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How to Build A Snowman

Updated on April 3, 2016

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 (haha). 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 Hub 3 of 30 of my 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge!

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.


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      Amelia Griggs 2 years ago

      Awh, that's cool, TLStahling, sorry you don't see snow much, but it's nice to hear that my hub helped you image snow. A virtual snowman! Thanks. :-)

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      TL Stahling 2 years ago from US

      I rarely see snow; so, I vicariously built a snowman through you. Fun.

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      Amelia Griggs 3 years ago

      Thanks, oceannsunsets, I really appreciate your positive comments, and so glad that you liked the hub! It's comments like this that motivate me to create more hubs and better hubs. :-) Thanks again and happy writing!

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      Paula 3 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Wow, what a great hub! I love your snowman! These are such great memories with the children, and I loved all the photos. Great to capture those memories for sure! What is extra impressive, is that the snow seems to be falling so hard as they are building their snowman! Wow, that is incredible. I also liked that you gave the ideas of gathering up all the needed supplies in advance. This is great because if you don't do that, its not as easy to go back in and find all of the things like a scarf, etc, when you are tired and covered in snow.

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting! Thanks for sharing.

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      Amelia Griggs 3 years ago

      Hi Joel, that's wonderful to hear. That was my intention, to provide simple yet fun instructions for an activity that many of us may remember doing as children, or maybe it's something we have helped our children do. Either way, it reminds us of the simpler things in life that are joyful, and create cherished memories.

      Thanks for your comnent. :-)

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      Joel Diffendarfer 3 years ago from Ft Collins, Colorado

      Jeesh! At first I looked at this article and thought to myself, "Jeesh, this is silly, everybody knows how to build a snowman!" But then, after slowing down and letting the words do their work, I found my self drifting into the past and of all of the snowmen (women, creatures, etc.) I built with my kids and grand kids over the years. Every one was perfect. Each caused a memory and a blessing. Now you've got me wanting to go outside and play. 'Let it snow'!

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      Amelia Griggs 3 years ago

      Thanks billybuc, much appreciated and a million thanks for stopping by. This challenge is really motivating me to become a better writer. Thanks for setting such great examples with your hubs.


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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to see you taking the 30/30 challenge. Good luck!