5 Things to Start Making at Home

If you scroll down this list of 5 common items, it’s easy to imagine purchasing each one of them from a store. But if you desire a handmade lifestyle, why not take the plunge and begin experimenting with a more hands-on approach to the items you surround yourself with? Whether in your kitchen, your living space, your office or your garden, you can make many of the things you need. Here are some ideas and resources to help you on your journey.

1. Soap

With a few ingredients and a little free time, you can make a batch of homemade soap. Try oatmeal, cinnamon, homegrown herbs and essential oils to add fresh and warm scents to your creations. Your skin is an important organ—you want to know what you’re putting on it. Read Soothe Your Skin With Handmade Soap to learn how to get started.

2. Compost

It’s an awesome feeling to reduce your home’s waste load and create an amazing, rich garden amendment at the same time. Set up a compost crock on your kitchen counter, and a worm bin indoors or compost bins outdoors for your food scraps. Your outdoor compost can also be home to yard debris and spent garden plants. Read How to Make a Worm Bin and Compost Made Easy to get going on your composting adventures.

3. Cheese

Fresh, creamy mozzarella? Mild cheddar? Goat cheese with fresh herbs? All of these and more can be wonders of your own kitchen if you have a litte time and some high-quality milk. To learn how to make your own cheese, see Easy Cheesy: 4 Super-Simple Recipes.

4. Butter

Churning fresh butter isn’t just an activity of past generations. You can save money, use milk from a trusted, local dairy, and taste the difference if you make your own butter at home. If you’ve never done it, don’t worry: It’s truly a simple process. In fact, it’s just moving around milk! To learn more, see How to Make Butter at Home.

5. Brooms

Most brooms from the cleaning aisle of the store are made with different kinds of plastics—and they won’t hold up very long at home. That means you’ll likely be buying another one a few years down the road. But did you know you could make brooms (handheld brooms for little jobs or long-handled brooms for floors) at home out of simple materials? It could be a fun project to do with others, and at the end, you’ll truly have something unique and sturdy to use in your home. Learn how to make your own in How to Make a Broom.

Related: Homemade Easter Egg Dyes, Homemade Toothpaste and 25 Easy Homemade Gift Ideas

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Nona E.
Nona E.2 years ago

Very inspiring...fills my head with ideas. But, even if I don't follow through, it's run to read about and I can "talk a good game".

Elizabeth O.
.3 years ago

Interesting ideas.

Irene S.
Irene S.3 years ago

What's the point of trying to make butter and cheese if I have to get the milk from the grocery store? There aren't any dairies where I live--all the cows are raised for meat (and my family does buy beef locally). I agree with Ra S.: these activities sound fun enough, but they sure don't sound practical at all.

New G.
New G.3 years ago

Thank you.

Ra Sc
Ra Sc3 years ago

I tend to find that these sorts of ideas are more things to do if you find it fun, than they are practical things to do. They take a lot of time. And you have to ask yourself, what else could I be doing with that time? I suppose composting doesn't take a huge amount of time, but I've always really disliked composting. I'm glad people do it, but it has never worked out well for me.

Shalvah Landy
Past Member 3 years ago

I checked up on making soap,and like Jackson Z. said it sounds really tedious, not very practical..

Ernie Miller
william Miller3 years ago


Sheri P.
Sheri P.3 years ago

thanks for the ideas! making a broom sounds kinda tricky though...and where do you find broomcorn?

Sarah M.
Sarah M.3 years ago


Bethany Donaher
Bethany Donaher3 years ago

I already enjoy making soap. I think my next prject wil be chees.