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How to Build a Raised Kids Sandbox

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Summer will be here before we know it! What activities are you most looking forward to? My kids have been begging us to take them to the beach to play in the sand. We decided to bring the sand to them by building a raised sandbox. The project can be done in a few hours, seriously a breeze! Your kids will have hours and hours of fun.

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Every time I see my kids playing in the sand, it reminds me of my childhood in Puerto Rico. My family would visit a few times a year and would always go to the gorgeous beaches. I have a lot of cousins who lived there so we would always build sandcastles, dig holes, or bury each other to our necks! We had not a worry in the world. When I see my kids playing with their sandboxes, it makes me appreciate how little they are now. Just like in Puerto Rico, we had a sandbox and a swing set that we used every single day. We would walk to the pueblo or grab some limbers from the bodega. Needless to say, by the time we got home we were filthy from ice cream drips and dirt. Things don’t change – now my two little munchkins spend their days playing outside with their neighbors, climbing trees, or digging for worms. When they get home, they are dirty!

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I don’t worry about their dirt or food stains because they are kids being kids. They are learning and growing just like I did when I was a little girl playing en La Isla de Encanto. When I wash my kid’s clothes with the new all® Fresh Tropical Mist™ detergent – it takes me back. The fruity and floral notes of the detergent take me right back to the tropics.  You’ll feel like you’re in paradise when you smell the amazing scent! The best part? Your clothes will smell amazing plus be squeaky clean! Remember all® has the trusted stain fighting power to eliminate grass, mud, and grape juice stains. The plus? It cost 30% less than the leading brand!  Be prepared to feel like you are in the middle of a tropical paradise right in your home! It’s true. So next time you are in Family Dollar be sure to take a whiff and “smell” for yourself. Just walk straight to the detergents aisle.

Ready to build your own raised sandbox? 

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  • Wood:
    • (1) 1x8x12
    • (3) 2x4x8
    • (1) pre-cut plywood board 2ft x 4ft
  • Screws (1″x5/8″)
  • Play Sand
  • Paint (color of choice)
  • Paint brush
  • Liquid Nails Clear seal
  • Tools:
    • Miter saw (optional)
    • Jigsaw
    • Drill (and drill bits)

Legs = 27″ tall (x4)
Long sideboard = 37.5″ long (x2)
Short sideboard = 23.5″ long (x2)
Support beams – long side= 36″ and short side= 17.5″


1. Have all your wood pieces already cut (you can get them cut all your local Home Improvement store if you don’t have a Miter Saw and Jigsaw)
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2. Start by cutting each corner of your wood board (we used the Jigsaw for this part) to fit your sandbox legs.
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3 . Grab the legs and the smaller side piece then screw them together. We screwed the smaller side piece to the legs making sure they align with the wood board. Repeat on the other side.
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4. You’re going to repeat the same process for the longer side.
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5. Once everything is assembled, flip the table over to add the additional support beams underneath the wood boards.
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6. Fill in any open spaces with liquid nails clear seal. We definitely don’t want the sand coming out.

7. Once everything is dry you can begin painting your choice of color. I went for a bright tropical green!

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8. Once the paint is completely dry – add the sand! Be sure to have the sandbox in your desired location as it will get heavy with the sand. These are 50 lb sand bags!

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You are all done! Not too bad, right? I know your children will have hours of fun playing with their own little sandbox. Just a little piece of the beach right in your backyard!

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  • Reply Adriana Lopez-Martin

    What a great activity for the kids and a fun DIY to make I really want one =) #client

    May 26, 2016 at 12:43 pm
  • Reply Taina From The Blog By Taina

    I love this DIY, looks super fun.

    June 16, 2016 at 1:30 pm
  • Reply Rosie

    Wow this should be in a magazine. It isn’t that hard, and the results are fantastic! Perfect!

    July 4, 2016 at 1:39 pm
  • Reply shelly peterson

    This is a great DIY project. This will keep the kids busy for a while playing with this.

    July 29, 2016 at 7:43 am
  • Reply Cheryl Wilson

    Awesome job! I actually think I can do this. BTW I love the bright neon green, it really stands out.

    August 1, 2016 at 11:29 pm
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