How to Make Your Own Snowshoes

How to Make Your Own Snowshoes
Knowing how to make your own snowshoes can come in handy when are stranded and have to cross a landscape of deep snow. But snowshoes are just not survival tools. They can be a fun recreational activity allowing you to explore hard-to-access places in the winter. Almost everything you need to make a snowshoe can be found in the wild.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Paracord, string or tent fly Knife Live branches (must bend well)
  • Paracord, string or tent fly
  • Knife
  • Live branches (must bend well)
Step 1
Bend two thin, flexible branches into tear-drop shapes. Tie the ends to hold their shape.
Step 2
Lay a branch across the middle of the snowshoe outline. Tie each end of the branch to the frame using an "X" pattern.
Step 3
Lay three cross pieces onto the snowshoe perpendicular to the middle branch. Tie these the same way, adding a third connection where the cross pieces meet the center branch.
Step 4
Insert smaller branches into the snowshoe by weaving through the cross pieces, similar to how a wicker basket is put together. These pieces do not need to be tied.
Step 5
Place your foot (wearing a boot) on the top side of the snowshoe. Cut an appropriate length of cord to use as a binding and tie it to both sides of a cross piece where it fits over your foot. The hold should be snug.

Tips & Warnings

If building a snowshoe at home you can use a strong wood glue or epoxy to fasten the branches.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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