From sewing projects to making personal care items from clean ingredients, there’s just something wholesome and fulfilling about making projects with our own two hands. These made-from-scratch projects weave love right into their making.

Try these handmade, homemade projects to boost your self-reliance. Whether we’re talking about items you use daily or things that you plan to use for gift giving, when you know how to make things for yourself, you no longer need to rely on the store to provide for you.

Build a Rocket Stove from Concrete Blocks

silver saucepan on a rocket stove

I’ve had a number of people mention the possibility of concrete blocks exploding under high heat. For the safety of my readers, I’ve removed this content.  Stay tuned, though! I’m experimenting with a brick rocket stove. 

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