Does your campsite look blah? Perhaps it lacks personality, color and pizzazz? With a few great campsite decorating ideas, you can transform your boring campsite and outdoor patio into a fun and festive glampsite! In fact, your campsite will become the envy of all the other campers and they’ll surely will want to visit!
Campsite decorating has become popular amongst long term and seasonal RVers at campgrounds or RV parks everywhere. Campers are wanting to enlarge their living space to outside their RVs.
So, how can you create your own outdoor patio paradise to relax and entertain your friends and family?
These simple creative outdoor patio decor ideas show you how to transform your dirty campsite into an outdoor patio paradise that your guests will want to gather and you’ll never want to leave!
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20 Creative Campsite Decorating Ideas
How to Decorate Your Campsite for Comfort and Class!
Campsite Mat or Outdoor Carpet
We started with a campsite mat or outdoor carpet because we’re laying the foundation of creating the perfect campsite setup.
Campsites are dirty, sandy, leafy, and just plain gross. You surely don’t want to track all of that into your RV or get on your bare feet.
So, to mitigate tracking all of that, you’ll need an outdoor carpet or campsite mat. And really, they don’t have to be ugly to be functional. Throw a little color and design down to brighten up your campsite!
Check out these campsite mats:
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The focal point of any campsite is typically the picnic table. It’s where we gather for meals, morning coffee chats, children’s crafts and board games.
So, why not decorate your table with an interesting centerpiece or arrangement? (We’ll get to that later)
In addition to your campsite picnic table, you’ll want some other tables to make your outdoor living space efficient and more comfortable.
Get a larger camping table to set up your outdoor kitchen. It can also be used for serving dishes, snacks, condiments as well as your serving dishes and utensils. Also, add one or two small folding tables to place between your camp for drinks and snacks.
If your campsite doesn’t include a picnic table, bring your own portable camping picnic table. They are also great for a kids table.
Check out these campsite tables:
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Tablecloth or Table Covering
It’s hard not to notice how nasty most campground picnic tables are. Most are splintering, cracked or just plain gross. Who knows what’s lurking on their surfaces.
So, an outdoor table cloth is an absolute must! You can get a washable outdoor table cloth to lay out on your tables or ones made of vinyl.
Don’t forget the picnic table clips! You’ll need them to keep your tablecloth from blowing off on windy days.
Check out these campsite tablecloths:
Camp chairs and loungers come in a variety of styles, sizes, shapes and now colors. So, combine comfort with creativity in your stylish seating arrangements.
Check out each of these camp chairs:
Oh and speaking of seating, nothing’s better than taking a nap under a the shade trees or lounging under the canopy of stars!
So, a great zero gravity chair is a campsite must-have! They’re so comfortable, you may end up dozing the whole night away in it.
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Say you don’t want to lug a big zero gravity chair around in your RV but still want to take an afternoon nap under the trees. A hammock may be the answer!
Now, camping hammocks come in lightweight fabrics and are super compact when they’re stored. They also come in a large variety of colors. So, you can incorporate your hammock color into your campsite decorating theme.
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Cozy Camping Blankets
You can still enjoy your little piece of outdoor paradise on cool days without having to hibernate inside your RV. Stay warm and cozy with an outdoor blanket or Mexican serape blanket to your campsite or patio.
Not only will they keep you toasty on cool nights around the campfire or stargazing, they also make great table cloths or picnic table bench covers to keep your buns warm.
Check out these cozy outdoor blankets:
Outdoor pillows are not just to look cute on your camp chairs. Pillows can also be functional! They’re great to sit on the hard picnic table benches or as lumbar support for those with ailing back issues.
Pillows are also great for the kids to throw on your campsite mat to play games or sit around the campfire.
So, get a few; one for each kid and a couple to dazzle up your campsite seating area.
Check out these fun & festive outdoor pillows:
Who said colorful umbrellas are just for the beach? You can incorporate a bit of bright and festive flair by bringing a beach umbrella into to your campsite!
