Wood Block Gnomes – DIY Christmas Craft

Wood Block Gnomes - DIY Christmas Craft
Wood Block Gnomes - DIY Christmas Craft

Hello creative friends! I have to admit that when I discovered these unusual little figures, they were a bit creepy for my taste. Especially the garden variety. That was until I saw them being used as Farmhouse Christmas Decor. Game on! You know how I love my wood projects, so here is my spin on a DIY wood block gnome. I think you’ll agree this one is a lot cuter and not so scary. And I took some time to create a video tutorial of the process for you because I’m sweet that way. πŸ™‚


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Wood Block Gnomes – DIY Christmas Craft

First, I’m not afraid to admit that I found this piece of wood on the side of the road. SCORE! So, not only were these woodblock gnomes fun to make but super inexpensive. Also, being made out of 2X4s means, they are heavy enough to sit alone on a mantel. I like to salvage whenever you can, and I made these for less than $3 each. To cut the body of the woodblock gnome, see the diagram below for the exact dimensions I used.

Here's how I make a wood block gnome the simple way.  Check out the video tutorial on my blog for all the details so you can DIY too. They're simply adorable!
 I have to admit that the wood I used for this simple DIY project was found on the side of the road. SCORE! So, not only were these woodblock gnomes fun to make but super inexpensive. I like to salvage whenever you can and I made these for less than $3 each. To cut the body of the wood block gnome, see the diagram  for the exact dimensions I used.  Then head on over to my blog for a DIY video tutorial.

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Painting The Wood Block Gnome

Once you have your 2X4 cut in a cute little triangle… about 10 inches from top to bottom, it’s time to paint. Painting the gnome’s body is important, and you want to get these measurements right, or else you’ll have an even funnier-looking woodblock gnome if that’s possible. Divide your woodblock into thirds in your head. The bottom third will be the body of your gnome. Paint that area all the way around the triangle.

When creating a DIY wood block gnome, face placement is everything. Learn everything you need to to know by watching the full video tutorial on how to make these and others just like it. Easiest DIY craft you'll ever make.

Now, for the face. Paint the upper part (the hat) but leave about 1-inch space for the face. This wood will be left unfinished on the face unless you want to stain your wood before painting. It’s your gnome; get creative. For this project, I’m keeping a natural wood look to go with my farmhouse Christmas decor. It also matches perfectly with the unfinished wood ball knobs that will be used for the nose. Once the paint is dry, give it a good sanding to add distressing if you like. I likey!

Cutting The Faux Fur

Aways cut the faux fur from the backside. Be sure to watch the video tutorial on how to cut out the beard, mustache, and eyebrows for your wood block gnome. It’s just easier that way, and I wanted to make sure you understood about cutting the fur. Scroll back up if you missed the ☝ VIDEO ☝

The eyebrows on this DIY wood block gnome were cut from faux fur to match the beard. So Stinking CUTE! I can't wait to sit him on my Christmas mantel.

The Finished DIY Wood Block Gnomes

They look like Si from Ducky Dynasty! 🀣🀣🀣 But, oh so cute! 🀣

Make these cute Farmhouse wood block gnomes with a 2 X 4, paint and some faux fur. Simple DIY craft that anyone can do. Fun gift idea.
My farmhouse decor never looked better with these whimsical DIY wood block gnomes. Learn how you too can make these adorable little trolls to add to your Christmas decorating. I made a video tutorial just for you!

How do they look? These wood block gnomes are about as adorable as they can get. I really love the natural wood with the paint and that subtle but whimsical feel. These little trolls took me literally 15 minutes each to make. Well, that’s depending on the dry time with paint. Always waiting on paint to dry. *insert eye roll

Thanks again for joining me today on another adventure with woodworking craft ideas. As long as my wood stash stays plentiful, you’ll be hearing from me again. I’m sure of that! Merry Christmas, everyone! LOVE and blessings.

Until the next project… xo, Do

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  • These made me smile!! I can almost hear them gigglin’ underneath all that there hair!!! Too cute and not scary at all! Thanks for sharing these gnomes!😍

  • Do, I couldn’t access the video. Didn’t see a link to it… Thanks!

  • I don’t think the video link is working for the fur cutting. I love your site and enjoy all your work!!
    Thank you so much for all that you do

  • Thank you, Tonka! Hmm… I just checked it and it works for me. There is an ad that runs just before the video starts. Try it again. πŸ™‚

  • Hi Karolyn, I just checked and the video is there. It’s not a link but an actual video. It’s at the top of the page. There is a short advertisement in the beginning. Maybe that’s why you missed it. PLease try again. πŸ™‚ I appreciate you.

  • Gnomes are too cute. Kids/grandkids would have fun with this project.

  • Hi Joanne! I agree! Maybe make these instead of Christmas cookies. πŸ™‚

  • Having difficulty cutting a triangle. What type of saw did you use as my saw does not cut that triangle perfectly. Thanks

  • Hi, Peggy! I hear you on that. It can be a challenge if you don’t have all the fancy saws. I used my circular saw but was careful to have help holding the boards when cutting the angles. Be careful! xo πŸ™‚

  • They do look like Si! Just too adorable! Thank you for another great idea and project Do. You are incredible!

  • I’m so glad you enjoyed them! They make me happy. I’m think I need to make them hats for Christmas. What do you think?

  • You have sooo given me and idea for my great nieces and nephews Christmas ornament this year. I have many wood triangles leftovers from the ornaments I made them two years ago.


  • I’m thinking you’ll see some happy little faces when they receive these ornaments! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Hmmm, I’m not sure why you’re having trouble. My apologies. I just checked it, and it’s working on my end.

  • These are so cool! Love that there’s so much to make out of scarp wood! You’re such a great crafter. πŸ₯°

  • Hi Kim, It’s working for me now. There may have been a glitch. Try it again. Sorry. πŸ™‚

  • I have tried watching the video 5 times. And each time there is a different video. Furniture. Jeans. Dresser. Brushes. Decoupage.
    Is there a different place to watch the fur cutting video by chance?

  • Hi Leah,
    The video tutorial is posted at the top of the blog post mark WATCH THE VIDEO TUTORIAL HERE. It’s a separate video. I went back and viewed it with no problems. I’m so sorry you’re having issues.

  • Hello,
    I cannot seem to watch the video either. The WATCH THE VIDEO TUTORIAL HERE isn’t a link for me.


  • I’m so sorry, Rachel. I went back in and it worked for me. Just a reminder that there is an advertisement that runs 10 seconds before the video starts and you’ll need to adjust the sound. I hope this helps. πŸ™‚

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