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Prevent midnight tripping hazards over your tent on your next camping trip by showing where your tent guy wires are with illuminated Mike's Hard Lemonade tent stake markers.

This simple hack uses light diffusion inside the bottle to create a soft glow that alerts late-night walkers to where you've staked your tent. This camping hack can be done in seconds and you probably have all the components at your campsite already.

Here's how you make your own tent stake markers to light up your late night party.

 
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Step 1: Grab some Mike's + supplies

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Mike's Hard Lemonade bottles

Life Gear LED glow sticks fit perfectly inside the clear bottles

Salt or sugar

Step 2: Consume beverage, fill with salt

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After finishing a refreshing Mike's Lemonade rinse bottle to coat entire inside with water, you'll need the entire bottle to have a wet interior for the salt to stick to. Empty bottle of any pooled water.

Step 3: Salt bottle (while still wet)

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Next, pour a generous amount of salt inside the bottle and shake to distribute the salt evenly inside. The salt should have stuck to the inside of the bottle. Add more salt and shake again if there's any bare spots.

Continue making salted bottles for every LED glow stick you have.

Step 4: Add LED glow stick

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These Life Gear LED glow sticks fit perfectly inside Mike's, and the handle rests neatly on the lip of the bottle.

When it gets dark twist on the glow stick and insert inside the salted bottle.

Step 5: Light diffusion comparision

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By adding salt or sugar to the bottle you are spreading the light and creating a soft and even light glow. The LED glow sticks already have a diffuse filter on the wand, but adding another layer inside the bottle creates a pleasant and moody glow to your campsite.

Step 6: Place markers

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All that's left is to place the markers around your tents to mark out where the stakes are located. No more tripping hazards!

Now you can keep that campfire party going all night long.

Step 7: Bonus: pathway lights

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Not going camping? A bonus for these bottle lights might be to line your pathway, guiding you along your walk. Perfect for that late night picnic.

puminkahn1 month ago
Did that help
love2make2 months ago

you could take a leaf out of Moser's book with the bleach bottle lights (google moser bottles) use a plastic bottle fill it with water add a little bleach and a disposable glow stick and wallah disposable tent marker
no disrespect to mikes lemonades sponsorship deal with instrucables keeps this wonderful resource alive

rhkramer2 months ago

In addition to the other criticisms here, I'd ask two questions:

* How much do glow sticks cost, both in $ and resources--it would seem to get fairly expensive if you went camping for a week or longer?

* Is it a good idea to mark every hazard, or is it a better idea to learn (and teach your kids) to beware of hazards, and, especially in this case, that tent stakes are an expected hazard around campsites (and volleyball nets)?

dmayer2 rhkramer2 months ago

Totally Agree. However I think this was meant to be a #mikehack. It's not necessarily meant to be practical or efficient, but a corporate sponsor's advertising ploy. There are lots of clear glass bottles the author could have used, but this 'ible explicitly calls for "Mike's Hard Lemonade bottles." I don't think this would have gotten a featured spot had plain glass bottles been used. Not that this is a bad thing... even instructables has to pay the bills.

Love the idea. Anyone who likes to camp knows how dangerous those tent stakes are and this is a great problem solver. To bad that bfry doesn't understand that this is a Mikes hard lemonade instructable. I like to think that anyone who uses glass in this manor would be responsible for any broken glass and 'leave no footprints' when you leave. Where I live, we have beautiful rivers, sand dunes, beautiful forests and best of all, Lake Michigan. Leave no footprints simply means, take home what you brought and keep your area picked up like you weren't even there.

bfry2 months ago

Camping and glass aren't a great mix. Along with being a heavy thing to carry, glass bottles are prone to dangerous breakage. Both of these factors also increase the likelihood of dirty and eventually broken glass being left behind for the next unsuspecting camper to come across. If you want to drink, there are a plethora of quality craft beverages now available in lightweight aluminum cans, and if you want to mark your tent stakes, solar landscape lights do a great job, and can be reused without creating a salty mess to clean.

This project is very pretty, and could be a fun project for kids in the backyard.

spylock2 months ago

I like.

myrrhmaid2 months ago

Slick idea! I love it! I wonder if powdered sugar/salt would enhance the effect? I like the idea of making solar/LED version to use in landscaping!

snoopindaweb2 months ago

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Micuti2 months ago
I would use plastic water bottles, salt and beans. Beans are heavier to keep them in place. Glass bottles break. Wouldn't want to get cut while camping.
AmyLuthien2 months ago

Now that's thinking with your noodle! ;)

Dain Unicorn2 months ago

Very Cleaver!

doo da do2 months ago

Fill half with water put in glow stick may have a similar effect. Just a thought and not as messy Doodado

blissful20152 months ago

beautiful and so magical!!! they must use these on pandora to mark their tents =)

Very clever idea to solve a constant problem! I would stick to the salt though - sugar will attract bugs and perhaps larger critters who will explore your bottles!

mkam13 months ago
We used something similar for the exact same purpose. We used those cheap solar Led lawn lights you can get at wally's or the dollar store for $1 each, plus they are reusable and charge during the day. Obviously not as cool as the different colored lights you get from how sticks though. (^_-)
mkam1 mkam13 months ago
*glow
DIY-Guy mkam13 months ago

Very pretty project. My compliments to the author.
I wonder if Mikes Hard Lemonade has enough quinine in it, if any, to fluoresce under an UV LED? Then the bottles could be set atop UV LEDs during the night, gain a nice little chill, and still be drinkable in the AM.

lime3D mkam13 months ago

Excellent idea

kamhunter3 months ago

That is cool. I'll try this next time i go camping