Build a Pallet Sandbox

With just some basic home improvement knowledge, you can build a pallet sandbox like this with colorful stripes, benches for sitting, holes to trickle sand through, a beach umbrella stand and lots and lots of sand.

Pallet Sandbox


  • Two 1’ x 2” pressure treated pine boards in 10′ to 12’ lengths (the extra wood will be used for benches)
  • Circular or table saw
  • Power drill
  • Hammer
  • Nails and/or screws
  • PVC pipe (to accommodate a beach umbrella for shade).
  • Tongue and groove, pressure-treated floorboard slats .
  • Note: You don’t actually need a bottom on your sandbox, but without it, you risk the frame warping or pulling apart over time. A floor will add more support to the frame and help keep sand clean. Be sure, however, to select a pressure-treated wood to guard against damp, warping, and rot over time.
  • Exterior paint
  • Sand—lot’s and lot’s of sand


Use a saw to cut four board lengths to serve as the sandbox sides; two at 7’ lengths and two at 6’. Simply butt the ends together to create a rectangle and secure with either nails or screws.

If you are adding a floor, cut pieces to size and nail or screw them into the bottom of the frame, making certain it remains square.

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Use the leftover pieces of wood and mark and measure the dimensions. Cut the angled pieces with a saw, sand if necessary, and secure to the frame. You can drill holes in the benches for water run-off and as an added play feature.

Pallet Sandbox Frame

Before painting the sandbox, elevate it off the ground for a clean paint job. Use a primer and paint the inside and outside with a durable, weather-resistant paint, like Behr Ultra exterior in satin or gloss finish.

Find an appropriate location for your sandbox. Depending on your lawn, you might want to consider removing the grass underneath to provide a more level surface.

Pallet Sandbox

Fill with sand (20-30 bags of play sand) and let the kids enjoy their new backyard addition.



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