Create Colorful DIY Sandpit For The Kids!

It’s finally summer, and alongside our diy garden ideas, I decided to throw in some  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.

fun and easy diys. | Pieces of my timber all cut and ready for assembly.

Depending on how big you want your kids’ sandpit (fun and easy diy), cut the appropriate  amount of wood that would ensure a complete project. Many times I have miscalculated and ended up short of a couple of pieces of wood. 

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kids diy. | Painting up the boards for the top part of the sandpit.

kids diy. | Painting up the boards for the top part of the sandpit.

When it comes to aesthetics for kids diy projects, I tend to gravitate towards bright colors, like this blue I am using in this picture.

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easy diy crafts. | What I have done so far regarding painting these boards.

easy diy crafts. | What I have done so far regarding painting these boards.

Now, this may look like easy diy crafts, but it isn’t! You can’t paint only one side of these boards, the entire piece of wood has to be painted. That means after you have painted one side and it dries, you turn it over and paint the other side as well.

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Breathes a sigh of relief because all boards are now painted!

Breathes a sigh of relief because all boards are now painted!

Whew! I got it done, all eighteen boards have been primed and painted to perfection!

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Setting up the base boards for the sandpit.

Setting up the base boards for the sandpit.

This base took merely three sleepers as seen in the photo. I need this base to help with drainage and for added support for the sandpit.

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Putting the slats on the top of the sleepers.

Putting the slats on the top of the sleepers.

I used two slats on opposite ends of the sleepers and secured it with screws. Easy work right?

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I used longer screws for the base and slats.

I used longer screws for the base and slats.

I had to take out the screws that I used before because of the thickness of the wood, it required a longer stronger screw to keep it all together.

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A power tool is best for projects like these that involve a lot of carpentry.

A power tool is best for projects like these that involve a lot of carpentry.

Carpentry is fun if you have the right tools and for these particular kids diy, I find that my power drill works best and cuts my time in half!

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Measuring diagonally to make sure my cuts for the top works!

Measuring diagonally to make sure my cuts for the top works!

I checked diagonally to make sure that my base was square and equal so I could start laying the boards on top of the base without any issues.

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Framing timber is best used for the corners of the sandpit.

Framing timber is best used for the corners of the sandpit.

I painted the framing timber white and made these corners by mounting the pieces like this picture shows.

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Attaching the stiffener to the center of the decking boards.

Attaching the stiffener to the center of the decking boards.

I need to create a brace for each side of the sandpit, and so I placed stiffeners on all sides of the decking boards.

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You should have a mini fence built looking just like this!

You should have a mini fence built looking just like this!

After the stiffeners and the decking boards have all been secured to the framing timber, you can now attach it to the sandpit base.

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Cutting the excess material of the weed mat off.

Cutting the excess material of the weed mat off.

After placing the weed mat into the sandpit cavity, I smoothed it out so that all corners were covered. Then the battens were set and the excess removed with a box cutter knife.

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Yay! Our colored deck boards are being set.

Yay! Our colored deck boards are being set.

Three colors per side all attached via gate hinges, so this allows the boards to fold and flatten at will.

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We have the kinetic sand in the sandpit finally!

We have the kinetic sand in the sandpit finally!

My girls helped me with this last part, the kinetic sand was 7 dollars a bag, and I bought five of them, which qualified me for a 10% discount. The kids can now have a fun day in the sun while I relax with my lemonade!

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