Whether it’s a cloud’s unique shape or the garden’s many vibrant hues, nature provides an endless source of inspiration. Set up an art studio outdoors and help your mini Monets find their muse. Scroll down to find 11 genius ideas from a few creative parents; the kids will love spending time outside and you won’t mind the mess. It’s the perfect set up!

photo: Kids Play Box

Recycled Box Art Studio
An ordinary cardboard box easily transforms into an extraordinary art studio by adding a few supplies and your artist’s latest creations. Head over to Kids Play Box to see how to make your own portable gallery.

DIYbackyardchalkboard_amandahunter_backyardbeauty_outdoorfun_national_redtricyclephoto: Amanda Hunter via Dallas Moms Blog

Color, erase, repeat. An oversized chalkboard makes a great reusable canvas, and doubles as a scoreboard for afternoon games. Head over to Dallas Moms Blog to find out how to personalize and hang one in your backyard.

photo: Meri Cherry

Garden Art Studio
This amazing backyard studio was built by the very handy dad over at Meri Cherry. The lucky artists in residence love having their own creative hideaway. Head over to the blog for a peek inside this magical space and a look at some of their awesome projects.

Babble Dabble Do Design Fortphoto: Baddle Dabble Do

Design Fort
A step up from a cardboard box, this outdoor fort is an art project in itself. Babble Dabble Do used a kit to create the frame for this awesome playhouse, draped it with butcher paper and let aspiring designers go to work personalizing the space inside and out. Head over to the blog to find materials and sources.

photo: Pink Stripey Socks

Cardboard Easel
This awesome DIY easel from Pink Stripey Socks is super easy and inexpensive to make with very few materials. Plus, it can accommodate up to three artists at once! Grab a cardboard box and check out the blog to learn to make your own.

photo: Not-So-SAHM via Honest to Nod

Balcony Studio
Even if space is at a premium, it’s still possible to set up an outdoor creative space for your little artist. Not-So-SAHM designed this craft room on the balcony of her home. Head over to Honest to Nod for a closer look at the space.

photo: No Time for Flash Cards

Upcycled Water Table
No Time for Flash Cards took finger painting to a whole new level by using her daughter’s water table as sensory tub painting project. Find all the materials you’ll need to create your own colorful canvases here.

All the Little Lights easelphoto: All the Little Lights

DIY Plexiglass Easel
Thinking beyond dry erase and chalkboards, All the Little Lights crafted her daughter’s easel out of plexiglass. The attached paint palette is made from a plastic vegetable tray, great for separating paint colors. Easy to wash and reuse, it’s the perfect outdoor canvas for artists of all ages.

Tinklerlab Garden Art Studiophoto: Tinkerlab

Picnic Art Studio
You never know when inspiration will strike, especially when you’re out exploring nature. Tinkerlab set up an impromptu art studio using just a picnic blanket and a few select supplies. Find tips for setting up a garden studio here.

photo: Doodlebuds

Slate Painting
The mom behind Doodlebuds stumbled upon this interactive gallery wall during a visit to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. The medium of choice: water. These quick-drying framed pieces of slate make for perfect reusable canvases, and can easily be recreated in your backyard. Just remember to take a photo of each masterpiece before it dries! The exhibit served as inspiration when creating an outdoor art space for her son. Check it out here!

outdoor-art-station-for-preschool-tinkering-wallphoto: Where Imagination Grows

Art Station
Where Imagination Grows proves it’s easy to create a colorful outdoor art space without breaking the bank. A simple wooden shelf and metal buckets in an assortment of bright hues and patterns house the supplies, and an upcycled coffee table is the perfect height for young artists. Check out the rest of this outdoor craft corner and find a list of materials you’ll need to create your own here.

Which outdoor art space would you like to create for your kids? Tell us in the comments. 

— Lauren Hill