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Homemade Gifts for RV Lovers

RV lovers know a thing or two about embracing life! They aren’t content with being contained in their stick and brick home year round, so they hitch up their beloved RV and head out onto the open road whenever they hear the call of the wild. With the wind in their hair and the sun at their backs, they venture into the great outdoors to recharge their spirit and refresh their mind. Help your RV-loving friends celebrate this wonderful pastime by making a homemade gift that complements their RV lifestyle. Here are some of our favorites!

Table-Top Mason Jar Tiki Torch

Give the gift of illuminated bug repellance!

What You’ll Need:

  • Mason jar

  • Drill with 3/8” drill bit

  • Scissors

  • Needle-nose pliers

  • Copper coupling reducer 3/8” x ¼”

  • Fiberglass tiki torch wick

  • Citronella tiki torch fuel


  1. With the 3/8” drill bit, drill a hole in the middle of the jar lid.

  2. Use scissors to cut slits surrounding the hole in a starburst pattern.

  3. Slide the narrow end of your coupling reducer through the hole until it can’t go any further. This will hold the wick and keep it in place.

  4. Slide the tiki torch wick through the coupling reducer.

  5. Fill your jar ¾ way full of tiki torch fuel.

  6. Trim the wick so only about ½” is visible above the copper coupling.

  7. Let the wick become saturated with the fuel before lighting.

Silverware Holder

Make mealtime easier with this upcycled DIY silverware holder!

What You’ll Need:

  • 6 empty soup cans with labels removed

  • Small wooden block about 12”L x 2”W

  • Paint for metal (any color you wish)

  • Nail & hammer

  • 6 screws

  • Screwdriver

  • Small strap for a handle (leather works great)


  1. Paint your cans on the inside and out. Let them dry completely.

  2. Paint the piece of wood and let it dry as well.

  3. Have someone hold each can one at a time while you lightly hammer the nail through it to make a hole just under the top rim on the inside. Do this for all 6 cans.

  4. Stand the piece of wood up on its side and set 3 cans on each side of it. The piece of wood will be sandwiched between them. Set each can so that the nail holes are up against the wood board. Then mark with a pencil where you’ll drill the corresponding nail hole in the wood. Do this for all 6 cans.

  5. Set the cans aside and make holes for each of the cans on the board (where you marked them). Use your hammer and nail for this.

  6. Then using the screws and screwdriver, attach each can tightly to the board.

  7. Attach your handle on the top of the board so it’ll be easy to carry out to the picnic table.

  8. Fill each can with utensils and they’re ready for easy carrying!

Tennis Ball Buddy

Turn this ball into a great hanging accessory that holds anything that needs a place of its own.

What You’ll Need:

  • Tennis balls

  • Good-quality suction hooks

  • Craft googly eyes

  • X-acto knife

  • Drill & screw

  • Glue


  1. Using your X-acto knife, poke a hole in the tennis ball and cut a slit for a mouth (less than half way around the ball).

  2. On the opposite side of the ball, use your drill and screw to puncture the ball with a hole for the suction cup. Make sure the hole goes all the way into the ball so the hook will fit in securely.

  3. Attach the googly eyes above the mouth using your glue for a cute face!

  4. Slip the hook into the back hole and it’s ready to give to your RV-loving friend!

  5. They can fill the mouth with anything that needs a place to hang in an RV, such as letters, keys, pens, razors, dish cloth, sponge, etc.

Pinecone Fire Starters

Let there be light! Your recipient will love the functionality and fragrance of this beautiful DIY gift!

What You’ll Need:

  • Leftover candle wax

  • Pinecones

  • Wax paper or muffin tins

  • Ribbon & tags (optional)


  1. Using a double broiler, melt leftover wax into a liquid.

  2. Once it’s completely melted, dip pinecones into it or drizzle the wax over the pinecones.

  3. If you want to add a scent to them, sprinkle a spice (cinnamon & nutmeg smell great) on them while the wax is still warm.

  4. Allow them to cool and harden on wax paper or in refrigerated muffin tins.

  5. Tie a pretty ribbon around them and add a gift tag if you like.

Corkboard Travel Map

Help your friends remember all the places they’ve ventured to with this adorable U.S.-shaped corkboard map.

What You’ll Need:

  • Corkboard

  • Map of the U.S.

  • Pencil

  • Sharpie marker

  • Ribbon

  • Pins

  • Stapler

  • Dremel

  • Pins

  • Colored paper for flags


  1. Using a map of the U.S., trace the outline of it onto your corkboard with a pencil.

  2. Trace over the outline with your Sharpie marker.

  3. Cut around the outline with the Dremel tool.

  4. As best you can, draw in each state with your pencil. Trace over all state lines with your Sharpie.

  5. Make flag shapes out of the colored paper so that your RVing friends can mark all the places they’ve visited.

  6. Tie a bow in the middle of the ribbon and then staple each end at the top of the map (on the back) so that it can be hung from the bow.

If your friends’ wanderlust inspires you to give RVing a try, come see us at Gillette’s Interstate RV in East Lansing, MI, where you’ll find the largest selection of new and used RVs to fit any budget. Our deep discounts and special no-money-down financing will save you $1000s! If you shop somewhere else, you’ll spent too much! Come see us today or visit us online and take our awesome virtual tours! Now you'll have your own RV that you can decorate with these homemade RV gifts!

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