How to Make Custom Camping Tents

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How to Make Custom Camping Tents
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Camping tents can be purchased in all shapes and sizes. There are a multitude of colour options and fabric types. Yet, regardless of the size or colour, they all basically look the same. They don't say much about the camper's personality or spirit. Campers can create a custom tent that shows off not only their personality, but their artistic talent as well. Follow these easy steps and your tent will stand out among the crowd.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tent
  • Stencils
  • Printer
  • Printer paper
  • Computer
  • Graphic design software
  • Pencil
  • Graphite paper or chalk
  • Painter's tape
  • Fine tip marker
  • Paint pens
  • Clear acrylic spray paint

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    Customising your tent

  1. 1

    Plan your design with stencils or by using a graphic design program on the computer. If your printer has wide format capabilities print as one large design. If not, print in smaller sections so that it can be pieced together by overlapping the images.

  2. 2

    Lay your tent out flat. If using a light coloured tent, tape the graphite paper to the back of your prints. If using a dark coloured tent, rub white chalk across the back of the prints. Tape the prints on the tent in the desired shape and layout. If using stencils, place them where you would like the design to be drawn.

  3. 3

    Use a pencil to trace the design on your prints, or to draw in the stencil holes. Slowly remove the prints from the tent, making sure that the design has transferred. Use a fine-tipped marker, selecting a colour that will easily show, to trace the chalk or graphite lines on the tent.

  4. 4

    Colour your drawing. Begin by tracing the outline first. Use the paint pens to fill in your drawing just as you would a colouring page. Allow to dry.

  5. 5

    Spray the design with clear acrylic spray paint. Allow to dry. Repeat two more times.

Tips and warnings

  • Use light coloured tent for best outcome.
  • Use fine tip paint pens for outline.
  • Paint in a well-ventilated area.
  • Paint will stain clothing.

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