How To Make a Homemade Tent for Camping?

How To Make a Homemade Tent for Camping

You parked things in a hurry and forgot to carry a tent. After traveling for miles toward your camping destination, you get a flashback of where you left your tent. Do you go back? Luckily, you had learned a trick on how to make a homemade tent for camping. It's time to stretch out your creativity. Maybe you had carried a hammock since the weather was conducive by then. You get to the campground, and the unpredictable weather begins to change. Suppose you're not comfortable sleeping on the hammock at night, here is what to do.

1. Gather The Right Material

You can make use of a combination of what you had carried and what's available on the camping site. Here is what to take.

a. A Heavy-Duty Tarp or a Canvas Material - whichever the one you choose ensures that it's waterproof. If it's not, you will have to use waterproof sprays; If you have both, the better. The tarp makes a perfect footprint, while the canvas material is perfect when put on the top. Note that you require two materials.

b. Tent Stakes - Did you carry some tent stakes? If you have none, crave some using the woods/tree branches. To crave perfect stakes, get a knife and a strong, thin branch. It should be able to fit through the small hole of your tarp without ruining it.

c. Rope or Code/Pole - This will depend on the method you decide to use. You can use the popular rope method or even the pole method.

2. Locate A Perfect Site

So, what's a perfect site? It should be leveled. Remember getting a site with a lower elevation will attract the water to flood in. Soaking in water will ruin your earlier intention of enjoying camping. If you're using a rope method, it should have at least two trees not far from each other. You should clear any large stones and debris. Check the trees' conditions and ensure that they don't have weak branches or cracks on the trunk. They should be able to withstand storms. Ensure the ground is slightly damp since you don't want dust to spread all over when setting your tent.

3. Set The Floor

After clearing the ground, spread your tarp. Note that water likes gathering on the wrinkles and folds; smoothen it up. Make some small holes on the corners of your tarp, then hammer the stakes through each hole at an angle of 90 degrees. Since you will uproot the stakes, avoid driving the stakes too deeply. Assuming you had no carried a hammer, you can use what nature offers; the stones to drive the stake through the tarp's small hole.

Assuming you had gone camping near the ocean. How will you secure the stake and ensure that they are firm enough? Ensure that the stakes you are making have a wide base. It will provide more traction.

4. Make The Wall

Wrap the rope around the two trees several times before tightening it. You can measure how far the rope will reach with the top sheet. It should be able to reach the bottom when spread over the rope. Does the top tarp have some small holes? After spreading the tarp over the rope, align the top's corner with that of the bottom, remove the stakes, and secure both corners. Repeat the process with all the top corners.

Assuming you only have one tree, what should you do? Use a stake and the tree. Tie a rope around the tree and stretch it firmly to the stake. Hang the tarp on the rope with two equal parts hanging and secure the corners with the stake.

What if you don't have two sheets? If you only have one large sheet, you can still make your own camping tent. Tie the rope on the tree. Beneath it, spread the tarp and secure the corners of one side with stakes or stone—place rocks at the center and the edge. Throw over the unsecured side over the rope and align the bottom and top tarp's corners and secure them with a stake.

You already know how to build a tent from scratch, but you need to enhance its security. You wouldn't risk the water flooding around your tent. To avoid that, dig some trench near the wall to drive the water from your tent.

Once you know how to make your tent, it will reduce your stress levels. It's possible you lost the tent on the way. Do you have to stop on the way and buy another tent? Maybe you don't have enough money to buy a tent. So, why should you be going through all the trouble of making a tent?

1. Saves Money - Assuming you don't have any tent. Buying one can cost you a good portion of your income. If you have a tarp, you can make a tent using available resources and save money. 

If you forgot it at home, making you turn after traveling for miles is inconvenient and will waste time and money. Note that you will use more fuel that is unworthy of it. Why don't you arrive early and make your homemade tent?

2. Protects You from Elements - Once the weather changes and storms sets in, you need something to shield you together with your valuables.

3. Easy to Set Up- - If you have a tarp/canvas sheet, two trees, or even one and stakes, you are good to go. Within a short time, your tent will be ready.


You should never abort your camping mission for failing to have a tent. You can make your homemade tent and enjoy the adventure. Get a well-leveled ground and clear every obstacle. After spreading your tarp, poke some small holes at the corner. If you didn't carry the stakes, crave some using a strong and narrow stick. A slightly damp ground should be a perfect place to set your tent. You can easily hammer the stakes through the holes. When setting the rope, that the top side of the tarp will reach the ground.

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