Building a castle is buckets of fun, so why not make a few with your kids at the beach this summer? All you need are sand, water, household items, and some helping hands.
Tip: Your castle doesn't have to be as big or fancy as this one -- we'll show you the techniques, and you decide which ones you'll need to make your castle look just right.
Make wall shape with a downward motion, slicing into the side with the offset spatula and removing sand as you go. To make walls level and fine-tune the angles, run the spatula or paint stirrer down all four sides. The smoother the walls are, the more real your castle will look.
Draw shape; with offset spatula or knife, carve away sand as you would for windows. For a double door, draw a second arch slightly inside the outer opening. Carve sand away. Smooth the wall by running a plastic knife along the back of the door.
When you're finished, don't forget to take pictures of your sand castle before the tide rolls in!
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