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!
DIY Roll-Up Cactus Mat: If you’ve been camping before, you understand the importance of having a mat outside of your tent.
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.
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
DIY Mason Jar Citronella Candles: Keep pesky bugs away with these mason jar citronella candles.
DIY Cornhole Game: For a fun and low-key activity, make this beanbag toss set and bring it along on your next camping trip.
DIY Leather Blanket Strap: Keep your picnic blanket, yoga mat or even sleeping bag neatly rolled with these homemade straps.
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.
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.