DIY Camouflage: How to Hide Everything from Your Rifle to Your Rain Barrels

4. How to Camouflage a Structure

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Whether you want to hide your house, garage or a shipping container, there are several techniques that can make a structure less visible to others. A prime example is painting it to fit into the surrounding area. In other words, if you have a cabin deep in the woods, you could paint it with stencils to look like the nearby trees.

Alternatives options include purposefully introducing vines and other green plants to the exterior of the structure until they cover it almost completely. Homes have also been built to look like a stack of cut firewood or a large boulder, but doing this will require building your structure with camouflage in mind.

You can also give your home or cabin some camouflage by planting trees or shrubs that fully encircle your property. If you plant everything close enough together, it will give the appearance that your property is nothing more than a wooded area.

If none of these options are feasible, you will need to take the opposite approach. This includes making sure that your house and property do not look very well kept up and that you have nothing of interest sitting outside. After all, if a quick glance shows items of value and a well-cared for property, you will most likely attract the wrong type of people after the SHTF.

If you have a garden in the back, you should also get some burlap or camouflaged tarps that can be put over your plants during a short-term emergency or while you are unable to keep an eye on everything. Again, this will not serve as a deterrent if someone gets close enough to see the tarps, but it can make your property look less inviting from a distance.

Photo by Thierry Ehrmann

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