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How to Build A Snowman

Updated on February 6, 2019
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Amelia has been writing online articles for over ten years and has self-published over a dozen books, including fiction and nonfiction.

How to Build a Snowman
How to Build a Snowman | Source

Depending on where you live, if snow is in your winter forecast, you can create wonderful childhood memories by building a snowman. By taking pictures of the snow building process, you can create an online photo album to share with family and friends, or make a slideshow for your child’s time capsule.

What You’ll Need

  • Lots of snow, the kind that is easy to pack down
  • 1 or 2 large shovels
  • 1 or 2 smaller shovels or buckets (like the kind you use at the beach)
  • 1 scarf
  • 1 carrot
  • Black buttons for eyes, or a pair of sunglasses
  • Additional bright buttons (red, yellow or orange) for the mouth/teeth
  • 2 long branches or twigs for the arms
  • Optional: Top hat, pipe, broom

Homemade Snowman
Homemade Snowman | Source

Step 1: Check the snow and pick your spot.

You will need lots of fresh snow, preferably the kind that is easy to pack down. If the snow is very fluffy, it may not make a good snowman. Also, select a nice spot, preferably a flat area, to build your snowman.

An area on or near your front lawn, maybe next to a tree might be a nice spot. If the sun comes out the next day, the tree will provide some shade to help your snowman stay put and not melt as fast.

Winter Scene
Winter Scene | Source

Step 2: Build the base of the snowman.

Gather snow and make the bottom portion of your snowman. You can either roll a ball of snow along the ground to gather snow, or use tools like shovels to gather and pack snow. You (or the children) may need different size shovels and some good strong gloves to harnesh and pack down the snow into a circular ball. The bottom portion is the most important part of your snowman since it is the base and foundation for your snowman.

Building a Snowman
Building a Snowman | Source

Step 3: Build the middle section of the snowman.

Gather more snow and build another circular section for your snowman’s mid-section. Make sure this section is packed down into the bottom section.

Building a Snowman
Building a Snowman | Source

Step 4: Build the top section of the snowman.

The last section at the top will be for the snowman’s head. Again, gather more snow and build a third, smaller, circular section for the top.

Building a Snowman
Building a Snowman | Source

Step 5: Clean up your snowman.

How does your snowman look? Use some smaller shovels or tools to clean up your snowman and make sure the each section is smooth and shaped to your satisfaction.

Building a Snowman
Building a Snowman | Source

Step 6: Dress up and Decorate Your Snowman

Finally, decorate your snowman! Add a scarf around your snowman to keep him warm, or even consider adding a vest or coat. Use a carrot for the nose and buttons or other objects to make the mouth. For the eyes, use black buttons if you have them. As an alternative, use a pair of sunglasses for the eyes.

Add thin branches for the arms. Add any additional items if desired, such as a hat, pipe and broom.

Snowman | Source

Your snowman is finished, and can be proudly displayed on your front lawn!

This is a really cool video I found with interesting variations to make your snowman look like different characters, like a businessman, the vacationer, and giving your snowman a puppy friend.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Amelia Griggs


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