15 DIY Prepping Ideas to Learn New SkillsWhen it comes to prepping there is no shortage of DIY ideas and projects that we can find. Let’s face it, if we spent money on all the products we wanted like food storage shelving units, long term food storage, solar generators, rocket stoves and sun ovens it would break the bank.

DIY prepping isn’t just about saving money or being cheap like I am, it’s also about learning new skills that might be useful if our lives get turned upside down and the resources we are used to are not available.

Last week I talked about why buying an older vehicle is not only good in the event of an EMP, but it also gives you an opportunity to do your own repairs on the vehicle, and gives you a better understanding about how everything works in the event that an auto mechanic is not an option.

Another example is the long bow I made in the past. I didn’t start this project to become an avid bow hunter, I did it to learn why and how it works like it does. Because of this long bow project, I have become more interested in archery, and who knows, maybe I will be that avid bow hunter someday.

At its core prepping is about becoming more self-reliant, and what better way is there to be less dependent on someone else, than to learn how to do it yourself.

DIY Prepping Resources

The odds are, if you have an idea and want to do it yourself, someone already has, and they have posted a video or written an article about it. There are a few options when it comes to finding information or directions for DIY prepping ideas.

Google it: You can always just type it into a search engine, but if you do be prepared to search through the good, the bad and the ugly. Everyone and their brother want to throw up a video (pun intended) about the DIY project they just did. Just make sure and do your research and don’t take bad advice. Just like going to the doctor…get a second opinion.

Prepper Website DIY: Todd over at Prepper Website publishes links to new preparedness articles every day, he also tags these articles and archives them into categories. When you go to Prepper Website and look to your right, you will see a button that says “Quick Links” just change that to “Prepping Topics” and you will see a huge list of tags. Here is the DIY category.

DIY Prepping on Pinterest: This is also another great resource for DIY prepping ideas. Pinterest is a place where can save articles you have found, or find some other people have found. Be careful though, it can be addictive. You can start by looking for DIY ideas, and an hour later you are looking at something totally different. Here is my board on DIY prepping, and here is a link to a Pinterest search on DIY Prepping.

15 DIY Prepping Ideas

In this week’s podcast Lisa and I talked about why DIY prepping is about more than just saving money, and also went over a few ideas that we had that you could try in order to learn some new skills.

SPP132 DIY Prepping Ideas


Altoids Survival Tins: These little survival tins are great to put in your car or carry in your bug out bag and can be made to fit your needs. You can make one for first aid supplies, fishing kits or just a general survival kit. The great thing about these, is they force you to look at what survival supplies you might need, and then transfer that to a larger scale kit.

DIY Solar Generator: You can buy one of the Goal Zero solar chargers if you like, or you can try your hand at making one yourself. I recently built a solar generator, and in the process learned quite a bit about how to harness energy. It’s much more than connecting a solar panel to a battery.

Paracord Projects: There is no end to what you can do with paracord, you can make bracelets, lanyards, wrap knives, make zipper pulls, make shoe laces and so on. The great thing about these projects is they help you keep your paracord under control. 100 feet of paracord can get tangled and hard to store once it’s out of the package.

Stoves (Rocket Stove, Tin Can Stove): We can buy a little Coleman stove (and probably should) but making a rocket stove or other DIY stoves will give us an idea about how the fuel, oxygen, fire process works. Someday our camp stove might not be available, so knowing how to make one might come in handy.

Food Storage Shelves: We are always looking for more ways to store our food and keep it organized, a great way to do this is to build some shelving. Doing this could give you extra useable space in closets or even shelves next to the refrigerator like I plan on doing in the near future.

Survival (Zombie) Weapons and Primitive Tools: Not all of us want to be mountain men or outdoors men or woman, but there every well could come a time in the future when primitive skills and tools will become necessary. what would you do if and when everything we have stockpiled is gone? Can we do without the technology we have today?

Shelter Building & Tying Knots: Right along with primitive skills goes shelter building. Not only do we learn about how to make the forces of gravity work for you and learn about how to use mother nature to your advantage, you also learn the proper way to tie knots. Learning how to tie different knots is not only valuable for building a sturdy shelter, it is valuable in everyday life.

Char Cloth and Other Fire Starters: Even though we probably have 10 Bic lighters laying around and in our bug out bags, it never hurts to know a few different ways to start a fire. As simple as char cloth is to make, it surprises me how many people don’t know how to make it.

Crisco Candles: this one is so simple it’s almost stupid. The odds are I would never need to do something like this, but as simple as it is its worth at least knowing how it’s done, all you need is some wick material, oil and a container. This can also be done with sardine cans or crayons.

Survival Food: With prepping being all about becoming more self-reliant it only makes sense to learn how to make and preserve food for survival. This can be something like making beef jerky, making your own survival food bars, learning to smoke meat or even making your own yogurt, cheese and Butter.

Food Storage Buckets: Here is another one where you can buy prepackaged food storage buckets, but for half the cost you can do it yourself. At first it can seem pretty complicated, but it really isn’t that hard to do. This article and podcast Lisa and I did goes through different food storage ideas, and how easy the 5 gallon bucket method really is.

Growing Your Own Food: Gardening and growing your own food includes a wide range of topics, and there are plenty of websites dedicated just to gardening. If you have the means, growing your own food will reduce your dependency on the food supply line because the supply line is from your yard to your kitchen. There are also other techniques you can learn like hydroponics and aquaponics.

Hunting and Butchering Meat: Along with gardening hunting or growing your own meat will also reduce your dependency on grocery stores. You don’t need to raise beef, you can raise rabbits, quail, chickens and other small game that don’t require much room. Raising your own meat is only the first part, then you need to clean and butcher it to eat.

Canning: If you are gardening or growing your own food you are going to need a way to preserve it. Canning is a great way to take the food you grew and preserve it for later when you need it most. Even if you don’t grow your own food, you can still buy in bulk and can it for your food storage.

Sewing: Because cloths are more readily available than any time in history, sewing is becoming a lost art. The truth is that if there ever comes a time when the cloths on our backs and the shoes on our feet are all that we have, we better know how to fix and mend them.

The Tip of the Iceberg

This list of 15 ideas is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to DIY prepping ideas. This article has even more that I didn’t mention here. Even if you try something and totally mess it up, just call it a learning experience and try again. After all, that’s what it’s all about, learning to fend for ourselves.

What DIY prepping projects have you done or plan on trying? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.


Survival and being prepared should not only be a passion, it should be a lifestyle. The definition of a prepper is "An individual or group that prepares or makes preparations in advance of, or prior to, any change in normal circumstances, without substantial resources from outside sources" Like the Government, police etc. I don't believe that the end of the world will be the "end of the world" I believe it will be the end of the world as we know it now. You can also find me on Google Plus and Twitter

    2 replies to "15 DIY Prepping Ideas to Learn New Skills"

    • J.M.Wells

      One thing we have done in our group is build playhouses and treehouses. It gives construction experience to those without it, and makes us more hide in plain sight storage area. Some have added solar heat and power to them. I have a swamp cooler and a small fridge in it. The progression of construction provides ever increasing skills and parts.

    • Robyn M

      I’m new to prepping and I read everything I can. I found this article with all the links incredibly helpful. Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge.

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