Using a pre-made gnome mold, you can make a plaster gnome ornament (or a set) quickly and easily. Whether painted or left white, you can make this Christmas craft to fit any decor.
I loved this easy craft so much that I ended up making quite a few of them and creating package tags, too. No one will know that you made these – they look so high end! Follow the full gnome ornament video tutorial or step by step written tutorial below.
Plaster Gnome Ornament Tutorial
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I have shared quite a few ways to make your own Christmas gnome ornaments (I will link a few below). This year, I wanted to challenge myself to recreate a set of high-end, 3-dimensional ornaments I saw once in Europe many years ago.
Because many of us aren’t sculptors (I am really, really not that talented), my plan was to hunt down and use a pre-made gnome mold. And guess what? After a few tries, I figured out what worked best and I couldn’t be happier with the result! If you’d like to make your own gnome ornaments, let’s get started.
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Tips for Making Plaster Christmas Ornaments
- I used this silicone gnome mold and was very impressed with the quality. I sent another one back because they were wafer thin and just flimsy, but this one was solid and the details came out perfect.
- The way in which you ‘mix up’ the plaster matters. I’ve been working with this stuff a while and will say that adding the powder to the water is the way to go. Place the water in the bowl and add the entire amount of plaster. Let it sit (no stirring) until most of the powder is absorbed and then fold the rest together slowly to avoid bubbles.
- Do not un-mold the plaster gnomes until they have fully set. Because of the mold I used, these were dry in no time at all.
- Please use a dust mask when working with plaster of Paris. You should have it on when you mix, un-mold, sand, and when you are cleaning up any excess powder.
- Be sure to scrape off any extras pieces from the back of the gnome ornaments so they can be securely adhered to the wood.
How Do I Make Plaster Gnome Ornaments?
I’m so glad you want to make these cute Christmas gnome ornaments. I had a lot of fun putting this set together and my daughter was even able to make and paint her own.
Below for the written and printed instructions. If you’re a visual learner, click here for the full, step by step DIY Plaster Gnome Ornaments video tutorial.
Additional Ways to Use These Gnomes
I am a firm believer in making things once and finding a ton of ways to use and repurpose them. Here are a few ways I am thinking of using this plaster gnome mold:
- make a gnome garland – Leave the keychain ring opening or glue a string to the back and you have a homemade garland.
- make wreath picks – These gnomes would be so cute in a wreath or vase; just add a skewer to the back.
- DIY earrings – I’m thinking a simple jump ring and a fish hook earring might just do it for those who like dangling earrings!
- create fondant gnomes – You could use colored fondant or food coloring to ‘paint’ white fondant pressed into the mold… Oh, you could add a toothpick before drying and oh my goodness, standing gnomes for the top of a cake or cupcakes!
More Gnome Crafts You Might Like
- Dimensional Christmas Gnome Ornaments – I know it sounds silly to use what I used, but let me tell you – these are downright cute.
- Farmhouse Yarn Gnome Ornaments – This is a quick and easy way to add a bit of the gnome trend into your decor (subtly).
- DIY Sock Gnome: Easy Santa Gnome – This one is a cutie and a keeper (and so, so easy).
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