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15 Tips To Building An Awesome Sandcastle This Summer

It's not really summer if you don't build sandcastles on the beach! Here are some tricks to making an epic work of art, and celebrate your achievement with a refreshing NESTEA®.

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1. Find sand that's compact, not coarse:

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The best castles are built with sand that's wet. Dry and powdery and soft sand is good to wiggle your toes in -- not for castlin'.

4. Cut out the bottom of one of your buckets:

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This is what the pros do: they cut out the bottom of the bucket so the suction of the container doesn't get in the way of building the masterpiece.

6. Get to work on building your base:

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The best sandcastles are methodically planned — so make a sketch of what you want to achieve, and don't neglect the foundation of your soon-to-be beautiful monument.

8. Decide if you're a moat person or not:

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Some people say moats give the structure a longer life (because if water hits it, it has some place to go), but others say water only weakens the base of the castle. Which team are YOU on?

9. Once you've reached peak height, start sculpting at the top and work your way down:

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Think about it: would you rather have to rebuild a single bell tower or the whole entire edifice?

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