How to Make a Corncob Pipe for a Snowman


If you know the story of Frosty the Snowman, you know the features and adornments his builder outfitted him with: the magical hat, a button nose, coal for eyes and a corncob pipe. This construction has become a model for children making snowmen around the world. Don't go out and spend money on a corncob pipe, however, when you can easily make one at home. Because your snowman won't actually be smoking out of the pipe, you can use some household items to build a simple corncob pipe that can add personality to your snowman.

Things You'll Need

  • Corn cob
  • Kitchen knife
  • Newspaper
  • Pocket knife or paring knife
  • Plastic straw
  • Yellow or orange paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Cut a corn cob with a kitchen knife to measure between 5 and 6 inches long. Use a smaller knife to round out the bottom of the corn cob, so that it is shaped like a bowl.

  • From the flat end of the cob, carve out the center of the cob, until the hole is about two inches deep. Leave at least half an inch of circle around the top to form the rim of the pipe.

  • Set the corn cob on a piece of newspaper in a dry area of your home so that it dries completely.

  • Paint a plastic straw yellow or orange to match the corn cob you are using for your pipe. Allow the paint to dry completely; this can take a few hours, depending on the type of paint you used.

  • Insert the straw into the corn cob, about halfway between the rim and bowl-shaped base. Push the straw into the corn cob until it is securely in place.

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