Making a Beach Shovel/Scoop out of a recycled Jug – Beach Toys that LAST!

7257378486_d7432e58dd_zNow that my son is getting a little older – that being the age of 4 he is getting a little harder on his toys.  They just aren’t made like they used to be. Especially those junky dollar store sand toys.  I’ve already had to throw out several cracked sand toys and we haven’t even been to the beach yet.

Although having a nice brightly coloured set of sand toys is essential to most 4 year olds I think we’re going to hold off on buying anymore. Instead momma’s going to continue to recycle things around the house to make way more hefty heavy duty sand shovels!

My husband brought home an empty white plastic jug from work (make sure they’re well rinsed out) and I saw gold.

With that jug I could envision a nice sand shovel or scoop that wouldn’t wear out.

 

And so here is my sand beach shovel scoop tutorial for ya. Please note that you can click on any of the photos to enlarge them for a better look at what I did.

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Here is the plastic jug I used. Rinsed out – clean and ready to go.

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The first thing I did was cut the bottom off the jug using a really sturdy pair of kitchen scissors.  Poke the edge of the scissor through the jug in a soft part to get started and make short cuts with the scissors to stay on track along the bottom of the jug.  Then I took a Sharpie marker and drew a rough guide line of where to cut next to remove the plastic.

Remember that you want the handle of the jug to be on the TOP of the shovel so to speak so that it can be used left handed or right handed by anyone.  Then I cut just past my lines so that the sharpie did not remain on my shovel.

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Here is another picture so you can see the shape of what I cut away from the jug to form the shovel shape.

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Here is the finished scoop. You can see how much sand and beach water this baby is going to hold. I’m excited to give it a shot at the beach!

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