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10 epic sandcastles and tips to make one

 

What’s a day at the beach without trying to make a sandcastle? Well, as you probably know, making really good sandcastles is actually a lot harder than it looks. Some people spend a lot of serious time and energy making superior sand sculptures. Check out this photo list of some super cool ones, as well as some tips on how to make your own below!

Palma de Mallorca, Spain

large Egyptian looking sandcastle

Photo by Gonçalo Cruz Matos licensed CC BY 2.0

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, USA

sandcastle

Photo by Susan Smith licensed CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England

sandcastle

Photo by Flat White Guy licensed CC BY-NC 2.0

Blankenberge, West Flanders, Belgium

sandcastle

Photo by Hans Splinter licensed CC BY-ND 2.0

Boracay, Philippines

sandcastle

Photo by Chavelli licensed CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Scheveningen, The Hague, Netherlands

sandcastle

Photo by luismontanez licensed CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Paris, France

sandcastle

Photo by gula08 licensed CC BY-ND 2.0

Blankenberge, West Flanders, Belgium

sandcastle

Photo by stephengg licensed CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Boracay, Philippines

sandcastle

Photo by Kath Haboc-Lee licensed CC BY-NC 2.0

Copenhagen, Denmark

sandcastle

Photo by enrodney licensed CC BY-SA 2.0

Tips on how to up your sandcastle game

  • Good tools for building amazing sandcastles include: small shovels; buckets and bottomless buckets (for towers); funnels in different sizes (for tower tops); a straw (to blow extra sand away); and shaping tools (for shaping and carving — things like popsicle sticks, paint stirrers, plastic spoons and knives). You can also find sandcastle kits at toy and craft stores that should have most of the tools you will need.
  • The wetter the sand the better! It should pack like wet snow and stay together when you roll it into a ball in your hand.
  • To start, pile the wet sand into a mound as high as you want your castle to be, adding lots of water to the mound to keep it wet as you can while you pack it down layer by layer (you can never add too much water).
  • Once you have your tightly packed mound of sand you should start shaving off layers and shaping where you want towers and walls to be.
  • Work from top to bottom to help keep the towers and walls in place.
  • Use tools to make designs, bricks, windows, doors, steps etc.
  • Practice makes perfect — have fun!