I wanted to try to make a lighter tent then the 45lb monster that I own. It really sucks to hike it a mile into the woods.
So I made a tarp tent. Out of space blankets. So I now have a space-tent?
I used two cheap 52.5 x 82.5 aluminized polyester blankets I finally found in stock locally. I taped them together with some clear 3M UV resistant duct tape I split lengthwise. (3M #2120)
I twisted lengths of the tape together to form the tie down loops.
The stress points got a bit of tape reinforcement.
I had to flour the tape loops so they didn’t stick to the sheets so much.
The final product is very light and rolls up very small.
I think I need to try it out soon. I also will let my 2-year-old play with it to stress test it.
The inspiration for this tent came from http://www.csm.ornl.gov/~geist/Philmont/2-man-shelter.pdf .