Thursday, August 18, 2016

How to Make Drip Castles

Summer is almost over! We have been enjoying soaking up those last rays of warm sunshine, and spending as much time as we can outdoors! One thing we enjoy doing, both at home and on vacation, is going tho the beach and playing in the sand.

how to make drip castles

Growing up in San Diego, one of my favorite things to do as a child was go to the beach and build drip castles. I still remember the day my mom first showed me the simple magic that is a drip castle!

how to make drip castles

Drip castles rise from the shore like mythical mermaid mansions. But, they are also really easy to create! I've tried making these with (backyard) sand box sand, and it doesn't work as well. I'm not sure if you need the salty sea water, or the fine beach sand, but for some reason I've only been able to make these at the beach.

To start, make a regular sand castle (just a pile if damp sand). This will be your base.


Usually about a foot will be tall enough. But you can make your castle as elaborate and large as you want to!


Next fill a container with ocean water. We've had this little sand play set for years, and love it!



Next, add some sand to the water in your bucket. I usually fill it about 3/4 full of sand. You'll want to keep it VERY watery.


Now comes the fun part! Dip your hand into the water and grab a handful of sand. You want it to be very drippy. Then quickly (before too much of the water drains out) drizzle the sand onto your castle.

how to make drip castles

After a few seconds, the sand in your hand will become dry, and start to clump. That's when you know to go back for a fresh scoop. Eventually, you will notice the sand begin to pile up on top of itself, creating and otherworldly formations.

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Play around with moving your hand slowly to the side, and keeping it in one place. You'll discover that you can create a variety of shapes and towers!

how to make drip castles

It's fun to see how tall you can make them! Sometimes it can also be fun to add a few "guard towers" on the flat part around your castle.

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Sometimes, if we are very careful, we are even able to make small holes, tunnels and bridges!

how to make drip castles

If you stay at the beach long enough, eventually you'll notice that even once your drip castle is dry, it will still retain it's shape!
Encourage mermaids and other sea creatures to visit by embellishing your castle with found objects. Things like kelp and shells work great for this!

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Sit back, soak up the sun, and enjoy your handiwork!

how to make drip castles


That's all, thanks for stopping by!


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5 comments:

  1. Very cool! It does look quite magical and mystical. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. Looks like fun! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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  3. What a fun and magical Castle! I wonder if you could replicate it with frosting!? Thanks for sharing this.

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  4. What a fun and magical Castle! I wonder if you could replicate it with frosting!? Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. I wonder! It would be really neat if you could. Maybe with large granular sugar, and a watery frosting. Let me know if it works! That would be really fun!

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