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How To Build A Snowman

Do you want to build a snowman? I bet you sang that in your head, didn’t you! We understand if you’re tired of the song. But when the first snow comes, you do still want to make your own Frosty!

Teaching your children how to build a snowperson is a great experience. 

But snowmen aren’t just for children – there’s no reason to give them up whether you’re 21, 50, or 90! They’re fun to build, alone or with others. And they can bring some joy to passersby, too! So go for it, young or old!

You can make a snow figure of any gender or age you’d like. To keep things simple, we’re going to stick with the traditional “snowman” term, knowing that it doesn’t have to be male! 

So let’s get started!

Got the Right Snow?

So, it snowed! It’s a winter wonderland outside! Let’s get our snowman started! But first, we have to be sure we have the right kind of snow.

To build a snowman, you need snow that will pack well. Some snow may be too powdery. Other times it may be too slushy. 

Snowman snow has to have just the right amount of moisture to hold it together. It’s pretty easy to test, though – try to make a snowball! 

Of course, you’ll need more than a light dusting, too. But if you have two to three inches of snow to work with, game’s on!

Tools And Supplies

You’re probably thinking, “They’re kidding, right?” And you’d be right! You don’t need to prepare anything special for your snowman. Other than snow, of course!

Ok, well, you may also want decorations to create its face and maybe have it hold something. But you can be spontaneous. We’ll come back to this later!

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Create A Solid Core

So if you can make a snowball, then you’re well on your way! Grab a handful of snow, and form it into a sphere. The tighter you can pack it, the better! 

In the end, all you need is three enormous snowballs like this!

Roll It

Once you have a solid snowball, roll it in the snow. As you go, make sure to pack the new snow tightly to it. 

Try to keep it round, but it doesn’t have to be perfect. You can always sculpt it later. For now, only concern yourself with getting the snow to stick.

It’s easiest to start by creating the base. This first snowball will be the biggest. The size is up to you, but about two feet in diameter is a decent size.

After you have it large enough (as big or small you want), rinse and repeat. Start another snowball and build it up to a slightly smaller size! Usually, three of these do the trick! One will be the lower body, one for the torso, one for the head. Each is a bit smaller than the last.

Stack It

Once you have your three balls rolled, it’s time to stack them!

Of course, it’s almost impossible to stack three perfect spheres. Fortunately, you probably didn’t create perfect spheres! Still, you might want to “flatten” the top of the lower section before adding one on top of it.

Try to keep them centered and stuck together well so that they don’t fall over!

Dress It

Now that your snowman has taken shape, it’s time to dress it! 

Almost anything can serve to form the face – buttons, string, rocks, sticks, even vegetables! Give your snowman the personality you want.

Of course, you don’t have to leave it naked, either. Add a hat and a scarf. Put buttons down the front to create the appearance of a shirt.

Go wild if you like! You can give your snowman any fashion sense you can imagine!

Add A Family

Have fun with the first snowman? Build more! Create a whole family of all sizes. It’s fun for you, and your neighbors will surely be impressed!


Building snowmen is an entertaining way to spend a snowy day. It doesn’t require any special tools. And it’s great for all ages! Do it with your children, your parents, your friends, or even alone! You’ll love the work of art you get to fashion out of the snow.