Crafts to do while camping for adults are the best, especially when it involves the outdoors. Just imagine spending time with your friends and family making cool things together.
This is not just a great way to have fun while camping but it is also a great way to teach everyone things they can use in their everyday lives.
While you are out camping and spending time with your family or friends, you still have to create a fun experience for everyone. Everyone loves spending time outside.
What if you could do different activities that everyone knows about? I am here to spice up the way you plan your trip by providing you with some DIY crafts ideas that will make your trip amazing.
You know time flies when you are camping and to make the most of your camping experience, camp activities are a must. Enhance your outdoor camping experience by making some handmade crafts for adults.
Camping is a beautiful experience that requires you to go back to your nature. You should do some fun camping crafts while you are out camping. Adults like to have fun as well when they go camping. Here are 20 craft ideas to do while camping.
Table of Contents
- Easy Camping Crafts
- 1. Hot Chocolate Bag
- 2. Campfire Candle
- 3. Fairy Lights
- 4. Friendship Bracelets
- 5. Pebble Painting
- 6. Nature Bracelets
- 7. Bottle Lanterns
- 8. Pine Cone Birds
- 9. Camp-Themed Painted Cardboard Coasters
- 10. Painted Wood or Plastic Flowers
- 11. Camping-Themed Keychains
- 12. Pinecone Bird Feeders
- 13. Tent Cards
- 14. String Art Shapes
- 15. Handprint Canvas Wall Art
- Camping Projects for Adults
- 16. Tie Dye Shirts
- 17. Make a Painted Rock
- 18. Make a Camping Journal
- 19. Make DIY Firestarters
- 20. DIY Log Cabin Tiki Torch
- 21. Leather Drawstring Pouch
- 22. Woodburned Cutting Board
- 23. DIY Survival Bracelet
- 24. Stitch Up a Tarp Blanket
- 25. Make Wooden Coasters
- 26. Make a Bandana Bib (for you or your dog)
- 27. Design a Plastic Cup Lantern (in minutes)
- 28. Create Heart-shaped Tin Foil Packets for S’mores
- 29. Make Your Own Bird Feeder
- 30. Build a Fort
- FAQ on Crafts to Do While Camping for Adults
Easy Camping Crafts
Easy camping crafts are fun especially if you are an adult on a budget. Camping with kids can be really fun too but it can be pricey to escape the city and get a wooded campground. Below is a list of cool crafts to make while camping that you can do while camping for adults! I listed them in order from the easiest to the most complicated.
1. Hot Chocolate Bag
Hot chocolate bags are the perfect craft to do while camping. You can fill these hot chocolate bags with your favorite hot chocolate, or you can make your own homemade hot chocolate while you’re out on your adventure! You can even make a batch of marshmallows to add to your hot chocolate bag if you want.
2. Campfire Candle
A campfire candle is a fun way to get your friends involved in crafting when you’re camping. All you need is a cardboard tube and some melted wax, then let them go witty decorating their candles.
3. Fairy Lights
Fairy lights are another great craft for kids, as well as adults. Fairy lights are so versatile and can be used for so many different things from lighting up your tent at night time to decorating food stalls at festivals, etc. Fairy lights also make great gifts for adults.
4. Friendship Bracelets
Handmade friendship bracelets are another super easy craft that can be done while camping, especially with friends around! These friendship bracelets don’t require any complicated knots or stitching up either which makes them perfect for beginners. You could even use these friendship bracelets as Christmas tree decorations or hang them later.
5. Pebble Painting
Pebble painting is a fun craft for adults that can be done while camping. You will need pebbles, paints, and brushes to get started with this activity.
Once you have all the materials ready, you can start painting your pebbles by dipping them in paint and then placing them on paper to dry.
You can paint different designs on each of your pebbles to create a beautiful piece of art that you can use as home decor or even give away as gifts.
6. Nature Bracelets
If you love nature and want to show it off through accessories, then this is the perfect craft for you. This craft involves using different plants to make bracelets out of them.
For example, you could use pine cones or flowers from the woods around you to create a bracelet out of them for yourself or for someone else as a gift.
It’s a beautiful way to show off your love for nature and comes in handy too since it will keep your wrists warm during those cold winter nights or rainy days.
7. Bottle Lanterns
Bottle lanterns are another great way to add some extra light to your campsite without having to rely on battery-powered lights or flashlights.
