DIY Garden Gnome

by Homeroad
2 Materials
1 Hour

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!

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.

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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  • Charmaine Charmaine on Dec 27, 2020

    I’m a child of the 60’s and I’ve never really liked garden gnomes, as a child they scared me. I was told that they were sneaky and that when you’re not looking they come to life and they do naughty things. The last couple of years (a friend of mine is from Denmark) and has told me of her love for gnomes and I’ve definitely changed my thoughts about garden gnomes thanks to her. 👍🏻

    I think your little guy is adorable and I like the fact that you can’t see his eyes. It’s the gnomes with the eyes showing that I don’t care for I still can’t shake ALL those childhood influences on gnomes.... but I’d put this lil guy in my garden!!

    Here’s a link to interesting info on gnomes:

    Thanks for posting!

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Dec 27, 2020

    Thanks so much for the info! I am also a child of the 60's but I don't really remember the garden gnomes. LOL I'm glad you like mine! Thanks again!