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This is my 1 person tarp tent that has an optional door. It's small and light when folded. It's cheap and easy to make and doesn't take much time.

What you need:
     8'x10' Tarp
     4 Tent Pegs
     1 Hiking pole
     A type of guyline[I used 10ft of paracord]
     Measuring tape
     Hole puncher
     Paracord scraps
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Step 1: The model

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First I started out with a piece of paper. I cut to match the tarp so a 8'x10' tarp = a 8"x10" paper
I marked the paper with a Sharpie where the grommets are.
Since I didn't want to add grommets I cut it on the dot in the boxes that are on the picture and made a triangle.
Then I folded the paper in half.
This is the model I went off of.

Step 2: Cutting the tarp

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     Draw a line from the bottom center grommet to the 2nd to the top grommet, another line from the bottom center grommet to the 2nd to the top grommet on the other side, and then draw a line to a 2nd to the top to  the other 2nd to the top. Look at the previous step and it will show you where to cut also. [The grommet in the boxes]. It will be excaltly the same as the model.

     Next thing you do is cut  the lines with the scissors. Make sure that you cut on the outside of the grommets instead of the inside ans that you leave some of the tarp around the grommets.
greenjedi2 years ago
I pitched a similar tent last summer and tried sleeping in it. I learned that you definitely want a platform of some sort to sleep on, even just a good thick layer of insulative material. And a couple of nice warm blankets. I didnt have either, it was a miserable night, lol.
HSonger2 years ago
Nice idea for a lightweight shelter. For your guyline you would do well to tie a taut line hitch instead of the overhand knots. It is easy to learn and really useful to know how to tie. This hitch is specifically designed to be used to tie a line and adjust the tension on the line after it is tied. If you tie the hitch near the pole you will be able to reach out of the tent and make any adjustments you need to the tension after you've erected your shelter.
A taut-line hitch is good, but it is not applicable for some lines as they tend to slip under tension when wet.

A good alternative would be the trucker's hitch, it is more secure, and with enough practice, can be tied with one gloved hand.
Pizzaman01 (author)  HSonger2 years ago
Thanks that will help a lot.
oklopnjak2 years ago
Tent is good, but I indicated I would not cut corners tarpaulins. I'd corners folded underneath. So I would not lay directly on the ground, but I had the insulation
Kzummo2 years ago
I know what i'm doing tonight!
tim_n2 years ago
Some of my friends from the UK Bushcraft team have published this:

It's a cheat sheet for loads of different configurations.
profpat2 years ago
very simple! good one!
Instead of cutting those corners off, you can slide them under on the inside and use them as like a sleeping platform. And I'm not sure putting a door on would be the best idea, you'd wake up soaking wet from condensation.