This mini mushroom gnome tutorial is made in just a few minutes, baked then he’s ready to commune with nature in his nekkidness!
Mini Mushroom Gnome
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we have been super jealous of all the fabulous gnomes made with Dollar Tree mushrooms and I just couldn’t help but be inspired. I’d really like to attribute the original creator, but I can’t find them (so if you know who it is, please comment below or send me an email – I really would like to link to them). But the thing is, even without knowing who started the trend, I couldn’t wait to share my little mini mushroom gnome with his big-ole booty and a surprise under his beard!
He’s probably the most “nekkid” gnome I’ve ever made and, frankly, he looks like he’s enjoying it. If you’re ready to make a little gnome mushroom who revels in his, erhm, connection with nature, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make a Gnome Mushroom
- The easiest thing to do is to start with one of the little ceramic gnomes from the Dollar Tree. But, if you can’t find them (because sometimes that happens) you can grab a set of three here. They’re perfect for this kind of craft and just cute as a button, with or without the gnome addition!
- I detest working with hard clay, so I like to work with soft polymer clay like this, so it doesn’t tire my hands out. That’s a double positive, because then it makes it super easy to sculpt fine lines like the heiney split and the mushroom stalk texture into the clay.
- Normally, I’d talk about cutting faux fur by flipping it over on the table with the fur-side down and cutting the fabric backing only and using a craft knife or razor to cut your bead shape. This is the way of things, but the honest truth is, I’m too excited about this tutorial to get into it too much, so let’s just roll on! If this isn’t enough of an explanation, check out my quick video on how to cut faux fur to get it explained in detail.
How Do I Make this Mini Mushroom Gnome?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making an easy DIY gnome playlist on YouTube, here is our mini mushroom gnome video tutorial.
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Craft Knife or Razor Blade
- Work a half-quarter-sized ball of beige polymer clay into a neat ball, then cut it in half with the craft knife to make a nose. Set aside.
- Work a 2 tbsp portion of beige clay into a large 1/2-inch thick round about 2-inches wide. I formed this into a rough bottom shape (large "u" shape smashed together in the center) just to see if I liked the general butt shape.
- Press this thick round of clay to one side of the ceramic gnome. Mold the top 1/4-inch and each 1/8-inch of the remaining three sides into a smooth transition with the side of the mushroom. If the general shape of the gnome butt doesn't stick out enough for you, add more polymer clay and smooth the edges together neatly.
- Use the non-brush end of the paintbrush to add light vertical lines along the buttocks and back to make a matching texture to the ceramic mushroom. Use the brush end of the paintbrush to brush the clay clean. I have also heard that alcohol can be used on the paintbrush to make the clay even smoother.
- Work the non-brush end of your paintbrush into the center of the mound in a 1/8-inch deep trench to make a butt-crack. Use the brush end of the paintbrush to brush the clay clean. I have also heard that alcohol can be used on the paintbrush to make the clay even smoother.
- Using two equal sized portions about the size of two quarter, form an "L" shape with a cylinder on one stick of the "L" and the other stick of the "L" shape into a rounded-over rectangle about 1-inch long, longer and thicker on one end (slightly) than the other.
- Make the cylinder into a a little ankle bump-out and round the bend in the "L" shape into a heel by rolling the smaller end of the rectangle a little on one side and pulling it outward on the other.
- With your craft knife, cut 5 slots into the toe side of the foot, about 1/4 inch into the foot shape to form the toes. Using your finger, or paintbrush, or a flat-sided tool, round over the edges of each toe. Ensure you like the size of your gnome foot then repeat to make the second foot.
- Attach the legs to the bottom of the mushroom about 1-inch apart, on the opposite side from the butt. Smooth the ankle-clay into the ceramic mushroom body to join the two pieces.
- Add more polymer clay in thin sheets around the entirety of the ceramic mushroom, working it into the ceramic on the sides and front of the gnome, smoothing it down to make the texture all similar. Use the non-brush end of the paintbrush to add light vertical lines along the sides and front to make a matching texture to the ceramic mushroom. Use the brush end of the paintbrush to brush the clay clean. I have also heard that alcohol can be used on the paintbrush to make the clay even smoother.
- Make the fig leaf by tearing off a super small, dime-sized piece of dark green clay and mashing it between your fingers to make a very thin, roughly triangle-shape. Add texture by bending the two sides of the triangle down and pulling the center of the bottom of the triangle out and pinching it to be a stem. Place this fig leaf neatly between the legs.
- Based on the package directions, bake your assembled gnome and the nose you set aside in the first step.
- Allow the gnome to cool completely, then cut out the beard shape, about 1-inches tall by 2-inches wide from the faux fur by turning the fur over and cutting only the fabric with the craft knife. Hot glue the beard to the body just under the mushroom cap, splitting the fur to let the feet poke out.
- Hot glue the nose in place just under the mushroom, by splitting the faux fur at the top of the beard between where the feet poke out, and gluing the nose to the fabric backing of the fur.
- Hot glue the butterfly to the top of the gnome, off-center and just off the tip. Then pop this gnome in a tiered tray and enjoy!
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