7 Simple DIY Projects for Survivalists

7 Simple DIY Projects for Survivalists

We have another guest post for you with 7 Simple DIY Projects for Survivalists from Sarah Jones.

7 Simple DIY Projects for Survivalists

Nothing is as bad as having to be caught off guard.  I mean, lacking an alternative solution to equipment in case what you normally use is unavailable or out of service. Even worse is failing to reinforce structures in your house that may not withstand natural phenomenons. We aren’t calling for that helpless moment, but if it does come, we would want you to be prepared for it. Here are a few survival DIY projects that may come in handy.

An Oil Lamp

All you need is an empty glass bottle with a wide opening, olive oil, steel wire, and a wick. Wrap the wire around the wick to give it support and also act as a handle. Pour oil into the bottle. Gently bring down a steel wire supported wick to the level of the oil inside the jar. Light the wick and voila!

DIY Projects for Survivalist
Items for emergency on wooden table

A Simple DIY Picnic Table

The thought of having to bring out your house furniture outside anytime you want to have a picnic at your garden may be a little cumbersome. Why not have a picnic table-cum-seat planted at your garden for use at any time of the day?

Start with a sketch and get your dimensions right. That will help you to know how much wood you need to buy. With your plan in place, get a reciprocating saw to cut the pieces of wood according to the preferred sizes and put down your structure. By the way, a reciprocating saw would be very essential for wood based DIY projects. You’ll be amazed at how much you can achieve within short periods of time.

Reinforced Pantry Shelves

Most houses have shelves made of wood simply mounted onto the walls. An earthquake, no matter the intensity would certainly bring the contents on the shelves tumbling down. To secure the shelves, cut strips of wood using your saw and attach them along the shelves. Think of them as reinforcement for your existing structures.

Wood Stove

This will come in handy at a camping site. If you’ve got a saw and a drill, all you need to look for is a log. Cut it into a sizeable piece and then drill a hole right in the middle three-quarter way. Also, run your drill near the bottom of the log to have a side hole where you will put firewood and light your fire. Here are a few tips to keep your fire burning.

Water Filter

Clear water isn’t necessarily safe for drinking. If you do not own a water filter, worry not. This simple DIY will do the trick. Get a largely used bottle. Cut the bottom side of the bottle to make a large opening. Layer the inside of the bottle with charcoal, sand, and gravel in that order. Make sure you leave enough space at the top to put your water. Keep it at a raised position so you can collect the filtered water.

Hydroponics vegetable growing in the nursery

Own Your Grocery Store

The nutritionist has it that a larger part of your meal should be made of vegetables. Well, as you know these veggies don’t come cheap. How about a DIY greenhouse project that will allow you to grow all these very essential vitamin packed foodstuffs?

Decide on the right measurements for your greenhouse and make a shell out of wood or metal that will hold your PVC. Getting the shell right is very important because a wrong shell might bring your construction down. Mount your PVC onto it and your structure is done.

A Solution for Your Blunt Knives

A dull knife that cannot get past the cuticle of a tomato can be very frustrating. Sharpening stones, on the other hand, can be very costly. A simple DIY project will come in handy. An essential material for this project is a high grit sand paper. A variety of sandpapers will do.  Attach five of them on a hard surface using wood glue, and your sharpener is ready for use.

The Final Word

Have you noted a few things around you that the above survival DIY tips could help? You’ll be amazed at how naturally you will be able to achieve some of these projects with little or even no help. Don’t let laziness get the better of you, only the starting point is hard. When you are done, you will be grateful you ever took the initiative.


Bio: Sarah is the editor of thediyhammer.com. Inspired to be creative from an early age, she is always coming up with her own DIY projects, big or small, and draws inspiration from other imaginative minds. She is always encouraging others to be more innovative, especially when it comes to home improvement.

2 Replies to “7 Simple DIY Projects for Survivalists”

  1. Cool article Sarah and lots of good info. I like to think in terms of any disaster preparedness or doomsday scenario that very little stored food I have will survive. That is why I also like the idea of fish pens as a DIY project and also have some sort of livestock on hand. what do you think?

    1. This is Bill and yes, absolutely. Fish pens/hydroponics and even rabbit pens or chicken tractors work great! Great thinking.