DIY Wooden Garden Gnome

I never thought twice about the garden gnome craze but when I needed to decorate my yard during the stay at home order, suddenly making one from scrap wood was a great idea!

Garden gnome in a planter

I had a board in the basement that looked about the right size. 

I cut one end of it with the jigsaw to resemble the pointed hat of a gnome. 

No jigsaw? 

You can cut an easy triangle hat.

wooden board cut with a pointed top

I used painter's tape to separate the hat from the body of the gnome and painted the hat red and the body dark grey using craft paint

I had a 1" wooden ball knob in my craft supplies that I nailed and wood glued to the board for a nose. 

The balls with a flat side work best. 

painted board with a wooden ball for a nose

When the grey and red paint dried I painted the beard and the nose with white craft paint. 

On the beard I let the brush strokes fade off at the bottom to look like real hair. 

Painted beard on a wooden garden gnome

Next I used a stencil with a small pattern to stencil a design and create the look of a wool hat on this gnome. 

When everything was dry I attached the gnome to a 1" x 1" wooden stake and sprayed it with a matte sealer for protection

Garden gnome sitting in planter in front of shutter

I stuck him in a plant in my yard and he just looks adorable! 

And no, it is not your imagination he would make a great Santa for the holidays!! 


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Garden gnome in planter in yard

This was such an easy project and looks so cute, I think I may have become a garden gnome fan! 

I also may be making these for the craft fair in November! 

Planter with plants and painted garden gnome

wooden garden gnome stake in planter pin

I can see why people fall in love with these little guys, I am definitely going to need to make a few more! 


Planter with green plants and garden gnome

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .