Build A What?
Why not try to make a snow sculpture? Making snow sculptures or snow sculpting as it is also known is great fun and can be really enjoyable. This article will give you a few ideas on how to create the perfect snow sculpture.
With wintertime on our doorsteps the big freeze is hitting home. For many people snow brings misery and stress. However, next time you open your curtains and see a massive dump of snow why not look at things a little differently. I live in the UK and last year we had record snow falls over the New Year. In the space of a few days we had over a foot of snow, this brought the country to a standstill. While off work I decided to do something a little different. I decided to make myself a snow sculpture in my back garden.
Although I don’t really consider myself artistic or creative I managed to do a pretty decent job. I took my time and did a little research on what I should be looking to do and then got on with it. So now I will give you a few tips on how to build your very own snow sculpture.
Where To Start
First of all you need to work out exactly what you want to create as a snow sculpture. You can type snow sculpture into a search engine and hundreds of pictures will come up, this may inspire you. When you have found your design you need to draw it out carefully so you can work out exactly how to go about creating your snow sculpture. Next you need to test the snow. Some types of snow are too dry and will not bond together, the snow needs to be reasonably wet and sticky. The best way to test this is to simply try to make a snowball, if the snow sticks and forms a nice ball you are good to go, however if it falls apart into a fine powder then you may not be able to make a snow sculpture after all.
Next you must create a large pile of snow. You can either roll the snow into large balls and dump it where you are going to create a snow sculpture or you can get a shovel and start digging the snow out. Now you need to compact the snow, do this by hitting it with a shovel or stamping on it, or even use pieces of wood to flatten it out. You need to get your pile of snow into a large enough shape so that you can start to carve it into what your final snow sculpture will look like.
Carve From The Top
When you have your large mass of compact snow it’s time for the fun bit. Get carving! To start with you can shovel bits away, always start at the top of your snow sculpture and work your way down. As you get the basic shape you can then use a knife. I use a large bread knife, it’s not overly sharp and it good for carving. It is also quite long which is handy. Use the knife to chop bits of snow away and form the general outline of your snow sculpture. It’s also a good idea to draw on the snow sculpture exactly which bits you are going to be cutting away, this is easier than having to visualise everything.
As your snow sculpture starts to take shape you can mould it with your hands. Make sure the surface of the snow is nice and smooth and the snow is still tightly compact. Sometimes you may make a mistake or something may fall off your snow sculpture, don’t panic, the great bit about snow is that you can simply add more onto any bits that need it. Make sure the snow is firmly compacted and then just start over.
Finish It Off
To add finer details to your snow sculpture you can use something like a teaspoon. This is also good for digging little bits out. As you work with the snow you will find it becomes more solid which makes it easier to work with. Even if you are cutting out large sections the snow is likely to hold everything in place and not collapse.
When you have finished your snow sculpture you may want to give it a nice finish. To do this you can use a bottle of water and just lightly spray the snow sculpture. Make sure you only do this if the temperature is below freezing! This should give a nice sheen finish to your snow sculpture and also make sure everything is held in place nicely.
More Ideas For Snow Sculptures
As well as this simple design there are lots of other very simple ideas for snow sculptures that you can make use of. I found that doing something with mainly square edges was easier, when you start putting in curves it does become a little but more tricky. Another good thing to try and make with any snow you have is an igloo, this is great fun and there are so many different ways you can go about making this. This main thing to remember though is to keep it simple. The more you practice the better you will get, once you have perfected your technique you can try some more elaborate designs that may be a little but more complicated. But as a starting point it is a good idea to simply go for a simple snow sculpture.
Making a snow sculpture is really good fun and very easy. I really enjoyed making mine and found it really enjoyable. There are lots of ideas online for exactly what to sculpt and by following these simple tips you should have no problems making a great looking little snow sculpture. So instead of sitting their looking out the window at all the snow this winter, get out there and enjoy it, go and build yourself a snow sculpture!
