9 DIY Ideas With Cinder Blocks

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Perhaps you’ve just thought of cinderblocks as what the construction worker uses to make massive walls and houses out of. You’re not incorrect, but cinderblocks are much less complex than they appear to be.

Only think of them like grown-ups building blocks that are budget-friendly! Now that you know that we’re going to discuss 9 ideas for using cinder blocks for your homestead. Why the cinder blocks, you might be wondering?

Well, since they’re widely available at every hardware store or building zone and you can get them for free if you scrap or recycle them. They’re also relatively lightweight, they’re durable, and they don’t need much in terms of repair.

Let’s dig in.

DIY Idea #1. Sturdy Seating With Cinder Blocks

Everyone enjoys having a fun garden party during the spring and summer evenings, but browsing through Craigslist or pretty much anywhere online to find durable and affordable patio furniture is often a struggle.

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Call off the hunt and make your own backyard bench using a few piled cinder blocks and some 4×4 supports to slide between them. Complete the look with a few cozy outdoor pillows, and you’ll be prepared for outdoor celebrations. Here’s an example of what it was going to look like.

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DIY Idea #2. Block Fire Pit With Cinder Blocks

Firstly, find out the regulatory standards in your county on the construction of fire pits. You may need a permit, and you may have to pay a very small charge for constructing it.

After that, you’re going to have to pick the right spot for your cinder block fire pit. You’re going to want it to be far enough away from your home, trees, firewood, and everything else that could mistakenly burn. Ideally, in case of a fire emergency, the block fire pit should be in the vicinity of a water hose.

Once you’ve reached the “sweet spot,” all you’ll need are 24 cinder block caps(it could be more or less if you want a bigger or smaller fire pit), two lava rock bags, and a mortar bag, and an approximate construction cost of less than $50. Here is a rough idea of what it should look like.

DIY Idea #3. Root Cellar Shelving With Cinder Blocks

Yeah, you can use cinder blocks to create furniture in a way that doesn’t look bad! You don’t really even need to get glue, nails, or drills, so cinder blocks make fantastic raw material for building shelves in your root cellar.

The styles, patterns, and size choices for the creation of cinder block shelves are limitless. Basically, you can bring cinder blocks to good use in your cellar to store your meats, tools, and anything you want in whatever style you choose.

This is an example of what a cinder block cellar could look like.

DIY Idea #4. Stairs With Cinder Blocks

As you can see from the images, if you’re a DIY enthusiast and you have a little skill and willpower, you can construct amazing stuff using cinder blocks.

DIY Idea #5. Garden With Cinder Blocks

This is a straightforward and money-saving concept for some plant holders in your garden using nothing more than cinder blocks and some dirt or potting soil.

If you have a few cinder blocks, you can make a circle or square with them and place your dirt and potting soil in the middle of it.

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DIY Idea #6. Desk With Cinder Blocks

Don’t let your imagination be restricted. Build on it instead! This is great for small rooms. This DIY Cinder Block Desk can be installed in just a couple of minutes with a few cinder blocks with short sides placed end-to-end, and a board cut to any length you choose.

This industrial-looking desk comes automatically with its own storage device in the hollow centers of cinder blocks. Use them to arrange desk supplies, stack books, or show a selection.

DIY Idea #7. Fire Place With Cinder Blocks

Just take a look at this image right below and you’ll see what I’m talking about. This will probably take some elbow grease, but you can get it done pretty quick and cheap for dirt.

I suggest that you have at least a little knowledge in building, but with enough will and skill, you’re going to be able to pull through. Here is a video for you to get an idea of the general building process.

DIY Idea #8. Kindling Stacker With Cinder Blocks

This is a straightforward project, as you can see. You can build an effective and creative firewood stacker by positioning two cinderblocks on the ground side by side and placing 1×4 boards in each of the holes with the boards facing outwards.

Now just nest the wood within the boards to keep it dry and clean, and when you don’t want it, it’s a piece of cake to take down!

DIY Idea #9. BBQ Rotisserie Pit With Cinder Blocks

Why do this? Well, since getting a BBQ at home is one of the most enjoyable activities in the world, particularly if you have children. You could hold parties, treat your buddies to steak, and eat the finest food on the planet.

Obviously, we’re talking about food prepared on an open flame! If you have many friends and/or a huge family, watch the video and see what I’m talking about.

Final Thoughts

You get the idea. The possibilities are endless, and I hope that you have found something to work on for fun with these couple of ideas, or you have gotten inspiration for another DIY cinder block idea. 

You can do anything with these. You can do art with them. You can put things in them. You can build a building with them, and pretty much anything else. Always keep a creative mindset and keep prepping, homesteading, and learning to survive!

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