Winter is no doubt one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. It brings with it the Christmas cheer, and the fresh snowfall is nothing short of picturesque. But while it’s every bit magical, this season gets quite chilly, with temperatures sometimes plummeting below zero.
However, these cold temperatures should be no concern if you have a professional heater and a backup option to keep you and your loved ones warm and cozy in case of a power outage. However, if you don’t have one, you can consider making one from scratch using these ten creative homemade DIY heaters that work.
1. 100W Mini Heater
Keeping your body and feet warm during the cold months is easy. It’s the hands that need salvation because they’re constantly exposed, especially when indoors. Luckily, with this DIY heater, your hands no longer need to stay frozen or tucked away in mittens when it gets chilly because it’s compact enough to hold and keep yourself warm. It’s non-electric, so you can even bring it to your next camping adventure. Use it to fix a quick omelet or a simple, two to three-ingredient snack once the cold season is over and your hands no longer need warming.
2. DIY Simple Room Heater
Want a DIY heater that’s more functional than the mini heater above but still simple enough to get your kids involved in the project? Try this simple room heater. It’s so simple as it uses basic, easy-to-access items such as a pringles packet, a fan designed from a hairdryer, a few repurposed connecting wires, and hot glue. Check out the specifics in the above video tutorial.
3. Electric Fan Heater
If you believe in your technical skills and won’t mind putting them to the test, this electric fan heater is the perfect DIY project to indulge in next. It uses a 750W nichrome wire to generate heat and runs on a 220V power supply. Once complete, it consumes 750 watts of power, which should be no deal-breaker as it’s pretty good at its job. Likewise, you can also make your own electric fans for the summer months.
4. DIY Space Heater
This simple DIY space heater has plywood parts and is box-shaped, making it a perfect rustic accessory for your bedroom or rooms in your home not connected to HVAC. You can place it on your bedside table or any other flat surface you fancy. The best part? Thanks to its powerful components, it doesn’t just look good; it works just as well. It can be a great addition to your man cave.
5. Solar Can Heater
If you are an avid beer fan or an energy drink addict with countless cans sitting around somewhere, this DIY heater project is just the perfect fit for you. It uses about 270 cans and a couple of fans from old computers. It’s one of the most functional DIY heaters on our list, but brace yourself for the task as you’ll need to drill holes and glue all the cans together to create the solar panel. As long as you can put in the time and effort, this DIY solar can heater won’t disappoint you.
6. Flower Pot Heater
Space heaters (including most DIY options) do an excellent job keeping spaces warm but aren’t always the most stylish. If anything, most of them are designed to be functional and not aesthetically pleasing.
Luckily, you don’t have to settle with an average-looking DIY heater, as you can always make one from a flower pot, as illustrated above. It’ll be a superb ice-breaker and a cost-effective way to keep your home warm when the cold weather comes knocking.
7. Penny Alcohol Stove
A penny alcohol stove is the easiest, cheapest, and most reliable DIY heater or stove you’ll probably ever make. Plus, it’s lightweight and functional enough to bring to your camping, backpacking, and other outdoor adventures. For this basic project, you’ll need two soda cans (can be juice, energy drink, or any other suitable cans), rubbing alcohol, a penny, scissors, a pair of pliers, and a push pin. Check out the step-by-step guide on DIY Joy to learn how to complete this project.
8. Emergency Alcohol Heater
Did you know an alcohol heater can cook and keep you warm during power outages? If you didn’t know, now you do, and if you didn’t fancy the alcohol stove above, this one might suit your needs and preferences. And it uses the most basic household items; a metal can, toilet paper rolls, and 70% rubbing alcohol. All these are items you can find in a heartbeat.
However, if you’re looking to make something more functional, you can follow a step-by-step tutorial on REI’s Uncommon Path blog.
9. Indoor Tabletop Fire Pit
Want a DIY heater that does more than keep you warm? Make this tabletop firepit and thank us later. And it’s so easy to make that you can DIY it with your eyes closed. You only need to fill a small ceramic candle holder with playing marbles until quarter-full, insert a glass candle handle and fill it with more marbles (of your choice), and pour bioethanol on the marbles inside the glass-candle holder, light it up, and voila! You have the most beautiful tabletop firepit you’ll come across.
10. Solar Air Collector
A DIY heater is great, but a solar air collector heater is even better because it collects and keeps your home warm through the sun’s heat. Additionally, it’s easy to make, and you’ll only need easily accessible materials like glass, foam board, and used metal siding, as illustrated in the video above.
Safety Tips to Remember
Unlike most DIY heaters, the ten creative ones listed above actually work. However, you’ll be working with dangerous heating elements in some instances, which is why you need to keep the following safety tips in mind:
- Ensure your workspace is well-ventilated
- Ensure smoke detectors are working before you begin
- Keep kids and pets away from intricate DIY projects such as the electric heater above
- Don’t leave an open flame burning away, even if it’s to keep warm while asleep. Warm-up before if necessary
- Complete the projects above in a separate space
Keeping Warm With a DIY Heater
A DIY heater won’t replace your HVAC, but it’ll come in handy when there’s a power outage or if your system is defective. The above creative DIY heaters work and are pretty straightforward to make. But, make sure you put your safety first while working on your favorite DIY project.