I had a board in the basement that looked about the right size. I used a jigsaw to cut the end of the board to resemble a gnome hat.
DIY Garden Gnome
I never thought twice about the garden gnome craze but when I needed to decorate my yard during the stay at home order, suddenly making one from scrap wood was a great idea!
If you don't have a jigsaw you can just cut a triangle for the hat. I used painter's tape to separate the hat from the body of the gnome and painted the hat red and the body dark grey using craft paint.
I used a 1" wooden ball knob and glued and nailed it to the board for a nose. You can also use the end of a champagne cork.
When the grey and red paint dried I painted the beard and nose with craft paint. On the beard I let the brush strokes fade off to look like hair.
I used a stencil with a small pattern to create a wool design on the wooden hat.
When everything was dry I attached the gnome to a 1"x1" wooden stake and sprayed the project with a matte sealer for protection.
I stuck the adorable little gnome in a plant in my yard and he looks just adorable.
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