15 Cute and Charming Camp Crafts for Kids
The weather’s always perfect for these Camp Crafts for Kids, which you can do indoors as well! Make fires, toast some smores & have a good time!
Sleeping in your bed is great, but sometimes, you want some variety. Like sleeping under the stars, or in a cozy little sleeping bag, with the fear of a bear hanging over you! Yes, we’re talking about camping outdoors!
With this being the month of National Camp Day on 19th November, we thought it would be fun to dig a little into the history of camping. Who was the first person who decided that it would be fun to pitch a tent in the wilderness and spend the night there?
That person was Thomas Hiram Holding. an Englishman. While picnics and pleasure boating excursions were popular in the Victorian age, it was holding who actually brought about the concept of camping as we know it today. He even wrote a book, ‘The Campers Handbook’, so people would know how to go about it!
Since then, camping has grown by leaps and bounds, popularized even more by the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Today, camping is a great way for kids to make friends, experience life in nature, and build their problem-solving skills.
So if you can, try to join a camping adventure this season. Even if you don’t, we can make sure you have some fun – with these cute camp crafts for kids! So set up a tent with a sheet, and let’s get crafting!
15 Cute and Charming Camp Crafts for Kids
1. DIY Camping Lantern Craft
You’re going to spend the night outdoors, which means you most certainly need a lantern – and The Crazy Outdoor Mama shows us how to make it! We love that there are little bears all over the lamp!
2. DIY Mini Camping Play Set
Camping by a river or stream would be fun, wouldn’t it? Well, you can create your own dream camping destination with some patterned paper and Popsicle sticks!
3. Printable Camp Craft
One of the fun parts of camping is cozying up in sleeping bags next to your best friend and talking through the night. Stories by Storie recreates that feeling with some cute camp themed printables you can download.
4. Popsicle Stick Smores Craft
What’s a list of camp crafts for kids without Smores? Glued to My Crafts understands this, due to which they’ve made these Popsicle stick smores, which look quite happy to be toasted by the campfire!
5. Pretend Play Camp Fire
Maybe there aren’t any camping spots near where you live, or the weather isn’t favorable right now. No problem, thanks to Merriment Design, you can make your own campfire play set at home, complete with marshmallows to toast!
6. DIY Camping Story Stones
Have lots of plans regarding what to do on your next camping trip? Instead of writing them down on paper, why not paint them on rocks and create your own camping story stones? Check out the tutorial over at Crafts on Sea.
7. Toy Teepee Craft
If you’ve got little Sylvanian animals, Lego Minifigures, or other action figures you’d like to take on a camping trip, check out these adorable little tents from Crafts on Sea which will be perfect for them!
8. Paper Plate Camping Craft
The fun part about camping is that it can be enjoyed both during the day and at night. Non Toy Gifts brings this alive with a clever paper plate craft that you can spin to move the camping scene from day to night and vice versa!
9. Camping Theme Shadow Match
If these camp crafts for kids aren’t applicable to your little ones and you want something simple, we recommend checking out this shadow-matching game at From ABCs to ACTs. Just shuffle the cards and let the kids match the camping scene to the right shadow.
10. DIY Recycled Camp Lantern
Camping is a great way to get kids to think outside the box and make use of whatever is available around them. That’s the same principle behind this craft from Barley and Birch, where you use materials lying around the house to build a lamp!
11. Vintage Camping Bedroll Ornament
We absolutely love this little ornament tutorial from Ashley Hackshaw! This would make a great gift or stocking stuffer for camping enthusiasts, and is really easy to make too!
12. Origami Tent
Pitching a tent may look easy in the movies, but it can actually be quite tricky! However, this Origami tent from Paper Kawaii is a breeze to make, and you can make multiples in different colors!
13. Collapsible Cardboard Tent
Who says you need expensive equipment and gear to enjoy camping fun? Handmade Charlotte shows us how you can use an old cardboard box to create a custom tent that you can decorate to your heart’s desire!
14. Camp Necklace Craft
Camp crafts for kids also include things you make while at camp, like necklaces made with twigs, flowers, and other items they find. You can do your own little backyard scavenging and find things to make these quirky necklaces from The Crazy Outdoor Mama.
15. Popsicle Stick Camping Mug
Camping mugs have that iconic look, made of metal and with a rounded mouth. Have fun creating your own camping mug using Popsicle sticks, using this tutorial from Glued to My Crafts.
If you do get the chance, maybe on a vacation, do try to include a camping expedition in your itinerary. It’ll be a memorable experience for the whole family, not just the kids! For now, though, go ahead and create your own crafting campsite at home, and enjoy these camp crafts for kids!