DIY Sandbox

May 18, 2012 by Jenny Melrose
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DIY Sandbox Tutorial

This is an easy to follow step by step tutorial on how to create your own DIY Sandbox.  This project has been in the works for months, actually more like since last Spring when Riley’s Grandma and Grandpa bought her a Lil’ Tikes Playground.  Joe decided he was going to take out our herb garden that was at the end of our patio and put the playground there.  Don’t worry though I didn’t lose my fresh herbs for my recipes.  My Canvas Shoe Planter worked perfect for our space to continue to grow my herbs.  
I came home from work and he had dumped sand on the grass and placed her playground on top.  I never got a picture, but it was ridiculous.  I suggested putting in a frame and something underneath the sand.  We ended up with what you see below.  It worked last Spring when Riley was just starting her dare devil ways.  It clearly needed some Spring cleaning though.
While Joe was at work I pulled up the 2 X 4s that framed it.
I attempted to dig out with Riley, but our lack of a wheelbarrow made it extremely difficult for me to try to do a second load.  Yep, we’re using a sheet to pull the dirt into the woods.  Very efficient around these parts.
Please disregard the horrible black fencing in the background and don’t even ask what that mess is because I’ll start to cry.  Focus on my little helper, which is what I have to do to not bawl when I see it.

Joe finished the digging and we had a relatively smooth surface to work with.

We laid down a patio paver base and tamped it out to make it level.

I don’t have any pictures from the patio paver base to the frame totally done because Riley and I ran to the store.  Here’s what Joe did though.  He used 8 foot pressure treated 4 x 4s and cut it to size.  He had four pieces on every side that after the second tier he screwed down with 6″ Timberlock screws.  He then placed landscaping fabric on the inside.  The fabric is key because it’ll deter the weeds from growing through.
Here’s a better picture of the landscape fabric.
The last step was to place Trex decking all the way around, which is the perfect size for Riley’s little tush to sit (my big ole tush fits too).
The last step was adding the play sand.  The sandbox took 35 bags of sand.
Someone is clearly ready to dig right in.  Riley adores her sandbox!  She’d play in it every day if she could.
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  • Thrifty Miss Smith

    You go girl! It looks amazing! I have personally used the sheet method myself 😉 Where's a wheelbarrow when you need one right? Have a fabulous weekend!

  • Pamela

    Oh my word, this looks wonderful! I am laughing at the picture of you using a sheet, I have done the same thing :-) Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Princess Kate

    We have a sandbox in our backyard that has been going strong for 9 years now. Kids love sandboxes. Enjoy!!!

  • sunnymama

    That is a fabulous sandbox! :) It would be lovely if you'd like to share this with our summer carnival:

  • Eva {Tales of the Scotts}

    What a fun thing for her to play in! I think my son would love a sandbox BUT all I can picture my little hyper 3 yr old son doing is throwing dirt EVERYWHERE. :) But that's the fun it in, right? :)

  • AudreyN

    Amazing Sandbox! My son would love it!

  • Gina

    Wow! My son would love this! Bookmarking this for the hubby to have a look at! :) Thanks for sharing on the All Year Round Blog Carnival.

  • PlainVanillaMom

    This looks great! I found you through Famiglia & Seoul. I've been trying to get hubby to build a sandbox. I will have to show him this. Following you now!

  • Walking on Sunshine...

    That looks GREAT! And so does the steak recipe! Enjoy your weekend!

  • Laura Beth Gunter

    WOW!! I'm impressed :o) I bet yall are LOVING that sand box.

  • Paula

    I'm your newest follower via the blog hop and am so happy to find you. Your kids will have a blast with their new sand box.

  • Evelyn

    I always loved sandboxes when my kiddos were little. You did a terrific job (and all without a wheel barrel)Just visiting from the Blog Hop and still enjoying following you. I would so love if you would share any of your awesome posts at Freedom Fridays. Hoping to see you there.

  • Nicole

    Wow what a beautiful sandbox! I cannot believe it took 35 bags of sand wow! My hubby just finished up our DIY Sensory Bins and the kids have been loving them! Hope you have a wonderful week!

    Mama Of Many Blessings

  • Blogger

    How cool is that!!?????
    really neat, I may try as well!

    And thanks for the comments on my blog and for following too!

  • Cari and Cortnee @ Two Sasters

    WOW!!! Looks great!

  • Jacki O.

    What a great sandbox! Any little one would be thrilled to have it :)

  • Jerry and Kay

    What a lot of work…but great results. Looks like a lot of fun!

