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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.


  • Step 1: Let snow settle Wait for the snow to settle. It should be packing snow, not fresh powder.
  • TIP: If you can make a decent snowball that stays intact in flight, the snow is ready.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Step 6: Place 2nd ball on 1st Place the second ball on top of the first.
  • TIP: 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.
  • Step 7: Create 3rd ball Create a third ball and place it on top of the first two. Now you have your basic snowman.
  • Step 8: Give snowman arms Give your snowman arms with sticks or branches.
  • Step 9: Make a face Make a face using a carrot for a nose and buttons or charcoal for the eyes and mouth.
  • Step 10: Customize Customize with whatever you choose to give your snowman personality.
  • FACT: According to the song, Frosty the Snowman had a 'button nose,' but many depictions of him show a carrot.

You Will Need

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

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