You can find bottles around any campsite and use them as lanterns by cutting out holes in the top of them with a knife or scissors and placing candles inside of them. These look really cool at night when they’re lit up.
8. Pine Cone Birds
Use pinecones, feathers, and paint to create little bird sculptures that will look adorable hanging from tree branches around your campsite or tent.
9. Camp-Themed Painted Cardboard Coasters
These are easy to make and a great way to decorate your campsite. Make them any size you want, but it’s best to use a coaster that matches the size of your drinks at camp. You can also use these coasters as placemats at mealtime.
10. Painted Wood or Plastic Flowers
This craft is perfect for someone who likes painting and nature. You can paint plastic flowers or wooden ones. Either way, this is a fun little craft that will look great on any campsite.
11. Camping-Themed Keychains
These keychains are made from paper and decorated with beads or buttons. They’re easy to make, and they’re fun to give away as gifts! You can even include them with food items like trail mix and granola bars so they’ll be eaten while camping.
12. Pinecone Bird Feeders
Itching for some bird-watching while you’re out camping? Try making pinecone bird feeders using pinecones, twine, peanut butter, and birdseed (or sunflower seeds). These feeders are easy to make and inexpensive, and they’ll bring joy to both you and the birds.
13. Tent Cards
Tent cards are great for identifying different tents or camping equipment on your campsite. These are made out of wood, but you could easily use cardstock and cut them out yourself or have them printed at a store like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s if you don’t have access to woodworking tools at home.
14. String Art Shapes
String art is one of the easiest crafts ever! And it’s perfect for camping because it doesn’t require any special supplies or materials — just some sturdy string and some sticks (which you’ll probably find lying around your campsite).
15. Handprint Canvas Wall Art
For this project, all you need is any canvas (preferably one that has been painted on before), a bunch of paint brushes, colored paper clips, and some handprints.
Create designs by placing handprints around the edges of the canvas or simply have everyone place their hands in different places on the canvas before painting over it all together with a single color (this will create beautiful patterns). Hang up your new piece of art when it’s dry.
Camping Projects for Adults
If you are an adult and you are going camping with your family or friends, then this is for you. Camping can be a lot of fun and it is a great way to spend time with each other. But when it comes to adults, they can get bored easily so here are some fun camping crafts that you can do at the campsite:
16. Tie Dye Shirts
Tie-dye shirts are a great activity for adults because it is both fun and relaxing. You can either tie dye your shirts by yourself or with the people around you. This activity will also help you bond with your friends better.
17. Make a Painted Rock
Painted rocks are one of the most popular ways to decorate your campsite and it is very easy to make them as well. All you need is some paintbrushes, watercolor paints, and rocks. You could either paint them yourself or have someone else do it for you.
18. Make a Camping Journal
Write a letter or camping journal from your camping trip. You can save it as a keepsake or send it to someone who will appreciate the thoughtfulness behind it.
Make a scrapbook of your trip. Include photos of your campground, activities you did, and anything else that stood out during your trip.
Take a walk around the campground and collect interesting things like pinecones, rocks, and leaves to use as decorations in your tent or around the campsite area.
Make a memory game using items found on your hike or while exploring the campground area like pinecones, sticks, and acorns.
19. Make DIY Firestarters
Firestarters are a camping essential. They allow you to start a fire quickly and easily with little effort. Plus, they’re inexpensive and easy to make.
You can use just about anything as long as it burns well: dryer lint, paper pieces, dried flowers or herbs, pine cones the list goes on. If you’re looking for a more eco-friendly option, try using recycled newspaper instead of cardboard boxes or paper towels.
20. DIY Log Cabin Tiki Torch
If you have access to natural resources like branches and twigs, this is a fun craft that requires very little skill — just patience! Start by weaving together small sticks into shapes such as triangles or diamonds, then join them together using larger sticks so that they form an open-ended square structure (like an upside-down log cabin).
21. Leather Drawstring Pouch
These pouches are great for storing small items such as jewelry, money, and other valuables while you are out camping or hiking in the backcountry since there is no need to worry about losing anything important if it falls out of your pocket or backpack while on the trail.
You could also use them as makeup bags or even sewing kits if you wanted to carry those things around with you while hiking or camping too. They are also very useful for storing clothing items like socks and underwear so that they don’t get lost in the bottom of your bag or backpack either.
22. Woodburned Cutting Board
Wood burning is a fun way to personalize your kitchen decor, and it’s easy to do at home or in the woods. You’ll need some wood-burning tools and a cutting board, but after that, it’s just a matter of drawing designs onto the wood surface with the help of an open flame.
