Tomato Cage Halloween Gnome!

by Kelly-n-Tony
11 Materials
30 Minutes

I seem to have this thing about gnomes. And tomato cages give me some nice sized ones perfect for the porch or my fairy garden. This guy looks like a wizard to me, lol.

I made an easy one for Christmas last year HERE but oh wow, this Halloween one was even easier to do and took me less than 30 minutes to put together!

Gather your materials

All you need for each halloween gnome is:

  • a tomato cage (had it!)
  • black vinyl tablecloth from Dollar Tree
  • "creepy black cloth" from Dollar Tree
  • witch or wizards pointy hat from Dollar Tree
  • string mop from Dollar Tree
  • a potato for the nose (some people use pantyhose)
  • wire coat hanger to hang your potato on & attach the beard to
  • 1 or 2 zip ties to secure things
  • metal stakes or bricks so it won't topple in the wind (optional)
  • spider & web stuff from Dollar Tree (optional)
Zip tie it

Zip tie the 3 prongs of your tomato cage near the top.

Get your plastic tablecloth and...

Trim the tablecloth to the length you like. You want to poke the middle of it onto the 3 prongs you've zip tied so it hides the tomato cage.

Get your "creepy cloth"

Drape the black "creepy cloth" over the 3 prongs to hold it in place. Arrange it over the black tablecloth any way you like it.

Bend your wire hanger

Keep the hanger hook intact but bend the rest up and hang it from the 3 prongs of the tomato cage.

Attach the potato

Just poke the potato with the hanger hook and move it around so it hangs the way you want.

Dismantle the string mop

To dismantle your string mop from Dollar Tree unscrew the handle and set aside. The plastic piece came apart for me when I tried to slide some of the mop strings out- yay!

I have another project I'm using the handle for!

Attach the mop strings

Tie the mop strings onto the wire hanger and unwind each strand. Attach and arrange them so they lay beside and behind the potato nose.

When the beard is as full and long as you want move or trim any random pieces.

Put the hat on

It will sit there just fine when you pull it down.

Adjust the nose if needed

Now that the hat is on you may need to adjust the wire hanger holding the potato nose. Fix the nose so it rests just below the hat.

Add your spider or other final touches

I decided to attach the glitter spider (optional) to his black cloak so it would show up. But if your spider is black it might look best on his beard!

Side view

I like how easy and inexpensive it was. It cost me less then $5 to make and the only tool needed was scissors!

And here is my halloween gnome outdoors with other decorations.

I love hearing what others would you do differently so let me know!

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  • Leslie Leslie on Sep 03, 2022

    Hi Kelly, This gnome is one of the best I have seen and the green potato is the best for the nose lol, the little sprouts that grow from it will add to the creepiness LOL. Thank you for sharing your project.

    On an aside this is a warning. My ex was brought up in the McCain potato region of Canada and used to as a kid work the fields. I brought home potatoes from shopping and a few had green skins. He told me NEVER to eat them because of a toxin that is in the potato and he proceeded to discard them. Seeing them in the veggie bins is not as common as it once was but as you can see in the posts potato there are still some that slip by.

    "Although the green color itself is not harmful, it may indicate the presence of a toxin called solanine. Peeling green potatoes can help reduce solanine levels, but once a potato has turned green, it's best to throw it away."

    If you peel a green potato, you may notice the flesh isn't green. These potatoes are still not safe to eat. A good rule to follow is that if a potato tastes bitter at all, it should be thrown away.Jun 22, 2021

    Green Potatoes: Are They OK to Eat? - WebMD ;› ... › Reference

    • Shay Shay on Sep 05, 2022

      Thank you for the info!!

  • Doc's Mom Doc's Mom on Sep 03, 2022

    One of the BEST Halloween decorations I have seen! Your creativity is fantastic!