DIY: Gnomes

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DIY: Gnomes
Gnomes are often found in gardens. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Wandering through a beautiful garden and discovering a charming gnome hidden among the leaves is a whimsical experience. Garden gnomes are small pieces of yard art generally made from cement or ceramics. While these mythical creatures come in a wide range of styles, you may desire a more customised look. You can make garden gnomes from scratch and fill your garden with personalised decorations.

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Things you need

  • Cement gnome mould
  • Cooking spray, petroleum jelly or vegetable oil
  • Clamps
  • Craft cement
  • Exterior acrylic paints

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    Coat the interior of the gnome mould with cooking spray, petroleum jelly or vegetable oil. This will prevent the cement from sticking when it dries. You can purchase gnome moulds from online retailers (see resources). They may also be available at some craft shops.

  2. 2

    Clip the two halves of the mould together with clamps. Most moulds come with the clamps, but you can use clothespins if necessary.

  3. 3

    Mix a batch of craft cement according to the manufacturer's instructions. This type of cement is available at craft stores and may also be referred to as "stepping stone" cement.

  4. 4

    Fill the garden gnome mould with the craft cement and allow it to cure for the length of time recommended. Most cement requires several days of curing time.

  5. 5

    Remove the mould by taking off the clamps and gently wiggling the gnome form until it breaks free.

  6. 6

    Paint or decorate the completed gnome in the style of choice. Use a durable exterior acrylic paint to withstand the outdoors.

Tips and warnings

  • The decorating options for your DIY gnome are only limited by imagination. Glue tiles to the outside to make a shiny, three-dimensional mosaic gnome. Paint a funky pair of clothing or unusual hair colour for a gnome with personality. Make multiple gnomes and paint each one a different solid colour for an artistic display.

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