There are all kinds of legends and children's stories about gnomes. Some even say that garden gnomes will help your vegetables grow! No matter what you believe to be true, bringing garden gnomes into your landscape will bring a touch of fun and whimsy to your yard.
Whether you make them from felt, or sticks, or even cast your own garden gnomes, there are tutorials out there to bring them to your yard in the best way for you. So, let's take a look at some of the easiest, most adorable ways to make your very own garden gnomes.
1. Make the most adorable garden gnome from felt pieces
Lia Griffith used one of her favorite materials to work with: felt. You can just let the finished product live on your porch or even in your garden. Of course, you would want to bring this little guy inside if there's going to be inclement weather, but if you live in an area that doesn't get too much wind or rain, this would be the most adorable addition to let live in the garden.
2. Make your gnomes work for you to mark your garden
Swallow's Heart shows us how to make garden markers from your wooden gnomes. Once you carve the pointed hat for the top, you just keep whittling until you end up with a similar look to the pictures. Make a few more strategic cuts, and add some paint and names of whatever plants you'd like to mark – and you have working gnomes in your garden!
3. Grab some sticks on your next hike and use them to make friendly-faced gnomes for the garden
Shakti Dove made these garden gnomes from sticks she found on a hike and then whittled them to perfection herself. All you need is some inspiration and some outdoor paint to complete the look. They make the perfect, easy addition to your garden landscape and don't take much time or money to make. Just look at those cute little faces!
4. Wood craft sticks make the perfect little gnome friends for the kids
A different take on the garden gnome, Skip to My Lou has the instructions for an easy, fun craft for the garden. You can use wood craft sticks and get the kids involved in painting and making friends with their new gnome buddies. You can customize these easy gnomes however you would like!
5. Create an inexpensive gnome mold for the full effect in your garden
eHow shows us step-by-step instructions for how to make a garden gnome mold that will help you create a custom product. This is the most in-depth project, but you will end up with a long-lasting garden gnome that you'll have created yourself at a fraction of the price of a store-bought gnome.
Which of these projects are you most excited to get started on? Please tell us in the comments and SHARE this inspiration with others. We can't wait to see what you come up with for your garden gnome!