Preppers value different skills that can help them survive when SHTF, such as carpentry. If you’re a beginner, you can start with simpler DIY projects for your homestead like building flower pots or planters out of cinder blocks. (h/t to HomesteadSurvivalSite.com)
Cinder or concrete blocks are versatile products and are available in different shapes. The blocks are usually secured with steel rebar before mortar is used to bind and seal the gaps in the blocks.
Individually, cinder blocks are light and portable yet they can support large weights, making them a popular construction material. Cinder blocks have hollow centers that can be used to store items or to fit boards in.
You can purchase cinder blocks at hardware stores, but if you need a lot of blocks for a complicated project, you may have to shell out more money. Fortunately, you can get them for free if you search online classified advertisement websites (e.g., Craigslist).
Another option is to get in touch with other homesteaders with leftover cinder blocks from a construction or demolition project. Offer to haul off these cinder blocks, and they might even sell them to you cheap or let you keep them for free.
Here are 15 unique ways to use cinder blocks for DIY homesteading projects.
This project only requires two cinder blocks and four boards.
First, put the two cinder blocks side by side with the hollow centers facing up, then place a board in each of the four holes. The end product should form a triangle-shaped construction where you can stack firewood.
This firewood rack is an effective way of organizing and keeping firewood dry by keeping it off of the ground.
Use cinder blocks as the base for a unique outdoor bench. Try using sturdy 4 x 4 wooden posts inserted into the cinder block cores to secure the bench. Once the base is done, add wood and cushions to make the bench comfortable.
Cinder blocks are often used to build steps because they’re affordable to make, easy to build, and practical. Check construction guides online, draw up a plan, and design the steps to give your homestead a unique look.
When SHTF, you can use cinder blocks to make a DIY outdoor stove on your backyard.
With cinder blocks, you can upgrade a stove to a grill with metal grating and space underneath the structure to build a fire.
Use cinder blocks to design your fire pit for a fraction of the cost. Check guides and how-to videos online, or create your own.
Store-bought smokers are rather very expensive, but you can make DIY smoker using cinder blocks and basic building materials. The video tutorial below shows how to do this with 24 cinder blocks, a 1/4-inch steel plate, and rebar.
Stack cinder blocks to create simple fence posts for decorative fences. Stack the blocks with the cores facing outward, then place 4 x 4s in the slots.
Add cinder block shelves in your root cellar to organize your food supplies and maximize storage space. Stack cinder blocks on top of each other to form support columns for the shelving and use wooden boards for the actual shelves. You can use steel rebar and mortar to secure the blocks.
Get a cinder block then cover one end of the block with wire mesh and landscape fabric. Secure the mesh and fabric to prevent the soil from spilling out of the block.
Fill the cores with topsoil, then add a plant to make a DIY flower pot. You can even design a cinder block flower pot wall by stacking blocks on one side of your garden.
This is an upgrade of the cinder block flower pots. Decorate your front or back porch with planters full of decorative plants or succulents.
Certain plants thrive in raised garden beds, which you can set up using cinder blocks. Use the right soil and enough cinder blocks to build a raised bed garden in your homestead.
Put up a border of cinder blocks one block high around your garden to keep out small creatures like rabbits from your crops. (Related: A how-to guide for building an off-grid well on your homestead.)
Stack cinder blocks into a square-shaped container bound with mortar to build a DIY storage area for your compost heap.
This final cinder block project is the most ambitious one, but if you plan and design the project well, you’ll have a durable storage shed.
Keep your hands busy by purchasing cinder blocks and try some of these DIY projects for your homestead.