It took me a while but I finally figured out how to make a simple and fun DIY garden gnome to add to my veggie garden!
DIY Garden Gnome
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we have an unhealthy obsession with both gnomes and gardening this spring. I mean, what’s better than green, fresh blooms and a little dude peeking between the leaves?! So, although it took me a bit to figure out the best way to go about it, I made this fun and easy DIY garden gnome!
It’s a hand-sculpted cement garden gnome, so each gnome you make will be unique and definitely all yours. And it’s quick to work-up and very forgiving. If you’re ready to make a DIY garden gnome for yourself, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make this Cement Garden Gnome
- I made the mistake initially of just grabbing some concrete off the shelf at my local home improvement store. It was…not a good result. Lumpy and, frankly, not worth sharing except as a mistake. However, after a bit of research and testing, I found this outdoor mosaic cement here that is fantastic for making your own DIY garden gnome.
- My favorite thing about this gnome is that it’s not 100lbs. He’s hefty, don’t get me wrong, but he’s not going to be impossible to move around my garden. I did this by getting creative with a big filler inside – a pickle jar! And the hat shape I built the base for is aluminum foil, so also lightweight.
- My paints were all hand-mixed colors that suited me. But I used outdoor acrylic paint like this, in an effort to keep me from having to re-paint this project again each season.
How Do I Make this DIY Garden Gnome?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re a visual learner, watch the full tutorial for a DIY garden gnome with concrete here.
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- Butterfly Gnome in a Wheelbarrow – One of my absolute favorite patterns I’ve made recently, there’s just something about a gnome with a butterfly!
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