How Do You Make a Camping Tent Out of Paper?

Making a camping tent out of paper is a great way to build a shelter for the night if you’re out in the wilderness. The paper can be used to make an effective, lightweight, and waterproof structure that is perfect for a night outdoors. It can also be used as a makeshift shelter if you’re stuck in an emergency and need to stay warm or dry.

The first step to making your paper camping tent is to gather the materials you need. You’ll need some large sheets of paper – such as butcher paper, poster board, or construction paper – and some sturdy sticks or poles. If you don’t have any sticks available, you can use other items such as branches or even rolled-up newspapers.

Once you have all the materials ready, start by laying out your paper on the ground in an X shape. Make sure it’s big enough for two people to sleep inside comfortably. Secure each corner of the X with a stick, so that the paper won’t move around while you’re constructing the tent.

Next, find two longer sticks that are each about eight feet long. Lay one stick across each side of the X-shape and secure them with rocks or other heavy objects. Now, link up all four corners of the X-shape by tying strong string or twine around them, making sure it’s tight so that your tent will stay secure.

Finally, cover your tent frame with another large piece of paper. This will help keep rain and wind out as well as providing extra insulation from cold temperatures.

Secure this layer with rocks or other heavy objects so it doesn’t move around in strong winds.

And there you have it – your very own paper camping tent! All it takes is some simple materials and just a few easy steps to make an effective shelter when out in nature.


Making a camping tent out of paper requires minimal effort and supplies but provides excellent protection from elements like rain and wind while outdoors. With just some large sheets of paper, sturdy sticks or poles, string/twine, and rocks/heavy objects – you can make yourself a lightweight but waterproof structure for sleeping under the stars!

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Chris Powell