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.