With summer always comes camping trips, and with camping trips comes opportunities for awesome outdoor projects and tricks to impress your friends. When camping, you don’t need to go without AC or electronics if you know how to generate solar or wind power.
You don’t need to limit yourself to s’mores and hotdogs if you know tricks to cook out. Your kids will be occupied with tons of fun craft projects they can do right at the campsite if you come prepared. You can even impress your friends by making a colored campfire.
Interested? Read on to find out more.
Can Camp Stove
An efficient, mini stove made from aluminum cans is a handy piece of survival gear.
Soft Cast Using Duct Tape
For emergency first aid, you can wrap a sprained or broken arm in toilet paper and duct tape until you can seek professional medical attention.
A-frame Survival Shelter
For the true survivalist, learn how to make a classic A-frame shelter.
Hand Washing Station
This clever setup gives you the perfect hand washing station for your camping trip.
Campfire Banana Boats
What’s not to love about bananas filled with marshmallows and chocolate chips and then cooked over a campfire?
Solar Charged Stereo Cooler
Use the sun to power your music with the solar-powered stereo set up in a cooler for convenient transport.
Shoe Organizer into Campsite Kitchen Organizer
To keep track of all your cooking supplies (and keep them off the ground), use a shoe organizer.
Camping Light From Gallon Jug
Head Lamp plus gallon jug makes superb camping light.
Pocket Sized Fire
An Altoids case, cardboard, and wax can create an easy-to-start pocket-sized fire for your survival needs.
Egg Carton Fire Starter
Place charcoal into an egg carton for a simple fire starter.
TicTax Boxes for Spices
Perfect to store spices for your next camping trip.
Easy Rock Painting
A great activity for kids. Bring some paint markers and let them paint rocks they find on the trip.
Outdoor Drink Holders
No setting drinks on the ground for you! Camp in style with your homemade drink holder.
Learn how to make authentic cowboy coffee! No coffee bags here.
Beware of mites. Those critters can turn any camping trip into a nightmare. Make sure you know how to kill spider mites by taking some essential oils with you.
DIY Water Purifier
Drink water safely from lakes and ponds with a do-it-yourself water purifier.
Add a little candlelight to your campsite with these torch-like candle stakes.
Make a Colored Fire
If you want to make an awesome visual show, here’s how to make colored fire. These are not safe for cooking over.
Campfire Potato Boat
Ham, cheese, bacon, and sour cream stuffed into a potato and cooked over a campfire.
Easy Tick Removal
Ticks can easily be removed by placing a cotton ball wetted with liquid hand soap over the tick.
Kid’s Craft Camping Lantern
A battery-operated tea light, tissue paper, a plastic jar, and a bit of glue will make beautiful camping lanterns that your kids can craft themselves.
Cook Orange Cinnamon Rolls in Oranges
Place Pillsbury cinnamon rolls into orange rinds and cook over a campfire for a sweet orange treat.
Mix classic taco ingredients into individual-sized Doritos bags for transportable tacos.
Learn to craft a whistle from a willow branch!
Name Plate Can
Great for large camping trips with kids, making nameplate cans is not only a fun craft but also helps kids (and adults) identify their tents.
Craft colorful, padded rounds from tablecloths or other fabric so you can sit on the ground without getting dirty.
Cook Crescent Rolls over the Fire
Wrap crescent roll dough around a y-shaped branch for campfire crescent rolls.
Plastic Soda Bottle Lid Capsule
Make a small container out of two soda bottle lids.
Pocket Sized Oil Lamp
A compact little oil lamp that can give up to six hours of light and is easy to create yourself.
Campfire Orange Cake
Use orange rinds for ramekins and create your own individual campfire cakes.
Portable Charcoal Grill
An aluminum lasagna pan and a wire rack will give you a make-shift grill when a campfire just won’t do.
Kid’s Craft Sundial
Make a sundial with markers, a straw, and a paper plate.
Camping Wind Turbine
A wind turbine can help power some of those electric items you’d rather not do without.
Magnetic Window Screens for Car Camping
Mesh, duct tape, and magnets create a removable screen so you can keep your windows rolled down without dealing with insects.
Use an Acorn to Whistle
Learn how to use an acorn cap to whistle!
Pie Iron Pizza
Make pizza in a pie iron using bread or real pizza dough.
Rustic Hammock-Style Wilderness Chair
Become a real woodsman and made a chair out of just rope and logs.
Campfire Chicken Stew
A delicious packet of chicken and veggies cooked over a campfire.
Portable Air Conditioner
Even without electricity, you can still benefit from a little AC. All you need is ice, duct tape, a battery-powered fan, and a polystyrene cooler.
Just a match, a knife, and a clementine will create this charming little light.
Rechargeable LED Work/Camp Light
Create your own LED light for those dark nights camping.
As long as you use strike anywhere matches, you can give them a coat of shellac and you’ll still have working matches even after rain.
Campfire Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Cubed pound cake, pineapples, and tasty spices all cooked over a campfire.
Break open glow sticks in jars for awesome lights!
Campfire Popcorn Satchels
Don’t miss out on popcorn just because you are in the wilderness!