Note: This post is sponsored by Discount Tire, as always, all opinions are my own.
In honor of Earth Day (April 22) I’m sharing a DIY sandbox made with a recycled tire and a door knob. This project is also a check off of the ol’ to do list. (Maxwell needed a sandbox.)
Here’s what you need to make a tire sandbox
- A tire (Mine is 22 inch in diameter.)
- Treated plywood (Assuming your sandbox will be out in the elements.)
- A circular saw
- Drill and screws
- A compass (Or my DIY version that includes a thumb tack, sting, and pencil.)
- Door knob (We had an old one hanging out in our garage.)
- Chalkboard paint
- Sandbox sand
- Dremel (to cut off part of the door knob.)
How to make a DIY tire sandbox
The DIY sandbox was one of those if you give a mouse a cookie projects that inspired us to get our backyard well, usable. And more kid friendly. (We did this project at the same time we did the vertical planter and rocks!) Ultimately, we decided to give the mud pit of a backyard a proper makeover.
Step 1- Draw a circle
First, determine how big of a circle you need for the base of your sandbox by measuring the tire’s diameter. Then, draw the right size circle onto your wood and cut it out with the saw. The DIY compass is super simple. Just measure a piece of string 2 inches longer than you actually need it and tie one end to the thumbtack and one end to the pencil. Voila.
Step 2- Cut out circle
Next, use a circular saw to cut out the circle. After you circle is cut, you will need to sand the edges down to make it smooth. Oh and make sure your circle fits on the bottom nicely!
Step 3- Attach the bottom
Next, use a drill to attach the wood circle with every inch or two. Andy drilled in screws about every inch. (I don’t think that’s necessary!)
Step 4- Make a top for the DIY sandbox
After the bottom is cut out, you will need to do the same thing for the top of the sandbox. You can skip this step if your sandbox is under cover. But, we have a lot of stray cats that hang out in our backyard so we are attempting to avoid our sandbox turning into a litter box.
Step 5- Attach a handle
After you sand and paint the top of the sandbox with chalkboard paint, just screw in the door knob! Check out this post if you need deets about painting and conditioning chalkboard paint. Andy used the Dremel to cut the 2 long prongs off of the door knob so that he could attach it to the top of the sandbox.
And here’s what Max thinks about his new to him DIY sandbox! Just a little sand between the fingers and the toes. He’s obsessed.
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