Problem: Our backyard isn't so toddler friendly at the moment, so I thought a little sandbox would give my little buddy something to do while I worked back there. We aren't ready to put something in permanently and I wanted something cheap but functional until then.
Oh, did I mention we have a cat problem?
We have a cat Problem. There is a feral colony that gets fed at the vacant trailer behind us. I have yet to convince the cats my square-foot garden isn't just a glorified litter box, and the last thing I wanted was buried treasure in this sand, so the number one priority of a sandbox was that it has a lid.
This is what I came up with:
Smallest kiddie pool at K-mart: $8.00
Sand: free from the side of the road. We have a lot of fine grain sand here!
Cover: $2.00 for the doohickie that holds the string tight. The waterproof fabric was from Freecycle (yeah Freecycle!)
Little Buddie's smile: Priceless!
If you were wondering how I made the cover, I laid out the fabric and traced around the upside-down pool about five inches out from the edge.
I sewed a fold around the edge and threaded the string through using a safety pin. I decided the string was too light so I tied some heavier string to the light string and pulled it through, and threaded the ends through one of those thingamabobs that hold string tight. I'm sure they have a real name but I can't think of it right now. I found them with the buttons at W mart.
There cat problem solved. Did I mention we have a cat problem?