It’s finally summer, and alongside our diy garden ideas, I decided to throw in some More ideas for kids play, because the summertime is all about the kids being able to finally enjoy being away from school and soaking in as much sun as they can! Don’t be alarmed that your time to ponder your vegetable garden design has been lost; it hasn’t. We have to make sure that the kids are pretty occupied and happy, that’s where this diy sandpit comes in handy, it’s not your regular run of the mill diy craft idea, so be prepared to amaze yourself. All you need to do is decide on a location that it pretty much out of the way of leaves and debris. Most times these sand pits are best built in the backyard but feel free to choose what location works best for you and your family.
I decided on a covered sandpit with a base for drainage, and the top part would work for the girls as a deck when they want to have their tea parties with their friends and can fold into a bench when the sandpit is in use. So I cut up my pieces of wood, and I painted them immediately, then left it out to dry. After I started building a simple base which was three sleepers weighted down with slats, not only is this good for drainage if it rains but it lends pretty good support for the overall sand pit. Now that the base if finished I am going to make the corners of the sandpit using some offcuts of framing timber that I painted white. For every two corners, I placed two decking boards and a stiffener (this is a short piece of wood set in the center of the decking boards as a brace). Now that I have completed those I will attach them to opposite sides of the base using some long screws that I will screw in at an angle, this trick increases the grip force of the threading and keeps everything in place. Repeat this process until you have all four sides fenced. Now that we have done the hard work, it’s time to roll out the weed mat and spread it out evenly from corner to corner. The top part of the mat I will secure with four battens, this is a flat strip of wood that will secure the mat to the sandpit. When that is done, I will cut off any excess off of the top with a box cutter.
Our final wood stage would be to now place the colored pieces of wood over the top of the sand pit and screw them in, remember to put your battens on either end, so they stay secure. For me to able to fold over the slats I will need to use about three gate hinges on either side. If you aren’t sure about how to get this done, don’t worry all you need to do is follow the tutorial step by step. Now for the grand ending, we add our kinetic sand to the cavity, and it is ready to be used! Remember you can use whatever sand you choose, I happen to like how kinetic sand works and the kids love it!
fun and easy diy. | Pieces of my timber all cut and ready for assembly.
kids diy. | Painting up the boards for the top part of the sandpit.
easy diy crafts. | What I have done so far regarding painting these boards.
Breathes a sigh of relief because all boards are now painted!
Setting up the base boards for the sandpit.
Putting the slats on the top of the sleepers.
I used longer screws for the base and slats.
A power tool is best for projects like these that involve a lot of carpentry.
Measuring diagonally to make sure my cuts for the top works!
Framing timber is best used for the corners of the sandpit.
Attaching the stiffener to the center of the decking boards.
You should have a mini fence built looking just like this!