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The $10 Hexagon Tarp

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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.
 
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Step 1: How long do you want it?

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I found a roll of Plastic Sheeting at my local Home Depot.  It measured 10 ft x 25 ft.  For this tarp I wanted to make a 10 ft x 12 ft tarp that would be a little more than the length of my 10 ft stretch-out hammock.

I measured out my 12 ft, marked it and cut it.
Very cool instructable! have you weighed it?
Breygon1 year ago
I've not come across hexagonal tarps before, is there a specific reason for this choice over a rectangular one?
blaazeman (author)  Breygon1 year ago
A hexagon tarp will give you almost the same coverage but with a little less weight and will be more compact when packing it down.
Breygon1 year ago
I've not come across hexagonal tarps before, is there a specific reason for this choice over a rectangular one?
I made one of these from the floridaadventures video and it rocks but i really love your additions of the paracord built in. i might have to remodel mine...
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