Beauty will always enhance a playspace, because it draws people into a common area – and into an opportunity to socialize with fellow community members. The butterfly garden also provides a unique opportunity for children to tend to a plant that attracts colorful and beautiful butterflies!
Sort all materials into piles by like item to ensure you have materials needed to complete project.
Take  of the 4x4x12' boards. Cut each into  48" pieces, for a total of  4x4x48" pieces.
Take  of the remaining 4x4x12' boards. Cut each into  41" pieces, for a total of  4x4x41" pieces.
Take  of the remaining 4x4x12' boards. Cut into  4x4x41" pieces, for a total of  4x4x41" pieces, and  4x4x48" pieces, for a total of  4x4x48" pieces.
Do NOT cut the remaining  4x4x12' boards.
Inventory and sort all of your materials.
Nail together the four corners of the planter base using the  4x4x12' boards and 6" nails. One person should hold the 4x4 pieces in place to make sure they are properly squared while another person hammers in the nail on each of the four corners. You may want to pre-drill these holes with the ¼" drill bit to make hammering easier.
Lay out the first level of the planter. As shown, the purple pieces are the 4x4x48" and the orange pieces are 4x4x41". Use the ¼" drill bit to pre drill holes and then attach at the corners with the 6" galvanized nails.
Lay out the second level of the planter. The purple pieces are the 4x4x41" and the orange pieces are 4x4x48". Use the ¼" drill bit to pre drill holes and then attach at the corners with the 6" galvanized nails. You can also now nail from the top down into the 4x4 piece on the first level.
Lay out the third level of the planter in the center box. The purple pieces are the 4x4x41" and the orange pieces are 4x4x48". Use the ¼" drill bit to pre-drill holes and then attach at the corners and from the top down with the 6" galvanized nails as you did in Step 3.
Fill the outside of the 5 small planter boxes with mulch. In each of the 5 planter boxes, fill the first ¾ of the box with fill material, then top off with potting soil and plants.
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Beautify your playspace with fresh, green grass where children can run and play!
Building with sand in a sandbox is great for children's healthy development. These plans are for a sandbox with seating around the perimeter.
Adults and children appreciate having plenty of seating areas in and near their playspace. These benches will encourage adult supervision of children when placed in close proximity to the playground equipment.