Suffering from cabin fever? Why not try out of one these nine camping projects to pass the time and showcase your geeky side.
All of theses projects come from cleaver folks over at Make: Magazine. Be sure to click on the links at the bottom of each description for full instructions. Happy making!
1. Teardrop Camper Trailer
Tired of camping in tents? Want to give glamping a try? Build a teardrop camper trailer and create a glamping suite with your favorite features. Plus, when you pull up to the campsite with one of these babies, you are sure to make your neighbors green with envy. For full instructions to make your own teardrop click here.
2. Lego Head Propane Tank
Have you ever noticed that propane tanks look like large Lego Heads? We’re not talking about the big ones for houses, but the ones that you take camping. You may not have noticed because they are usually painted in drab colors. If you want to bring out your propane tank’s inner Lego character, try this simple project on a lazy day. All you have to do is paint your propane tank bright yellow and add a face to one side. Voila! You are now the proud owner of a Lego Head propane tank. For full instructions click here.
3. Roll-Up Silverware Holder
Tableware has a way of classing meals up, especially when you are in the great outdoors. But keeping track of every spoon and fork can be a hassle. Make sure your utensils don’t get lost with this easy to do roll-up holder project. For full instructions click here.
4. Portable Air Conditioner
Do you love camping, but hate those hot summer days? Cool things off with a portable air conditioner that you can make out of an old cooler. Other materials include a small radiator, a couple of fans, and a pump. Connect these parts to a battery or the DC jack in your RV or car, and you’ll be living the good life. For full instructions click here.
5. Wood Gas Camp Stove
Instead of spending a ton of money on a highly engineered camp stove, build your own for pennies on the dollar. This incredibly easy to make stove was built from an old tin can and will put $100 back in your pocket. For full instructions click here.
6. Duct Tape or Leather Cord Wrap
You aren’t a real geek if you don’t take some electronics with you on your camping trip. The problem with these devices are are that their cords often end up in a tangled mess. Thankfully, this can easily be avoided with a cord wrap made from duct tape or leather. This easy to make cord wrap is an excellent way to stay organized in the great outdoors. For full instructions click here.
7. Solar Laptop Charger
It can be hard to find an outlet to charge your laptop while you’re camping in the woods. Thankfully, you won’t need one with this DIY solar laptop charger. This particular charger is made from a charge controller, solar panel, and reclaimed batteries. For full instructions click here.
8. Campfire Coloring Kit
Do you love chemistry? If so, what do lithium carbonate, copper chloride, and copper acetate all have in common? All these chemicals can be used to add bright, vibrant color to your campfire. If you want to make your next camping trip more memorable than the last, bring these babies along. But, make sure to practice before your trip so that you know which chemicals to use to get the desired effect. That way you will be more than ready to wow your friends and show off your geeky prowess. For full instructions click here.
9. Star Wars Can Lantern
Lanterns are a great way to provide light at the campsite, but they won’t win any fashion contests. Instead of using normal paper lanterns, jazz things up with Star Wars themed can lanterns. You can create lanterns of your favorite characters like Yoda, R2D2, and/or Luke Skywalker. No matter what you decide, these Star Wars can lanterns are a fun way to decorate your campsite table. They are surprisingly easy to make and an excellent way to showcase your geeky side while camping. For full instructions click here.
What did you think of these geeky camping projects? Do you have any of your own to share? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.