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20 Backyard Tents and Forts Built For Summer Fun

Backyard tents and forts, like the magical one from Spoki pictured above, supply summer days (and nights!) with endless opportunity for imagination. I’ve gathered together 20 delightful finds below to inspire your backyard fun, click through and get inspired!

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  • Keep It Simple 1 of 20
    Keep It Simple
    It doesn't have to be elaborate, just a fun little spot to read and play!
    Spotted on All You
  • Whimsical Escape 2 of 20
    Whimsical Escape
    Shooting for whimsy? Here's your mark.
    Spotted on Apartment Therapy
  • Some Assembly Required 3 of 20
    Some Assembly Required
    If DIY isn't your thing, this retro tent from Cath Kidston tent is pretty fun!
    Spotted at Free People
  • Teepee DIY 4 of 20
    Teepee DIY
    Here's a great tutorial on how to DIY a back yard teepee, so fun!
    Get the tutorial from The Etsy Blog
  • Date Night Done Right 5 of 20
    Date Night Done Right
    Here's a fun twist on a backyard fort. Why not do date night at home by creating a little escape right in your backyard? Such a fun idea!
    Click here for all the details from Pure and Noble
  • Moonlight Magic 6 of 20
    Moonlight Magic
    Make your backyard tent magical by hanging a few lights for ambiance at night. These mason jars are a sweet touch.
    Check them out on The Ruffled Blog
  • Backyard Escape 7 of 20
    Backyard Escape
    Wouldn't it be fun to create a backyard escape just like this one? Set an old boy scout tent on a platform and make it happen!
    Spotted on The Lettered Cottage
  • Laid Back Lifestyle 8 of 20
    Laid Back Lifestyle
    Sometimes it's as easy as hanging a tent over the clothesline.
    The Reed Life
  • Vintage Vibe 9 of 20
    Vintage Vibe
    Here's a super sweet vintage inspired tent, the bunting is a fun addition.
    Spotted on The Vintage Rose Garden
  • Tent Time 10 of 20
    Tent Time
    Another great backyard tent, looks like the perfect spot for all kinds of fun to me.
    Spotted on Project Nursery
  • Platform Playhouse 11 of 20
    Platform Playhouse
    Built for kids, but I want one for myself! Find all the information on how to build this amazing backyard getaway from the Handmade Home.
    Click here for details
  • Crazy Kid Fort 12 of 20
    Crazy Kid Fort
    Holy moly, what a fantastic fort! I love all the bright colors and eclectic touches.
    Spotted on Apartment Therapy
  • Stick Fort! 13 of 20
    Stick Fort!
    Who says you'll never need to know how to build a fort from branches and sticks? I think it looks like fun!
    Spotted on Indulgy
  • Backyard Fun 14 of 20
    Backyard Fun
    I'm not sure where this is, but those kids look like they're having a blast. Count me in!
    Spotted on Terrace Living
  • Built For Enjoyment 15 of 20
    Built For Enjoyment
    By using stencils, this family customized their dreamy backyard tent in a super cool way.
    read all about it over at Design Inspiration
  • Classic Kid Fort 16 of 20
    Classic Kid Fort
    Here's a fun project for an afternoon!
    Find all the instructions from This Old House
  • Modern Kid Fort 17 of 20
    Modern Kid Fort
    Check out this super cool modern kid fort, what a fun alternative to the traditional.
    Spotted on Dornob 
  • DIY Backyard Tent 18 of 20
    DIY Backyard Tent
    This fun little tent was created using a few simple components and a painter's drop cloth. Easy and super cute!
    Find all the details on Little House Blog
  • World’s Best Blanket Fort 19 of 20
    World's Best Blanket Fort
    Let's all agree that this kid has some cool parents. Who wouldn't love an awesome blanket fort like this in their back yard?
    Spotted on Zilverblauw
  • Summer Reading Tent 20 of 20
    Summer Reading Tent
    Here's a fun and relatively simple tutorial for how to construct a summer reading teepee for your kids.
    Get the tutorial from Tatertots and Jello

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