Wednesday, April 29, 2015

DIY Dirt Box From An Old Bed Frame

When Mr. J was 2, hubby bought him a race car bed. He used it until he was 5, and then it was passed on to Mr. K.  He used it until last week, when he got a twin bed.

I listed the bed on a few local buy/sell sites as well as groups on facebook.  I only had interest from 1 person, and they were looking for one that would turn into a twin bed as well (this model is only good for a crib mattress).
little tikes car bed, race car bed, bed frame

At this point, the frame was sitting in my living room, and I had no interest in it staying there for a few weeks.  I decided that we would just have to give it away, and planned on offering it on the Buy Nothing site I am a member of.  I mentioned it to my mom, and she suggested we put it outside for the kids to play with.  I ran it by hubby, and the idea was liked by both of us.

We decided to turn it into a dirt box.  The kids (Mr. K mostly) like to dig in the dirt under our play structure, now they won't be digging up our yard, but able to play in the "dirt box".

Yesterday I headed out and picked up some bags of black earth.

Came home, unloaded them and dragged the bed frame outside.  I leveled off the ground with a few bags of earth, then placed the car frame where we wanted it and filled it with the rest of the bags.
little tikes, car bed, outside, dirt box, sand box, re-use

I grabbed a few of the outdoor toys and placed them on top, then waited for the kids to come home from school.  Mr. J knew it was happening (and he was quite thrilled to be in on a secret his brother didn't know about).
little tikes, car bed, race car, bed frame, sand box, dirt box, outdoor fun, DIY

Mr. K was so happy when he saw it, he kept going on and on about how much he loved it!


  1. What a great idea! Great thinking :) I'm sure your boys will get a lot of use out of it this summer.

  2. What a creative idea! I bet the boys have a blast digging in the dirt this summer :)

  3. You get the BEST Mommy of the year award for this!!! What a FANTASTIC idea! The kids will LOVE it!

  4. Great idea! That looks so perfect!


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