Backyard Fun ~ DIY Style #1 ~ Sand Table

Summer is quickly coming to an end, but there is still plenty of time left to enjoy the beautiful weather and outdoors.  Previously, I had shared with you a couple of backyard projects, the fire pit and my mud bar that were created by using reclaimed materials.  This time, my project is not made with reclaimed wood, but most certainly could be.

Check out one of our favorite backyard projects….the sand table!

DIY Sensory Fun Sand Table by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Not only was this easy to build, but you could use reclaimed materials as well – decking, fence posts, or even turn a pallet upside down (I would have done that if I would have thought of it sooner!).  We wanted a place where the kids could play without sitting in the sand or creating a community litter box (you know it happens!).  We also wanted it large enough that all our gang could build their sand castles, highways, and sand pies.  Ours measures 50.5″L x 36″W x 24″H.  This table is over 2 years old and is still going strong, even after 5 kids!
DIY Sensory Fun Sand Table by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesIf you want to build your own, the layout is simple.  The construction is similar to a deck with a frame and decking attached.  Here is a view from below:
DIY Sensory Fun Sand Table by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesBasic 2×4 frame with decking on top and 4×4’s for the legs, reinforcing with carriage bolts.
DIY Sensory Fun Sand Table by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
BUT how does the sand stay in, you ask?
Naugahyde!  (Otherwise known as marine grade vinyl.)  You can find it on ebay or in specialty marine stores.  You see, I wanted a table where the sand stays in, but can also have the option of removing the sand so that it can be used with water as well!  {Pump fist – yes!}
DIY Sensory Fun Sand Table by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
DIY Sensory Fun Sand Table by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesThe naugahyde is attached with a stapler by folding in the top edge and folding up the corners – no cuts made to the naugahyde at all.  When buying the fabric, just measure the bottom surface, add the height of the walls (4 sides) to your dimensions, plus an inch for folding under.  Just make sure your staples are well-driven in so your little guys don’t catch themselves on it.  You can view my tips here – it’s the same as adding upholstery.  We’ve never had a problem.

As for keeping out the critters, we just use a small tarp and bungees to keep the rain and neighborhood furry friends out.  The main problem you will have is keeping your kids out of it once you get it built!

DIY Sensory Fun Sand Table by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesThis table nd our mud bar are by far the most used and most loved toys we have.  Your kids will love it!

DIY Sensory Fun Sand Table by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

DIY Sensory Fun Sand Table by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesGot questions?  Please feel free to ask – I’d love to help!  We are working on putting together a diagrammed tutorial, so become a follower to get all the details.

More DIY projects:

Build Mud Bar Play Station out of Reclaimed Wood by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

DIY Farmhouse Cotton Branches by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

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  • Becca Diestelkamp-Woodham

    Looks great! Stop by my Friday’s Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

    August 12, 2013 at 2:14 pm Reply
  • Gail @

    This looks like a good idea for my grandchildren. And I was wondering why there wasn’t sand coming out the edges. Smart use of the vinyl.
    Have a blessed day.

    August 14, 2013 at 12:56 pm Reply
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  • Teresa Leal

    HI do you sell the sand boxes displayed?

    May 31, 2016 at 7:40 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      We don’t at this time, but maybe we should! 😀

      June 1, 2016 at 9:14 am Reply
  • Adam

    Hi. Do you have plans for this? Love the style and look of it.

    March 9, 2018 at 9:18 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Not yet, but hope to some day. Thanks for asking. 🙂

      March 11, 2018 at 3:29 am Reply

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