Do it Yourself Outdoor Canopy

Do it Yourself Outdoor Canopy
Making an outdoor canopy to protect yourself and your camping gear is a relatively easy thing to do. Having a canopy while you are camping is indispensable, especially if your camping gear does not include a screened tent. If you have a tarp and some rope, you will be good to go. Within no time you will have your canopy erected and you will be protected from the sun and the rain.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tarp Rope Tent poles
  • Tarp
  • Rope
  • Tent poles
Step 1
Select a location at your campsite that has several trees located around it. Tying off to the trees will make erecting your tarp canopy much easier. If there are no trees to tie off to, you can still make the canopy by using any extra tent poles you may have in your gear bag.
Step 2
Spread your tarp out on the ground in the area you will be putting up the canopy. Measure the distance between each corner grommet on the tarp and the tree. You will need a piece of rope that is long enough to tie onto the grommet and still reach the trees.
Step 3
Cut four pieces of rope to the appropriate size. Tie each piece of rope onto a corner grommet of the tarp. Be sure the rope is securely attached so there is no chance of it coming loose.
Step 4
Tie each rope to a tree, being sure to tie the rope off high enough on the tree so you will be able to stand up underneath the tarp once it is erected. This is not necessary, but it will make living under the canopy a bit more comfortable.
Step 5
Pull the tarp tight, as you tie off each rope. You want your tarp canopy to sag as little as possible.
Step 6
Place a tent pole underneath the center portion of the tarp. This will hold the center of the canopy up and allow any rain to run off the sides. By not having the tarp's center section higher than the sides, any water falling down on it will accumulate in the center and the canopy will bog down. Your canopy is now ready for the weather and ready to be used.

Tips & Warnings

 
If you tie two corners of the tarp canopy higher than the other side, you will not have to place a tent pole in the center to hold it up. The tarp will naturally be tied so any water will fall off the lower sides. You can also place your tent underneath the tarp canopy to help protect it and you from the rain while you are inside of it.
 
If you tie two corners of the tarp canopy higher than the other side, you will not have to place a tent pole in the center to hold it up. The tarp will naturally be tied so any water will fall off the lower sides.
 
You can also place your tent underneath the tarp canopy to help protect it and you from the rain while you are inside of it.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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