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Aug 19

Learn How To Build A Cool Sand Castle

How To Build A Cool Sand Castle (courtesy of Howcast.com)

A beachfront home may be out of your price range, but you can always build yourself a swanky sandcastle! You will need:

Sand
Shovel
A bucket
Bottomless circular containers of varying sizes
Sculpting tools

Optional: Spray bottle

Step 1: Pick a good spot! You’ll want to be near enough to the ocean to have easy access to water, but not so close that high tide will destroy your masterpiece. The best spot is just where the dark sand turns lighter.

Step 2: Wet an area of sand large enough for the castle you want to build. Pile buckets of sand on it, wet the sand, and tamp it down. Repeat, until you have a firm foundation. Keep a spray bottle of water handy so you can keep your sand moist. Wet sand is the key to castle building!

Step 3: Start making towers with the help of your bottomless molds. Place the largest in the center of your foundation. Fill it with very wet sand, packed down as hard as you can. Place progressively smaller containers on top, until you have a satisfactory wedding cake-like structure.

Step 4: When all the molds are in place, carefully remove them.

Step 5: Build a wall around the castle by stacking little piles of wet sand. Smooth the sides and tops with the bottom of your shovel.

Step 6: Take a plastic knife and gently cut into the wall, to create a few archways. Use a plastic fork with the middle prongs removed to put the finishing touches on columns.

Step 7: Use your sculpting tools to carve out architectural details, like staircases, windows, turrets and doors

Did you know? The town of Myrtle Beach built a 43-foot tall sand castle in 2007 to attract visitors to the seaside resort!

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