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The Colossal Sand Castle & Sculpture Extravaganza (75 pictures)

If you’ve ever been to the beach, then you’ve probably had fun building a sand castle. It’s certainly a good way to spend time there, next to basking in the sun, splashing in the waves, or tossing around a beach ball. Building sand castles is just plain old fun, and all the kids love it. Like so:

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your typical sand castle

The thing is… most of us stop having fun making sculptures in the sand, by an early age. Still, there are others keep going and improving their sand castle building skills, until truly amazing works of art start to manifest. Such as the examples brought together in this post. If you’ve ever wondered what the great sand castles of the world may be… the following gallery will keep you up to date on the finest accomplishments ever to arise out of sand.

PS – if you’re inspired with this pictures, there’s a section on how to make a sand castle towards the end of this page, where you can learn some great tricks!

The most amazing sand castles and sculptures:

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Feeling inspired already? Next time you’re out at the beach feeling bored and wondering what to do, remember these pictures. Reach out for the sand, and try to conceive of something as interesting! And if you’re looking for some tips from the sand castle pros, read the following section.

Pro tips on How to build amazing sand castles

1 – Make sure the sand is moist; try rolling up a ball of sand and move it around your palm. If it stays together without crumbling, then it’s perfect for building sand monuments. If it crumbles or doesn’t hold together, it’s probably too dry… in which case you should set up your sand castle in a slightly different ground. Choosing the right spot to build your work of art will ensure that you have a much easier time realizing your vision in the sand.

2 – Start in bulk; try to visualize the structure you want to build, and pack a dense mound of sand with the approximate shape, so you can then proceed to build on the details. The base mound of sand should be densely packed, to ensure the structure holds steady as you work on it. To achieve this, add half dozen inches of sand at a time, then pack it down with your fists and add some water to it. Just a little water will do: you don’t want the sand to get mushy! Although if it does there’s no problem, since the water will quickly drain out… just a matter of waiting.

3 – Work it from the top; when your base mound of sand is finished, it’s time to work in the actual shape of your sand castle of structure. It’s best to start doing so from top to bottom, otherwise you may accidentally throw sand on a section you had already sculpted. You may need to add some sand at some points, in which case you should take off sand from elsewhere in the mound, to make sure it’s the same consistency – meaning it will be more likely to stick.

4 – Carve out the sand in small portions; ideally, you want to keep removing sand from the base mound, because adding to it will make the structure less stable. To ensure that you don’t need to add more sand, you should carve out the details gradually, removing thin layers rather than huge chunks. This is especially true when you’re working in small details such as textures and such. At this point, you may even want to get a straw to blow out the excess sand quite gently.

5 – Be gentle; you can build amazing sand castles using nothing but your hands, but you need to be gentle and keep a steady hand. If you’re serious about building amazing sand castles, you should get some utensils that will allow for fine sculpting and creating geometric shapes; such as different shovels, funnels, buckets, and sand wedges. There are sand castle kits available which you may want to look into, if you want to take things to the next level.