Simply Thrifty has a post up here (hat-tip to Lavonne!) with links to directions for 100 different things you can make yourself.
Just for fun, I’d love to know which of these items you’ve made yourself. Check out the list here and then tell us in the comments section!
Here’s what I’ve made from the list (not necessarily using the same directions, though):
Now, not all of the items from the above list were great successes, but I have tried my hand at making them at least once. What about you? Oh and feel free to tell us if there are other things you’ve made which weren’t on this list, too!
I have a hunch that there’s probably at least a reader or two who has
made just about every single one of those 100 things. Some of you are
I’ve made only 26 of the items on the list. I posted about those, along with the things I’d like to make someday and the things I’ll definitely never make:
I love to make things, though I don’t have as much free time as I’d like (pesky full-time job!) tee hee.
I LOVE to make cakes from scratch, as well as handmade journals.
Martha Artyomenko says
I see alot of people make their own hummus. I like it, but have disliked the homemade stuff I have had. Have a good recipe for it?
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not on the list: mexican seasoning mix, satchel, and popsicles
How fun! Here are the things I’ve made: Applesauce, Spaghetti sauce, Barbecue sauce, Mayonnaise, Pesto, Salsa, Hummus, Gravy, Wedding cake, Stuffing, Pancake mix, Pudding pops, Ice cream, Chicken Nuggets, Pizza, Pasta, Playdough, Bubbles, Laundry detergent, Curtains, Sweater, Skirt, Poncho, Socks, Bread, Potato chips, Pretzels, Tortillas, Crossword puzzles
Thanks for sharing!! :>)
This is a fun idea! From her list I’ve made:
Applesauce, Spaghetti Sauce, Syrup (not from a tree – just boiling sugar and maple flavoring together!), Jelly, Guacamole, Salsa, Hummus, Gravy, Stuffing, Pancake Mix, Pudding Pops, Ice cream, Pizza, Dog Treats, Playdough, Bubbles, Laundry Detergent, Curtains, Skirt, Bread, Pretzels and Tortillas.
Other things I’ve tried: Dishwasher Detergent, Windshield Washer Fluid, Quilt, Afghan, Scarf, Dishcloths, canned fruit, marshmallows, bubble bath, lip gloss, bath salts, tote bags, hair bows, lots of crafty things, cards, organizers, cream soup mix, etc…
This is a great way to inspire and stretch ourselves to do more!
I put my list on my blog and I’ll keep adding to it as I think of things. I realized that there’s lots of little things that I’ve done that I take for granted, but are still important.
Tammy L says
I don’t see toothpaste or deodorant on the list… both things I’ve made! 😀
I didn’t count how many I’d tried… maybe I’ll post about it on my blog. 🙂
I have made Spaghetti sauce (tonight!), Barbecue sauce, peanut butter (in the grinder at Whole Foods), guacamole, salsa, mango salsa, hummus, coffee (ha ha), gravy, stuffing, pancake mix, ice cream, pizza, play-do, bubbles, books, jewelry, candles, a stool, bread, donuts, pinatas, crayons (out of broken crayons), an igloo (ok I tried), and crossword puzzles (another failed attempt).
That’s 25 things. May I also add: fruit leather (mostly a failure), garam masala, curry powder, frozen yogurt, popsicles, pie crust, gingerbread house, simple Christmas decorations and Shakespearian hats (out of simpler hats, heh).
I am a stay at home mom and a professional photographer on the side. I have made…
my own soup recipies
whole wheat bread
rye dinner rolls
balsamic grilled onions
steakhous style hamburgers
baby burp cloths
numerious sewn gifts
baby nursing pillow just like the boppy
zippered pencil bads
rag quilts with matching pillows
Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings says
Great post (and list)!
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Baskets (I haven’t but dh has)
Bookshelves (dh has made several for us including some out of old home stereo speakers)
Stool (dh has)
Socks (not made but darned enough of them LOL)
Tree fort (dh and his Dad built the children’s tree house)
Back yard shed (dh has)
Birdhouse (dh and the boys)
House (dh is in construction and has built many house and commercial buildings from the ground up_
A loofah (we grew loofah gourds one year… that was fun to do and then dry for the loofah sponges)
I have made 31 things on the list. Some that worked great and I still do regularly: bread, spaghetti sauce, guacamole, hummus, gravy, pizza. Some that did not work well at all: bagels, laundry soap, root beer.
And some I am still working on: tortillas and anything sewn or crocheted.
That was fun! I went through the list and posted what I’ve made before.
