Make a sandbox with a tire!


Hey friends! Today I’m excited to welcome guest blogger, Emily from Raise a Boy! She’s going to share with us how to make a sandbox with a tire! This is perfect for summer!

With summer approaching, we wanted to improve our backyard with something fun for our boys.  We decided to build a sandbox but after looking into it we thought it would be a little more costly than we wanted. I didn’t want this to deter me so I went about this project being very thrifty and ended up with a final cost of $21.53!

DIY sandbox from an old tire! Such a cool idea! #DIY #tutorial

Make a sandbox with a tire

Supplies Needed:

–       Used tractor tire


–       Exterior paint (1 quart)

–       Reciprocating saw

–       Pool noodle (1.5 needed for a 6Õ tire)

–       Old sheet/cloth or weed guard

–       Sand

–       Plywood (cut in a circle to cover sandbox)

I started by looking in my local online classifieds. I found FREE sand from a family who was getting rid of their sandbox.

Lumber is not too expensive, but I thought a big old tractor tire would make a good sand pit. I searched the classifieds and came up short.  I thought, “There has got to be used tractor tires that people don’t want, right?!?”  After two phone calls, I found the place.  I started by calling a tractor supply place in my area and they referred me to a tire shop.  I was able to go down to their lot and have my choice of tire for FREE!  Of course my son wanted one that was taller than him lying on its side.  To avoid having to dig a pit for it, we went for a smaller 6′ tire.  I found that people are very nice and helpful when you simply ask for their help.

DIY sandbox from an old tire! Such a cool idea! #DIY #tutorial

Tires are filthy so we scrubbed it down and painted it. I thought a light color would make it so it wouldn’t get so hot in the sun.  For low price paint, check the section at Home Depot of returned paint.  We used an exterior paint and found one quart was plenty for two coats.

We wanted the hole of the tire to be bigger so my hubby cut it with a reciprocating saw.  To cover the jagged edge, we used a pool noodle, slit it and glued it to the tire.

diy sandbox

I didn’t want weeds to grow through, so to prep the ground where the sandbox was going, I weeded, then laid down a tarp.

DIY sandbox from an old tire! Such a cool idea! #DIY #tutorial

Finally, measure and cut a circular plywood cover to lie on the top when the sandbox is not being used. This keeps the neighborhood cats out. For a different DIY portable sandbox idea, go here.

DIY sandbox from an old tire! Such a cool idea! #DIY #tutorial

At we are three sisters and their mom who grew up in a house full of girls. Now that we are having families of our own we are having only boys – 3 so far with another on his way! We are learning that boys are very different from girls and face unique challenges – especially in our schools – and so we have started this site to share educational resources, fun activities and tricks we are learning as we try to raise our boys to be men.

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So are you guys excited for summer?! This is such a fun idea for the kids!

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Jamielyn Nye

of I Heart Naptime

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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31 comments on “Make a sandbox with a tire!”

  1. What a fun idea!! I need a tractor tire STAT! ;)

  2. That is incredibly creative! I love the blue color too.

  3. Great idea, looks so fun to make also!

  4. wow! what an awesome idea! I love the cute little hand prints all around. I dont have any kids, but I think I want to make one of these for my self it looks so fun :)

  5. awww man! I just passed up on a free giant tire. Should have known it was good for something!

  6. Now this is simply Fantastic! WOW! I would have Never thought of this! Great great job, and adorable too! Thank you for sharing! Jen

  7. Such a cute sandbox!!!

    Hey Jamie, I just so happen to know where you and your local readers can get tractor tires for FREE! uh hum….our farm. Yes ladies, come and get your tires. lol. Email me if you’re interested. :)

  8. I had a sand tire when I was little!!! My mom uses it as a strawberry planter now! Love the idea of painting it and you’ve gotta have the cover!!!

  9. Joshneel Karma Reply

    I just got an idea for what I will do during my hangout with my kid. He is totally gonna love that. That kid in the picture is so cute by the way.

  10. Where did you find that cute umbrella?! I’m at a loss as to where to find one. Thanks!

  11. That is the nicest looking sandbox I have ever seen. What a way to recycle. Take care.

  12. Hi ! I find this idea great, so I linked it on myrecycle-upcycle blog! Feel free to stop by, while I continue to sniff around here! :)
    Have a nice day!

  13. What a awesome idea,great way to recycle! Also works great for flower planters!:}

  14. I would love to get email or facebook  post  thanks 

  15. Hi!
    I just got home with a free tractor tire to use for a sandbox but it’s filthy.  When I hosed it down I could see an oil sheen. Yuck! Did you encounter this too? How did you clean it?  Thanks for any help you can provide!

  16. What length gutter did you use for the backyard soap boat races?And is there a hill or incline in your yard, or is the water strong enough to push the boats along on flat ground?
    Here in sFL all we have is flat yards:)

  17. This is a great idea and I’m working on it now. Just wondering how much sand it takes?

  18. My children are getting to the age, where they are playing more and more outside. I think using a tractor tire is a fantastic idea. I can’t believe you did this all for under $22. I hope my kids will enjoy it just as much as yours have. 

  19. I have several old tires, but I do not think that I would have ever thought to make a sandbox out of one and so I absolutely love that idea! I really like how you painted it to cover up the natural filth of the tire. However, I am especially impressed that you thought to get a pool noodle to cover up the jagged edge and make it safer to play with. Thank you for going into such detail about this project, because I think that this would make a really great weekend project for my kids and I to do sometime.

  20. Hi! The sandbox is too cute! This is Pili from the blog My Sweet Things and I’m planning to do a round-up post about recycling tires and liked what you did so much! I wanted to ask you permission to use one photo and a link back to your blog if that’s ok.
    Thanks, enjoy the rest of the week!

  21. This is so cute! At first I thought “how is that big enough?” but after seeing him sitting in it I can see it’s perfect! It would be cute to paint the tire a color too, I have two old tires that I painted and stacked on top of each other and then put a piece of glass on the top for an outdoor side table.

  22. This is such an amazing idea! It’s perfect size for our campsite….I’ll be putting our handy guy to work this weekend when we open our camper. Love it!

  23. Hi Jamielyn – Wow! amazing use for an old Tyre. Thank you for sharing this – my Grandchildren will love it. I recently purchased a ‘Horse Swing’ which had been cut from one large Tyre, all in one piece (but that cost me £69 ! ! ) Your idea is free – much appreciated.

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