Step 1: Supplies
You will need:
A tarp: The bigger the tarp the bigger the tent. Also, longer tarps will allow for the construction of a tent floor.
Trekking poles: The best way to pitch a tarp tent is with trekking poles. If you don't hike with them and you are camping near trees you can alternatively tie a rope between two trees.
A rope: Used if no trekking poles are available.
Utility stakes: Any type of tent stake will work.
Step 2: Laying Out the Tarp and Initial Pitching
Next place a trekking pole about 2/3 of the way back under the tarp If the rear of the tarp does not touch the ground pull it gently until it does so.
Then pull all of the tent sides taught and begin to stake out the tent. At this time you may adjust the location of the tent or trekking pole.
Step 3: Final Touches
To do this place the other trekking pole in the center of the front edge of the tarp. At this time make any further necessary adjustments to the tent stakes.
Step 4: Rope Tent
1: Tie a rope between two trees (or one tree and a stake)
2: Lay the tarp over the line, with the rope intersecting the long side for more space and the shorter side for a tent floor.
3: Stake out the tent and fold the extra tarp under the tent for a floor. (see pictures)
For the tent floor stake out only the corners but from the inside, then fold the tarp under.