We finally did it! Our very first do it yourself family project is a sandbox with a roof. We could have bought one, but then we couldn't create memories.

Our First Do It Yourself Family Project: DIY Sandbox with Roof

Today’s Do It Yourself Family Project was brought to you through a partnership with Bosch Power Tools. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Living in a city where summer is a full-time season means we get to enjoy the outdoors year round. We keep a small pool and various outdoor toys for the girls in the backyard. The only thing missing was a sandbox. I’ve eyed sandboxes for quite some time, but never followed through with a purchase – and I am glad I didn’t because we’ve started on our very first do it yourself family project, a DIY sandbox with a roof!!!

We finally did it! Our very first do it yourself family project is a sandbox with a roof. We could have bought one, but then we couldn't create memories.

When Bosch reached out to partner for a Father’s Day DIY project – I was both nervous and ecstatic. Although I typically get things done – nothing a little crazy glue can’t hold together, right? – my experience with tools is mostly in the form of Swedish furniture and a small L-shaped piece of metal that magically puts everything together. None the less I was honored that they believed in me and enthusiastically said YES because I knew immediately what I wanted to do. The girls were finally going to get a sandbox and we were going to build it together as a family. Without skipping a beat I started to search the internet for the perfect sandbox – and to give ourselves a run for our money it was also going to need a roof because Miami sunshine is beautiful but strong and hot.

I can across a few really nice sandboxes, but one DIY sandbox with a roof jumped out at me and said PICK ME, PICK ME! How hard could this be right? The instructions seemed easy enough – a moderate-cost ONE DAY project, and with our Bosch tools already on their way this was going to be easy-peasy. And it was, mostly for me because I sent Jason and Papa out to conquer the hardware store and get the required wood, nails, etc.  I quite enjoy the role of project coordinator – I’m a natural-born leader!

The time we spent building memories as a family is what truly made this project priceless. With Jason away at college most of the year, him and his dad don’t get to spend much time together. We didn’t just build a sandbox for the girls, we built memories that will last forever. We learned new skills, we learned to work together, we shared ideas, but most importantly we spent time together – something that can not be found on a store shelf and has become more precious over the years. Watching my husband work side by side with each of the children is a memory I will treasure forever. The girls will now have a sandbox that they can enjoy year round – remembering their brother when he’s away at school.

Do It Yourself Family Project

For this project we used the Bosch 2-Tool Kit w/ Compact Tough™ Drill Driver (the perfect combo set for drilling holes and driving screws, fast and easy) and the Bosch 15-Amp Corded Circular Saw (to cut the pieces needed for various parts of the project), staying powered and entertained with the Bosch Bluetooth PowerBox™ (which Bosch is currently giving away on their Facebook page along with other prizes for Father’s Day!)

We finally did it! Our very first do it yourself family project is a sandbox with a roof. We could have bought one, but then we couldn't create memories.

Wood in all sizes, shapes, forms…

We finally did it! Our very first do it yourself family project is a sandbox with a roof. We could have bought one, but then we couldn't create memories.

The base of the sandbox is complete thanks to the Bosch Compact Tough™ Drill Driver.

We finally did it! Our very first do it yourself family project is a sandbox with a roof. We could have bought one, but then we couldn't create memories.

Marking the base for placement of the supporting beams for the roof.

We finally did it! Our very first do it yourself family project is a sandbox with a roof. We could have bought one, but then we couldn't create memories.

Time to pull out the muscle…or rather the Bosch 15-Amp Corded Circular Saw.

We finally did it! Our very first do it yourself family project is a sandbox with a roof. We could have bought one, but then we couldn't create memories.

Supporting beams in place and ready for the roof.

We finally did it! Our very first do it yourself family project is a sandbox with a roof. We could have bought one, but then we couldn't create memories.

The Bosch Bluetooth PowerBox™ is keeping him entertained while he figures out the next step.

We finally did it! Our very first do it yourself family project is a sandbox with a roof. We could have bought one, but then we couldn't create memories.

Teaching Jason to properly place a bit into the drill.

