How to Build a Kids Sandbox with a Raised Herb Garden

Article Posted By: Bob Clagett

How to Make a Kids Sandbox with a Raised Herb Garden

Bob Clagett is a well-known designer and DIYer. Here’s a very clever raised kids’ sandbox he built that also has an herb garden attached to it.

Follow along as Bob builds the sandbox and herb garden combo so you can build one yourself.

 Kids Sandbox and Herb Garden Combo

How to Make a Kids Sandbox with a Raised Herb Garden

This entire project is made using 8-ft. pressure-treated lumber, making it really easy to transport and manage. I also had the folks at Home Depot cut down a sheet of ¾-in. pressure treated plywood into 36-in. x 48-in. and 18-in. x 48-in. pieces, which made it much easier get home.

How to Make a Kids Sandbox with a Raised Herb Garden

The sandbox is a single rectangle made from 2-in. x 6-in. pieces. The long sides are 48 inches and the short sides are 33 inches.

How to Make a Kids Sandbox with a Raised Herb Garden

The pieces are joined together with a couple of 3-in. decking screws.

How to Make a Kids Sandbox with a Raised Herb Garden

How to Make a Kids Sandbox with a Raised Herb Garden

With the frame assembled, I screwed on the 36-in. x 48-in. piece of plywood. Be sure to use several screws on each side as this plywood will carry the weight of all of the sand in the box.

How to Make a Kids Sandbox with a Raised Herb Garden

For the legs of the sandbox, I cut the decking boards down to (8) 24-in. pieces. I chose 24 inches based on the general height of my kids, but depending on who might play in YOUR sandbox, you may need to adjust.

How to Make a Kids Sandbox with a Raised Herb Garden

Attach two leg pieces to each corner, using 2-in. decking screws so they don’t poke through into the sandbox.

How to Make a Kids Sandbox with a Raised Herb Garden

Then flip it over and you’ve got he beginnings of the sandbox

How to Make a Kids Sandbox with a Raised Herb Garden

Be sure to drill several small holes around the bottom to provide a little drainage.

How to Make a Kids Sandbox with a Raised Herb Garden

The planter box is a simple frame, just like before but using 2-ft. x 8-ft. boards instead. The long pieces measure 48 inches, while the short pieces are 15 inches.

How to Make a Kids Sandbox with a Raised Herb Garden

Screw the 18-in. x 48-in. piece of plywood onto the planter frame.

How to Make a Kids Sandbox with a Raised Herb Garden

You only need to cut four pieces of decking for the legs of the planter. Their height is the total height of the sandbox plus the height of the planter box. Then screw them onto the planter box just as you did the sandbox.

How to Make a Kids Sandbox with a Raised Herb Garden

Rest the front edge of the planter box on the back edge of the sandbox. Once they are leveled and lined up, run a few screws from the inside of the planter into the sandbox to secure them together.

How to Make a Kids Sandbox with a Raised Herb Garden

You never want to plant edibles directly into a planter made with pressure-treated lumber, so I lined the inside with plastic sheeting or a thick plastic drop cloth, stapling it in place with a staple gun.

How to Make a Kids Sandbox with a Raised Herb Garden

To dress up the tops of the boxes, I cut a simple frame from 1 x 4 using a miter saw. I measured the inside lengths of the boxes, and cut the miters away from those lengths.

How to Make a Kids Sandbox with a Raised Herb Garden

The planter needs all four sides, but the sandbox only needs three. Notice that there is no miter on the pieces where the two boxes over connected.

How to Make a Kids Sandbox with a Raised Herb Garden

This box took eight bags of play sand. They’re heavy, so take your time or ask a friend for help.

How to Make a Kids Sandbox with a Raised Herb Garden

I used one and a half bags of garden soil to fill the planter.

How to Make a Kids Sandbox with a Raised Herb Garden

The last piece was to add a hose bib to make it easy to water the plants (and for the kids to fill up buckets). The best way to find what you need (and what I did) is to go to the Home Depot plumbing aisle, tell the associate what you’re planning, and they’ll get you all of the correct fittings.

How to Make a Kids Sandbox with a Raised Herb Garden

The PVC pipe is easily attached to the planter leg with two pipe straps and decking screws.

How to Make a Kids Sandbox with a Raised Herb Garden

 The kids are loving it so far!

This kids sandbox DIY project is part of our Lumber DIY Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. If you liked this, you might like the other DIY projects we have here on The Home Depot Blog. and follow our Easy DIY Projects board on Pinterest for more easy project ideas and tutorials.

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