23. DIY Survival Bracelet
Survival bracelets are all the rage these days, but making one yourself can be both fun and practical — especially if you’re going camping. This project requires nothing more than a few items from your local hardware store and sometimes in front of your stove or oven.
The result is a bracelet made from paracord that can be unraveled in case of emergency (e.g., if you get lost or stranded in the wilderness). You can also add beads and other decorations for extra flair.
24. Stitch Up a Tarp Blanket
This is one of the best crafts for adults because it doesn’t require any sewing skills. Simply grab some colorful fabric pieces, cut them into squares, and stitch them together like a quilt. Your friends will be impressed with this DIY project.
25. Make Wooden Coasters
This is another great project that doesn’t require any sewing or gluing skills. Just grab some scrap wood and paint it with your favorite colors before decorating with fun designs or quotes. This would make an awesome gift idea too.
26. Make a Bandana Bib (for you or your dog)
This is a fast and easy project that makes a great gift for any camper in your life. The best part is that it’s made from bandanas, which you can easily find at most craft stores. All you have to do is cut them into strips, fold them in half, and sew them up the side. Voila! You have a cute little bib for yourself or your pup.
27. Design a Plastic Cup Lantern (in minutes)
If you’re looking for something easy but still fun, try this nifty trick: Turn an ordinary plastic cup into a lantern by cutting out holes in the sides and bottom using a knife or scissors. Then put some LED tea lights inside and let them glow.
This project takes less than 10 minutes and it’s great if you need something quick while camping in the dark because it doesn’t require any power source other than those little tea lights of yours. If you want to get fancy, add some paint or glitter to make it look even more festive.
28. Create Heart-shaped Tin Foil Packets for S’mores
These little hearts will add an extra element of romance when you roast those marshmallows over the fire at night. You’ll need some tin foil and heart-shaped cookie cutters to get started, but once you’ve got them cut out, this project takes just minutes to make.
Tin foil packets are essential for making delicious s’mores over the fire pit. But instead of making them into squares as most people do, try making them into hearts for Valentine’s Day.
It’s easy — just cut out heart shapes from tin foil and punch holes into them before putting them on sticks over hot coals until they melt together in the center. You’ll end up with gooey deliciousness every time.
29. Make Your Own Bird Feeder
This is a great craft that’s both fun and educational. You can use any kind of seed or bird food (just don’t use anything too oily). One of my favorite activities is bird watching and bird feeders are a fun way to attract birds so you can watch them up close.
If you have time before your trip, find some pine cones or acorns outside and paint them brown or green (depending on what kind of bird you want). Then drill holes into each end and string them together with string or rope for hanging outside your tent or RV.
When you set up camp, hang your pine cone feeder from a branch near your campsite so that all the birds can see it easily as they fly by.
30. Build a Fort
Camping provides the perfect opportunity to build a fort out of blankets and sheets. If you have enough people, create an obstacle course or have a scavenger hunt in your fort.
Forget about sleeping bags and tents, build an awesome fort for everyone to sleep under at night. You can use branches from trees, pieces of cloth, or whatever else you can find in nature to make your own tent.
FAQ on Crafts to Do While Camping for Adults
What do you do during the day camping?
You can go hiking, bike riding, kayaking, explore nature, read books, play games or just relax. It depends on what you like to do. You can also start a fire and cook some food.
What do you do in a tent at night?
Listen to music, play cards or board games, tell stories, sleep under the stars and eat s’mores around a campfire (if allowed).
How do you make camping fun?
Create your own adventure by bringing along things like Frisbees, or balloons to play with in your tent or even outside it.
How do you pass time camping?
You can simply do crafts for adults that will help keep your mind occupied and your hands busy. For example, you can knit, make wind chimes, create a puzzle box, paint rocks with watercolors or acrylics and tie knots.
Camping allows the mind to relax, enjoy the great outdoors and be in tune with nature. Camping is a very popular activity among families, couples, and friends. It gives everyone time to get away from it all and enjoy a break from the stresses of everyday life.
Hopefully, these ideas for camping crafts for adults have given you some inspiration to add some fun and style to your next getaway.
Often the best way to relax and enjoy the great outdoors is to bring a little bit of the indoors along with you. I hope you enjoyed this list of camping crafts for adults and I wish you happy crafting.