It’s always lovely to get away, but sometimes it’s just not possible. But that doesn’t mean we can’t at least pretend. We’re here to help you host your very own DIY glamping holiday in your backyard.
What is Glamping?
Combine glamorous, and camping and you get glamping. Glamping adds the little touches of luxury that elevates traditional camping to something more unique. It still embraces the joy of fresh air, peace and tranquillity but with added creature comforts that, for many make the experience of camping more of a treat.
There are many beautiful glamping campsites here in the UK, offering everything from Tipis and Safari tents to roundhouses and pods. All these sites add a multitude of luxuries to enhance their guests experience from real beds and sheepskins to outdoor showers and even wood-fired hot tubs.
I asked Claudia, from White House on Wye Glamping to share her top tips to bring a DIY glamping vibe to our gardens. Follow these tips, and you will be able to experience a full-on glamping holiday even when stuck at home!
You can’t go glamping without getting your accommodation right. Here are our tips to get your camp set up:
Bell tents and Tipis epitomise glamping and are a fantastic option for spending a night under the stars. They do tend to be heavy and bulky so may not suit those travelling light but are great to use in the garden or when travelling by car.
Alternatively, make a tipi or tent by stringing a rope between two trees and hang sheets, scarves and blankets on it. The kids will love playing in it and on a dry night there’s no reason you shouldn’t camp out all night.
Gazebos are also brilliant for adding a glamping or festival vibe to the garden and provide both shade and protection from any rain. Decorate with lights, streamers and bunting and fill full off cushions and rugs for a luxurious feel.
For an outdoor eating area where you can enjoy your BBQs and relax with your friends, we love creating pallet furniture.
Just stick pallets together to create sofas and a table. If you feel creative, you can paint them and personalise them. Be creative!
Colourful throws and cushions will also add to the glamping vibe.
You can’t have a glamping holiday without a campfire or BBQ, drinks, hot chocolate and marshmallows, so let’s get some DIY food ideas.
Cooking on a stick
It is best to use a freshly cut stick for cooking over a campfire. Not only will you then know what wood you are using, but the greenness of the rod will reduce the risk of it catching fire. Hazel and Ash are excellent choices, whereas Yew, Elder, Holly, Elm and Rhododendron are all toxic and should be avoided. Remove the bark from the area of the stick that you will be cooking on. If needed, shape the end into a point.
Bread on a stick
Making bread on a stick couldn’t be simpler. Measure out the dry ingredients into bags before you leave the house then mix in the water when you are ready to cook. Roll the dough into a sausage shape about as thick as an adult thumb. Twist around the end of a freshly cut stick where you have removed the bark, leaving space between the coils for the bread to expand as it cooks. Cook over the embers of a fire, frequently turning until golden brown and the bread has a hollow sound when you tap it. Once cooked, it should be easy to remove from the stick by twisting it and pulling it off.
To make one portion of bread.
1/2 Cup Self-Raising Flour
1 Tbsp Dried Milk
1 Tsp Sugar
1/4 Cup Water (Approx)
Optional extras include Salt, Herbs, Cinnamon and dried fruit and nuts.
Take a reasonable length of heavy-duty silver foil, fold in half along the longer length and turn the sides in a couple of times to make a pouch. Place two tablespoons of popcorn and a tablespoon of oil inside the bag and fold the open end around your stick, scrunching the foil to encourage it to hold on tight. Make sure you leave enough room for the popcorn to expand. Hold over the embers of a fire until the popping stops. Open the pouch carefully as there will be steam inside and sprinkle with salt or sugar (or both!). You can also place the foil pouch straight on the embers without using a stick if you prefer.
Marshmallows and S’ mores
Marshmallows are the ultimate campfire treat. To add DIY glamping elevation try sandwiching between two chocolate digestives with the chocolate facing inwards to make S’ mores or opt for a savoury option by toasting mozzarella balls before sandwiching between two crackers.
With a bit more equipment there is nothing you cant cook over a campfire. For a truly luxurious glamping cook-out add a tripod and dutch oven to your kit to rustle up campfire stew and dumplings and pot roasts. You can even bake bread and cakes.
Use a big old flower pot to make a drink cooler.
Glamping is all about a bit of luxury, and that includes having ice-cold drinks to hand. Clean a large ceramic flower pot, put some ice in it and put in your favourite bottle or can. We love having our cider there. Don’t forget to cover the hole in the bottom of the pot if you are not leaving it on the grass; otherwise, your porch will be full of water once the ice melts.
DIY Glamping Accessories:
One of the reasons glamping is so on-trend at the moment is because people feel like they are in an Instagram story. It’s the little details that make the experience different from regular camping.
Tablecloths and pot plants add an extra sprinkle of style, as do colourful crockery and glasses.
Colourful cushions, throws and rugs all add essential comfort and glamour.
Bunting and strings of LED lights will transform the dullest of outdoor spaces. Hang them on fences, in bushes or trees to turn your garden into a DIY glamping extravaganza.
One of the essential parts to your glamping hideout is a lantern. Fill a glass jar with fairy lights and add a wire handle and you have a lamp to light up your tent or eating area. Easy and safe for kids, but beautiful to look at.
In every glamping adventure, you will need your candles to light your table at night. With a simple wine bottle and a long candle, you can make a beautiful torch to guide you through the night in your adventures.
One of the best things about any camping adventure is spending time with family. We love games, and here are a few suggestions of things you can do on your DIY glamping holiday.
One of our favourites. Pick some rugs, blankets and cushions and set up a comfy chill-out space. Find a white sheet and hang it from a tree or fence in your garden. Get a projector and pick your favourite movie. An outdoor cinema is such a unique experience that you will want to do it again and again! What’s better than a movie under the stars? And… don’t forget the popcorn!
Spray paint big colourful circles in rows onto your grass to create a giant Twister game. Kids and adults love it! And don’t worry about the lasting effects of the paint, it will soon grow out in a couple of weeks.
Now it’s over to you. Get creative and make your DIY glamping adventure. We want to see your pictures so don’t forget to post them on social media and tag @thecraftinvaders