12 Camper Makeovers that will Amaze You

by Holly Wade

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. To get inspired, I put together 12 camper makeovers that are sure to amaze you and make you want to run out and buy a camper/trailer/RV tomorrow to make all of your glamping dreams come true!

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

by Amber Dickson
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.  Also, I know from experience that a mutual fund prospectus works well, too.  Crumple the newsprint into dense balls when it comes time to light the fire.

2.  Bug Spray

Once the fire has started, most bugs will steer clear.  Until then, insect repellent will make the experience much more enjoyable.

3.  Cardboard Tubes

Raid the recycling bin for newsprint and cardboard tubes.  Stuff paper into the tubes and then wrap with additional sheets of paper.

Fire-starter supplies
Photo: Amber Dickson

4.  Petroleum Jelly Cotton Balls

Stir 100% cotton balls into melted petroleum jelly and allow it to be absorbed.  Store in a glass jar or small tin.  These are small but very effective at ignition.

5.  Paraffin Sawdust Fire-starters

I live with an Eagle Scout and two Cub Scouts and they often whip up these handy fire-starters.  After melting paraffin wax in a double boiler, mix in sawdust until the mixture is the consistency of cookie dough.  Portion into the segments of a cardboard egg carton until hardened then separate into individual fire-starters.

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Photo: Amber Dickson

6.  Kindling Bundle

A handful of dry twigs bound with twine will free you from a search for kindling around your fire site.

7.  Flashlight

A flashlight is very useful when dusk falls faster than you think it will.  It is also helpful if like me you tend to set the lighter down somewhere and are unable to find it in the dark.

8.  Wand Lighter

Go ahead and stock your box with two of these.  They always seem to run out in the most inopportune time.

Our cave dwelling ancestors found gathering around the fire to be restful and a good way to strengthen social ties.  That same attraction to fire is still in us modern folk today.  Gather up a few supplies and make plans to build a campfire tonight!

How to Stock a Campfire Box
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Need a tutorial on how to start a campfire? Our friends at ManMadeDIY have you covered!

A campfire box makes a great DIY gift.  You might like these as well!

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

by Holly Wade

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...

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Knots You May Need

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

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?

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Make a Camping Trip De-Skunking Kit

by Mod Home Ec Teacher


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.

  1. Mix 1 qt. of hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda and just a teaspoon of dishwashing soap.
  2. Wash all areas of the dog, except the eyes. Work the mixture into the fur and skin, let it sit for 10-15 minutes to neutralize the smell.
  3. Rinse thoroughly
  4. If you still smell the skunk smell, mix up another batch and repeat
  5. If the smell persists, pour vinegar into a spray bottle and saturate the dog's fur, massage into the skin and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse and shampoo with pet shampoo.
  6. Towel dry your dog

The washing technique above is a combination of many techniques described on eHow.

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Make a Girly Oilcloth Pup Tent

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Make a Girly Oilcloth Pup Tent

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...

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Build your own mobile home with FREE vintage designs!

by DIY Maven

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.


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Miniature Campfire

by DIY Maven

Miniature Campfire

Pining for the ambiance of crackling logs and toasted marshmallows but miles away from a suitable spot for a conflagration? The Campfire Tea Light Holder by David Weeks might just be the answer to your problem. At $15.95, the 4.5 x 4.5 x 2.5" tea light holder comes with removable ‘firewood’ and an LED tea light. And if all these features don’t sway a potential buyer, a video clip of the tea light holder in use just might!

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