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Hello creative friends! I have to admit that my first thought when I discovered these unusual little figures that 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. 🙂
You don’t want to miss this. Watch it here! ▼▼▼
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Wood Block Gnomes – DIY Christmas Craft
First, 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. 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 wood block gnome, see the diagram below for the exact dimensions I used.
Product List For This Project
- 2X4 board (12 inches long) The triange body will be 10 inches once cut.
- Faux Fur Sheet (Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon)
- Wood Ball Knobs (for the nose)
- Chalk Mineral Paint (Cotton, Driftwood, Gravel Road)
- Sanding Block
- Craft Glue
- Craft Knife
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 body of the gnome is important and you want to get these measurements right or else you’ll have an even funnier looking wood block gnome if that’s possible. Divide your wood block into thirds in your head. The bottom third will be the body of your gnome. Paint that area all the way around the triangle.
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
The faux fur should always be cut 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 Finished DIY Wood Block Gnomes
They look like Si from Ducky Dynasty! 🤣🤣🤣 But, oh so cute! 🤣
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