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How to Make a Snow Sculpture in Your Yard

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… Allstate https://i0.wp.com/blog.allstate.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/452567481.jpg?fit=4000%2C2440&ssl=1
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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.

Make a Plan

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.

Use the Right Kind of Snow

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.

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Get Tools to Add Detail

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.

Additional Ideas and Tips

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:

  • Work from the top down: After you have built the main outline for your sculpture, Downhome Magazine recommends starting at the top. When you carve from high to low, you can finish the fragile parts first and then build up the foundation below to keep them supported.
  • Add a little color: Snow sculptures look great in all white, but why not make them stand out with a little food coloring? The NWF explains that by diluting food coloring in water, you can color details with a spray bottle or paint brush.
  • Wear sunscreen: Temperatures are cold, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a sunburn. If any of your skin is exposed, Downhome Magazine advises loading on the sunscreen. This is especially important when sculpting, as the snow on the ground can reflect as much as 80 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays back to your skin, the magazine says.
  • Cover up: This may seem obvious, but Downhome Magazine says snow sculptors should wear plenty of layers, including snow pants, boots, a warm hat and waterproof rubber gloves. Do not, however, wear ski gloves, as they may shed color onto the snow where you don’t want it and can quickly get drenched. The magazine also suggests wearing knee pads so you have a comfortable foundation when carving the lower areas.
  • The finishing touch: When your snow sculpture has all of the detail it needs and is exactly how you would like it, the NWF suggests spraying it with a light layer of water, which will cause the snow to freeze and harden and potentially keep your sculpture standing longer.

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.

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