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DIY Log Snowman Tutorial

DIY Log Snowman
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Here's a rustic snowman you are going to enjoy creating. No worries about any holiday meltdowns. What's not to love about that?

A country style log snowman is the perfect winter and holiday d├ęcor for your home, cabin, or cottage. Why not make some to sell or give as holiday gifts?

All you need are a few short sections of logs with the bark still attached. Making a snowman is as simple as selecting some logs of different diameters that can be stacked. Your snowman can be as large or small as you desire. The best part of this DIY project is coming up with your own creative themes.

Perhaps your snowmen won't be men at all. Designing a group of log snow people can make for some really fun times. Go crazy if you're feeling like it. Express your wacky sense of humor if you have one. Of course, it's perfectly okay to build a traditional snowman if you enjoy a more classic look. Let's get started!

Getting Started

Time required: 2-3 Hours

Difficulty: easy

Cost: $5-15

Materials:

  • 3 Short Sections of Logs Per Snowman
  • 1 Thin Slice of Log for Hat Rim
  • 1 Short Section of Small Log or Large Branch for Hat
  • 3-4 Thin Slices of Small Branch for Buttons
  • 1 Scarf
  • Pine Cones, Berries, and Ribbon for Hatband
  • 1 Twig for Nose
  • White Paint
  • Orange Paint (optional: for nose)
  • Red Paint (for buttons)
  • Wood Screws
  • Paint Brush
  • Wood Glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Floral Wire (optional)

Tools:

  • Chainsaw or Hand Saw
  • Palm Sander (optional)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Screwdriver
  • Scissors
  • Staple Gun (optional)
  • Hot Glue Gun (optional)
  • Drill

Instructions:

  1. Acquire logs with bark still attached. You will need short sections of logs with different diameters (3-4 different widths).
  2. Brush off the logs to remove loose dirt or debris. If smooth edges are desired, use a sander to round over the top edges of the three sections of logs that will be used for the body of the snowman.
  3. Apply a light coat of white exterior paint to the bark on the outside of the logs (and the top of the logs). Set aside to dry. When the paint is dry, stack the three body sections. If additional stability is desired, you may wish to drill a hole in the center of each log section for the insertion of a few inches of dowel rod (or you could use rebar if you are stacking a tall snowman).
  4. Using a saw, cut a thin slice of the log to make the rim of the hat. The size of log you choose will depend on the diameter of the head of your snowman (top section of log). You will want the rim of the hat to be slightly larger than the head. Next, cut a narrower section (not as wide as the rim) of the branch to serve as the top of the hat. It can be short, or tall, and straight, or crooked. Round off the top edges of the hat with a sander if you want a finished edge. Use 2-3 wood screws to secure hat to rim (from underneath).
  5. Using a saw, cut 2-3 thin slices of circles from a branch (for the buttons). Drill a small hole in the center of the buttons so they won't split when you insert the screws. Paint the buttons and allow to dry. Use a wood screw to attach buttons to log.
  6. Find a twig to use as the nose of your snowman. Use as is or whittle into a carrot shape. Paint if desired, or leave natural. Drill a hole and insert twig nose on snowman's face. If you are using charcoal or small pieces of charred wood for the eyes and mouth, it is easy to attach these pieces by drilling shallow holes and then using some wood glue to hold the pieces in place. Allow glue to set.
  7. If desired, find some skinny branches to use as arms. Drill holes where arms will be attached and insert branches. Mittens can be draped on the ends of the branches.
  8. Finish hat by stapling a ribbon around the log just above the rim. Use wire or hot glue to attach pine cones, berries, or other natural decorations. You can use wood screws to attach the hat to the body of the snowman if you think it is necessary (or a dowel).

I think it would be fun to make a group of snow people, and/or snow animals, using a skiing, lumberjack, penguin, reindeer, bears, or North Pole theme (with elves). I would love to hear your ideas. What do you imagine?

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Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

What a totally awesome craft! I absolutely love the snowmen and what perfect fun


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Craftymarie 3 years ago

Fantastic log snowmen. I've not seen this type of craft before but it looks like 'snow' much fun!


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Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

I'd definitely need to do a North Pole theme with ELVES. :-) What a darling idea for an outdoor decoration. Years ago we had to take down a tree on our property that had been struck by lightning and split half-way from top to middle. If we'd had this tutorial then, that tree would have been perfect for log snowmen. Instead, we sawed it up for fireplace wood!


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Nancy Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Oh, just make an entire snow village! The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker, etc. This is one of the cutest crafts I've seen in a long time. Great idea!


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Brite-Ideas 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

So simple yet so effective! what a wonderful craft to include for those who enjoy holiday crafting projects - great idea for a classroom as well


Awhimsicalworld 3 years ago

I just love them , very well done, added to one of my Pinterest boards for when the time comes to make some :)


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sousababy 3 years ago

This is fabulous - one could add to the collection every year. It'd be a nice holiday tradition for the kids to get involved with. Pinned.


