This fun farmhouse DIY craft is really easy–I mean, with the free template, this gnome string art came together so fast and looks so cool, it’s truly epic!
Gnome String Art
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love gnomes. Any which way they come–indoor, outdoor, silly, farmhouse, whatever. That touch of whimsy is everything I need sometimes. And crafting is such a great way to work out the nerves, well, gnome-making is my thing and I find it to be stress relief. That’s it. That’s what it is.
So, of course, when I thought I’d dabble my toes in making some string art, like this fun Baby Yoda string art, well, I knew that making gnome string art was in the cards for me. If you’re ready to make your very own little string art gnome, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make String Art Gnome
- Start by grabbing the free printable gnome string art template. It has markings for each nail, though you can certainly use fewer nails than I did. But, just remember that more nails will make for a more dense stringing, so by reducing the nails will create more gaps in the strings.
- When I initially set out to do this gnome string art, I tried to use a thin wood, because, for some reason, I thought it would be easier to nail and while that was definitely true, unfortunately, the the thin wood actually broke between each of the nails–so while I had an outline of a gnome, there were no nails. It was not pretty. So, choose a solid wood, about 1/4-inch thick at the minimum.
- I picked out a whole bunch of the exact colors of the embroidery thread I wanted, but then I fund out that it’s significantly cheaper to buy your embroidery thread in sets, like these. So, you might want to be smarter than me.
- I definitely recommend choosing to use a solid background for your gnome string art. It could be any color, really, just make sure that it looks good with the colors you select for your gnome’s shirt and hat. The white was right for me with the yellows and purples, so I used a white chalk paint for my wood, but you could really use anything.
How Do I Make this Gnome String Art?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- 1 14x14 inch Wood Blank (I used a cutting board style)
- 2-3 Bright Yellow Embroidery Thread Skeins
- 2-3 Off-White Embroidery Thread Skeins
- 1-2 Purple Embroidery Thread Skeins
- 1 Black Embroidery Thread Skein
- 1 Light Peach Embroidery Thread Skein
- 1 Bright Pink Embroidery Thread Skein
- 30-40 Finishing Nails
- Printable Template
- Painter's Tape
- Start by printing the template, then taping it to the wood square with the gnome centered as best as possible.
- Place nails, hammering them into to the wood about halfway, in each of the designated spots on the template. Then remove the template from the wood.
- Tie one end of the purple embroidery thread to one of the nails lining the body of the gnome, then start wrapping the purple thread around each of the nails, working across the body, excluding the beard and hands, criss-crossing your threads and building a layer of string in the whole body area. Once you have covered the whole body, tie the end of the purple embroidery thread off to a nail.
- Repeat stringing in the following order: each of the hands individually, beard, nose, hat, stick, white of sign, heart of sign, then add a black outline around each of the elements, to make the whole thing stand out more.
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