The Final Result
Jennifer Arnett from California on June 04, 2013:
That is seriously fantastic. I've seen people ice carve, but snow??? Way cool!
Andrew Orrell (author) from UK on January 30, 2012:
No, I'm not a creative person at all and I've never done anything like this before. So although it takes a fair bit of time, it's not that hard at all.
Grace & Rebecca on January 30, 2012:
Great I must try that It looks like allot of fun!!!
But, is it hard?
snow-from-the-north on December 17, 2011:
U did a great job @ explaining the basdic needs to job @ hand.the last few days it has snowed a foot and wet close to zero and now the forcast will drop! I'm making blocks for my children & I to carve. Lawn lanterns held by trolls if all goes as planed so thanks for the directions
gabgirl12 on December 09, 2011:
wowza! It look's like it would be great fun to do. I always thought of sculpting as being a boring art. It seemed that a person would have to have natural talent and literally be able to transport the image in their 'head' or on paper and make it come alive. I'm sure the tips given in your hub would also work on smaller sculptures too.
Website Examiner on April 09, 2011:
Andyoz, thank you for the opportunity to review this hub, and also for commenting on the review. I did comment back just now, much after I originally read your comment; an oversight on my part. Best wishes, W.E.
Chris Weatherley from Rickmansworth on March 28, 2011:
Brilliant Andy, love to give this a try. Snowman's have certainly come a long way.. :)
Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on January 21, 2011:
Have always wanted to try snow sculpting but it is just one of the many things I have never gotten around to. Very nice Sculpt and excellent hub!
Elayne from Rocky Mountains on January 07, 2011:
Looks way fun and way cold! Kudos on your nomination and good luck. You have quite a talent!
Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on January 07, 2011:
Andy, this sounds really cool! Maybe someday when I get my hands on snow. LOL In the meantime, rejoicing joyfully with you as your hub has been nominated on the Hubnuggets! :D Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
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RedElf from Canada on January 03, 2011:
Very cool hub (pun intended)! Nice clear instructions - thanks!
malonge from Western New York On Hubpages on January 03, 2011:
Good Advice. Our small town builds a great sculpture from blocks of ice on the lake each year and has a Presidents Day celebration. Visit my hubpage at https://hubpages.com/travel/A-Unique-Winter-Struct...
RTalloni on December 30, 2010:
That's a great idea and your snow sculpture for the hub is fantastic. Thanks for sharing!
Sid Shah on December 28, 2010:
really inspiring thing you have done with your Snow Sculpture, enjoying
Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on December 28, 2010:
Hi andyoz love your Snow Sculpture great job and a real awesome idea!
Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on December 28, 2010:
We get tons of snow in my area of the world - Central Oregon. My kids have enjoyed making snow caves, but a snow sculpture will be the next challenge I throw at them. Great hub - fun and awesome photographs!
lktown on December 27, 2010:
i live in a city that never snow.So i have no such chance to do a snowman.what a pity
thewayeyeseeit from Woodstock, GA on December 27, 2010:
This totally looks like fun. We still have snow on the ground from Christmas. I am going to give this a shot. Thanks for the inspiration!
Michelle Cesare from New York on December 18, 2010:
All I can say is great job. I never thought of sculpture I always think snowman. Thanks, the next time it snows we'll try a sculpture instead. Pretty cool.
Bmosaics from USA on December 18, 2010:
I wish there was snow where I live. I would have a blast doing this stuff.
Andrew Orrell (author) from UK on December 18, 2010:
Thanks for the comments, I actually had another go at this today, but the snow was to dry and kept falling apart! Rubbish
Mark Ewbie from UK on December 18, 2010:
That my friend, is fabulous! I love the idea of snow sculpting, it just hadn't occurred before. The nearest I got was doing a snow turtle instead of a snowman.
tnderhrt23 on December 18, 2010:
You are a guy after my own heart! Nice job on your snow sculpture and your hub! This is something I would definitely do...except I am in Florida and there is no snow here, only rain today...but I loved the idea!