Sandbag and Bucket DIY


During the Spartan Championship race I had trouble with the sand bag carry and bucket brigade. We had to carry two sandbags instead of one and the bucket brigade distance was much greater than I was used to. I have to improve on these two obstacles to become a better Spartan racer. So, I sought out to replicate the obstacles the best way I could. I made my own sandbags and put together a sand filled bucket. The later was pretty much a bonus from making the sandbags.

What I purchased

You can find all the supplies at your nearest hardware store or online. I went to my local Home Depot. All products that I could find online (or something similar) are linked. Here is what I bought:

Poly-Woven Sandbag (4)

HDX Outdoor Garbage Bags (35 pack)

Zip ties (20 pack)

Gorilla Duct Tape (1 roll)

60 lbs of Sand (3)

5 Gallon Bucket and Lid (1)

Bathroom Scale

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In the end, I made two sandbags, one 50 lbs and one 60 lbs and the bucket clocked in at about 75 lbs. All the supplies came to about $40. But, with 180 pounds of sand you can do a lot lighter sandbags if you desire. I didn’t use all the tape, zip ties, and garbage bags, but those are useful for other things.

The Process

When searching online I could not find a DIY sandbag that was within my budget. Until I arrived to this website. They had a very straightforward approach that had some great components. However, I didn’t follow their directions entirely but, they did inspire me to make my own sand bags and their steps helped me out a lot. So, here is my step by step process:

The Sandbag

Step 1

First, put one of the woven sandbags inside the other. Next, put a garbage bag into the double bagged sandbag and repeat that another two times. Here is a photo of what this looked like. Three garbage bags may be excessive, but I just wanted additional protection.

Step 2

Using the bucket and a scale, measure the amount of sand you want to put in the sandbag. Make sure to weigh the bucket beforehand to account for its added weight. But, a bucket usually weighs 2 lbs.

Step 3

Dump the sand you weighed into your sandbag. In the website I got inspiration from, they put the sand in the garbage bag before putting the garbage bag in the sandbag. But, I had trouble getting the filled garbage bag in the sandbag, because of the amount of sand I used.

Step 4

Working with the innermost garbage bag twist the top until tight. Make sure to get rid of most of the air on top of the bag. Next, using the duct tape, tape the top and bottom of the twist. And then cut the excess bag off. Do this for each garbage bag.

Step 5

Tie off the innermost woven sandbag with its string. Next, duct tape the top of the sandbag, zip tie over the duct tape and duct tape over the zip tie. The desired weight you want your sandbag will determine the amount of extra sandbag material you have to duct tape and zip tie. For my 60 lb sandbag I only had enough to use one zip tie, but for the 50 pounder I used two, which is the max amount you need. After finishing with the inner sandbag, do the same process for the outer sandbag.

Step 6

Duct tape over the entire constructed sandbag. This may be little much, but I felt the woven sandbag’s material was not going to last long. Also, the website I got my ideas from made handles for the sandbags. I did not follow this because I wanted it to be more difficult to carry the sandbag during training.

I have had my 50 lb sandbag for awhile now and it has held up great. At first the sandbag seems a little stiff because you have completely sealed it off and the air can’t escape. But after a couple of workouts it becomes a little more flexible depending on how much you fill it.


The Bucket

For the bucket I just used all the extra sand I had and filled it up. I had just enough to almost fill it to the brim. I figured why not make the bucket, when making the sandbags, because it is so easy.


Wrap Up

I hope this DIY project works well for you. So far it has been great for me. Now I can recreate two of the obstacles I had difficulty with at the Spartan Championship race. Even though the sandbags are different sizes, I may still use them together. The different weights will just add to the difficulty and better prepare myself for the next time I face the obstacle in a race.

Inspiration Post: Here

Come check out the new 70 pound sandbag DIY here.


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The BEST DIY Deodorant

I have tried every deodorant there is, I started off my teen years using Tom’s, which worked great until I started to hit the sweaty part of puberty. Once I realized that Tom’s wasn’t cutting it (for me) I tried almost every drugstore deodorant. From Secret to Dove, nothing would work. Well some days it would, and others I would have to reapply all day to feel secure, and that’s not what I wanted from a deodorant. I wanted to feel safe and happy with my pits! Then I found Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant and Deodorant, which worked wonders! However, there was one big problem. It is not healthy. The chemicals like aluminum in deodorant can cause cancer and antiperspirant prevents you from sweating which is a natural process for our bodies! Last year I realized I couldn’t continue pretending that a product I relied so heavily on wasn’t bad for my health.

So, I did my research and I did something about it.

First, I checked out all the “Must Have” natural deodorants on the market. I went to my local Whole Foods and tried some of theirs and ordered others online. Most of them, didn’t do much for me. The only one that I still have in my apartment is the LUSH T’eo deodorant because my boyfriend uses it and it works great for him. I would highly recommend it if you’re deodorant needs are more normal and are looking for a natural option. Make sure to buy the deodorant tin though… it is quite a messy but lovely product.

Then I saw that I could make my own. This is something I wanted to do. I read many recipes and How To’s and decided on one to try. I also learned that an armpit cleanse or detox is important to do when switching to a natural option. So for around a week I did not wear deodorant and a couple times a day I spread apple cider vinegar mixed with water on my pits (I also washed them a couple times a day, I promise it wasn’t that gross). This really benefitted me. I think my skin was clogged with chemicals and product build up, so no matter what product I used I thought I smelled and this flushed that out. Now I don’t mind going deodorant free on days off.

Now onto the deodorant I use now, and swear by! It is the best deodorant I have ever used. I don’t ever feel smelly while using it even after a long gym session. IT IS AMAZING!

This is the recipe I used, I have changed a few things so I will include my own version but it is not my recipe!

Best Deodorant EVER

  • Deodorant Container (Buy Here)
  • 15 drops Lemon Grass essential oil (Buy Here)
  • 15 drops Lavender essential oil (Buy Here)
  • 3 TBSP Coconut Oil (I use the one from Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 TBSP Organic Cornstarch (Buy Here)
  • 2 TBSP Baking Soda (Mine is from the Whole Foods brand)
  • 2 TBSP Candelilla Wax (vegan substitute to Beeswax) (Buy Here)

To see how to make it click here

Hope you enjoy!



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