Make Easy Plaster Gnomes with Latex Molds | No-Fail Gnome Project

I decided to try my hand at plaster casting gnomes and I have to say making these plaster gnomes with latex molds was a blast!

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I love how easy it was to make the DIY plaster gnomes from latex molds, the easiest DIY garden gnomes ever.

Plaster Gnomes with Latex Molds

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love making something new and different all the time. And when I saw some adorable plaster gnomes – and then ran across a latex mold to make something similar, I knew what I had to do. So, I grabbed the mold and learned how to make plaster gnomes with latex molds.


So crazy easy, this is a no-fail gnome project that anyone can do with limited ability. Just dive right in and you’ll see just how easy it is to make gnomes from plaster – so let’s get started.

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Tips to Make DIY Garden Gnomes

  • Start by grabbing the latex molds for the gnomes you want to make. I used:
  • If you plan to display your gnomes outside or in a window with direct sunlight, I definitely recommend sealing them with a UV sealant like this here. This particular sealant will keep the color from fading and you won’t have to redo them.
  • If you choose to make several gnomes with this method, take care to allow them to cure completely before painting them. If you paint them too early, the paint will trap some of the moisture in the plaster and make them brittle. So, just let them dry, per the directions on your specific plaster.
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How Do I Make this Plaster Gnomes with Latex Molds?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making an easy crafts playlist on YouTube, here is our plaster gnomes video tutorial.

Yield: 3 Plaster Gnomes

Plaster Gnomes from Latex Molds

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You are going to love this no-fail gnome project. Grab a mold, add plaster and paint the adorable gnomes. These plaster gnomes from latex molds are surprisingly easy.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $10


  • Plaster (any craft plaster)
  • Water
  • Paint (acrylic or spray paint)
  • UV Sealant



  1. Inspect your latex mold to make sure there is no lint inside or any holes to patch, then test-fit your mold into a cup to make sure it will fit.
  2. Cut a piece of cardboard large enough to cover the opening of your cup or jar, with a hole in the center of the cardboard that is wide enough for the gnome part of the mold to fit through it. Fit the cardboard onto the mold then fit the mold into the designated cup or jar.
  3. Mix a batch of your plaster. Mine was a 2-to-1, plaster to water mixture. Mix well until the plaster is like a soupy pancake mix. Take care to fold more than stir in order to keep the number of bubbles reduced.
  4. Fill your mold almost full, but not completely full, then gently drop your mold, while covering the opening so that it doesn't splash out. This is intended to reduce the number of bubbles, so you might want to drop it a couple of times.
  5. Finish filling your mold and then add a little extra. Use the craft stick, moving it horizontally across the opening of the mold and scraping away the excess plaster, to make a flat bottom on your gnome.
  6. Allow the plaster to set per the directions on your plaster packaging, then remove the latex mold. Allow the plaster to cure per the plaster packaging before proceeding.
  7. Once fully cured, paint your gnomes as desired. Be sure to paint two coats to ensure adequate cover, and I like to paint the bare plaster on the beards with a coat of white, to make sure that the color really pops. Allow the paint to dry fully.
  8. Add a coat of UV sealant to the gnomes then display! photo collage tutorial of how to make plaster gnomes from latex molds


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  1. Was able to get on to your website and look at your new way to make gnomes out of plaster. Would be nice for porch or flower beds. For me personally, I like the ones made with fabrics and bits and pieces of natural odds and ends. They are cute any way you find them.

    Thanks for the heads up on your website address change.

    See you there.

  2. Love,Love,Love… So Cute and doable. Will have to order both molds and let the fun begin. Thanks.