If you are a prepper, there are all sorts of homesteading DIY projects that you can complete to ensure that you are prepared in the event of an emergency. Being self-reliant can help you and your family face nearly any sort of disaster, and homesteading doesnâ€™t have to be difficult. In fact, there are several simple projects that preppers can start working on today.
Build a Greenhouse
Being able to grow your own food is crucial for anyone who is a serious homesteader or prepper. For around $50, you can get everything you need to build a simple greenhouse that will extend your growing season and allow you to grow even during cold weather. Whether you are an experienced builder or a novice, there are DIY greenhouse plans that are appropriate for any skill level.
Make a Potato Box
If most of your homesteading dreams have been thwarted by a lack of space, you can build a potato brow to grow up to 100 pounds of spuds in just four square feet. You need six 2-inch by 6-inch boards measuring 8 feet long, one 2-inch by 2-inch board measuring 12 feet long and 2 Â½-inch wood screws. Check out the full instructions here.
Build a Wind-Powered Water Pump
In the event of a natural disaster or another emergency, you may not have access to running water. Thatâ€™s not the type of problem you want to try to figure out a solution to after itâ€™s already happened. Instead, you want to come up with a solution now. If you are limited on funds, you can build your own wind-powered water pump using old bicycle parts. Once itâ€™s assembled, you can use it to deliver water to use in your home or garden.
Make Emergency Candles
In the event that your power goes out, itâ€™s important to have a reliable light source for when day turns into night. Candles can also help bring a bit of warmth back into a room if youâ€™re experiencing colder temperatures. (However, it is important to always have cold weather clothing and gear on hand for when temperatures really drop.)
There is a good chance that you already have the supplies needed to create a few different types of emergency candles at home. One of the easiest options is adding oil and a wick to a small glass mason jar. You can also create an emergency candle by simply inserting a wick in a can of Crisco.
Collect Fire Starters
If you think you may need to make fires other than the ones you would light in a candle, consider making fire starters. Collect lint from your dyer and stuff it in an egg carton. Stuff it in snugly, but not too tightly. Next, melt wax and pour it into the egg carton. Make sure the carton is sitting on something like cardboard that the wax can leak through onto. Allow the wax to cool and harden, and then pop each fire starter out of the carton.
When you need to use one, light it with a lighter or a match. Keep a few in your emergency kit, hiking bag and car. You never know when you might need to start a fire, and each one burns for just over 15 minutes. Even if you are a total novice, you should be able to successfully use them to start a larger fire.
Preserve Fruits and Vegetables
Whether you grow them in your own garden or you buy them from the grocery store, preserving fruits and vegetables is a good way to prepare your family for emergencies. As a beginner, canning tomatoes is one of the easiest options. You can stew them, turn them into pasta sauce, make pizza sauceâ€”the options are limitless.
Plenty of other fruits and vegetables can be preserved by canning too. If you arenâ€™t familiar with canning, spend some time learning the basics. Itâ€™s a lot of work, but itâ€™s also relatively easy. And having your own canned goods to eat rather than going to the store (especially if that becomes impossible to do) is incredibly rewarding.
Build a Chicken Coop
If you want to be a real homesteader, you need chickens. Raising chickens means having ongoing access to eggs and meat, so theyâ€™re a popular type of livestock among homesteaders. Building your own chicken coop doesnâ€™t have to be difficult. In fact, you can also build other necessities like nesting boxes, feeders and waterers on your own.
There are plenty of options for budget-friendly chicken coops and accessories that you can build yourself, even if you are not an expert builder. Here are some free chicken coop plans. You may even be able to make one using materials you already have lying around your property. Once you have everything set up, having chickens is rewarding. Youâ€™ll enjoy their eggs now, and if a disaster ever strikes, you will be able to take comfort in knowing that you have your own on-going source of food.
Learn About Foraging
Our ancestors didnâ€™t head to the grocery store or fully rely on food they produced themselves. They also harvested all sorts of wild mushrooms, plants and fruits, and they were excellent fishers, hunters and trappers. There are lots of things that can be used as food and medicine in the world around us. Learn about foraging to discover how you could use things that are growing or living in your own backyard as a means of survival in the event of an emergency.
The Bottom Line
Homesteading is a great way to prepare for an emergency. By learning how to be self-sufficient and turning your property into a place that produces food and other necessities, you are preparing yourself and your family to survive in the event of a natural disaster, war or another serious emergency. The projects listed above are just a few of the many ways that you can use homesteading for prepping. Consider the things your family would need in the event of a major disaster and figure out how your homestead could support you if necessary.