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ecogranny 2 years ago from San Francisco

This is such a great idea! I can see using small logs for a mantel or centerpiece arrangement of snow people and critters. At the same time, I'm imagining taking advantage of the odd tree stump and adding more large logs outdoors. Maybe snow-people carolers. You come up with the most amazing ideas.


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esmonaco 2 years ago from Lakewood New York

What a neat project to do with my grandson, He's going to want to build a whole family. Thanks


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Pam Irie 2 years ago from Land of Aloha

Oh wow! These snowmen are incredible. When I first saw the picture I imagined them as small mantle sized guys. I didn't realize we were talking about real logs here. LOL These are fantastic!!!


anonymous 2 years ago

cool. at least the logs won't look boring now


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Pam Irie 2 years ago from Land of Aloha

YAY! Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!!! So well deserved! YAY!!!


lidiyahuong 2 years ago

wow! Interesting!


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DANCING COWGIRL 2 years ago from Texas

LOTD. Yeeeeee Hawwwww. That's great!


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winter aconite 2 years ago

love it, what a great idea!!!!!


lidiyahuong 2 years ago

cool, wow! I like the snowmen


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RoadMonkey 2 years ago

I love this idea! We have some logs lying around the garden, left over from some wood chopping and there are always plenty of pine cones in the street from a neighbour's fir tree! Some of our logs have been used as rustic bed ends (flower beds, that is) and some left on end to use as seats, so the wooden snowmen would fit right in.


getmoreinfo 2 years ago

This is so cute I love the DIY projects for the holidays.


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Erin Mellor 2 years ago from Europe

What a cute idea. It's unseasonably warm here so these would at least give me a little feel of festive snow and my MiL has just had some trees cut down. I'll give it a go and try not to hurt myself in the process.


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esmonaco 2 years ago from Lakewood New York

Just back to to say congratulations on LOTD, Well deserved...


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Dressage Husband 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Someone has an artistic streak! They look great and what a lot of fun to make! Great LOTD!


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@anonymous: That's right. No boring logs, unless you count the holes we bore for the decorations. ;-)


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@Erin Mellor: We don't want any bloodshed! I know you can do it without loss of limb. :-)


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@RoadMonkey: Oh yes... these snowmen want to live there with you. Sounds perfect.


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Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

Stopping back by this terrific tutorial to congratulate you on LotD. Well done and very deserving of this award.


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@Wednesday-Elf: Thank you, Pat. Sure appreciated... both of your visits and your support.


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@esmonaco: Thanks, Sam! Your visits always mean so much to me.


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@Pam Irie: Thank you so much, Pam. You are appreciated!


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@Pam Irie: These are healthy sized snowmen. They've been eating their Wheaties. :-)


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Virginia Allain 2 years ago from Central Florida

Delightful snowman. I love it.


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@esmonaco: I hope you do help your grandson extend your family this Christmas with a few new snow relatives. :-)


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@ecogranny: Love your idea for the snow carolers, Kate.


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@sousababy: Thanks, Rose. Appreciate the pin.


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@Awhimsicalworld: Thanks for your "Pinterest" in this project, Lynn. :-)


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@Wednesday-Elf: I think your logs would have preferred being snowmen over being burned to ashes!


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@Nancy Hardin: A snow village would be perfect, Nancy. Lovely idea.


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@Dressage Husband: I'm always pretty enthusiastic with a chainsaw in my hands. :-) Thank you!


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@getmoreinfo: It just wouldn't be the holidays without a little DIY to spruce things up a bit. (Pun intended.) ;-)


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@lidiyahuong: Thank you!


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@winter aconite: Appreciated!


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@DANCING COWGIRL: Love that Texas enthusiasm. :-)


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@Brite-Ideas: As a teacher, I sure could see students loving this project. Just don't hand them any chainsaws!


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@Craftymarie: Snow doubt they are snow much fun to make. :-)


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@Sylvestermouse: Thanks, Mouse!


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@lidiyahuong: Thank you!


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@Virginia Allain: Many thanks, Virginia.


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Merrci 2 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

This does like fun to do. Love the idea of making big or little ones! Congrat on LotD!


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@Merrci: They can be anything you want them to be. Also, they can go inside the house, too. My cats would rejoice in having some new snow friends to climb all over! I'm afraid they would become a scratching post. Mine will stay outdoors for now.


tonyleather 2 years ago

Interesting idea for a snowman! Thanks!


ShelbyLinMarie 2 years ago

It would be fun to make a whole family of deer to use as year around yard decorations. They can always be decorated for the holidays. Thanks for the ideas.


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Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Snowmen are my choice of Christmas decorations. I have so many of them. I wish that I had the time to make a log snowman, but will pin your lens and make a few for next year. What a great tutorial. Congrats on your lens as being chosen for LOTD!


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Sylvestermouse 2 years ago from United States

Simply had to stop back by and say congratulations on LOTD! Awesome!!!


GrammieOlivia 2 years ago

What a great idea, I love it! Congratulations on LoTD!


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bhandelman87 2 years ago

I've never thought of doing snowmen like this, but as a child I used to make a new reindeer every year. A great holiday activity.


