Glamping Design on a Dime

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Glamping also known as glamourous, luxurious camping conjures up images of 5-star fabulousness, but the truth is you can create a beautiful and luxurious glamping space on a budget.  As a single mom of three, I definitely live on a strict budget that doesn’t allow for many extras. When I started to plan and prepare for my 1st glamping experience, I wondered if I could pull it off with limited funds.  I’m here to tell you, it can be done with good planning, research and preparation. Your space can be luxurious without breaking the bank!

Choose a Theme or Color Scheme

The possibilities are endless.  Last year I chose a Moroccan theme. I started with a basic color palette and built upon it from there.  You don’t necessarily have to have a theme. You can use your favorite colors, sports team, and your favorite hobbies and create a look that works for you. Having a basic color palate will help tremendously when planning your glamping space.

Grab that Checklist!!!

Did you download my Ultimate Glamping Checklist?  If you haven’t download it today!  It is a comprehensive list of everything you need to create a personalized glamping space and serves as a great guide as you get started planning your glamping weekend!!!


Start at home and look for items around the house that would be great additions to your glamping space. After all, glamping really is about having the comforts of home or a 5 star hotel.  Check garage and estate sales, thrift stores (sometimes you just need a little paint to upgrade something from basic to fabulous).  Check the clearance sections of your favorite stores such as Bed, Bath and Beyond, or Home Goods or online at Walmart, Amazon and EBay.  If you start now, you have time to grab items from online wholesalers such as Wish or Alibaba.   


If you are handy or crafty, try creating décor and centerpieces yourself. Pinterest has a wealth of ideas and YouTube is a great start for crafty how to videos. Last year, one of the Summer Oasis glampers created beautiful lanterns with mason jars, fairy lights and a little burlap.  Beautiful lighting for just $5!!  I found a few old planters around my house and spray painted them with a beautiful metallic paint to create the perfect centerpiece for my outdoor table.  You may have items around the house that could use a little coat of paint or something extra to turn it into something really cool.  Take existing pillows and add a new pillow case to create a fun decorative pillow for your sleep space.  The possibilities are truly endless.

 With enough research and proper planning you can have the basics to enjoy a beautiful glamping space and build on it each year you attend Summer Oasis and it doesn’t have to hurt your wallet!!!

Do you have any tips for glamping design on a dime? I’d love to hear them. Share some of your best tips with me and our readers! Hope you are getting ready for Summer Oasis 2019!!! A Glamping experience like no other.

Stay tuned to Black Widow’s web as we help you prepare for Summer Oasis and bring you interviews and helpful articles leading up to the event!

Until next time,

-Black Widow


Black Widow

D.Sanders, a Chicago native, is a devoted mother, blogger and writer who is passionate about her family, friends, women's rights, living authentically and telling her story.   She is also a spoken word recording artist under the name, Black Widow. She has been writing and blogging for over 15 years providing commentary and expressing thought on life, love and relationships. Her artistry can be heard on two house music singles, “Rough”, and “Gruv Me” released by Grammy Nominated Producer and CEO of T’s Box Records & T’s Crates, Terry Hunter under the production of Mike Dunn and Dee Jay Alicia. . Both singles reached #1 on Traxsource’s Afrohouse and charted top ten overall as well reaching the top ten in their year of release.  She splits her time blogging about the Chicago Dance Music Scene on and on her book’s website,  She is excited about her debut book, The Sum of Many Things, scheduled for release in June 2017.   She wears many hats but refuses to be placed in a box.  She believes that women are "The Sum of Many Things".  Embracing all of her roles as a woman, she firmly believes in breaking free of preconceived notions of womanhood.   She believes it is her mission to define her own life experience, femininity and sexuality and not have it defined by society.  She openly shares her story with hopes that women understand their worth, power and place in this world.