Asked on Jul 03, 2013

Teeny Tiny Little Gnome Home & Garden!

by Sfg178760
I'm in the process of making tiny gnome home and garden!
The garden is already there in an old top of a birdbath that is just on the ground at the place we rent in VT. I think I need to clean the garden up. But shall I add more moss? And I am thinking about making a teeny tiny twig bench...what do you think? Or any other suggestions for the garden? ALSO...this is what I have so far on the Gnome Home. What do you think. I was just going to make it out of wood, but then decided to go twig and now I think the front looks a bit odd. What do you think if I add twigs around the window and door? Or should I just cover the whole front with twigs. If I do do I make a door and window? I have 37 days to finish it all for the cutest most adorable little twin gnome nieces ever that are going to visit!
q teeny tiny little gnome home garden, gardening, The not done gnome home in the not done gnome garden
The not-done gnome home in the not-done gnome garden!
q teeny tiny little gnome home garden, gardening, Close up of Gnome Home as is
Close up of Gnome Home as is!
  51 answers
  • TJ TJ on Jul 03, 2013
    I love your little twig house. Did you make it?

  • Sfg178760 Sfg178760 on Jul 03, 2013
    Yes...see above explanation for the details...and please answer any of my questions! o)

  • Virginia A Virginia A on Jul 05, 2013
    You might leave it without a door, then a toad might move in. I like lots of moss in my fairy gardens but you can use low-growing ground covers too. I have clips about fairy gardens (here on Hometalk)

  • Rhonda Rhonda on Jul 05, 2013
    I would add a small amount of trim around the door and window....or maybe some rhinestones to make a sparkle!

  • Brenda De Lair Brenda De Lair on Jul 05, 2013
    I am making a fairy garden for my youngest grandaughters, and I think I will probably make a few more because it is so much fun! I hunt around a garage sales for little chachkas and the $ stores have wonderful little bags of pebbles and glass stones that would work. I love your idea of the bench, and you might also like the look of a little arbour or even a fence. I would do a little more with the front of the house. The idea of trim is a good one, but maybe something different than the twigs i.e. popsicle sticks or even grape fine which would be good for the door and an arbour. In terms of planting, moss looks wonderful to double for grass, and I have also incorporated some tiny sedum, hens and chickens, and some other drought resistant ground covers. I even found the tiniest little baby yew in my garden and it is now in with the fairies. Most importantly, have fun! Be careful though, you might get hooked like I did..

  • Elaine Jungling Elaine Jungling on Jul 05, 2013
    do you have a blog? i want to begin one too and i thought we might share ideas back and forth

  • Sfg178760 Sfg178760 on Jul 05, 2013
    I have two blogs! One was started when my husband I lived in Honduras for a year...but it is more about our lives and photography now! !! The other is for my arts / crafts / design ideas, how tos and interests! ! Love to share!!!

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Jul 05, 2013
    My sweetie has been doing fairy stuff for years I am the "chief engineer" when it come to the "build"...she does the "decorations"

  • Brenda Barton Brenda Barton on Jul 05, 2013
    I think a piece of wood, door size, and glue or wire twine or small tiny twigs across or down would look super. Love to see your finished project

  • Vicky Hudson Williams Vicky Hudson Williams on Jul 05, 2013
    I would cover the entire front with twigs, leaving only the space for door and window. I also think you should cut out the door, but outline them both with twigs.

  • Marcia Hron Marcia Hron on Jul 05, 2013
    Love the little "paths" to the houses . . . sweet!

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim Tanya Peterson Felsheim on Jul 05, 2013
    @My Gnome Little World I like your idea of the twig bench! Anything made out of small material! If you add moss you might find the stuff that is all dry already and has fallen out of trees (we get huge amounts out of our oak tree. So is the gnone home a block of wood? I love the top part of it without the block of wood...would it stay together? I'd love to see you remove that block if you can and then (or if not) with twigs build in the window and the door part with twigs. Just use twine maybe to make the door attach so It opens and closes? I think making a twig frame for door and window then filling in with twigs would work good enough to complete the door and window. Then if the block in the middle is covered with twigs will look all right. I agree there are pea gravels that are sooo cute! You might use something like that in place of the bigger stones....If you were to do that then you could make the bigger stones more like fences to a yard? Another friend of mine just went looking through her house for thing she could add to her fairy garden that she could turn an old metal cup into a little play house etc. Looked around her yard found old odd little rocks that looked like things, and twigs that already looked like other things.. Good luck and have fun...Kids imaginations go crazy so if kids are involved at all they might enjoy helping you figure it out!

  • Alicia Gagnon Alicia Gagnon on Jul 05, 2013
    How about looking for a little something for a birdbath.....or twig swing then fill in with a little more moss...