  • Rachel C

    Looks so much fun. I am toying with the idea of a sand box for the kids, just not sure I could handle all the mess it might create with my wild ones. :o)

  • Cornerstone Confessions

    This looks great! My daughter loves her sandbox. I'd give every kid a sandbox if I could because they get so creative in them. I'd love for you to link this up to Titus 2 Tuesday tomorrow on Cornerstone Confessions.

    Stopping over from Serendipity and Spice.


  • Amber Epperson

    What a lucky gal! I want a sand box for my boys, but was thinking of going easy with the large turtle from Wally World. Thanks for linking up with us this week!

    • Janet

      I have one of the turtle sand boxes for my grandchildren and while it is nice, it is small and if rained in, it takes forever to dry. I like this idea but would have to make some kind of a cover to keep the rain out.

  • Our Pinteresting Family

    Great job, Jenny! I'm sure it's getting a lot of use. Megan

  • Kristin

    Great job! It looks awesome =)

    Visiting from DIY Showoff

  • Marilyn Clark

    Wow…you did a great job! I bet your kiddos love it!

  • cheapcraftymama

    That's awesome, my little boy LOVES to play in the sand! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at Pin It and Win It Wednesday @– where you can win free ad-space on my blog!

  • Carrie {My Favorite Finds}

    Such fun! Thanks for sharing at our Handmade Tuesdays party.

  • Nelly@DGInnovations

    I love how easy that looks! I am thinking that a sanbox is just what my kids need this summer!
    Visiting from DIY Party!

  • Nelly@DGInnovations

    I love how easy that looks! I am thinking that a sanbox is just what my kids need this summer!
    Visiting from DIY Party!

  • Rachel

    What a fun place for Riley to play! Great job! My kids would love a sand box. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  • Carrie

    Wow, what a great project!! Thank you for sharing them at Sharing Saturday!! I hope you are having a wonderful week!!

  • Lisa

    Wow! So much fun for the kids! They must love having that in their own yard!

  • Jessie@saavysavings

    This looks like so much fun! My son would love it! Do you have to wash the sand every now and then or just let it go? I've always been curious to know!
    xo Jessie

  • MiaB

    Awesome sandbox… Have pinned it and hopefully the hubby and I can make something like this this summer :) Thanks for sharing at Sharing Saturday.

  • Annmarie Pipa

    we had this sandbox for 20 fun faithful years….got so much enjoyment watching our kids will too!!!

  • Claiming Our Space

    This makes me want my own sandbox! Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday.

  • Kelley @ Miss Information

    What a lucky little girl! I would love it if you would come and share this at my summer bucket list link party @

  • Melissa @ LoveBugLiving

    Great job! I bet that has been played in so much!

  • Melissa

    We're building a sandbox this weekend so it was great to see how you did yours!

    Visiting from TT&J.


  • Terry

    Every kid needs a sandbox and looks like she was havin fun helping with the construction. Your little girl is going up and is s cute in her ponytail! I just bought my 6 month old a basket of sandbox toys…it'll be awhile before she'll be able to use them but they are so much fun! Wishing you a wonderful weekend! This is one of my top picks for the week too!!

  • Katie Goldsworthy

    I totally want to do this! Right now we just have a “mud area”! I have 3 boys and 2 girls though, and the size I would need to keep the dirt/mud container would be mammoth….still thinking about my options. Love yours!

    Thanks for sharing it!

  • Marcie

    Such a great idea. I would love if you shared it on my linky party!
    Thanks Marcie @

  • Alyssa

    The sandbox turned out great! I can't believe how many bags it took to fill it. I'm sure your daughter will have so much fun in it. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!

  • Christina at I Gotta Create!

    This turned out great and brings back memories of hours of fun playing in the ol sand box! Your little ones will love it!! Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  • Kirsten

    You are the coolest mom! Love, love, love this! Thank you for sharing this project at our Summer BBQ Bash! Stop by tomorrow if you have a chance — I'll be featuring this project!

  • Erasmo Urrutia

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  • Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life

    Such a great idea! Maybe the hubby will make one for the grand babies!

  • Dr. Lorna

    While I like the idea of a covered sandbox, especially the one that has benches that can each fold out to reveal the play area, yours is pretty nice, too. I just want to mention that weed fabric is quite thin and most people find two layers are significantly better than one. I hope she doesn’t try to dig through it at some point. The other point I wanted to make is that sand can be bought in bulk and is probably preferable than the cost of so very many small bags. (This assumes a wheelbarrow and a truck (or delivery fee), though.) How much was your total cost for materials? What type of sand did you use? It looks more clay-based than the sand in which I grew up playing. Thanks for sharing your project.

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