You may have seen elaborate sculptures made from sand or carved in ice, but what about snow? While building a snowman may be a traditional winter activity, creating a snow sculpture could offer a new challenge this year. Even if you are a first-timer, following these simple tips can help you make a snow sculpture your whole neighborhood will enjoy.
All you need to get started is an idea. That idea should be small and simple at first so you don’t end up getting discouraged on your first try. Some possible starter sculptures could be animals, snow castles and basic shapes. Once you have a snow sculpture idea, Downhome Magazine suggests sketching or drawing out your idea before you actually start building.
Next, the magazine advises planning out your location. Depending on the size and detail of your snow sculpture, you may have to climb around and use various tools, so it is a good idea to stay away from the street, driveway and sidewalk.
Slightly wet snow is the type that works best for sculpting, according to the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). If you want to start building when the snow is still powdery, fill a spray bottle with water and wet the snow as you build, the NWF suggests. Downhome Magazine recommends stirring up the snow before you start packing to eliminate ice pieces and make the snow easier to work with.
In a Woman’s Day article, Michael Nedell, a champion snow sculptor, suggests using items you may already have to carve out the intricacies of your snow sculpture. Items such as spatulas, spoons, chisels and ice cream scoops all can be effective at shaping and detailing. Downhome Magazine also offers ideas for tools that can form unique shapes to smooth together. These can include milk cartons, garbage can lids and other empty containers.
Once you have your snow sculpture idea, plan of action and pile of wet snow, you can begin building. But, before digging in, consider these additional tips:
If you want to try something new this winter, snow sculptures can make your yard a little more exciting to view. With a little bit of practice and these snow sculpting tips, your yard could be the talk of the neighborhood this year.