Want to Build a Snowman?

Alicia W
by Alicia W
7 Materials
2 Hours
Now that winter is upon us, you can go out into the snow and build snowman that will melt in a few days OR you can go to your favorite store and purchase some cotton/polyester clothesline and make a snowman that will last forever.
Along with the cotton/polyester clothesline, you will also need at least three punch balls/balloons.
Begin by blowing up the punch balls. You will need three of various sizes - small, medium, and large. This is what we’ll use as the mold for our snowman.
Punch balls work better than balloons because they are thicker.
A-I used underlament but you can also use Portland cement. Either of these cements are finer than regular cement and is easier to work with; however, they do set up fairly quickly.
B-Add the underlament to a bucket.
C-Add water.
My ratio was 2:1 meaning 2 cups of underlament to 1 cup of water.
Stir the underlament and water together using your gloved hand or a paint stiring stick.
Continue to add underlament and water until you achieve a slurry which is a little thinner than cream of wheat.
Take the clothesline off of it’s spool. Cut into long pieces. (It’s easier if you cut the clothesline into long pieces instead of using the entire spool of clothesline at one time as it’s easier to work with.)
Place one end of the clothesline underneath the handle of the bucket (top picture)
Place the clothesline in the underlament and allow it to soak a minute or two.

Remove the end of the clothesline and tie it to the top of the punchball.
Remove the clothesline from the bucket and begin to wrap it around the ball.
Continue adding pieces of clothesline to the bucket of underlament and then wrapping it around the ball until you’ve achieved the look you want.
Use an aluminum pan to set the ball on to dry. I had these little loaf pans on hand but you can use anything that will lift the ball off of the table.
Allow to dry at least 24 hours.
Once the clothesline is dry, pop the balloons and pull them out.

I used a planting urn to display my snowman since the ground was frozen.
Place a piece of rebar through the hole in the urn.
Add large rocks to weigh down the urn and to hold the rebar in place.
Place each ball onto the rebar threading the rebar through the holes in each ball.
You can see the rebar (outlined in yellow) in the second picture.
Use cable ties to attach the balls together.
Dress your snowman in whatever winter attire you like. I added a carrot nose too.
I love my snowman and I think Elsa & Anna would approve too.
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  • Db Db on Nov 08, 2021

    This is awesome! I would love to make this and I would love to make some for my garden..would these work outside in the weather without cracking?

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    • MadeByBarb MadeByBarb on Dec 17, 2021

      When I designed this method over 5 years ago I put them in my garden. They are still amazing and I am in Canada. do however use a fuzzier yarn so that i absorbs the portland cement better.

  • Nancy Farwell Hayes Nancy Farwell Hayes on Dec 19, 2021

    I would paint white for brighter effects and use white string lights inside each ball. Maybe a red scarf for a pop of color and glue to black rocks for eyes!!