Build the perfect snowman for SNOWMANIA in the Glebe

January 22, 2016 | by glebeadmin

Want to build that perfect snowman for SNOWMANIA?

Got the perfect scarf, carrot note and coal-covered eyes? Now all you need is a pile of snow to get going on your creation.

While this year may be tough to build a snowman with light, fluffy snow and no warm weather forecasted in the near future, the Glebe BIA thought it would be important to give you some snowman building tips to help you on your way.

Step 1: Snow

The snow you see on your front lawn may not be the perfect kind of snow to make a giant snowman or snow woman. But fear not. A quick snowball test will tell you if your snow is ready to morph into a snowman, or if you need to do a little prep before. Quickly pack a handful of snow into a snowball. If it sticks right away, you’re good to go. If not, don’t worry, your snowman isn’t doomed. Just grab a handy spray bottle and spray a little bit of snow to add some moisture so it will stick. You may need 10 gallons of water, depending how big your snowman will be.

Step 2: The base

The first thing you want to do is build a giant snowball. Back a perfect ball in your hands until it’s too big to hold. This is the beginning of your snowman base. Put the snowball on the ground and start rolling it away from you (you may need to spray the snow around your yard to moisten it). Keep rolling until your base is big enough or you run out of room. You can also add snow to your base once you’ve got it in the right spot.

Step 3: Torso and head

Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have two more balls. One should be slightly smaller than your base for the snowman’s torso and the other one even smaller for the head.

Step 4: Build your snowman

Stack the three balls you have created with the biggest on the bottom and the smallest on top. Use your hands to round out any edges or to pack any loose snow.

Step 5: Add some personality

Once your snowman’s body is built, it’s time to bring it to life. This is where your creativity comes in. Will it be a snow boy or snow girl? Some sort of snow creature with glowing eyes and a bandana. Or the classic snowman with a scarf, top hat, carrot nose and a pipe. The possibilities are endless.

Step 6: Show off your snowman  

We want to see your amazing Glebe snow creations. Snap a photo of your snowman and share it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #Snowmania and you could win tickets to Cracking up the Capital’s Comedy Night in Canada on February 6.

Don’t let cold weather or fluffy conditions keep us from building a friendly brigade of snow people. Get involved in one of Canada’s greatest pastimes.