Car Camping: Fun Crafts and Activities

Car Camping: Fun Crafts and Activities

Let’s go car camping. Enjoy fun crafts and actives while watching nature up-close and personal. Make: 1) pine-pitch glue, 2) primitive shell spoons, 3) rustic eating utensils, 3) campfire in-a-can, 4) shell candles, 5) and nature-inspired sketches. Go swimming, use a sling shot, and pretend you are a kid, with not a care in the world. Childlike playfulness is fun and reduces stress.

Pine Pitch Glue Recipe:
1) Melt pitch in a can over charcoal fire (no flames)
2) Use stick to remove debris from pitch
3) Pulverize charcoal with rock
4) Add 1/3 volume of pulverized charcoal to volume of melted pitch
5) Stir pitch and charcoal mixture
6) Add plant fiber to pitch- charcoal mixture (I prefer to use cotton, but any plant fiber may be used, including rabbit droppings)
7) Stir mixture and let it cool.
8) Use the pitch glue immediately or put it on sticks, as it cools. (Moisten your fingers with water to shape the glue sticks.)

Charcoal changes the chemistry of the raw pitch, so it becomes flexible and hard (similar to modern plastic). Plant fiber (cotton) increase the tensile strength of the glue.

Additional information:

Video on how to make primitive spoons with pine pitch, shells, sticks and sand:

Video on how to make rustic eating utensils with a sticks, fire/hot rocks, and a knife:

Articles on the benefits of playful behavior:

Videography by Ken Kramm, 23 April 2017, Sam Houston National Forest, Lake Conroe, Texas, USA latitude 30.4946 longitude -95.6; Canon Vixia HF G30, iPhone 7+, Final Cut Pro X. Look Busy Kevin MacLeod (
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