars from the fridge and cut them to separate completely.

Step Four : Dehydrate your bars

Place your bars onto a mesh tray and dehydrate them for several hours until they reach the consistency you desire – just remember to flip them over half way during the dehydration process. 

Step Five : Store your homemade energy bars

Remove the bars from the dehydrator and allow them to cool down to room temperature, or place them into the refrigerator for 1 hour. Prepare your vacuum sealer and seal the bars for storage. These will last for 6 months if kept in a cool, dark and dry place. The peanut butter is really the only ingredient that could go “rancid” so make sure to make more every 6 months.

 

That’s all there is to it! Now you can make these tasty, healthy, storable homemade energy bars for your survival provisions. Make some today to include in your family’s bug out bags and survival kits.

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