All summer long we’ve shared fun ideas so you and your family can create a beautiful backyard oasis to escape to.  Now that you’re a pitmaster, a backyard Olympic medalist, and friend to bees and butterflies, it’s time to spend a night under the stars enjoying the world you’ve created!  If you’re an avid camper, you can use the tent and camping supplies you already own to enjoy a night outdoors.  If not, we’ve got some great DIY tricks to turn your backyard into a camping adventure zone!


outdoor teepee

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If you're looking for a quick fix for a backyard tent, you can easily string a rope or clothes line between two trees and drape a tarp over the line.  Anchor down the corners, and voila, an instant tent!  For around the same price of the tarp, you can create a pop-up structure that will give your backyard a bit more ambiance.  This tutorial from The Merrythought shows how you can make a Canvas Tent that can be put up and taken down at a moment's notice!


outdoor fireplace

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A huge element in any camping adventure is relaxing by the campfire.  It's easy to find a fire pit to fit your space and budget or even to build your own fire pit for regular use.  Sometimes, especially in the south, it is just too hot to have a raging fire.  Artsy-Fartsy Mama has a great solution by creating a Mini Fire Pit for S'mores out of a terracotta flower pot.  Now you can still enjoy campfire s'mores without all the heat!


cooking marshmallows in clay pot

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Spending a night outside also means spending a night with pesky bugs and mosquitoes.  You don't have to use chemicals and sprays to keep the bugs at bay.  Have the kids join in on this creative craft and make Natural Mosquito Repellant Bundles out of fresh herbs.  By stringing together herbs like lavender, mint, and sage, you not only create a natural bug repellant, but you also create a fragrant addition to your evening fire. 


bundled greenery

Image Credit: Tilly's Nest


Backyard camping is a great way to bring everyone together to relax, unwind, and have a quality family night.  Your local Pinch A Penny is always happy to help keep your backyard beautiful from your pool to your grill and patio.  Stop by your local Pinch A Penny store today and see how we can help you and your family escape to your backyard!


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