  • Gayle Valverde Gayle Valverde on Jul 05, 2013
    You can make fencing out of Popsicle sticks & don't forget some Fairy Dust (glitter). A gnome or two might also look neat. Some small silk flowers popped in here & there could add color. :)

  • Julia Douglas Julia Douglas on Jul 05, 2013
    I made a miniature scene a few years ago by using a "barn" part of a nativity scene that I bought at a thrift store for 25 cents. I also found some of the itty bitty clay pots (quarter sized) at JoAnn's and set them around the barn with soil in them. The best part of my display was the miniature Hostas I found at many of the garden centers.

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim Tanya Peterson Felsheim on Jul 05, 2013
    Oh and toothpicks! I can see tooth picks making small areas.... @My Gnome Little World

  • Barbara I Barbara I on Jul 05, 2013
    I have bought small birdhouses and then I turned them into Fairy Houses. You could put your sticks on the outside of the birdhouse. You can find the birdhouses in different sizes and shapes, I have painted and staged them with moss and flowers.

  • Judith Lund Judith Lund on Jul 05, 2013
    How about using some nut shells and colored pasta and I think more moss would be very nice

  • Irene Irene on Jul 05, 2013
    I love your fairy house. I think it would be cute to make the door out of twigs and then on the back side put on twig going from corner to corner. Tie the door to the house with some twine and leave the door open. You could make a twig table and put something tiny like a coke bottle cap and put glue in it and then some tiny artificial flowers in it for a vase. One or two twig chairs and you would have a cute scene inside the house. I like the idea of a bench. If you look around in a nursery or H.D. or Lowes you can find cute little plants that only grow 3 or 4 inches tall that could double as bushes or maybe a tree. It could easily be trimmed to keep the shape you want. There are ground covers that bloom and are very short that would add interest.

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim Tanya Peterson Felsheim on Jul 05, 2013
    @KMS Woodworks your stuff is amazing! Not sure I would be able to put that much into a small fairy garden! Also wondering @My Gnome Little World if you want this to last longer than one summer? My friend said she didn't expect hers to even make it beyond a month or so with her kids playing with it. I was thinking something that would last forever or at least a long time! She figures she will redo a fairy garden every year if her kids are in to it that time...odd for me...I make things and want them to last so I don't have to really do double the work! lol

  • Tamara Tamara on Jul 06, 2013
    Okay, do not give me a hard time for asking this question ... is this a serious/sincere inquiry? A legitimate request for guidance and opinions? Or, are any of you with me in thinking that this is a prank? The post is a joke, she is pulling our collective legs? I'm not buying it at all.

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim Tanya Peterson Felsheim on Jul 06, 2013
    Well I figure it was a good question whether a prank or not, might bring up some good discussions about the issue so all is not lost!

  • Sfg178760 Sfg178760 on Jul 06, 2013
    Tamara??????? You're funny! And do tell me why you think I am pulling your legs? Because my tiny (4" tall) is so great that it does not need any suggestions on how to make it better??? T be honest, I think hearing and seeing a bit about gnome homes is a nice change than always helping peeps with what color should they put on their walls! o) Now, Tamara can you help me pick a color for the inside walls of my gnome home?

  • Judy Johnson Wilson Judy Johnson Wilson on Jul 06, 2013
    Haha Tamara Goldstein, you made me laugh, ty for that. Some people take their gnome and or fairy house very seriously. Its the child inside us coming out into our gardens. Its always good to be young at heart, and this is one way to have adult fun. Plus you have to admit it adds "interest" to the garden.

  • Barb Rosen Barb Rosen on Jul 06, 2013
    It might need a few fairies too, here's a post I did on making them from materials gathered in your yard,

  • Tamara Tamara on Jul 07, 2013
    Okay, I guess I am "odd" man out here. I honestly thought this was a prank post. So, people actually create homes for gnomes? I apologize, I had no idea. I won't elaborate as I have a tendency to be, shall we say, blunt? And, I don't want to offend. Suffice to say it isn't my cup of tea. I really did think it was humor.

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim Tanya Peterson Felsheim on Jul 07, 2013
    @Tamara Goldstein there is a whole new fun genre of making little fairy homes or gnome homes probably from a combination of Robin HOod and the hobit! hehe. Some very simple, some extremely elaborate ...have fun looking at this search site

  • Sfg178760 Sfg178760 on Jul 08, 2013
    Hey everyone! Rock on Fairy and Gnome Home Makers! o) This is my first...and who knows maybe my last...but I never knew my questions would produce so many great comments and a bit of controversy! o)

  • Keri Keri on Jul 08, 2013
    My fairy garden keeps growing and growing. Moss is my favorite plant to utilize. I think you should definitely cover the front with twigs and maybe just cut out the door and window.or gluesome stones and cut the cut the cardboard out.

  • Sfg178760 Sfg178760 on Jul 08, 2013
    Hi! To all those that have suggested cutting out the door OR getting rid of the block of wood! That will not happen! ;o) The block of wood was my inspiration and everything is glued to it! And cutting a door out of it is basically impossible as it is not even 2" by 1" in size! o) I started this project because of the birdbath on the ground came like his on the side of our rented house! AND for my 8 year old twin nieces are coming for a visit! So, if it is not perfect in the eyes of REAL tiny home makers...I am okay with it as I know my nieces will love it in any form! BUT I think I will add tiny sticks around the windows and doors. I will add some moss to the roof as well. And I will be sure to add some moss around the gnome garden and probably a twig bench! And that is about it as I have other projects to do that will hopefully bring me money! o) See my Blog for such projects!

