If we're being honest, we know that the best DIY projects come with a recipient in mind. Sure, it might be cool to fill your house with mason jar candles — but wouldn't it be even cooler to give them to a friend?
This high-tech DIY'er decided to do something special for his son, giving him a handmade gift in the form of a DIY sandbox. This isn't an ordinary sandbox, though. No, this one comes with lights, colors, and a building process that looks equal parts intimidating and fun. The final result is pretty bad ass, and the best part is that the original builder created thorough directions, so you can follow along as he does it.
Check out the basics below, and if you ever get confused about the process, check out his original post. There, you'll find more resources to help you create the sandbox of your kid's (and possibly your own) dreams.
What kid doesn't love a great sandbox?
Which OG sandboxes are pretty cool, this dad set out to make one like you’ve never seen before.
First, he had to gather the materials.
“Basically, we need a standard home projector, a kinect sensor for Xbox 360, some wood, L-angles, bolts and nuts. Apart from the home projector (about $300), the sandbox was really cheap to build. I spent about $50 I guess since I was able to reuse some spare wood. If you have nothing but a home projector, you can expect to get all the materials for less than $100.”
The sand is obviously a crucial element.
“We need about 2-3 gallons of sand, i.e. about 25 lbs (12 kg).
I started with regular sand that I had left and tried later two brands of inside play sands: “kinetic sand” and “sand alive”.
Kinetic sand is really great for this application I think.
Sand alive is whiter and behaves very differently from real sand. It is also nice but IMO a little less fitted for a sandbox. They are both about $50 for 11 lbs so it adds some overhead to the price of the sandbox. But I found that it really improves the user’s parents’ experience by keeping the sand inside the box.”
And then there's the table to put it on.
“The sandbox will be secured on top of an Ikea LÄTT children’s table in such a way that it can be removed. This children’s table is just the right height for a sandbox and its small width will keep the projector not too high above the table top.”
The kinect will be part of a more high-tech sandbox model than we've seen before.
“We need a Kinect V1 (the old round kinect for Xbox 360). It is safer if you can get the original 1414 Kinect as the later versions (1473, 1517 i.e. Kinect for Windows) may not work on Mac OSX if they have been plugged to an Xbox The first step was to prepare the kinect sensor since the one I got had no USB AC Adapter. I soldered an old 12V 2A power supply previously used for a broken hard drive.”