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A Drizzle Castle is a castle created by dripping a mixture of sand and water. When the water-sand Mixture drops on more sand, a Sand Droplet is formed. The water sinks into the sand below it and the result is a column of sand! The results can be stunning and can turn many heads at the beach when made correctly! Fun, and easy for kids to do too! Be very careful not to knock over others' drizzle castle, as this is very easy to do! 

By the way, this is my first instructable! :D
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Step 1: Creating a "Swand Pit"

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For lack of a better word, a "Swand" (Pronounced like Sand with a "W") Pit is a hole dug in wet sand to get the "Swand", a mixture of Sand and water, to create a Castle. Get close to the seashore, where there is wet sand, but not so close that the waves collapse the pit or the castle. Dig down about 3 inches (about a finger's length) or until you hit water. keep on digging until you have a good sized pit where you can get a lot of Swand. Don't worry about refilling your pit with sand! It does it by itself! (How Convenient!)

Step 2: Foundation

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Ok, randomness out of the way, we must start building the castle foundation.
get a big handful of sand and put a plop of it down on the beach, Near your Swand Pit.  Not to close though! We don't want the castle collapsing! Build it up and out. Make it as wide as you want, but don't make it too tall! We still want to make towers!
lindaspin4 years ago
I grew up at the beach and now I do this with my kids every summer in Wildwood Crest, NJ. We call it dribbles! After our castle is done I like to add the 'sugar/powder' on top, which is the fine, dry, white sand you find further away from the shore-line. It adds some character like a snow-capped mountain!
garrett10 (author)  lindaspin4 years ago
That's a great idea! Would you like for me to add it to the instructable and give you credit?
matt1232321 year ago
I've been doing this for so long #should have done this
Orngrimm1 year ago
I did that with my mother while in france around 20 years ago as a little kid.

... and now i do it occasionally while near a stream (gold sluicing in Switzerland)... Never lost its magic to watch the towers grow. "How high can you get without making the base too thick?" is a common playstile for a short funtime :)
staceytoob3 years ago
I did this during the summer with my 7-yr old, after seeing it here. The two of us spent about three hours building an entire city - it was the awesomest of awesome beach activities. The best thing (for me) was teaching passer-by kids how to do it, and (for my kid) letting them add on to the city. Thanks for such a wonderful instructable!
happyjo4 years ago
This is awesome! By the way your dog is darling! :D
Rosilin4 years ago
I know that sand ANYWHERE! Thats the Quarts crystal beaches of NW Florida! Looks like SNOW!
hammer98764 years ago
Ah, the memories of clean beaches, sunburns and sand everywhere. We called these drip castles. I love the idea of the dry, white sand as a topper. Never did that. Great instructable by the way. A video might help with the concept for those who have never done it.
garrett10 (author)  hammer98764 years ago
Yep, I sure do love the beach, but not the sunburns. They are NOT fun. I have seen other people make Drizzle Castles , but no one ever bothered to post an article about it. I might make a video next time we go to the beach. Summer break is almost over, so next Summer , I will try to get a clip.
Just have to get a YouTube account...
Thanks for the comment!
ikeike404 years ago
ive been doing this since before i could remember
ahjkiu4 years ago
it looks awesome
garrett10 (author)  ahjkiu4 years ago
Thanks! I'm so glad hy first instructable is so poular!
gjm4 years ago
This is cool. The sand you're using looks very fine; here in CT it can be difficult to find a beach with sand like that and I'm assuming this would not work well if at all with coarse sand? Anyway, very cool and thanks for sharing and teaching.
garrett10 (author)  gjm4 years ago
You might be able to make one, but the Water to Sand ratio would have to be much higher i presume. You could also buy fine sand and make a small, indoor sandbox. Thanks for the great comment!
kcls4 years ago
Is that your dog in the last pic? Interesting choice... Anywho, great instructable!
garrett10 (author)  kcls4 years ago
Yes it is! :) I just put a random pic on that one! Thanks for all the great comments!
Is it a wire haired fox terrier? I've had them all my life!
garrett10 (author)  jerseygirl774 years ago
Yes he is! And I love him like a brother!
Diabloscope4 years ago
WOW !! its been Years since ive done this , Me brother and sister used to make These , i would say sisters but my other sisters were too youbg ! Any way Great Fun ! Keep it Up ! we were always prepared when we went to the beach ! army shovels Big pails , used to make Tall Castles with the pails , and then the tops would go even higher with the drippings ( stalagmites ) my uncle showed us how to make , after he showed us what we were making in five minutes , it takes nature to make in milions of years, Thanks Brings Back Memories !!!
same here i haven't been to a beach in years I wonder where this is at???
garrett10 (author)  voemaster4 years ago
Sant Rosa Beach, Florida. We were actually at Watercolor Resort, which is on Santa Rosa :) We had a great time there! I actually got back two days ago! :D