It’s summertime, and the livin’ is easy. And, it’s pretty easy to extend outdoor play time by offering up cool and covered spots for your tykes. From a colorful umbrella stand-and-planter combo to an awesome spot to just chill, scroll down to discover six ideas that will inspire you to get a little shady.

photo: Rebekka Guenther Ferbrache via Jadeflower

Under My Umbrella
If DIY needs to equal easy, then this shade structure and planter project from Jadeflower is perfect. Not only will you get that sweet shady spot, but you’ll be adding a little extra color, too. Best part? You can complete this for under $25! Find out what you’ll need over at Jadeflower.

photo: Alli Ward via Made with Happy

Perfect Playhouse
If you’ve got empty space in the yard, consider building a covered playhouse that offers up plenty of protection from the sun’s rays. We love this tree-inspired space built by Alli over at Made with Happy. While it will take more time than just one afternoon, just about anyone can re-create this project with the multiple tutorials provided. Find out what you’ll need to get started over at Made with Happy.

photo: Bebs Manaloto-Lott via Foxy Folksy

Cool Canopy
Imagine a cozy outdoor spot for afternoon reading sessions or lazy naps with tired kiddos. Now, imagine making your own version with just few supplies. Yup, it’s possible and Foxy Folksy can show you how it’s done! All that’s left to do is pour yourself a cold glass of lemonade and stretch out. Get the how-to over at Foxy Folksy.

photo: Karin Kliewer via Little City Farm

Simple Shade
If you’ve got trees in the backyard or nearby, then you’ve got what you need to make a twig fort like the one we spotted over at Little City Farm. Whether you leave it plain and simple, or plant climbing vines for super shade is up to you. See more of this cool project over at Little City Farm.

photo: Angela Wray via The Wray Sist3rs

Sand and Shade
Keeping littles protected while they play is essential to outdoor fun. The awesome sandbox canopy we spotted over at The Wray Sist3rs is basic and brilliant. Even if you don’t have a built-in box, it’s easy to assemble a shade structure using the tutorial you’ll find over at The Wray Sist3rs. Here’s to being made in the shade!

photo: courtesy The Merry Thought

Canvas Cover
For an authentic feel to your shady spot, consider an old-school canvas tent like the one Mandi of The Merry Thought created for her outdoor space. The hardest part about this project will be finding a grommet kit to complete the job. Find out what else you’ll need over at The Merry Thought.

How do you make shade while the sun shines? Share with us in a Comment below!

—Gabby Cullen

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