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Ever felt tired of buying survival items? Just yesterday I bought a rain poncho, and I still have a couple of dozen of survival items on my wish list. Tools, gear food, information… all of these can cost thousands over the years.
Wouldn’t’ it be nice if you could make on your own at least some of those items? Although you’ll probably have no choice BUT to make some of them post collapse (because new items may be hard to find), you absolutely have to learn making them today, while you still have access to all the information you want.
To get your feet wet, here’re a few easy projects you may want to try…
Making Your Own Slingshot
Who hasn’t make their own slingshot as a kid? I know I have and, although it couldn’t rival with the ones you can find on Amazon these days, it’s good to know you can make one on your own to hunt small game, self-defense and even to forage (in places you wouldn’t otherwise be able to climb).
Materials needed: a Y-shaped branch, floss, leather strips, and latex surgical tubing. More details here.
Of course, since you can find plenty of slingshots on Amazon for under 10 bucks, you should probably stock up on those as well, just remember to also have projectiles on hand: small rocks, marbles, black powder bullet molds and even wheel weight balls.
Making Your Own Spoons and Other Eating Utensils
These basic woodworking projects are very easy to do so long as you have the right tools and knowledge. To carve a spoon, you first need a branch that’s about 3 inches in diameter that you cut in half and then give a rough shape with an axe. You will also need a pen to mark the shape of the spoon as detailed here.
Next, you’ll need a regular knife and a carving knife to make it look like a real spoon, then sand it with sand paper and oil it with linseed oil.
Making your first spoon is only the beginning. You can just as easily make forks, bowls and even mortar and pestle that you can use to make poultices.
Making Your Own Char Cloth
Char cloth can be used as tinder to start a fire. Of course, you may already have a couple of lighters or some waterproof matches, but it’s nice to have back-ups in getting those first embers, when starting a fire using primitive methods.
The way you make it is by removing synthetic fibers from cotton, resulting in a material that will ignite very easily. Read about the entire process here.
Speaking of tinder, know that there are a lot of things that can easily catch fire. Down, dryer lint, shavings from dry sticks, birch bark and magnesium shavings. To make sure it’s usable when you need it most, please keep it in a dry place in your backpack such as a Ziploc bag.
Making Your Own Bow and Arrows
This is yet another weapon that I made as a kid. Most of us who grew up offline have done it. Of course, you’ll need one much more powerful than what we used to make as kids, and for that, you’re going to need more time and quality materials.
Here’s an article detailing how to make a longbow. As you can see, it’s not trivial, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Once you finish your first one, you’ll be in a much better position to make more and even sell them if you enjoy the process. I’m sure many preppers would like to buy one from you rather than spend $150 on one on Amazon. Granted, those would be money well spent, but there’s a unique feeling to using a handmade product.
The list of DIY survival tools and gear you can make is a long one. Once you narrow down the ones you enjoy making, you could start a business around it. As you get better, your reputation will spread.
WMH Cheryl here again. What DIY items have you focused on? Share in the comments below.