For Kevy's second birthday, she and I built her a sandbox.
It's built out of 2"x6" boards and I had the lumber store cut two 8' pieces in half. So, we had four 4' pieces. We used big nails to hammer the pieces together. I cut two 1"x6" boards on an angle and put them in the corners for Kevy and her friends to sit on.
She and I had fun deciding exactly where to place her sandbox. She didn't really understand until we poured the play sand into the box.
She was sooo happy!!
Then, I took a photo of her in her new sandbox. When I saw the photo, I knew we had to do something special with it. So, I got a shadow box. I used Elmer's glue and poured lots of it on the mat. Then, Kevy and I put lots and lots of sand on the glue. Then, I put more glue and added more sand so it was really, really thick. I poured extra sand in the bottom of the frame, then very carefully attached our mat to her photo. You have to be very careful to make sure the sand stays only on the bottom and not on the glass or photo because it will look messy.
That was 21 years ago! I've painted that wall several times and each time I'm very, very careful handling the shadowbox because I didn't want the sand to get messy on the glass and photo.
After all of these years, I still have Kevy's first sand!!
And, I still have her sandbox. It's old now, but I could never get rid of it because of the fun memories.