Suggested materials: Clothespins, sheets, tent poles, tent footprint, air mattress, zip ties, string lights, etc.
Camping outdoors in the winter months may be daunting, so bring the adventure inside! Indoor tents are easy to make, and are a fun activity for your kids, sleepovers, or even date night! With a few strings of lights and some creativity, a comfortable, Pinterest worthy tent is easily achievable.
Using a tent footprint as a base, inflate your air mattress and make the bed before attaching tent poles. Start pinning your sheets to the tent poles, working up from the base. I used a separate sheet for each of the three walls, allowing for some overlap.
You can leave the front of the tent open, facilitating easy entry, movie nights and more. Alternatively, enclose all sides of the tent for a cosy escape. Attach string lights with pins or zip-ties, and drape them around the tent poles. Make sure to test the lights before you attach them. Add lots of pillows and blankets, and enjoy!
Once you set up your tent, set up your favourite camping activities inside. We recommend leaving the screens behind, and relaxing. Playing cards or board games, curling up with a good book, and telling ghost stories are some classic camping activities. Don’t forget your favourite camp snacks! S’mores can even be made with a gas stove or in your oven.
With winter weather and Covid isolations keeping us home more, indoor camping can provide a fun escape. With a little bit of modification, you won’t have to reminisce about past camping experiences!