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28 Genius Backyard Camping Ideas You Need To Try This Summer

The easiest place to camp? In your own backyard.

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1. If you don't have a tent of your own, build a DIY one.

One of the (many) great things about camping in your own yard: you can always go inside if your tent falls over or it rains.Get the tutorial at The Merry Thought.
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One of the (many) great things about camping in your own yard: you can always go inside if your tent falls over or it rains.

Get the tutorial at The Merry Thought.

2. Turn your lawn into a Twister board.

A *giant* Twister board.Get the tutorial at One Good Thing By Jillee.
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A *giant* Twister board.

Get the tutorial at One Good Thing By Jillee.

3. Use a terracotta pot as a firepit.

A pot of fire > a pot of geraniums.Get the tutorial at Nest of Posies.And if you're feeling ambitious, here's a tutorial for a full-sized fire pit.
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A pot of fire > a pot of geraniums.

Get the tutorial at Nest of Posies.

And if you're feeling ambitious, here's a tutorial for a full-sized fire pit.

4. Grab a ladder from the garage and play bean bag toss.

How many points can you get?Get the tutorial at Landeelu.
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How many points can you get?

Get the tutorial at Landeelu.

5. Make some fire starters using items from around the house.

Just grab a few toilet paper rolls and some lint before heading outside.Get the tutorial at Frugal Family Home.
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Just grab a few toilet paper rolls and some lint before heading outside.

Get the tutorial at Frugal Family Home.

6. Weave a friendship bracelet that keeps the mosquitos away.

Because mosquitos are *not* your friends.Get the tutorial at One Good Thing By Jillee.
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Because mosquitos are *not* your friends.

Get the tutorial at One Good Thing By Jillee.

7. Are you truly a mosquito magnet? Slather on some Johnson's Baby Creamy Oil.

It (miraculously) keeps away the bugs. Click here to find a store that carries it near you.
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It (miraculously) keeps away the bugs.

Click here to find a store that carries it near you.

8. Turn taper candles into staked lighting.

No need to buy tiki torches.Get the tutorial at A Subtle Revelry.
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No need to buy tiki torches.

Get the tutorial at A Subtle Revelry.

9. Or use glow sticks to make some DIY lanterns.

Very easy to make and very cool to look at.Get the tutorial at Creative Green Living.
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Very easy to make and very cool to look at.

Get the tutorial at Creative Green Living.

10. Play a round of camping-themed bingo.

You wander around the yard looking for the items on the squares and then attach the things you find with bits of tape.Learn more (and get the printable) at Thirty Handmade Days.
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You wander around the yard looking for the items on the squares and then attach the things you find with bits of tape.

Learn more (and get the printable) at Thirty Handmade Days.

11. Personalize some roasting sticks while you wait for the fire to get going.

This would be a great project to distract impatient, s'more-craving children.Get the tutorial at Clean and Scentsible.
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This would be a great project to distract impatient, s'more-craving children.

Get the tutorial at Clean and Scentsible.

12. Dip a toasted marshmallow in Bailey's.

...if you're over 21.Learn more at Sugar and Charm.
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...if you're over 21.

Learn more at Sugar and Charm.

13. Make a batch of campfire cones to eliminate some of the messiness of s'mores.

*Some* of the mess.Get the recipe at Frugal Coupon Living.
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*Some* of the mess.

Get the recipe at Frugal Coupon Living.

14. Make a "healthy" s'more inside of a banana.

If it's in a banana, it's gotta be good for you...right?Get the recipe at NeighborFood.
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If it's in a banana, it's gotta be good for you...right?

Get the recipe at NeighborFood.

15. Or try a s'more made with Starbursts.

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Whatttttttt? Yeah, this is a thing.

16. And if you want to bring your s'mores up to the next level, whip up something from this menu.

The grasshopper sounds especially delicious.Learn more (and get a printable) at Cooking with Jax.
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The grasshopper sounds especially delicious.

Learn more (and get a printable) at Cooking with Jax.

17. Not really into s'mores? Make campfire cakes.

Yes, they're cooked INSIDE an orange peel!Get the recipe at Tablespoon.
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Yes, they're cooked INSIDE an orange peel!

Get the recipe at Tablespoon.

18. Use rocks to play tic tac toe.

Or sticks! Or *glow*sticks!Get the tutorial at Tatertots & Jello.

19. Grill your veggies in foil packets.

Aluminum foil = the campfire cooking MVP.Get the recipe at Food For My Family.
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Aluminum foil = the campfire cooking MVP.

Get the recipe at Food For My Family.

20. Lift your drinks off the ground using DIY drink holders.

They're made from tin cans!Get the tutorial at Positively Splendid.
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They're made from tin cans!

Get the tutorial at Positively Splendid.

21. And keep your drinks bug-free using a cupcake liner.

Back off, bugs. This is my lemonade.Learn more at Mom 4 Real.
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Back off, bugs. This is my lemonade.

Learn more at Mom 4 Real.

22. Make a nature bracelet using plants from your yard.

The camping version of glamour.Get the tutorial at Alpha Mom.
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The camping version of glamour.

Get the tutorial at Alpha Mom.

23. Prepare a batch of ice cream in a zip lock bag.

Fun to make and fun to eat. Get the tutorial at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.
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Fun to make and fun to eat.

Get the tutorial at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.

24. Light your way using tent stakes that glow.

These guys will help you to avoid tripping. Buy them here.
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These guys will help you to avoid tripping.

Buy them here.

25. Play a few boardgames in the lantern light.

You probably wouldn't want to bring a stack of board games if you had to hike to your camping spot, but when you only have to walk a few yards...why not!

Spot It! Gone Camping and Bears! are two options that fit with the camping theme.

26. Use a sheet to screen an outdoor movie.

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You'll just need to get a video projector: here's a relatively inexpensive model with good reviews.

27. Try to convince everyone that you're really a wizard using Mystical Fire.

Buy the "magical" pouches here.
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Buy the "magical" pouches here.

28. Lay a yoga mat under your sleeping bag for a comfier night's rest.

It's hard to get some shut-eye when all you can feel are rocks and roots.Learn more at Happy Money Saver.
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It's hard to get some shut-eye when all you can feel are rocks and roots.

Learn more at Happy Money Saver.