I’ve been making sand sculptures for decades and found that there are only a few tools that I use.
Keep in mind, these are the tools that ordinary beachgoers will use. The “professional” sand sculptors use generators, power equipment, wooden forms, trucked in sand, etc. Most (if not all of that) would be illegal on most public beaches without special permission.
Except for the large shovel, none of them are sharp or potentially dangerous. The shovel needs to be put away from access by children when it’s not in use.
Here’s what you need (photos follow the list):
- Here is a good bucket available online.
- Disposable plastic spoons and knives – There are a million uses for these in doing detailed work. Any fast food restaurant or grocery store can supply a couple of these.
- Cake knife – about 8 inches long, great for making small straight edges
- Small scoop – typical children’s beach scoop, for taking away medium quantities of sand.
- Melon ballers or measuring spoons of different sizes – perfect for making perfectly round holes, like eyes.
- Spray bottle – to gently wet the sand, as you sculpt. Especially useful on windy days when the sand dries quickly. I’m considering trying a 2 gallon garden sprayer, as it could hold more water, and eliminates so much pumping with your fingers.
- Solo cups. Round plastic cups are very handy, the tops and bottoms make good round stencils, and you frequently need to pour small amounts of water to wet sand when sculpting.
Next, Choosing a subject