If you鈥檝e got a weekend camping trip coming up, make sure you鈥檙e 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聽using an air mattress, create聽plenty of games to keep you occupied in your downtime and聽keep bugs聽away with non-toxic homemade mosquito repellent. No matter if聽you鈥檙e a first-time hiker or a veteran backpacker, these tricks聽are sure to come in handy on your next excursion. Read on for聽18 camping DIYs聽to聽make enjoying nature a little more enjoyable!


1.聽DIY Roll-Up Cactus Mat: If you鈥檝e been camping before, you understand聽the importance of having a mat outside of your tent. To ensure your sleeping space聽stays relatively free of聽tracked-in dirt, mud and pine needles, make sure to bring this adorable version along with you!聽(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聽classic聽game. To make, you鈥檒l need six different acrylic paint colors, a brush and 28 flat rocks. At least聽you and your friends won鈥檛 have to worry about聽getting bored!聽(via The House That Lars Built)

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

citronella candles

4. DIY Mason Jar Citronella Candles: Keep pesky bugs away with these mason jar citronella candles. Pro tip: Avoid聽wicks covered in wax, which don鈥檛 absorb the citronella oil very well. And note that the聽thicker the wick, the bigger聽the flame!聽(via One Little Project)

cornhole game diy

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

diy leather blanket strap

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

air mattress

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

diy sleeping pack

8. DIY Sleeping Pad: If you plan on backpacking,聽hauling an air mattress聽around just isn鈥檛 an option 鈥 but crafting your own lightweight cushion could be. With fabric, thick batting or thin foam, a sewing machine and an iron, you鈥檒l be ready to make聽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 鈥 upgrade your campsite seating with these super cute聽DIY camp chairs. Customize using聽heavy canvas or easy-care聽polyester fabric in your choice of colors or prints.聽(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聽old metal basin from a washing machine into a surprisingly perfect fire pit. It鈥檚 like they were made for this exact purpose 鈥斅爐heir holes allow in plenty of air to feed the聽fire while still shielding the flames. (via The Flourishing Abode)


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


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

fold up stools

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

mason snack hack

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


15. DIY Mosquito Repellent: Don鈥檛 let itchy bites ruin your outdoor experience. Keep those annoying blood-suckers聽at bay with this non-toxic bug spray聽you can whip up in no time.聽(via Brit + Co)

shower lanyard

16. DIY Shower Lanyard: There鈥檚 nothing less fun than聽rummaging around your toiletries bag mid-shower聽for your body wash. Well, maybe other than聽having to put your bottles on the dirty floor since there aren鈥檛 any聽ledges in the camp shower. Thanks to this shower lanyard hack, you won鈥檛 have to worry about either of those problems anymore. (via Team Engelbrecht)

smores kit

17. DIY S鈥檓ores On-the-Go Kit: This聽s鈥檓ores kit isn鈥檛 just cute 鈥 it鈥檚 also a聽practical聽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)

tin can holder

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.聽For an even easier DIY, opt for tin cans and a shower caddy.聽(via Muy Ingenioso)

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