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DIY Gnome : Tutorial

DIY Gnome Tutorial

After a semi-failed attempt at making the toy duck from The Nightmare Before Christmas, I ended up with a ton of spare clay.  Time for some Christmas crafts — a christmas gnome!

DIY Gnome Tutorial

Ingredients:

  • clay
  • paint
  • furry stuffed animal for the beard (e.g. from a thrift store)
  • scissors
  • glue

Let’s do it!

Step 1: Make your gnome from clay

Start with three balls of clay — two big, one small.  If you want ears on your diy gnome, it would be two big, and three small.

Clay Christmas Gnome Ornament

Make one of the big balls (har har) into a cone, for the hat.

Clay Christmas Gnome Ornament

Put the cone onto the other big ball, with a little lip at one side (where the nose will go).

Garden Gnome DIY

Shape the small ball into a nose.  You can make it any shape—long, round, or even with nostrils. Nestle it underneath the hat lip.

Gnome DIY

Garden Gnome DIY

If you’re going to add ears (with two extra small balls), do it now.  Here are a few we made.  The one with a pipe was a bad plan—the pipe broke off in like two seconds.

Gnome tutorial

Once they are all dry, paint them over with white acrylic paint as a base layer.

Gnome tutorial

Give them some color!  Classically, garden gnomes have red hats, but do what you want obviously.

Diy garden gnome: DIY Gnome

Diy garden gnome: DIY Gnome

Diy garden gnome: DIY Gnome

Now for the gory part (it seems that many of my DIYs turn out gory, e.g. zombie teddy, Halloween Photoshop).

Grab your stuffed animal….and gut him.  You want to get strips of his hair, still attached to the “skin” (blergg).

DIY gnome tutorial

How to make a christmas ornament gnome

Cut them into heart shapes if you want beards, and mustaches shapes if you want mustaches (dur).

How to make a christmas ornament gnome

Glue them to your little gnomes, and that’s it for the DIY gnome tutorial!

DIY Garden Gnome Tutorial

DIY Garden Gnome Tutorial

DIY Garden Gnome Tutorial

DIY Gnome Tutorial

DIY Gnome Tutorial

If you want to make them into a Christmas ornament gnome, just glue some string onto the back, or hook it onto their little hat, and you’re good to go!

Comments 6

    1. Lucy Post
      Author

      Thanks Martha!
      You know, I don’t entirely know–we bought it from an art store in Italy, and it was not packaged. It dried without going in the oven though. 😛

  1. These little guy;s came out real cute,they be cute in fairy garden at Christmas time,Thank’s for showing how make them,have good year…

    1. Lucy Post
      Author
  2. Thanks for the diy, very easy to follow, had made 10 before I knew it, need to paint and find stuffed animal. Thanks again.

    1. Lucy Post
      Author

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