I may have a small gnome obsession, but if having this gnome sweet gnome porch sign is wrong, I don’t wanna be right. Because this gnome sign and free gnome SVG is so cute I could squee.
Gnome Sweet Gnome Porch Sign
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we have made so many gnomes, I am afraid to count. They’re just so fun, though. It’s like relaxation, creativity and a little bit of giggle got mixed together and out came these gnomes. Plus, gnomes make great gifts. But, I’m keeping this gnome sweet gnome porch sign.
I just love being greeted by these three little grumpy gnomes on the gnome sign every time I get to the driveway. A reason to smile when you get home is priceless. If you’re ready to make a whimsical sign for the porch, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make a Gnome Sign
- Click here to get the free printable gnome porch sign pattern. Of course, you can certainly make this adorable Gnome Sweet Gnome Porch Sign, but it’ll be a ton easier if you have a pattern.
- Click here to get the free SVG for the gnome sweet gnome sign the gnomes are holding. Only if you want them to have the sign saying that, though. If you don’t want your gnome sign for the porch to say ‘gnome sweet gnome’ then you can make one–it’s easy!
- I made the cuts on the wood with my scroll saw, but you could use a jig saw or a hand saw. It’s not as hard as it looks. Just go really slowly when you’re making the turns. And, remember, if you break a piece off, that’s not a tragedy (I actually did break the tip off my biggest gnome). All you have to do is glue it back on. Glue is magic.
How Do I Make this Gnome Sweet Gnome Porch Sign?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- Scroll Saw or Jigsaw
- Sand Paper
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
- First, start by making your gnome noses by combining your white and light brown polymer clay, working it until the color is consistent throughout.
- Break the polymer clay into 3 equal-sized portions.
- Roll these portions of light brown polymer clay into 3 neat balls.
- Bake the gnome noses in the oven per the directions on your polymer clay packaging. Allow to cool completely before handling.
- Trim 9-12-inches from one end of each fence panel. Make sure to keep one fence panel long, one short and one somewhere between. Set the cutoff pieces aside but do not discard, as we will need them later on.
- Using the template (or making your own template, if you wish), trace the gnome hat shapes onto one end of each of the shortened fence panels.
- With your saw, cut out each gnome hat shape.
- Sand each gnome hat shape and the body of each gnome.
- Stain all three gnomes with the grey wood stain.
- Allow stain to dry fully. Set aside.
- With the cutoffs from earlier, trim them all to be the same length (I cut mine to all be 12-inches).
- Sand all of the cutoffs.
- Stain all of the cutoffs with the Cognac wood stain.
- Allow stain to dry fully.
- With the gnomes facing stained-side-up, line them up however you wish them to stand on your porch. Meaning, you need to line up the bottoms and line up the sides so it's all nice and neat.
- Hot glue the cognac-stained cutoff pieces onto the front of the fence panels lined-up neatly. This will hold the gnomes together but will also be the sign that they're 'holding'. Make sure this is about 1/3 or 1/2 way down the gnomes, as you want to have plenty of room for their beards.
- Using the template you used to cut out the fence panels, trace that shape onto the buffalo check fabric, with an additional 1/2-inch extra on each side to wrap around the wood.
- Cut out three beards from the Mongolian Fur the length you desire for each gnome, about 1/8-inch wider than the fence panels (so that the beards touch on the middle and wrap around a little on the outside edges.
- Cut out three small rectangles of the Mongolian Fur for mustaches, parting the fur in the middle and finger-brushing it to each side to make the shape of mustache you want.
- Glue the beard to each fence panel, just above where the hat shape on the wood begins.
- Affix the noses to the tops of the beards.
- Hot glue the mustaches on under the noses.
- Glue the buffalo check fabric hats onto the gnomes, wrapping the fabric around the edges and wrinkling the hat on the nose and gluing that in place.
- Print the 'gnome sweet gnome' SVG and affix, as desired. I used heat transfer vinyl because it was on sale at my local craft store.
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