How to Make a Snowman

There’s no wrong way to make a snowman, but there are a few tips to prevent him from looking like a snow monster.


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You Will Need

  • Snow
  • Warm winter clothes
  • Sticks and branches
  • A carrot
  • Buttons or charcoal
  • A little imagination


  1. Step 1

    Let snow settle

    Wait for the snow to settle. It should be packing snow, not fresh powder.

  2. If you can make a decent snowball that stays intact in flight, the snow is ready.

  3. Step 2

    Form snow into ball

    Using gloved hands, gather snow and form it into a ball. Continue adding snow to the ball until it is too large to hold.

  4. Step 3

    Roll snowball

    Slowly roll the snowball away from you, letting snow accumulate on the outside of the ball. Continue packing the new snow onto the ball with your hands.

  5. Step 4

    Position base

    When the ball reaches the size that you want for the base, move the ball to wherever you want your snowman to stand.

  6. Step 5

    Make smaller ball

    Make another ball of snow and build it up like you did the first. This ball should end up slightly smaller than the first one.

  7. Step 6

    Place 2nd ball on 1st

    Place the second ball on top of the first.

  8. If the second ball won’t stay on top, pack snow between the two balls—or push a long stick into the first snowball and slide the second one onto the stick.

  9. Step 7

    Create 3rd ball

    Create a third ball and place it on top of the first two. Now you have your basic snowman.

  10. Step 8

    Give snowman arms

    Give your snowman arms with sticks or branches.

  11. Step 9

    Make a face

    Make a face using a carrot for a nose and buttons or charcoal for the eyes and mouth.

  12. Step 10


    Customize with whatever you choose to give your snowman personality.

  13. According to the song, Frosty the Snowman had a 'button nose,' but many depictions of him show a carrot.