A beach umbrella serves as a great way to shade the picnic table (some have picnic tables have holes in the middle!) or over your hammock or camp chair.
And because they’re so light and versatile, you can move them wherever you need them. But, you’ll need a way to secure your patio beach umbrella to your campsite.
Take a look at these beach umbrella holders:
Sunshade & Windshade
Similar to the beach umbrella concept, beach sunshades aren’t just limited to beach use. They’re absolutely perfect for creating a shady little nest area away from the table.
Install a sunshade near the hammock or over your zero gravity chair to prevent you from getting a sunburn.
But, it can also function as a wind shade. They come in awesome lively colors that will brighten up your campsite in a quick snap like any of these three below.
A lightweight dining canopy can shield your picnic table from direct sun but also, anything falling from the trees above like acorns, tree sap, and leaves. Here’s three different suggestions below.
Outdoor Screen Room
When camping, it’s a given you’re going to deal with mosquitos, black flies and gnats that want to inject, bite and eat you. So, beat them at their own game by getting an outdoor screen room.
But typical screen rooms, also known as screen tents or dining tents, are an ugly color and shape. But if you tastefully decorate it using fancy lights with pennants and garlands, it won’t look so obtrusive.
These three are absolutely perfect for creating an outdoor workspace or office or even just a place to relax yet be out of the elements!
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Campsite Party Lights
Lighting is one of the easiest ways to decorate your campsite because different lights create amazing ambiance. You can go all out with lighting or use it just to light your way to your RV door.
Personally, I absolutely LOVE our solar tiki torches because we don’t have to worry about carrying flammable fuel and sooty torches.
OH, and, fairy lights are all the rage because they’re unobtrusive and fun to look at as they sparkle.
We found canning jar solar fairy lights that we just screw on small crystal jelly jars. We place them all around our RV or walkways for ambiance and to light our path.
We also love our solar powered white string lights because they don’t take expensive batteries to light up our campsite.
And lastly, we use red rope lights under our rig when we’re camping in areas of high rodent population.
Check out these outdoor lighting options that are perfect for your campsite:
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Pennants, Streamers & Garlands
You don’t need a celebratory reason to add some colorful fun to your outdoor camping space.
Decorate your campsite with solid colors, festive patterns or even themed pennants, streamers and garlands.
Flags, Windsocks, Spinners & Signs
Add a little personalization to your campsite decorations with cool campsite signs and garden flags. They’re fun identifiers for your fellow campers and guests to know which campsite is yours.
Also, garden flags are all the rage too. They’re lightweight, easily changeable and take no space to store. You can decorate your campsite with holiday or themed garden flags like these three below:
You may also want to get a personalized garden flag with your name(s) and favorite designs or motifs. Oh, and don’t forget to get your collapsible garden flag holder.
And windsocks and spinners are all the rage as they flail in the wind with color and vibrance!
Check these colorful windsock spinners:
Plants & Flowers
Flowers make anyone who passes smile. So, once you have your tablecloth on your picnic table and other tables, why not add a little colorful flowers or plants?
You can never go wrong with bright colorful shasta daisies, white daisies or sunflowers. They go with any decor from farm house to beach house and everything in between.
These three simple arrangements below are perfect for your campsite picnic table setup!
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Just because you’re at your campsite doesn’t mean you have to rough it using paper plates. Instead, treat yourself and your family like you’re at a patio party with inexpensive, unbreakable dinnerware.
Use your plates and bowls as accents to all of your other campsite decorations. Make your dinnerware fun and festive if you like color and patterns.
Or, if you prefer a little more subdued, go with white or a solid color like these below:
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Outdoor Beverage Dispenser
Keeping a large drink dispenser out on your picnic table or camp table will keep the kids from running in and out of your RV for a drink.
When they have a little color to them, they make your table look festive and fun and more thirst quenching. Add a little fruit and you have a gorgeous addition to your campsite decorating motif.
These three drink dispensers below are lightweight and unbreakable which make them perfect for RV living and camping. Enlarge the photos to see sizing and if they fit in your campsite decorating theme.
