Parent-made DIY projects for kids are endlessly satisfying; there's the fun of planning, sourcing materials or working with what you have, and lovingly making something that you hope your children will enjoy for a long time. But what happens when interest wanes? Give it an afterlife. This planter box used to be a sandbox.
We marveled when Dana of Made built this sandbox for her kids last year. The sandbox had a great run, but the kids were losing interest just as Dana's daughter Lucy developed an interest in gardening. When Dana decided to give square foot gardening a shot, she surveyed their yard and realized that the stage had already been set. Dana's husband, Casey, poured soil directly over the sand and marked off the grid with string. Lucy made markers and started a gardening journal, the family got to work planting and watering, and it wasn't long before things started growing.
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