“I’ll be back one day,” says Frosty the Snowman. And that day is fast approaching for many of us across the country.
Snow is already flying this November (here in Michigan, anyway!) and that means it’s time to pack the pumpkin spice and start the winter months with hot chocolate, sledding and, of course, snowman building.
I truly believe there are some things you should never outgrow and building a snowman is one of them. My teens and I still build at least one every year (we still can’t resist a good snow day!).
Shoveling sidewalks will most likely result in a snowball fight and if conditions are perfect it will lead us to the big hill in the next town for an afternoon of sledding. But without a doubt, the only thing that gets my heart pumping is taking one of these perfectly packed snowballs and rolling it (and rolling and rolling) around the garden until we have three larger snowballs that make the most “epic” snowman create (according to my boys) you’ve ever seen.
Not sure how to make a snowman work? Read on to find out how to build a snowman– and become a snowman-building pro this winter!
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How to build a snowman
Building the perfect snowman depends on a few different factors and then requires following a few basic steps.
Make sure you have the right type of snow
What type of snow you have on the ground is by far the most important thing when building a snowman.
Loose, dry snow doesn’t stick long enough to create a good grip. You really want snow that’s a bit wet and heavy – workable and pliable.
To test your snow, pick up a small pile and pack it up. If it sticks well, try adding another handful and repacking. And if that stays together, you’re ready to rock (and roll)!
The amount of snow that has fallen also determines the maximum size of your snowman. If you’re building a small one, then just an inch or two of the fresh white stuff will do, but if you decide to “go big or go home,” then you’ll need a few inches to cover your area before you start .
Remember that you have to roll this giant snowball across the yard, so the more snow on the ground the better.
Placing your snowman on a flat surface and in a shaded area will keep it looking its best for longer.
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Start with a perfectly packed snowball
After you have determined that there is enough snow on the lawn and that the quality is optimal, you can start.
Plan ahead how big you want your snowman to be. Because once the rolling starts, the balls can get big and heavy.
You will need three different sizes of snowballs. The underside is largest, the middle is slightly smaller, and the top (the head) is smallest.
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Begin by taking a handful of snow and packing it up tightly, as if you were making a perfectly packed snowball. Smooth it out and add some more. When the snowball grows to the size of a volleyball, it’s time to get rolling!
On your marks, get set, go!
Gently place the large (volleyball-sized) snowball on the ground and roll it around. With the right type of snow, it quickly increases in size.
Stop rolling occasionally to work on rounding the ball. The first ball is the base and should be the largest, so keep rolling until you get the ideal size you want to achieve.
Next, make your center section, starting in the same way you did the base. The center should be about half the size of the base.
When the center is the optimal size, pick it up and place it on your base. Once the center is set, pack a little snow around where the two meet and smooth it down with your hands. This will secure the two sections together.
Then repeat the same steps to create another snowball (the top/head) about half the size of the middle section. Rub it smooth, then put it on top and secure it with some snow.
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Decorate and name your snowman
Rolling giant snowballs through the park or your yard is fantastic fun! And after you’ve stacked the snowman, it’s ready for the finishing touches.
Be creative when bringing your snowman to life. You can use sticks for arms and a carrot for a nose. Rocks, acorns, or even leftover crafting items are great options for eyes and mouths. And feel free to add clothing to your snowman—like a scarf and hat—for a playful yet sophisticated look.
Don’t forget to name your snowman – Frosty the Snowman is always a favorite!
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What to do if your snowman looks sad
When it’s a really snowy winter, it’s easy to keep Frosty looking fresh. Add as much snow as needed and round the edges again until it looks good as new. You may need to realign his eyes and arms during this process. If winter temperatures remain consistent, it’s possible Frosty will be around to keep you company for quite a while.
But what if there isn’t enough snow and temperatures get warmer? Well my boys tell me taking down Frosty is just as much fun as building him up. Over the years they’ve come up with some pretty creative ways to take down Frosty – their favorite way was by attacking him like football players!
They then use the parts in an “epic” (her favorite word) snowball fight. Lessons have been learned along the way though – make sure you remove all sticks, rocks and anything else that’s annoying before attacking Frosty!
Making a snowman is an easy way to have fun to make memories. And if you have to live in a cold, wet, and snowy mess, you might as well make the most of it and build an “epic” snowman.
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