14 Incredible Ice and Snow Sculptures
One of the most enjoyable aspects of cold weather is the ability to play in the snow. Whatever your age, there’s an inherent joy found in creating a snowman or snow fort. And exploring a creative take on this classic winter activity is even better.
Here are fourteen chilly projects sure to inspire your winter creativity. Almost all of them are by DIY sculptors, and there’s sure to be something here that matches your artistic flair, no matter what your skill level.
Expanding simple shapes into large snow sculptures is a fun way to make something that’s eye-catching without being intricate. In this case, the sculptor helped bring the flames to life with color. And to do this to your own sculptures, just dilute food coloring in water and apply with a brush or spray bottle.
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Show Your Team Colors
In this sculpt, the dark areas are slightly colored, but the cutaways are primarily darkened by shadow. And the orange on the mane looks to be painted cardboard or foam core, another easy way to add some color to your winter sculpts.
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Get Loose with your Designs
These cartoon-inspired robots may put you in the mood of futuristic gadgets. But their simple, fun shapes don’t require perfect symmetry or lavish attention to detail. So get out there and start moving some snow!
Quantity over Quality
In this photo, shapes simple enough to be created by sculptors of any age add up to something surprising. (And a little intimidating, if you’re the neighbor they’re all staring at.)
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Of course, sometimes your snow sculpture will inspire other projects. So if you recreate the sculpture in this photo, you may end up wanting to build a dog house for your own pet when you’re done.
Photo: Courtesy of Sumikko Mofu
Make it Pop with Color
A little bit of color can go a long way on the predominately white canvas of snow, just like a vibrant front door can make a house stand apart from the crowd.
Photo: Courtesy of Miguel Valenzuela
Kid-sized snow sculptures also have the advantage of being relatively small. So they’re not that time-consuming to build and don’t require a full blizzard of snow in order to create them.
Snow forts are great fun, a kind of tree house on the ground. But just be sure that there’s not too much snow overhead. Eventually, all such forts and snow sculptures melt, and you don’t want any kids inside when that happens. So safety first, and then let your imagination fly!
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Use Practical Light
Look over your property for outdoor lights, trees or anything else that you might be able to use to your advantage when planning your snow sculptures.
Think Outside the Box
As an aside, notice the exposed ground around the snowman. There was just enough snow to create the sculpture. Vertical shapes like this mailbox also act as a kind of armature, letting you build higher than you might otherwise be able to. And to conserve snow, which can be handy if there wasn’t a heavy snowfall. Also, fence posts and trees are some more great building bases to get the most out of your snow season.
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Use Some Ice at the Party
The big advantage of ice work is that it lasts longer than snow sculptures, and the ice can be transported. So the next time someone asks you to bring some ice to the party, exceed their expectations!
With no right or wrong way to make an abstract sculpture, these are great projects for the whole family, even those who might be too self-conscious to get involved with a more traditional design. After you create a few of these sculptures, you’ll find sometimes their real beauty emerges or changes as the original design melts, revealing more intricate shapes and shadows in the sunlight.
Let Nature do the Sculpting
In this photo, even the texture of the snow looks like fur, and the end result is a polar bear that looks like it would be at home in most toy rooms, as well as out on the polar ice flows.
So whether you just happen to be walking through the woods, or you’re planning which trees will need to be pruned come springtime, stop and take a minute to create a little art on your way. You’ll be glad you did!