How to Build the Perfect Snowman

altBefore you can add a corncob pipe, a button nose and two eyes made out of coal, you have to build a snowman that stands, so here are a few tips to help you get started.

While it seems like building a snowman should be child’s play, if you don’t use the right type of snow or have enough of it, it can turn into one frustrating project. So before the snow falls and you’re heading outside for winter’s play, brush up on your snowman building skills to insure that this will be a fun family activity for all of you.

To make a perfect snow man:

Step 1:

Choose the right snow. Snowman snow must be packable. Packable snow has more moisture than the dry, flaky stuff. That’s what helps hold it together.  Fresh snow that falls just above or just below freezing temperatures usually works best. To test if your snow is packable, pack it into your hands and make a ball. If it sticks together, you are good to go. If the snow seems too dry, spray it with a little water to add moisture.

Step 2:

Take a handful of snow and shape it into a ball. Pack the ball with snow until it’s too large for you to hold in your hands.

Step 3:

Roll the ball across the lawn away from you. As you do this, your ball will gain girth. This is your first ball and should be largest as it will serve as the base for your snowman.

Step 4:

Repeat steps 1-3, twice. Your second ball should be a bit smaller and will serve for as the midsection. Your third ball will be slightly smaller than your middle ball and serve as the head.

Step 5:

Stack your snowballs from largest to smallest. Use a shovel to lift the midsection and head in place. Pack additional snow between the balls to help hold them together.

Step 6:

Bring your snowman to life. Add eyes, a nose and a mouth. Use sticks for arms. Dress him up with a hat and scarf to reflect your personal style and taste.

If packing and rolling seems like too much work, consider using the less traditional method of snowman making. To do so, pile up a large mound of snow and carve out the shape of a snowman.

Does your family build snowman? Share your super snowman building tips in the comments below.

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