I have always loved to go camping and recently started getting into backpacking, specifically with a hammock. I scoured the internet in search of reasonably priced gear and was pleasantly surprised how affordable it was, until I came to the rain protection. The first few trips out I went with a standard medium duty tarp that you can just about find anywhere that sells anything. It's a very cost-effective solution but it can be large and clunky. When looking at my favorite online shopping site, I found some very cool looking tarps that start around $50. For what it does, it didn't really seem all that worth it so I started another search for a DIY project.
I came across a very insightful video on youtube by FloridaAdventurers
. Now he said he was able to make his for $3, but I went with a thicker material (3.5 mil as opposed to his 2 mil) and I included the cost of the paracord and duct tape, as well as my tarp is a little bigger.