Camping is all about the ambiance of the campfire, storytelling and stargazing. But, what if the campground doesn’t have fire pits? That’s easy, just bring your own! Just make certain your campground allows them.
There are two types of fire pits; wood burning and propane.
A wood burning fire pit is a little larger which make them perfect for seasonal or permanent campsites.
A propane fire pit is more portable and can be set up anywhere without worry of setting the woods on fire because there are no burning embers or sparks.
Also, it’s a great idea to place a fire retardant mat fire pit over your outdoor carpet as the heat or embers could melt or burn what’s under your fire pit.
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Outdoor Movie Theater
Okay, so with all of the above, we’ve created the perfect ambiance with all the campsite decoration ideas laid out for you.
We think you’ll agree, the best parts of camping is the campfire, looking up at the stars and enjoying the camping vibe.
But, wouldn’t it be cool to watch the silver screen outdoors too?! Did you know you can create your own outdoor movie theater right at your campsite?
So, cook up some popcorn, keep the campfire aglow, and flick on your outdoor movie projector onto the movie screen and let the show begin!
Your campsite will be where everyone wants to be! And, you can do this for less than a hundred bucks!
Enjoy your Outdoor Campsite Paradise!
We hope you enjoyed these campsite decorating ideas and tips. Go ahead! Take these tips on how to decorate your campsite and make it your own outdoor paradise for you and your family! Making your RV campsite feel comfortable while looking festive and fun will will heighten your great camping memories.
10 Great Campsite Decorating Tips
1. Combine colors with patterns to create interesting focal points and coordinate with your other campsite decorating features.
2. Place your fire pit on a fire retardant mat over your outdoor carpet as the heat or embers could melt or burn what’s under your fire pit.
3. Red decorative lights are easier on the eyes and your eyesight adapts much quicker so you can enjoy looking at the stars.
4. Be mindful of how your outdoor lights may affect your neighbors. While they can be fun and festive, try not to go overboard with lights or leave them on all night.
5. Buy two tablecloths; one for the table and cut the other one lengthwise to cover the picnic table benches. They’ll keep your clothes clean and your bum safe from splinters.
5. Buy the largest rectangular size table cloth possible. They will fit any size table. For smaller tables, just fold into the appropriate size.
7. Make certain you keep umbrellas and sunshades away from your fire pit or grill area. Also, make certain they are anchored down so they don’t fly away and damage someone else’s property.
8. If you use your serape or blanket as a tablecloth, we highly recommend covering it with a clear tablecloth to keep it from food spillage or soiling. You can cut it to size for all of your tables.
9. Get a campsite box to store all of your blankets, pillows and other campsite decorations in while not in use or during inclement weather.
10. Make certain the campground allows tying or hanging anything around the trees. Wrap a towel around the tree trunks before attaching the hammock straps to protect their bark.
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3 Replies to “Campsite Decorating Ideas – Turn Your Campsite into a Glampsite”
For me, camping is about stripping away all the “stuff” and getting back to the basics. Having a movie theatre on your site is not only ridiculous but rude to other campers nearby. It’s so sad how commercialized simple camping has become. But I’m sure you will make a couple bucks from the links you posted because that is all these suggestions are really for anyway… that, and a fine way to ruin camping.
Hi Lily, thank you for taking the time to read our Campsite to Glampsite article. An thank you for your input. Everyone’s definition of camping and fun differs from others. Also, please realize a lot of people are now full-time RVing. So asking them to give up ‘living’ to appease others isn’t the answer (politely, of course). That said, all of our suggestions should be taken and given with discretion and understanding. As long as campground rules are adhered to, I see no problem with a family enjoying an outdoor movie or playing flashlight tag during regular hours as long as they’re not obnoxious about it. Even ‘we’ had to learn to give a little as we tool, prefer quieter settings. But, camping is about bringing families and friends together. We’ve found if we want quieter experiences, we seek venues that offer that. We hope our explanation helps. Travel safe and be well. -Lisa
I like the campsite very much.