Thanks, Crystal! 🙂
I have tried making applesauce, jelly, pesto, pasta, dog treats, playdough, finger paint, bubbles, books, paper, jewelry, camera, skirt, pretzels, bagels, crayons, and crossword puzzles with some mistakes and sucesses. I LOVE to and usually make bread, pizza, gravy, pancake mix, salsa, coffee, guacamole, bbq sauce, and spaghetti sauce.
What a great list! I can’t wait to try some of these!
I have made most of these and also was very proud to have made my own sourdough bread with no yeast (created a fermented batter with no yeast and my bread actually did rise and was fantastic!!!) Hard to keep going though.
All of the following have been tried at least once:
2) Spaghetti sauce
8) Pancake mix
9) Pudding pops
10) Ice cream
11) Chicken Nuggets
15) All purpose household cleaner
19) Shorts (for baby boy, and bloomers for girls)
20) Back yard shed (helped my husband, but mainly him)
27) Cheese (yogurt cheese)
Things I have made:
Did you make your wedding cake?
Best I can tell, on a quick count I’ve made only 16 things on the list, but I’ve also made (not on the list)
Taco Seasoning Mix
Crib bumpers (two sets)
Crib dust ruffles (two sets)
And a **HUGE** number of child dress-up wear and costumes for everything prince/knight/princess/Batman capes, Samurai costumes, Mexican ponchos, knight’s armor, Greek togas, a woman’s Colonial mob hat, and a boy’s colonial knickers, with several other forgotten items, too. Also a Renaissance costume.
what about baby food? Not that MY kid would eat any of the lovely baby food that I made, but it was still fun to make.
42 out of 100 -posted on my blog
Here’s what I’ve made from the list:
Spaghetti sauce, Barbecue sauce, Jelly, Guacamole, Pesto, Salsa, Hummus, Gravy, Stuffing, Pancake mix, Ice cream, Chicken Nuggets, Pizza, Pasta, Pickles, Wine (my parents did this when I was a kid), Playdough, Bubbles, Books, Rubber stamps,
Jewelry, Curtains, Rugs, Candles, Bookshelves, Tables, Skirt, Blouse, Shorts
Birdhouse, Compost, Sun clock, Bread, Potato chips, Pretzels, Donuts, A pinata, Crayons,
A lava lamp, A Kite, Modeling clay, Crossword puzzles
Here are the things that I’ve made not on the list:
Jerky (a FoodNetwork recipe – Good Eats, I believe)
Wedding Veil (my own of course)
That’s all I can think of for now!
Applesauce [and apple butter], Spaghetti sauce, Barbecue sauce, Jelly [and jam, and canned fruits], fireweed syrup, Mayonnaise, Guacamole, Pesto, Salsa, Mango salsa, Hummus, Gravy, Stuffing, Pancake mix, Ice cream, Chicken Nuggets [that was a little crazy], Pizza, Pickles, Playdough, Fingerpaint, Bubbles, Books, All purpose household cleaner, Jewelry, Curtains, Tables, Skirt, Compost, Bread, Pitas, Potato chips, Pretzel, Donuts, Bagels, A pinata, Tortillas, Cheese, A Kite, An igloo [ok, a snow cave for winter camping. Not blocks of ice], Crossword puzzles. I’ve also made cloth diapers and wipes, and blankets. I made a shelf once, and I try to make as much of my baked goods from scratch as possible.
This is a hard list to compile without seeming brag-ful… 😉 but it’s really fun to see what you can make yourself!
I’ve made 56 of the 100, and I added about 20-some more items not on her list that I thought up off the top of my head. (Such as quilts; I was surprised about that not being on the list too). I posted my list on my blog: http://make–do.blogspot.com/2008/06/100-things-you-can-make.html
I’ve made 56 of the 100, and I added about 20-some more items not on her list that I thought up off the top of my head. (Such as quilts; I was surprised about that not being on the list too). I posted my list on my blog: http://make–do.blogspot.com/2008/06/100-things-you-can-make.html I love visitors!
Of the 100 things on the list, I have made:
2. Spaghetti sauce
3. Barbecue sauce
12. Mango salsa
23. Pancake mix
81. Donuts (failure as a teen!)
I’ve made: Spaghetti sauce, Barbecue sauce, Maple syrup, Jelly, Peanut butter, Mayonnaise, Guacamole, Salsa, Hummus, Coffee, Gravy, Stuffing, Pancake mix, Ice cream, Chicken Nuggets, Pizza, Bubbles, All purpose household cleaner, Hair conditioner, Moisturizer, Jewelry, Curtains, Skirt, Poncho, Coat, Blouse, Shorts, Birdhouse,
Bread, Donuts, Sausages, Crayons, Tortillas, Cheese. That was fun!
