Space blanket tarp tent.

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.

3D image of my big tent. Look at it cross-eyed to see it in all it's cute little girl looking out glory
3D image of my big tent. Look at it cross-eyed to see it in all it’s cute little girl looking out glory.

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)

Taping 2 space blankets together to make a tarp tent
Taping 2 space blankets together to make a tarp tent

I twisted lengths of the tape together to form the tie down loops.

Twisted tape tie-downs
Twisted tape tie-downs

The stress points got a bit of tape reinforcement.

The corners of the space blanket get tape tie-downs
The corners of the space blanket get tape tie-downs

I had to flour the tape loops so they didn’t stick to the sheets so much.

A dish of flour to de-stick the rolled tape.
A dish of flour to de-stick the rolled tape.

The final product is very light and rolls up very small.

Rolled up mylar tarp tent
Rolled up mylar tarp tent

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 .

2 Replies to “Space blanket tarp tent.”

  1. Wow, that’s a great idea. How has this thing worked out for you? Is it large enough to be useful? What about durability? Did your two year old destroy it?

    1. It’s terribly noisy. So noisy that I don’t use it unless I need to, which has only been once.
      The tape loops work so well I made another one out of clear window insulation film which I have used a couple of times. A different space blanket tarp loop pull the corner of the blanket right off, so the tape holds on well.

      It is MUCH better than that massive tent I have – when I need to carry it more than 10 feet from car.

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