This Epic Gnome String Art is So Simple and Fun!

This fun farmhouse DIY craft is really easy. With the free template, this gnome string art came together so fast and looks so adorable!

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This gnome string art is so simple with this printable template–so fun too! I love it in my entryway and I’m definitely making more!

Gnome String Art

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love gnomes. And when my daughter wanted to try string art, what could be more perfect than putting together a whimsical little cutie like this?


If you like string art, be sure to check out the Baby Yoda string art we did, too. It was a fun afternoon for everyone. 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. Just remember that more nails will make for a more dense stringing, so by reducing the nails, it will create more gaps in the completed image.
  • 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. While that was definitely true, unfortunately the thin wood actually broke between each of the nails. Moral of the story – choose a solid wood, at least 1/4-inch thick.
  • I have learned it’s significantly cheaper to buy your embroidery thread in sets, like these.
  • I 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.
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How Do I Make this Gnome String Art?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.

Yield: 1 Easy Farmhouse Gnome String Art

Gnome String Art

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This easy gnome string art is so simple and fun to make--you'll be hanging it on the wall in no time. It's perfect for the entryway, bathroom or wherever!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3


  • 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


  • Hammer
  • Painter's Tape


  1. Start by printing the template, then taping it to the wood square with the gnome centered as best as possible.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. photo collage tutorial of how to make a gnome string art


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