In general, making something that looks beautiful is more difficult than making something that looks ugly, but there was very little if anything that was easy about creating this spectacularly ugly snowman.
Here is what you’ll need to get started!
Nice, wet snow. The fine, powdery stuff doesn’t stick together well, but you don’t want it to be too icy, either.
Odds and ends for the snowman features (carrot, buttons, sticks, etc.).
Don’t forget your snow boots and gloves. Even if it’s warm enough that you don’t need a hat or even a coat, this is hard work!
A bunch of hardworking, cute kids.
A couple strong men. You know, the kind that make that really ugly face while weight lifting at the gym. Ugly is as ugly does.
A relatively thin layer of snow with lots of sticks and leaves underneath. This will guarantee a super ugly snowman.
Determination to make it ridiculously big. The bigger, the uglier.
And finally, weather warm enough that you won’t lose sensation in your limbs before the project is done!
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Create a snowball and proceed to roll it around on the ground, collecting lots of sticks and leaves as you go. Don’t put too much pressure on your ball or it will collapse. Be careful to not go in a straight line for too long or your ball will become more like a square. You may need to pack extra snow into any holes or edges that are created. Avoid pushing downhill until you are ready to construct your snowman. You don’t want to push that sucker back uphill again. You’ll probably need some help rolling as it gets larger, especially if you are one of the aforementioned cute kids as opposed to one of the burly men.
Step 2: Repeat the first snowball technique 2 or 3 more times depending on how tall you want your snowman to be. Make all of the snowballs roughly the same size to add some extra ugly factor.
Step 3: Make really ugly faces as the snowman parts get too heavy to push.
Step 4: Roll your snowman parts to a level spot to begin construction! Ideally, you will find a shady place so your snowman lasts longer if temperatures are likely to be above freezing any time soon, but definitely take into consideration how many people will get to enjoy the monstrosity you are creating.
Step 5: Stack ’em up! For stability’s sake, you’ll want the snowman parts to get progressively larger the higher you go, but again, we’re going for ugly, so don’t feel like you need to make perfectly round body parts and head.
Be sure to level off the top of each snowball so the next piece doesn’t roll off.
These snowman parts will hopefully be way too heavy for one person to lift. The bigger the snowman, the better!
This is where your two strong men get to show off.
Or in our case, they get to show off their intelligence as they bring in a ladder and plywood to create a ramp for the heavy load.
As a side note, make sure to pay your photographer or she might take a water break right as you are doing the most impressive work. Oops!
This is also where the ugly faces really get to shine.
Step 6: Each time you add another body part, pack some extra snow in there, but don’t smooth it out or remove too many sticks and leaves because…well…ugly.
Step 7: Add some personality! We went with what we had! Some cheap sunglasses, a carrot, sidewalk chalk, sticks and our ugly snowman was complete! We created a 9 foot beast!
Get creative! There is no one right way to build an ugly snowman!
If you loved this snowman blog, keep an eye out for sledding pictures and the snowball fight that followed the ugly snowman fun!