If you’re looking for the world’s easiest gnome project, you have to check out these wood block gnomes. They’re ridiculously simple, but so cute, they’re perfect farmhouse decor for the holidays!
Wood Block Gnomes
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love gnomes. If every surface in the house was covered in gnomes, there would be no shame. None. And making these latest nisse is no exception. I could have a million of them and I would not flinch. I’m sure it’s some form of crazy-cat-lady-syndrome, but it’s gnomes and they’re cute, so whatever. LOL!
These wood gnomes are really perfect, though. They’re easy and fun, and really unique. They’re heavy enough to sit on the mantle, and definitely bring some whimsy to my holiday decor.
Plus, they’re just so darn easy! Did I say that? Oh, well, they are. About 10 minutes and you’ve got 3 adorable gnomes–and you just have to wait for the paint to dry. If you’re ready to make some wooden gnomes for your mantle, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make Gnomes from Wood
- This tomte tutorial is so simple, it’s almost too easy. Like, I really tried to make it more complicated, just so I had more things to say. But, that didn’t work out. So, I’ll just tell it like it is. LOL!
- Rather than hitting my craft store this time, I popped over to the home improvement store and grabbed a single 2×4. You could make this with a thinner wood, but the 2×4 really gives it a nice base to stand on, so there’s that.
- To make the noses, you could absolutely use wood beads. I just ran out, so I used polymer clay to hot glue to the wood. But wood beads like these would rock.
- When you’re cutting the wood for these DIY Christmas gnomes, you should measure from the middle of the wood. Otherwise, your hat will be off-center and the whole gnome will be off-kilter. Take it from someone who didn’t think to do that the very first time.
- Decorating with Scandinavian gnomes is really easy. Just place your Scandinavian Christmas gnomes on your mantle with your other Christmas decorations. And that’s it. They just add a touch of whimsy to all those staid and perfect ornaments.
- You can paint your gnome hats whatever color you want. I was going for a more farmhouse style with a distressed look and muted colors. But if you want a red cap on each one, do it. They’re your gnomes. Make ’em how you want.
How Do I Make this Wood Block Gnomes?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- Polymer Clay in Light Brown and White
- Paint in Orange, Brown, Green and Grey
- Light Grey Wood Stain
- Mongolian Fur
- 1 2x4
- Paint Brushes
- Paper Towel
- Sand Paper
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Exacto Knife
- You'll want to start by making your gnome noses. Do do this, you'll take a small portion of light brown clay and a a little larger portion of white clay and work them together.
- Break this into three varying sized neat balls, the sizes you want the noes of the gnomes to be.
- Bake those per the directions on your clay's package. Allow to cool completely.
- Cut the 2x4 into one 8-inch long section, one 12-inch long section, and finally a 16 inch section. Discard the remainder or use it on another project.
- Mark the center of each of your blocks of wood.
- Cut a 15-degree angle from the center of the wood all the way to the edge, flip and repeat. I found this easiest to do with my chop-saw. But this can be done with a hand saw, skill saw or jig saw.
- Sand all faces and edges of each of the three triangle blocks.
- Paint the bottom 1/3 one color on each block. Allow to dry
- Paint the top 1/3 a contrasting color on each block. Allow to dry.
- Sand all surfaces and make it look distressed.
- Add a very light dry-brush coat of light grey wood stain to each painted surface of each block, staying clear of the center 1/3 section that is unpainted. Using the paper towel, remove as much excess stain as you can. Allow stain to dry completely.
- Sand all surfaces again.
- Cut a rough triangle to cover the front of each block out of mongolian fur, using the exacto knife only on the back side of the fur, being careful to only cut the fabric.
- Cut 9 very tiny rectangles of mongolian fur. Brush the fur on 6 of them to one side to make eyebrows; on the remaining 3, split the fur and brush to each side to form a mustache.
- Hot glue the beards onto the front side of each gnome.
- Affix the mustaches and eyebrows to each gnome face.
- Hot glue a nose to each gnome.
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