How to Build the Perfect Sandcastle


  1. Choose a spot reasonably close to the shoreline on flat wettish sand.
  1. Dig a hole. Keep digging until you hit water. Now you can use the sand from the bottom of the hole to make your sculpture.
  1. Start with a densely packed mound of wet sand. To get the best density, build up the mound gradually: Add 12cm of sand, pack down firmly with your fists, then pour half a bucket of water on top. (You can never add too much water; any excess will just drain out.) Repeat until you’ve reached your desired height.
  1. Carve and smooth. Work from top to bottom. You’ll lessen the chance that falling sand or an ill-placed knee will ruin your work. As you create finer details like windows and stairs, blow away excess sand using a straw.
  1. Remember to moisten as necessary. The longer you work on your composition, the more your sand sculpture will dry out – you must keep it moist.

Below are two entries from previous competitions 🙂




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