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BarbaraCasey 2 years ago from St. Petersburg, Florida

One of the best tutorials I've seen... congratulations on LOTD!


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jen17 lm 2 years ago

These snowmen are really cute, great idea!


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SheGetsCreative 2 years ago from Seattle, WA

Adorable. Pinned.


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ComfortsOfHome 2 years ago

These snowman look so much better than most of the winter decorations in the stores, and look like they'd be a lot of fun to make too.


Ruthi 2 years ago

Oh my goodness, I cannot wait to share your log snowmen with my family! I come from a family of "tree people" as I call us - we have a family tree service business, several generations strong! Why none of us has ever thought of such a splendid seasonal display, I must wonder!


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LiteraryMind 2 years ago from Connecticut, USA

These are great. Something that will last for years and years and simple to do.


DebW07 2 years ago

I absolutely love snowmen and these are some of the most unusual that I've seen.


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DawnRae64 2 years ago from Maryland, USA

Congrats on your LOTD!!! :)


ColettaTeske 2 years ago

These are too cool. We don't get snow here, so these would be an awesome yard decoration. Thank you for the great idea!


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BunnyFabulous 2 years ago from Central Florida

These are adorable! I could see these outside a shop to welcome people in during Christmastime/winter. If I had easy access to logs, I'd be up for making something like this.


suzzycue 2 years ago

I agree these snowmen are adorable!


willatin 2 years ago

great ides, It's a bit late for this year, but I will give it a try next year


SteveKaye 2 years ago

Amazing idea. Congratulations on receiving the LOTD.

People could make small "snow" figures using branches. Then they could put these on tables, shelves, and anywhere.


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Mickie Gee 2 years ago

I just LOVE this project. My husband is handy with a saw and really enjoys helping me. I can foresee a huge log snowman family growing and growing. I bet my grandchildren would love to have their own log snowman to decorate to look like themselves!


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@Mickie Gee: That would be such fun to let the "grands" make their twins. Very creative. Excellent project for your hubby and the kids.


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@SteveKaye: Absolutely. Miniature stick figures could be easily made and displayed. I like the way you think, Steve.


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@BunnyFabulous: Perfect for a business decoration. The first time I saw these log snowmen, they were the greeters for a Christmas shop.


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@DawnRae64: Thank you, my friend. :-)


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@DebW07: I do like that these snowmen are not same old, same old.


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@LiteraryMind: Absolutely... unless someone gets inspired to use them for a bonfire!


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@Ruthi: These would be a great "calling card" for the family tree business. Nice way to advertise the service with a festive flair.


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@ComfortsOfHome: I'm glad you appreciate these snowman decorations. Thank you!


anonymous 2 years ago

Very cool project. Congratulations on getting LotD!


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Joy Neasley 2 years ago from Nashville, TN

These are sooooo adorable. Congratulatons...Lot

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CampingmanNW 2 years ago

Excellent. I like it a lot (as usual) your lens is very worthy of the LOTD> Congrats.


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favored 2 years ago from USA

What a fun idea for a craft. So cute. Giving it a tweet.


sybil watson 2 years ago

What a darling project! I would do a little snow people elementary school with a school marm and a few students.


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RuthieDenise 2 years ago

I love these log snowmen. We have some oak logs and I showed this to my husband and I am hoping we can fix one up. Thanks for sharing.


aredey 2 years ago

@tonyleather: Good creative way


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mel-kav 2 years ago

I absolutely love these snowmen! How cute!


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OhMe 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

I love your Log Snowman! Congrats on LOTD and thanks for the great tutorial.


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kislanyk 2 years ago from Cyprus

Wonderful tutorial - belated contrats on your LOTD - well deserved!


DebMartin 2 years ago

Oh, I LOVE these guys.


happynutritionist 2 years ago

These are wonderful, yes, a polar bear maybe? I appreciate all the helpful lists and resource suggestions for the project and congratulate you (late) on your LOTD!


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@happynutritionist: Oh, yes! A polar bear would be just perfect. Love your idea, Claudia. :-)


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@DebMartin: And I love that you LOVE them. :-)


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@kislanyk: Thank you, my friend. Appreciated!


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@sybil watson: Now that would be great fun... little "kinderloggers." ;-)


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@favored: Sure appreciate your visit and Tweet. Thank you!


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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Author

@CampingmanNW: You are always such a wonderful supporter. I never take it for granted. Thank you!


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lesliesinclair 2 years ago

Terrific idea for a group project, and they could be dressed up differently as the seasons change.


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MrAusAdventure 2 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

These are awesome! Particularly for those of us who cannot ever build a snowman due to there being no snow in sight even in winter for a very long way.


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smine27 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

These are probably the best-looking DIY snowmen I've ever seen. I would probably buy these if I saw them at the store. You are extremely talented and creative.


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sierradawn lm 2 years ago

These guys are just too adorable for words! Such a creative idea! I am just going to have to make me some! I have seen rustic log reindeer before but never snowmen. Bet the log reindeer would look cute in a group with some of these snowmen! Your instructions are so clear, concise, and user friendly!

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