We finally did it! Our very first do it yourself family project is a sandbox with a roof. We could have bought one, but then we couldn't create memories.

Pre-drilling the holes for the roof support.

We finally did it! Our very first do it yourself family project is a sandbox with a roof. We could have bought one, but then we couldn't create memories.

Lining up the frame for the roof.

We finally did it! Our very first do it yourself family project is a sandbox with a roof. We could have bought one, but then we couldn't create memories.

Framing the roof.

We finally did it! Our very first do it yourself family project is a sandbox with a roof. We could have bought one, but then we couldn't create memories.

Working together to put the roof on.

We finally did it! Our very first do it yourself family project is a sandbox with a roof. We could have bought one, but then we couldn't create memories.

Sanding everything down so that the girls don’t get any splinters and prepping for painting. Inspectors Emily and Anabelle are giving everything the once over – including making sure you can swing from the support beams.

We finally did it! Our very first do it yourself family project is a sandbox with a roof. We could have bought one, but then we couldn't create memories.

The girls picked out their favorite color for the accent painting of the seating blocks.

We finally did it! Our very first do it yourself family project is a sandbox with a roof. We could have bought one, but then we couldn't create memories.

With a little help from Papa and some paint in her hair and on her clothes, the roof gets a paint job.

Our easy-peasy do it yourself family project went from being a one day project to taking about a month to complete because LIFE, but I’m totally cool with that – isn’t it the tortoise that wins the race? Tonight we’ll be finishing it up – installing the painted seats, landscaping fabric and pouring in the sand. The girls just received some new sand toys and they are ready to dig! So stay tuned for the big reveal of our first Do It Yourself Family Project coming on Father’s Day with a special Bosch 18V 2-Tool Kit w/ Compact Tough™ Drill Driver giveaway!

Ready for the big reveal??? You can find it here.

What kind of exciting do it yourself family project have you been dreaming of building? Get your family started with the perfect Father’s Day gift that keeps on giving. Give the builder in your life a Bosch 18V 2-Tool Kit w/ Compact Tough™ Drill Driver and start building memories! Join the conversation online as well as check out all the fun DIY projects you can create with #BoschBuildsMemories. 

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Mama E

Multitasking mama to 3 living in Miami. Blogging about parenting, lifestyle, cooking and traveling. Covering everything from diapers to dorm rooms. Ask me anything, I’ve done it all.

Comments (15)

  • I love it!!! My dad built my oldest daughter a sandbox for Christmas a few years ago and it has held up great! It doesn’t have a roof though… I wish I had thought to put in a request for that!! Lol!

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    • Mama E

      I wonder if you can add on a roof to it now! That would be quite the makeover for it.

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  • This is such a great idea and looks like a lot of fun too!

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  • Omgosh I love it!! So neat and such a great idea!! love the color the girls picked too!!

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    • Mama E

      Thanks! I was so excited for this sandbox, possibly even more than them LOL

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  • Years from now you can say that you actually built it yourself and it will be there for future generations.

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  • How marvelous! I agree, made by Dad (with a little help) will be a memory for ever.

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  • Awww how fun!! My husband and I were just talking about building our own sandbox, as the store bought ones seem way too small for 3 kids! I love yours, especially the roof! 🙂 What a fantastic way to spend time together as a family!

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  • This is so nice. I love the top to keep the sun off the kids. The sandbox also looks great. Thank you so much for sharing this

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  • Wow what a project. I love sandboxes and I think ever kid should have one. I love the roof over it. I don’t know if you have a way to cover the sand part but watch out for cat poo. They love to go in sandboxes.

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  • That is a great project; love the idea of the roof, keeps the kids more comfortable and out of the direct sun.

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  • wow the project looks fun to be for whole family. the kids are enjoying it with paint and helping around. we build our own small dog house too it was so much fun.

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  • That is so cool, I love it. Wonder if I could build that??

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  • Such a marvelous idea! Looks like a lot of fun too!

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  • That is so great that the kids picked out their favorite color and got to help. It looks like they had so much fun and you all got a great sandbox!

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