December in the Southern Hemisphere is hot as Hades, so the chance of us having a white Christmas is zero to nothing. Unless it hails of course 😉 Even our Winter’s are mild. On the rare occasion when icy flakes fall from the sky, it’s a huge thing. Shops close and everyone jumps in their cars and rushes off to play in the snow and freeze their tootsies off. It’s chaos. And while we’ll probably never have a white Christmas, that doesn’t mean we can’t do snowy things like build an African snowman.

When you live in the Southern Hemisphere there's zero to nothing chance of getting snow in December, but that doesn't mean you can't build an African snowman. We'll show you how

Isn’t he just the cutest thing ever? Even without his hat.

When you live in the Southern Hemisphere there's zero to nothing chance of getting snow in December, but that doesn't mean you can't build an African snowman. We'll show you how

He’s quick and easy to make, and perfect for our climate. Plus he’s a great conversation starter when we have a braai 😉 All righty, before I show how we put our Africa snowman together, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a post!

What You Need

To make Olaf’s African cousin we used the following:

  • Three different sized  faux topiary balls (small, medium and large)
  • Two extra large wiggly eyes
  • Small branches
  • Top hat

You’ll also need some kind of base to mount your snowman on. I used a broken lamp, which I’m assuming not everyone has lying around. As an alternative you can insert a metal rod or thread bar into a scrap piece of wood.

How to build an African snowman - full tutorial on the blog

Making An African Snowman

This is one of those “blink and you’ll miss it” tutorials. Slide the large topiary ball onto the broken lamp/thread bar.

Add the biggest topiary ball to the bottom

Add the second biggest ball on top. Grab two twigs and insert them on either side to make some arms.

Add a medium sized topiary ball and stick arms

Glue those extra large wiggly eyes onto the smallest faux ball.

Glue on the large wiggly eyes

Slide the small topiary on.

Add the small ball head

Squish on a twiggy nose.

Insert a stick nose

And finally make him a top hat using an empty tin can and some craft foam.

A Top Hat for an African Snowman

If you prefer you could also buy one of those little hats from the toy store or add a wig.

Craft foam top hat and feather

Once you’re done give Olaf’s cousin a big fat kiss, before moving your African snowman to his new home next to the pool 😉

When you live in the Southern Hemisphere there's zero to nothing chance of getting snow in December, but that doesn't mean you can't build an African snowman. We'll show you how

Hi, I'm Olaf's cousin and I like warm hugs too. Click to Tweet

I don’t think our little guy is going to melt anytime soon 😉 What do you think?

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When you live in the Southern Hemisphere there's zero to nothing chance of getting snow in December, but that doesn't mean you can't build an African snowman. We'll show you how

I hope you enjoyed a little sneak peak into how we spend Christmas in South Africa and I’d love to hear how you celebrate in your part of the world. If you’d like to make one and don’t want to go to all that trouble of finding the materials to make your own African snowman, I’ve got you covered 😉 Disclosure: If you click on the links below, we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us come up with more crafty things to share with you 😉

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So here’s wishing everyone a beautiful, safe and loving festive season. Thank you for popping in for a visit. 

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