How to Convert a Garden Bed into a Sandbox

How to convert a garden bed into a sandbox

When we decided to convert our garden bed into a sandbox, I googled for tips. There are many blog posts about turning a sandbox into a garden bed, but nothing about the reverse. Doesn’t anyone have toddlers out there that don’t have time to garden anymore?

If you are saying, “me, me!” then I can help. The following is a step by step guide to help you convert your garden bed into a sandbox.

First, gather everything you need:

  • Shovel
  • Weed barrier
  • Staple gun
  • Hammer
  • Staple remover
  • Scissors
  • Lots and lots of play sand
  • Sand toys
  1. Shovel out soil until you reach the original weed barrier. This does not have to be perfect. Our original weed barrier is at least ten years old so it is not all in-tact. I could generally tell if I had broke the barrier and was shoveling beneath it.
  2. Hammer any loose nails, and remove any old staples.
  3. Place a new weed barrier over the old weed barrier. It should not be taut, and can be placed very loosely on-top of the old soil and weed barrier.
  4. Staple the weed barrier into the wood frame at the top of the soil.
  5. Use the scissors to cut the weed barrier at the top of the staples.
  6. This calculator will help you figure out how much play sand you will need. I wish I had known about this before we took three trips to Home Depot.
  7. Dump the sand in, and even it out.
  8. Now you can remove the staples since the weight of the sand will hold down the weed barrier.
  9. Get sand toys and enjoy!

The kids have been so enthralled with this whole process. They helped me shovel and dig out all the worms. Now that it is complete, all they want to do is play in the sandbox. It’s almost like babysitting. Everyone is truly happy about the new addition to the backyard.

Happy sand castle making!

 

 

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Adventure Dad

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Where there are outdoorsy mommies, there are likely adventure dads. Welcome to the 2018, father’s day gift guide for all the outdoorsy dads out there. There isn’t one type of outdoorsy dad. Their hobbies can range from grilling in the backyard to a full on fishing obsession. This gift guide highlights all types of dads and their type of adventure. On Father’s Day, our goal is make the dads in our lives feel special and show them we care. I hope this gift guide helps you narrow in on the type of dad you are shopping for.

Mountain or Road Biking Adventure Dad

Biking Dad Gift
Photo: KustomCaps Laser Etched Custom Headset Caps

If your guy is really into biking, then he might be into personalizing his bike with these laser etched headset caps from KustomCaps . These headset caps, brings his bike to life. From the quirky to tough, choose from one of their pre-made styles or if you are more creative, make your own design. Prices range from $8.99 to $37.99.

Fishing Adventure Dad

Style meets functionality with these Ray-Ban Men’s New Wayfarer Polarized Square Sunglasses, Tortoise, 58 mm. The polarized lenses help him spot the fish in the water before they bite. Priced at $143 on Amazon.

Boating Adventure Dad


The Garmin Quatix 3 GPS Watch is the Garmin watch for the water. Features include tide data, weather updates, fish catch log and a navigator. As you’d expect, it’s water-proof up to 100 meters. This splurge runs at $399.

Grilling Adventure Dad

Sometimes the adventure is in your backyard while making a beer can chicken. This Tenergy Grilling Thermometer is blue tooth enabled and is compatible with a BBQ grill and a smoker. Now he can get back to doing other dad things or entertaining guests at a BBQ while making dinner.

Camping Adventure Dad


Let your camping dad know you think he deserves the best. The YETI Hopper Flip 8 Portable Cooler, Field Tan is top of the line. This portable cooler will hold his beers or lunch for any daytime camping activities.

Hiking Adventure Dad

 Hiker Hunger 100% Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles  are light weight and collapsible. Hiking will be more enjoyable, and he will be able to summit more difficult terrain.

Running Adventure Dad


Every dad could really use this Outdoor Research Men’s Echo Tee. This shirt has polygiene fabric that is patented to provide odor control. How cool is that?

Scuba Diving Adventure Dad

Awesome-Maps Dive Map illustrates diving spots throughout the world. The diver in your life can plan his next trip or remember the awesome dives he’s accomplished. It’s a nice keepsake and decoration for the adventure dad’s home.

Traveling Adventure Dad


The Lumina Ultra Compact Portable Charger ensures the traveling adventure dad can keep his gadgets charged at all times. Whether he’s on an airplane or on a trail, he can keep his phone charged for staying connected and taking family selfies.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads that keep the adventure in our lives.