- Study the weather forecast. The best days for snowman building are ones that start out sunny but get shady and cold at dusk. "Hope for a nice day followed by a cold snap," Medalie says.
- Don't spend your time rolling balls. Instead, shovel big piles of snow into a pyramid then chisel away. "Successful snow sculptures are all about subtraction," Medalie says. "Look at the Italian Renaissance artists. They started with a large slab of marble then chipped away at it."
- Make a base for your snowman. A small, raised, rectangular-shaped snow mound works well. "Don't just start building the snowman on the ground."
- Use your hands. They make excellent sculpting tools. "When you take your gloves off, the warmth of your fingers can melt snow into form,"Medalie says.
- Add water. When you're finished, spray the snowman down with a layer of water. It helps prolong your snowman's life expectancy and gives it a little shine. "The next day, it kind of glistens," Medalie says.
- Take photos of your creation. The problem with snow art is that, "when it melts — and it inevitably will — you're always a little heartbroken."
How to Build a Snowman
12:00 AM EST
November 30, 2010