3 Awesome DIY Camping Projects!

1. Hammock


Needed Materials: 

A piece of fabric roughly 7+ feet long and at least 3 1/2  feet wide. You can get creative with the sizing.

Cord, rope or webbing. You’ll need about 2-3 feet for each side. You can buy scraps at REI for pretty cheap.

Utility cord. You’ll need about 3-4 feet.

Step 1: Fold over one of the ‘short’ ends of your fabric to make a 8 inch (non sewed) hem.

Hammock Hammock

Step 2: About 2 inches from the edge of the hem, gather the fabric from both sides. Hold with your fist.

Hammock Hammock

Step 3: Tie a loop with your cord, leaving a 3-4 inch tail (do this before you gather the fabric).

Step 4: Wrap the cord around the hammock where your fist is. Thread the end of the cord through the loop.

Hammock Hammock

Step 5: Cinch the loop down and wrap the cord tightly around the hammock 3-4 times.

Step 6: Tie the two ends of the cord together using your favorite sturdy knot.

Hammock You did it!

Step 7: Thread the webbing. You can thread it through by hand, or the easiest way is tape the webbing to a yard stick and push the webbing through the hem.

Step 8: Tie a knot in your webbing, repeat steps on the other side. Your hammock is ready.

2. Fish Trap

Needed Materials: 

Soda or juice bottle – 2 litre  (with the lid still on)

Sharp knife

What to do:

1. Remove the label from your bottle.

2. Take a sharp knife and make a cross on one large flat side of the bottle.

3. Use your fingers to push the corners of the plastic cross down into the bottle.

To use your trap:

1. Tie your trap with some string to a large stone or tree to stop it floating away.

2. Place some mushed up white bread inside and sink it in a pond or lake for a few hours or overnight. The fish will enter the trap but aren’t clever enough to get out.

3. Next morning, simply open the lid of the bottle and pour the fishies into your bait bucket. You’re all set for a day of fishing!

3. Firewood Sling


Needed Materials:

  • One large canvas tote
  • Thread
  • Fabric shears
  • Sewing Machine w/ heavy duty needle
  • Pins or binder clips
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

Step 1 – Deconstruct Tote: With the bag inside out, cut along the side seams trimming off the seam allowances.


Step 2 – Shape Ends: Measure 4″ in from the side and 7″ down from the top. Draw a diagonal line between these points using a ruler and pencil. Cut off the triangles along the pencil line. Finish the raw edges of the angle and sides using a serger or a zigzag stitch.


Step 3 – Finish Edges: Fold angled and side edges in 1/4″ and topstitch.


Step 4 – Create a shorter, beefier handle: Fold each strap back on itself as shown above. Pin or use binder clips to hold in place.


Step 5 – Stitch: Sew across the layered handle and down each side of the overlapped area.firewood-sling-step5

Step 6 – Pick Up Sticks! You can take your Firewood Sling out into the woods, lay it out on the ground and fill it up!


via [Betz White]

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