The tradition of heading out to make a Christmas snowman doesn’t particularly suit Australian summers. However, it’s easy to create your own version by making yours from tree rounds. You’ll need to get your hands on a few different sized pieces – ask your local tree feller, or a timber supplier who sells firewood, and have them cut your rounds to the dimensions you want. Dress your snowman in a scarf to add to the festive feel, and position him in the garden or on the deck. And he’s not just for Christmas – this Mr Frosty will hang around all year long.
Gather your supplies
• Rounds cut from tree trunk
• 10mm smooth reo-bar
• Short thick tree branch
• Thin branches and twigs
You’ll also need
Handsaw; drill; 10mm drill bit; spade bit; hacksaw
Note: You’ll need sections of different diameters to make up body parts and head. You’ll also need a thinner round for the rim of top hat.
Saw a flat surface on base of largest round. Drill a hole in top of round and in base of medium round.
Cut reo-bar to suitable lengths using hacksaw. Insert into largest round and stack medium round on top.
Drill hole in top of medium round and base of small round. Insert reo-bar into medium round and stack small round on top.
Drill hole through thinnest round for rim of hat, and in base of branch for top hat. Drill hole in top of small round, insert reo-bar and stack hat rounds on top.
Bore shallow holes using spade bit for eyes and nose. Cut thin branches into suitable lengths and insert into holes. Repeat for button holes.
For arms, drill holes into sides of body and insert twigs. Position in yard and dress with a scarf.