18 Ingenious DIY Camping Hacks That Make Roughing It Easy
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18 Ingenious DIY Camping Hacks That Make Roughing It Easy

If you’ve got a weekend camping trip coming up, make sure you’re ready to take on the outdoors with these DIY projects that bring a little bit of home comfort to the back woods. Turn a tent into a boudoir using an air mattress, create plenty of games to keep you occupied in your downtime and keep bugs away with non-toxic homemade mosquito repellent. No matter if you’re a first-time hiker or a veteran backpacker, these tricks are sure to come in handy on your next excursion. Read on for 18 camping DIYs to make enjoying nature a little more enjoyable!

1. DIY Roll-Up Cactus Mat: If you’ve been camping before, you understand the importance of having a mat outside of your tent. To ensure your sleeping space stays relatively free of tracked-in dirt, mud and pine needles, make sure to bring this adorable version along with you! (via Brit + Co)

2. DIY Color Rock Dominoes: Rather than sticking to the conventional black and white, these bright and bold rock dominoes add a colorful punch to the classic game. To make, you’ll need six different acrylic paint colors, a brush and 28 flat rocks. At least you and your friends won’t have to worry about getting bored! (via The House That Lars Built)

3. DIY Painted Marshmallow Roasting Forks: This project calls for basic utensils ($1 each from Target), washi tape and craft paint — that’s it. And they’re so pretty, you’ll want to bust them out at every opportunity (beach bonfires, fondue date night… the list goes on). (via A Bubbly Life)

4. DIY Mason Jar Citronella Candles: Keep pesky bugs away with these mason jar citronella candles. Pro tip: Avoid wicks covered in wax, which don’t absorb the citronella oil very well. And note that the thicker the wick, the bigger the flame! (via One Little Project)

5. DIY Cornhole Game: For a fun and low-key activity, make this beanbag toss set and bring it along on your next camping trip. Once you get home, expect this addictive game to become a permanent addition to your backyard soirees. (via Brit + Co)

6. DIY Leather Blanket Strap: Keep your picnic blanket, yoga mat or even sleeping bag neatly rolled with these homemade straps. For a stylish touch, add layered swipes of multicolored nail polish to the snaps. (via Brit + Co)

7. DIY Cozy Air Mattress: There’s no loss of comfort with this luxe setup. Thanks to a heap of plush bolsters, cozy blankets and throw pillows, your air mattress will feel like your own bed. (via Stacey Homemaker)

8. DIY Sleeping Pad: If you plan on backpacking, hauling an air mattress around just isn’t an option — but crafting your own lightweight cushion could be. With fabric, thick batting or thin foam, a sewing machine and an iron, you’ll be ready to make your next adventure a little more comfortable. (via The Merrythought)

9. DIY Camp Chair Cover: Never mind sitting on an uncomfortable rock or bug-covered log — upgrade your campsite seating with these super cute DIY camp chairs. Customize using heavy canvas or easy-care polyester fabric in your choice of colors or prints. (via The House That Lars Built)

10. DIY Metal Fire Pit: This one is a bit of an undertaking, but so worth it. You can upcycle an old metal basin from a washing machine into a surprisingly perfect fire pit. It’s like they were made for this exact purpose — their holes allow in plenty of air to feed the fire while still shielding the flames. (via The Flourishing Abode)

11. DIY Mason Jar Tumbler: These containers are so versatile, you could probably make an entire list of mason jar-inspired camping hacks (which gives me an idea…). To make these spill-resistant tumblers, you’ll need a mason jar and lid, a reusable straw and an electric drill. (via Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe)

12. DIY Customized Enamel Camping Cup: Sometimes the little things really bring a spark of fun. Personalize your own mug with a white lacquer paint pen to make even camp coffee seem joyful. (via Look What I Made)

13. DIY Folding Camp Stools: Though building your own furniture takes a little effort, you’ll have a comfortable place to rest when you’re done. Plus, you can customize your seats with whatever colors or designs you want. How many store-bought stools offer that? (via How About Orange)

14. DIY Mason Jar Spill-Proof Snack Container: Turn a canning jar into a snack shaker with this creative DIY. All you need is an empty juice container, a mason jar, a pair of scissors and a marker. Once you’re finished, fill the jar with your favorite trail mix for a neat way to power up without having to pause your hike. (via Babble)

15. DIY Mosquito Repellent: Don’t let itchy bites ruin your outdoor experience. Keep those annoying blood-suckers at bay with this non-toxic bug spray you can whip up in no time. (via Brit + Co)

16. DIY Shower Lanyard: There’s nothing less fun than rummaging around your toiletries bag mid-shower for your body wash. Well, maybe other than having to put your bottles on the dirty floor since there aren’t any ledges in the camp shower. Thanks to this shower lanyard hack, you won’t have to worry about either of those problems anymore. (via Team Engelbrecht)

17. DIY S’mores On-the-Go Kit: This s’mores kit isn’t just cute — it’s also a practical way to organize all the necessary goodies. Never end up with way too many graham crackers and not enough marshmallows again. (via Snowdrop and Company)

18. DIY Tin Can Cutlery Holder: Tin cans, paint, a wooden board and a leather handle come together in this adorable and practical organizer perfect for campsite table decor. For an even easier DIY, opt for tin cans and a shower caddy. (via Muy Ingenioso)

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