DIY Weekend Sandbox

by Kimberly
A fairly inexpensive project (sand was the most) and it took us about a day to complete the box itself. I did make some slight modifications to the 'pin'. Had I followed the 'pin' to a T, it would have taken me longer- say 2 full days. We choose not to paint or add a wooden base to our 6'x6' sandbox. If you're looking for a good weekend project, I'd advise to build a sandbox. Not only does it make your house the 'place to be' but it occupies the kids when you need to do other outside work.
Layout the basic frame on a flat surface such as a garage floor.
Butt the wood sides next to each other and screw them into a metal corner bracket. Do this for all 4 sides.
Measure out lengths of the weed netting and staple gun it to the base. I went horizontal once (took 3 sheets) and then vertical (also 3 sheets) so there was a nice base. The grass underneath should die and weeds should never come up.
Fill the sandbox with loads of sand. Our 6'x6' sandbox took 45- 50lb bags of sand. We choose to use the sandbox sand that was cleaned and sifted which helped reduce the amount of dust. You can also spray the sand with water before t
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
  1 question
  • Jbruhnoriginals Jbruhnoriginals on Jul 13, 2016
    Why not also add a canopy that you can lower at night, so cats do not use it as their sand box?
Join the conversation
2 of 15 comments
  • Ginger Lent Osann Ginger Lent Osann on Aug 27, 2017

    I want my husband to make one for our dog (Lab) to do something with the (play) sand bags we used for Super-storm Sandy. I hope it will keep her digging to one area

  • Joan Stanley Joan Stanley on May 24, 2023

    My father built this exact sandbox for me in 1953.