Clay Pot Gnome Statue for the Garden – Too Cute and Easy!

I am so excited to have this clay pot gnome standing on my porch, greeting my guests this spring. This garden gnome is a perfect DIY for your yard or deck.

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Clay Pot Gnome

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I have more than just a little bit of an obsession with DIY gnomes. They’re just so cute! I mean, take these Valentines Gnomes, for example. They live in my daughter’s room year round on her shelf.

And this gnome fairy garden? I love having it on the windowsill in the kitchen. That’s why this clay pot gnome statue is getting a very prominent place on my front porch. Let’s get started.

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Tips to Make This Terra Cotta Pot Gnome

  • This clay pot gnome would look absolutely fantastic in a garden, lining your walkway, or decorating a porch. Basically, anywhere.
  • If you love forest whimsy as I do you,  this terra cotta pot gnome is guaranteed to bring so much joy, you’ll be giggling constantly.
  • Don’t be afraid to get creative with your paint colors if you’re planning to make multiples of this little garden gnome statue. Give the kids some paint pens and let them decorate him. 
  • If you’re making this as a gift, consider a custom gift tag or card. Use these Gnome Sayings and Gnome Puns for Any Occasion to make it easy.
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How Do I Make this Clay Pot Gnome?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making a garden gnome crafts playlist on YouTube, here is our clay pot gnome video tutorial.

Yield: 1 garden gnome

Clay Pot Gnome

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You can make this adorable clay pot gnome as a wonderful addition to any garden, porch display, or backyard.

Active Time 20 minutes
Drying Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  • 6” terra cotta pot
  • 4” terra cotta pot
  • 2” terra cotta pot
  • Craft paint
  • Black paint pen


  • Pencil
  • Paintbrushes (we had a brush and a foam brush)
  • Hot glue gun and sticks


  1. Paint the two smaller pots red with 2 coats of paint allowing them to dry between coats. While you final coat is drying you can get started on the body. two terra cotta clay pots on a grey background paint small clay pot gnome hat paint medium clay pot gnome hat on a grey background
  2. Lightly draw on a beard with a pencil until you are satisfied with the size and shape. If you want to give the garden gnome hair peeking out under the hat in the back go ahead and draw this in with the pencil too. how to draw a gnome beard on a clay pot
  3. Paint the rest of the pot with your desired color for his clothes. A foam brush is great for giving a clean edge along your penciled in lines. Let dry completely. paint gnome on clay pot on grey background
  4. Fill in your pencil sketched beard with white paint, you may need 2 or 3 coats of the white paint to cover well. paint gnome beard on clay planter on grey background
  5. Once your beard is dry carefully place the red pot on top and mark where it ends with a small pencil dot. Paint on a little round nose so that it peeks from under the pot or glue on a wooden bead. Use the bead if the gnome is protected from weather. how to glue clay pots together to make the clay pot gnome statue
  6. Add a belt using the black paint pen. Run it right above the bottom rim of the body pot and add the tips of 2 shoes along the rim.
  7. Run a bead of hot glue along the edge of the painted pot, and place the second largest on top. Press it down into the glue to keep it on securely. glue pots together to form garden gnome
  8. Finally, finish off your gnome secure the smallest pot to the top with hot to glue clay pots together to make the clay pot gnome statue


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More Garden Gnome Statue Ideas You Might Like

  • DIY Gnome Tutorials – If you truly like gnomes, visit this page… It’s all gnomes and NONE of them are holiday related (those are on our Christmas Gnomes page).
  • Easter Bunny Gnome – Looking to spruce up your spring porch? Look no further than this perfectly adorable gnome wearing an Easter Bunny costume! The hat is too cute.
  • Gnome Lavender Sachet – This quick craft will have all the drawers and closets smelling amazing. 
  • How to Paint a Christmas Gnome – This adorable guy all tangled up in Christmas lights is a fun craft to brighten up a rainy afternoon.

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