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 the perfect 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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Now Featured in Holiday Crafts 2021!
Friends, I’m over the moon excited to tell you that this wood gnome DIY is now a feature in the 2021 Holiday Crafts Magazine from Better Homes and Gardens!
You all know how popular this holiday magazine is and I am so honored to have been included. Be sure to get your Holiday Crafts 2021 Magazine here (available 9/17/2021), on news stands, and wherever quality publications are sold.
Tips to Make Gnomes from Wood
- This tomte tutorial is so simple, it’s almost too easy. The only thing which is critical is the placement of the beard and nose… That’s it.
- 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.
- To make the noses, you could use wood beads. I didn’t have the right size, so I used polymer clay to hot glue to the wood. But wood beads like these would look great.
- 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.
- Decorating with Scandinavian gnomes is really easy. Just place your Scandinavian Christmas gnomes on your mantle or on a bookshelf with your other Christmas decorations. They add a touch of whimsy.
- 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 them how you want.
How Do I Make this Wood Block Gnomes?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. I didn’t record this one as a video, but let me know if you’d like to see it. I’d happily make another set of these guys.
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