I have made spaghetti sauce, crayons, bird house, fingerpaints, baby wipes, playdough and spaghetti sauce.
I find it fun and rewarding to make things like this and not spend money on buying already made items.
We get more out of homemade things and enjoyment out of making them.
Rachel R. says
Applesauce, Spaghetti sauce, Barbecue sauce, Guacamole, Pesto, Hummus, Gravy, Stuffing, Pancake mix, Pudding pops, Ice cream, Chicken Nuggets, Pizza, Playdough, Books, Laundry detergent, All purpose household cleaner, Soap, Baskets, Paper, Jewelry, Curtains, Skirt, Bread, Pretzels, Donuts, Sausages (well, sausage), Bagels, Crayons, Tortillas
(A few of these things I can’t imagine buying! lol) I haven’t made potato chips, but I have made corn chips. And croissants. Crackers (haven’t found a good recipe yet, though). Aprons, dresses, baby toys, homeschool curriculum, etc.
Some of these things we’ll try if we ever have need for them. For example, we’ve never made bubbles – largely because we were given a huge bottle of bubbles when my daughter was really little, and we haven’t come close to finishing it off yet. We have no reason to make our own!
Wow, I’ve never thought of making a lava lamp. That would be a cool science project!
Elizabeth-The Whole Family says
I make homemade Pesto with basil that I grow in pots on the porch. We use that for chicken pesto pizza and pasta. Also we mix some pesto in mayo for a nice flavor for our sandwiches. Yummy.
We also make mustard, etc…
I’ve tried 27 out of 100 – same as you if I counted properly, but not the same 27 things.
Eden C. says
I’ve made apple sauce, jelly, gravy, pancake mix, playdough, salt dough, wipes, bubbles, baskets, paper, curtains, rugs, candles, skirts, bird houses, bread, pretzels, donuts, modeling clay, cards, etc.
I love all the other ideas here! I will HAVE to try!
2. Spaghetti sauce
6. Pancake mix
7. Ice cream
8. Chicken Nuggets
I make pincushions. That’s not on the list! 🙂
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I just posted my list…36 of 100, not bad I thought 🙂
Well, I’m the same as you. Not everything necessarily turned out perfect but at least I tried;)
Also, the clay link was just homemade playdough so I guess I’ve done that too.
2. Spaghetti sauce
3. Barbecue sauce
4. Maple syrup
6. Peanut butter
14. Wedding cake
17. Pancake mix
18. Pudding pops
19. Ice cream
20. Chicken Nuggets
23. Dog treats
28. Laundry detergent
29. All purpose household cleaner
44. Potato chips
47. A pinata
49. A Kite
Let’s see I’ve made:
applesauce, spaghetti sauce, barbeque sauce, gravy, stuffing, pasta, playdough, ponchos, coat, pretzels, and bread. I must say I was suprized to see biodiesel on her list.
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I love making my own strawberry preserves, applesauce, pancake mix (got my recipe from Good Eats), and granola. One other thing, not on the list, is homemade nut butter. It is really best made in small batches and used immediately, but is really, really yummy.
I have made guacamole, salsa, hummus, gravy, stuffing, pancake mix, pizza, baskets, playdough, books, all purpose cleaner, jewelry, compost. Also, dresses and pillows, childrens’ musical instruments, snow globes and other craft items, healthy spreadable butter, soaps and beauty treatments all of which were not on the list. Hey, I’ll try almost anything once and more if it turns out well.
With varying levels of success, I’ve made: Spaghetti sauce, Guacamole, Salsa, Hummus, Gravy, Pizza, Pasta, Playdough, Bubbles, Books, Paper, Jewelry, Curtains, Tables, Skirt, Shorts, Sun clock, Bread, Cheese, Crossword puzzles
Not bad for a 22 year old college student. Some were awesome projects as a child, others were the results of necessity (like the bedside table that was a computer box duct taped to a cinder block draped with fabric. It worked perfectly.)
I’m surprised quilts weren’t on the list. I’ve made a few. 🙂
What a great topic! I have made 49 of the 100 items listed and looking forward to trying Ginger Ale and laundry soap next. I actually just priced out the laundry soap ingredients this morning. Thanks for the ideas!
I justt made my own BBQ sauce last night- does that count?