  • Bee Bee on Jul 09, 2013
    I love your imagination with this! I am in the process of making my first fairy garden. I am having fun doing it. My hubby doesn't understand any of it...LOL he does not have an imaginative mind. Has never been able to see my ideas all done until they are. Then he says wow...I would never have thought of that. So I think we who make these genome or fairy gardens are special people. My 7 grandchildren love the way I think. We have so much fun sitting around the firepit telling stories. My granddaughter (only girl) is helping me from another state. When she comes to visit next mth we will add her little house & whatever else she has made

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim Tanya Peterson Felsheim on Jul 09, 2013
    Well sounds like there is no way to remove the block of wood @My Gnome Little World but I think if you really are gluing to it, you could glue more sticks to it, just use some little sticks to make a surround for a fake window and a fake door! But however it turns out can't wait to see it!

  • Sfg178760 Sfg178760 on Jul 09, 2013
    Someone suggested shells above...and just remembered I have tons! Last year we lived across the street from the beach in FL...thanks goodness I hoarded some! I think some shells into the garden or even for the pathway instead of the white rocks! This tiny gnome home lives in VT...not a very beachy place, but everyone loves the shell...right??? Speaking of this...I think I will go finish up the house! And work on the garden today too...but honestly I have to go sneaking and grab some great moss covering from spots around town to finish things up (no worries just a teeny bit that no one will miss ;o). May have to go on an after dark walk this eve! o) Shhhhhh! It has rained so much this summer...the moss ground cover is EVERY where...except in my yard! o)

  • Brenda De Lair Brenda De Lair on Jul 10, 2013
    Make sure you let us see the finished product.

  • Sfg178760 Sfg178760 on Jul 10, 2013
    Hey you guys! Look what I found at Michael's today for only .79!!! Me thinks it looks like a great base for ANOTHER gnome home! I will somehow cut the hole to be a doorway and then cover in moss??? Which I also bought today! Sticks again? Straw? Who knows. AND THIS IS HOW IT STARTS...

  • Brenda De Lair Brenda De Lair on Jul 11, 2013
    Oh nooooo! You've got the bug lol. Your plan sounds great. You could cut off the perch and use some rocks as stairs at the bottom of the hole or even just bury the bottom of the bird house. Your gnome will have a sunken living room. Posh!

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim Tanya Peterson Felsheim on Jul 11, 2013
    @My Gnome Little World that is an awesome friends' house to your basic one! I love the twigs you using though so I might even glue to the sticks to the roof to give them the same effect!

  • Sfg178760 Sfg178760 on Jul 11, 2013
    I just cut the door out...shhhh...don't tell my husband as I used one of our good knives. I will just suggest all our knives get sharpened! o) I will cover it with something for sure...I like the houses being made of bits and pieces from nature (not that the wood is not natural...but you know what I mean ;o).

  • Sfg178760 Sfg178760 on Jul 11, 2013
    Supposed to be making a leather rug...but am so distracted with this gnome home thing! o)

  • Lgsmith Lgsmith on Jul 11, 2013
    Please show us the finished garden, Sooooo interested in the process.

  • Donna Donna on Jul 11, 2013
    I would get some of those glass stones in blue and make a little creek also. Needs more of a walkway and some color.

  • Sfg178760 Sfg178760 on Jul 11, 2013
    Will do...either here or in my finished projects! But have to finish it first! Need to work on things that pay first! o)

  • Sfg178760 Sfg178760 on Jul 12, 2013
    DONE DONE DONE! AND THERE IS NOTHING LIKE GNOME HOME! Will post my blog post on it here in the next couple of days!

  • Lgsmith Lgsmith on Jul 12, 2013
    Waiting, breathless lol lol

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim Tanya Peterson Felsheim on Jul 12, 2013
    ok waiting with bated breath! lol

  • Sfg178760 Sfg178760 on Jul 14, 2013
    HERE IS IT!!! GNOMLANDIA: The blog post has photos of all that I made, and photos of how I made most of it! Thanks for all the support, comments, and gnome home love...even you Tamara Goldstein !

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim Tanya Peterson Felsheim on Jul 14, 2013
    That's where I'd live if I were a fairy! But I can walk through wood so don't have to worry about the wood blocks! really turned out great with the moss and all!

  • Sfg178760 Sfg178760 on Jul 14, 2013
    Ha! Watchhing True Blood now...those fairies could bundle up their power and knock a hole in the wood! And you could live in the other one...if your fairy self does not have such powers! o)

  • Lgsmith Lgsmith on Jul 15, 2013
    Wonderful, wonderful..... Truly a lovely place and I would really love to live there.