12 Camper Makeovers that will Amaze You

I’m going to let you all in on a little dream of mine. I want to makeover a vintage camper SO badly! I’m a little more concerned with buying a house right now (ugh), but one day, I would love nothing more than to purchase a rundown vintage trailer and make it over into the cutest, coziest trailer to take on adventures and camping trips. Since I’m more interested in “glamping” than actual camping, these camper makeovers seemed like the perfect inspiration for me.  Continue Reading

Ready, Aim, Fire! How to Stock a Campfire Box

Roaring campfire
Photo: Amber Dickson

Whether at the beach, the woods, or your own backyard, a campfire is a guaranteed way to relax and enjoy your favorite people.  Take a little time to stock a campfire box with a few of the following fire-starting supplies.  It will make lighting a campfire quick and easy and therefore more likely to happen. Your future (smoke-scented) self will thank you.         


Materials needed for this project
Photo: Amber Dickson

1.  Newsprint

If you still receive your news in print, stash a stack in your box.  Continue Reading

No Campfire? No Problem! Make a Portable S’mores Fire Pot

No Campfire? No Problem! Make a Portable S'mores Fire Pot

I grew up as a Girl Scout and did my fair share of camping, and the s'mores were always my favorite part. Even as an adult, I would toast s'mores on my gas stove, but sadly my current home has an electric stove, leaving me without a makeshift campire to make s'mores. Rather than letting that stop me, I made this portable s'mores fire pot with Sterno ethanol gel canisters and a planter pot! 

 This is an incredibly easy project to whip up with a pot and rocks, but it's the perfect way to enjoy homemade s'mores with the same feeling of a campfire. Continue Reading

Roundup: 10 Gourmet Campfire Cooking Recipes

Your taste buds don’t have to suffer just because modern conveniences aren’t available in the woods… you’ll want to go camping every weekend after you try some of these amazing recipes!   


1. Stay healthy by packing a salad in a jar. Find out how to make one here. [Photo: Redbook]

2. Tilapia piccata with snap peas wrapped in foil is an easy (and delicious) dinner. Click here for the recipe. [Photo: Carolyn’s Recipe Box]

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Knots You May Need

Way back when, I knew how to tie a few fancy knots. My weekend workshops reminded me that I need to brush up on knot tying for lots of crafty reasons.  Here’s a handy post on one of those know-it-all sites (20-20 Site) that has illustrated tied knots as well as the coordinating You Tube video to really drive the point home. Did someone say Visual Learner? Macrame, upholstery, camping, rock climbing, securing, boating, hauling…

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Make a Camping Trip De-Skunking Kit


A camping or hiking trip can go all wrong if your dog gets hit by skunk spray. Be prepared. Put together your own de-skunking shampoo kit just for good measure. Here’s what you need to put in your kit:

  • hydrogen peroxide
  • baking soda
  • dish soap


  • rubber gloves
  • bucket
  • spray bottle
  • vinegar
  • pet shampoo

Pack these up in a little bag and throw in the car with your other gear. You’ll need to find running water if you have to use the de-skunkifying kit. Continue Reading

Make a Girly Oilcloth Pup Tent

created at: 06/02/2010

If I had a mom like me when I was a kid, I would have been a happy camper, literally. My mom was creative, but probably wouldn’t have attempted to make me a cozy, girly, oilcloth pup tent where my buds and I could hang out in the rain, or even spend the night.

In order to make this pretty little tent for you or your kids, here’s what you’ll need:

6 yards 55″ wide girly oilcloth ( Anna Marie Horner’s laminated cotton fabric)

2 48″ x 1″ dowel rods

2 3″ nails

grommet kit and 8 grommets

tent stakes and nylon tent rope

duct tape

hammer or hatchet


sewing machine

extra tarp for the bottom (optional)

Here’s how you create this girly hideaway:

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How To Make Fire w/o a Lighter or Matches

created at: 2009-08-10

Photo Image: Viking Campsite

Searching for an origami project led me to the following tutorial on YouTube by 5 Minute Studio. Let’s just say you’re stranded somewhere without a lighter or matches

but you, for some reason, have some fine steel wool and a battery, no worries. This acturally looks  easier than using a lighter or matches to get your cozy fire started, especially if it’s windy. Great trick to impress your camping buddies.

Build your own mobile home with FREE vintage designs!

created on: 07/10/08

For the DIYer who has a penchant for vintage and wanderlust, nothing could be cooler than making your own classic trailer. Not to be attempted by the faint of heart, I’m guessing, but what a cool  project! I’m partial to the ‘lemon drop’, pictured above, but the ‘teardrop’ below is pretty sweet too. For links to these designs and others, visit Uncooped.