Do-It-Yourself Ideas

5 Simple DIY Fire Starters

It's that time of year when people head up into the mountains and spend their time enjoying good conversations around the campfire, going on hikes and shooting cans. Being in the great outdoors also allows us to test what we know about being more self-sufficient. For instance, how to start a fire with a limited... Read More

How to Sew Your Own Shirt

In the past, we've covered how important it is to be smart and not scared when faced with a crisis. Whether it be because of a natural disaster or financial loss, it is always good to be prepared with not only food but also have the skills and knowledge of how to become more self-sufficient... Read More

Build Your Own Non-Electrical Fridge

Have you ever thought of what you’d do in the case that there was little to no power in your home? Do you have a generator or an alternative power source to keep appliances like your fridge running constantly? If you answered no, we have a non-electrical alternative for you to keep food cold and... Read More

How to Build a Rocket Stove

Have you ever thought of different ways you could use items laying around your home? Well, you wouldn't be the first! Learning how to reuse items in the home is a great way to learn how to become more self-sufficient and well, have a little fun! In the past, we've discussed the many uses of... Read More

Garlic Herb Cheese Bread in a Can

When most people think of tin cans, they are associated with having no real purpose other than to store food. But when it comes to learning how to be more self sufficient or prepared for an emergency situation, knowing how to reuse items in your home can be a valuable skill. In a previous article... Read More

Brew Your Own Beer: American Pale Ale

Brewing beer has been a popular hobby among humans for thousands of years. In most cultures, curiosity stemmed from people experimenting with fermenting rice, grain, wheat and barley. The oldest evidence for barley beer is believed to have been found in Mesopotamia about 6,000 years ago on a Sumerian tablet. They have been recognized for... Read More

Build a Smokehouse out of Pallet Boards

It’s that time of year where friends and families have barbecues and late night summer parties. And what better way to celebrate than to smoke your own pork, sausages and steaks? Some may have the means to purchase an expensive smoker while other homesteaders prefer to be a little creative and use already accessible materials... Read More

Basic Carpentry Skills: Joints

Homesteading can be fun, challenging, and beneficial. Part of self-reliant means being able to make or construct items that meet your current challenges or needs. For instance, you may want to raise chickens or rabbits and need an enclosure for them, or you might decide to make raised gardening boxes. Whatever the present need, the... Read More

How to Clean a Fish

Fishing has been an age-old hobby, sport, and way-of-life in many cultures. Many people enjoy eating fish, but many do not know how to clean one. Cleaning a fish is a skill that brings a sense of independence and can prove to be useful in survival or everyday situations. For those who have never cleaned... Read More

How to Quilt a Queen Size Blanket by Hand

Learning how to quilt by hand is a very valuable skill among people who homestead or live in rural areas. Not only will your newly hand sewn quilt keep you warm but it will also give you a fun, time-consuming project to work on. Some homesteaders who enjoy sewing will sell or trade their quilts... Read More

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