$30 Cedar Fence Picket Sand Box

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Build your own cedar sandbox for about $30!  The secret?  Use cedar fence pickets.  This beginner friendly plan has minimal cuts and is very easy to assemble!  Free plans by Ana-White.com

Why I Built this Sandbox

My kids have been digging in the gravel around our house, so I've been wanting to build them a sandbox.  But I know a sandbox is only played with for about 5 years - so I didn't want to spend a ton of money (or buy a plastic one that ends up in a landfill).  But I still wanted something nice and durable, and preferably cedar to keep spiders away.

Cedar Sandbox Features

  • About $30 in materials
  • Cedar sides and top are durable and a good choice for sandboxes
  • Large size easily holds 2-4 children at once
  • Easy to build design with minimal cuts and scraps
  • Only need a drill and circular saw to build
  • Biodegradeable - will go back to nature and not end up in a landfill

How I Built It

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$30 Cedar Fence Picket Sand Box

cedar sandbox dimensions
About 6' x 6' x 1' deep


Shopping List
  • 10 - 5-1/2" wide x 6 foot long cedar fence pickets (preferably NOT dogeared, but can be)
  • 1 - 2x4 @ 8 foot or 92-5/8" stud length
  • 60 - 1-1/4" self tapping exterior wood screws (look for the star bit ones)
Cut List

8 - 2x4 @ 11"

The cedar fence pickets do not need to be cut if they are NOT dogeared.  If dogeared, simply cut all the cedar fence pickets to the same length (ie 71").  

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Sand the cedar fence pickets first smooth, to prevent any splinters.  


Step 1

Lay two 2x4s down on a flat level surface.  Attach two cedar fence pickets to the top with 1-1/4" screws.

Build two the same.

Step 2

Attach two cedar fence pickets to each side to create the sandbox shape.

Step 3

Find the center of the sides attached in step 2.  Attach 2x4 in the center with screws, with the narrower side of the 2x4 being screwed to the side (orientation same as the corner 2x4s).

Step 4

Place top cedar fence pickets along three 2x4s and attach to top.

Step 5

Screw remaining cedar fence pickets to open ends, flat to the sides.  

Sand top edges and do a final sanding to prevent splinters.

Finish with an exterior product if desired.