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Easy Farmhouse Gnome Porch Decorations from Logs

I can’t get over how fast this set of easy farmhouse gnome porch decorations from logs came together! They’re so simple, but truly make a statement at your door.

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Make this beautiful farmhouse gnome log set for your porch in minutes!

Farmhouse Gnome Porch Decorations

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are a little gnome-crazy. It’s like boy-crazy, but I squee over tiny gnomes.

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Aaaaanyway….so, I was in need of some fun gnomes to go on my porch because who doesn’t love a good outdoor Christmas decor idea, right?! So I came up with this fun and ridiculously easy gnome tutorial made from logs that I couldn’t be more proud of it! Let’s get started.

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Tips to Make DIY Log GNomes

  • If you have never cut craft fur before, or you have but just hated how it turned out, I have a little trade-secret for you. Just flip the fur over face-down and cut the back of the fabric only–with an Exacto knife or razor blade. I have a quick video tutorial here on how to cut faux fur correctly.
  • I made almost this whole DIY craft from scraps I had laying around. Check your stash to see if anything would work for the hat fabric or trim.
  • To make the beards that slightly chaotic controlled mess, I just finger-brushed until I got the shape I wanted. If you want an elegant beard, use a comb or slicker brush to shape the fur.
  • For those noses, use large wood beads or polymer clay rounds you can whip up in about 20 minutes.
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How Do I Make this Porch Decor Gnome?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making a DIY Christmas decor playlist on YouTube, here is our farmhouse gnome porch decor video tutorial.

Yield: 3 Adorable Log Gnomes

Farmhouse Gnome Porch Decor from Logs

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I love how much character each of these farmhouse gnome logs have. They're the perfect gnome for the entryway--and perfect farmhouse decor for the door!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3

Materials

  • 3 Logs, One Tall (15"), One Middle (11"), and One Short (8")
  • 3 Small Bells
  • 1/4 yard Buffalo Check Fabric
  • Mongolian Fur
  • Wood Beads or Clay Rounds for Gnome Noses
  • Scraps of White Fluffy Fabric (we used a fleece)

Tools

  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • Exacto Knife or Rasor Blade

Instructions

  1. Place the Mongolian fur face down on the table and sketch out a rounded triangle that would fit nicely on the top of the log. Cut this with the razor blade or exacto knife, cutting only the fabric, not the fur underneath. how to cut the fur for a log gnome
  2. Hot glue the fur onto the log, squarely in the center.
  3. Hot glue a nose into the center of each beard, about 1/2 inch below the meeting of the hat and beard.
  4. Cut three large triangles from the buffalo check fabric to form the hats. You will need 3 triangles, but just to be sure, test the first one and make sure it's the right size and shape for your logs. You want the base of the triangle to be wide enough to hang over the sides of the logs about 1 inch on each side. how to cut the hats for log gnomes
  5. Flip the hats right-side-down and hem the two long sides with a 1/4-inch fold-over. how to make a hem on the hat for log gnomes
  6. Hot glue the short edge of the buffalo check triangle squarely in the center of the log top, with the edges of the triangle hanging over equally and meeting up with the beard to cover the whole log top. Gluing on the nose and hat for a log gnome
  7. Hot glue both sides of the hat down on either side of the log, then continue to hot glue the sides down until the two sides of the hat will meet--then hot glue the sides together all the way to the tip. gluing the hat closed on the log gnome
  8. Cut three 1-inch wide strips of the fuzzy white fabric long enough to cover from one side of the hat to the other.
  9. Hot glue each strip of white fuzzy fabric onto the brim of the hat. glueing on the fluffy part of the hat for the log gnome
  10. Affix the bells in place on the tips of the hats.

Notes

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