How to Make a Garden Gnome Home from Scrap Wood
Making a cute little home for a garden gnome is a fun woodworking project that can be done with scrap pieces of wood. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make one:
Gather Tools and Materials
To make the gnome home, you will need:
- Wood scraps – pine, cedar, redwood or other weather-resistant woods work best. Scraps should be at least 1/2 inch thick.
- Saw – a hand saw, miter saw or table saw to cut the wood.
- Sandpaper – coarse and fine grit to smooth the wood.
- Wood glue
- Paint and paintbrushes – acrylic craft paints work well. You’ll need red, yellow, blue and green.
- Roofing materials – sheet moss, wood shingles, bark or other textured materials to use as a roof.
- Decorations – sticks, pebbles, shells or anything else you’d like to decorate the home with.
Grab all of your materials and tools and get ready for some measuring, cutting, gluing and painting!
Cut the Wall Pieces
First, decide how big you’d like the gnome home to be. It should be just big enough for a small gnome statue to fit inside. A house that is about 8-10 inches wide, 8-10 inches deep and 8-12 inches tall will work nicely.
Cut the following pieces out of scrap wood:
- 2 side walls – Cut rectangles the width and height you want the house.
- 2 smaller wall pieces – Cut rectangles for the front and back walls, making them a bit shorter than the side walls so the roof overhangs.
- 1 square floor – Cut a square the width and depth you want the inside dimensions to be.
- Roof – Cut a triangle shape a bit wider and longer than the floor so the roof overhangs.
Use the miter saw to cut 45 degree angles at the top of the front and back wall pieces so the roof can sit nicely on top.
Assemble the Walls
Apply wood glue to the edges of the front, back and side wall pieces. Attach them together at the corners to form the box shape of the house.
Use corner clamps or just hold pieces together for a few minutes while the glue starts to set. Check corners with a square to ensure they are at 90 degree angles.
Add the Floor and Roof
Once the glue has dried on the wall assembly, flip it over and glue on the square floor piece.
For the roof, run a bead of glue along the top edges of the sloped front and back walls. Then place the triangular roof piece on top. Allow to fully dry.
Sand and Paint the House
Sand all wood surfaces with coarse sandpaper to smooth out edges and prepare the wood for painting. Wipe away any dust.
Apply 1-2 coats of paint in your desired colors to the inside and outside of the home. Let dry fully between coats. Red, yellow and green paint make a classic gnome home palette.
Add Decorative Details
Get creative with decorating the gnome home! Here are some ideas:
- Use a dry brush technique to paint on wood grain or stone textures.
- Add accents like vines, flowers or mushrooms painted on with acrylics.
- Glue on wooden shingles, bark or moss for a shingle roof effect.
- Make a chimney from small sticks glued together. Cut an opening in the roof.
- Use pebbles, acorns or shells to decorate walkways.
- Add windows and a door with paint or cut from wood scraps.
Customize your gnome home with colors, textures and details to match your gnome statute and garden style. Then place it in your garden and enjoy this handmade addition. The gnomes will love their charming new abode!