I'm shocked to see some of the prices that are charged for long burning candles sold for survival or emergency preparedness - if you want to buy a dozen or so candles, the cost really starts to add up. Never fear! You can make your own survival candles at home for cheap, using high-quality, long burning soy wax. It's an easy project - the materials are easy to buy and you won't need any specialized tools. The materials you will need are:Soy wax flakes. First, you'll want to get your wicks ready. Put your wicks in the jars. This is my "double boiler. " Here are the flakes beginning to melt. And now fully melted. Carefully transfer the melted wax into your pouring container. Don't fill the jar up the whole way - leave some room between the wax and the top of the container. Flower Pot Refrigerator. Have you ever wondered what our ancestors did without refrigeration?
How were they able to prevent their food from spoiling? Some of our ancient civilizations did in fact have refrigeration and used simple items they had on hand to create it. The zeer, or clay pot refrigeration keeps food cool (icy cold) without electricity by using evaporative cooling. Essentially, a porous outer earthenware pot, lined with wet sand, contains an inner pot (which can be glazed to prevent penetration by the liquid) within which the food is placed.
The evaporation of the outer liquid draws heat from the inner pot. In a short or long-term disaster where power is out, knowing essential skills on how to prevent foods from spoiling will help you survive longer and stay healthier. All that is needed to create a clay pot refrigerator is two terra cotta pots, one larger than the other, as well as some sand, water, and cloth. How to set up a Hammock. Make A Solar Oven For $5. Building a DIY microscope. This is a story of what happens when a foolish scientist screws stuff up.
It’s the story of a DIY microscope, and how it all went terribly wrong. I tried. I really did. I read the instructions through five times. I puzzled them out. Deodorant Recipe. Thank you for visiting Little House in the Suburbs.
Please subscribe and you'll get great simple living tips and how-to articles delivered to your inbox, for free! In the DIY world of home health and beauty products, deodorant seems to be the the most feared replacement. Stinking is NOT OKAY in our culture, right? But aluminum crammed in your pores cannot be good for you, and it seems in recent years that store-bought deodorant is becoming less and less effective anyway. Turn a PET bottle into a 20m long thread. Hobo Stove. Stove In A Can. How To Heat Up Your Room Using Just a Candle: This heater is a multi-core steel and ceramic radiator assembly, suspended above the candle on a solid steel stand.
The radiator absorbs and concentrates the thermal energy of the candle and converts it into dry radiant space heat. If you burn candles, now you can add their heat to your home or office. There is also an “electric candle” option that uses a 60 watt quartz halogen lamp; that works out to about 6 cents for 10 hours of “burn” time. “Steel has the ability to approach the temperature of its heat source,” says the inventor, “so the solid steel inner core will go as high as 550° Fahrenheit. That high inner temperature is mitigated to a very warm 160° to 180° on the outer surface. The simple elegant design has no moving parts. What’s new for 2008 is an “electric candle” option that takes advantage of the fact that 90% of the energy that goes into an incandescent lamp is “wasted” as heat.
Homemade Lamps from Everyday Objects. Having the ability to create light without needing electricity should be part of everyone’s emergency essentials.
While flashlights are certainly helpful, batteries quickly die out so having a store of candles on hand can provide the light and morale boost that one needs to make it through a dark night or two. Make an Oil Lamp with an Orange. Make a PVC Pipe Storage container. Learn the Science Behind Glow Sticks by Making Your Own. How To Make A Glowstick Alarm. I learned to make something similar to this back when I was still in the Marine Corps and was reminded of it after seeing a video a few months ago where one of these was made with a mousetrap.
I couldn’t think of a reason to make one at the time, but who needs a reason? The purpose of this device is to warn you when someone crosses your perimeter. The rat trap, when tripped, breaks the glowstick and causes it to illuminate. So, not only will you hear the trap snap shut, you’ll see where your perimeter was breached. I started by painting the rat trap OD green because, as everyone knows, painting it this color makes it 40% more awesome. Pull your lines through the holes in the trap as shown here. The completed trap should look something like this. How To Make Glow In The Dark Paint. How to make an amazing decor for kids rooms ?
It’s easy, because Rust-Oleum Specialty Glow In The Dark glows for up to 2 hours. Apply to wood, metal, plaster, masonry or unglazed ceramic. Washes with soap and water. Great for kids rooms, school projects and holiday decor. How to make a tool set. Life without tools is barbaric.
But even simple tools can be expensive in rural parts of developing countries. Import duties bump the costs up higher than they are in the States or elsewhere, and sometimes only low-quality brands are available anyway. Making Cordage From Plant Fibers 2 of 4. Natural Cordage - Nettles. Compass Alternatives. Compass Instructions and Alternatives ( or How to Find Your Way With or Without a Compass ) Copyright © 1999,2004 by Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E. All Rights Reserved. Oil & Cola Emergency Lamp. Turn A Can Tab Into A Survival Fish Hook.
Homemade Soap Recipe. Grandpappy's Homemade Soap Recipe Copyright © 2007,2008 by Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E. All rights reserved and all rights protected under international copyright law. Click Here for a Microsoft WORD printer friendly copy of this article. DIY Dry Shampoo. This DIY dry shampoo recipe will sop up any excess scalp oil, and help keep you lookin’ fab and fresh on those days you need a quick hair pick-me-up and don’t have the time (or energy) for a full-on wash! Cocoa Powder Dry Shampoo What you’ll need: 5 teaspoons of cocoa powder (unsweetened)2 teaspoons of cornstarch5 drops of your favorite essential oil (I especially like peppermint) This recipe is perfect for brunettes. Blondes can swap out the cocoa powder for extra cornstarch.