DIY Garden Gnome Wreath
I’ve officially chosen garden gnomes as my main decor theme for spring. I especially like the Scandinavian/Danish garden gnome paired with a toadstool. The materials for this handy little garden gnome wreath were purchased at Dollar Tree (all except for the gnome; I bought him from Amazon for around $7). I woke up at 6:30 am, and was finished with my wreath by 7:45 am.
- small stuffed gnome
- 2 mini clay flower pots
- green foam letters
- 2 rubber succulent plants
- 3″ red burlap ribbon
- moss-covered foam rocks
- floral wire
- 1 1/2″ green grosgrain ribbon
- 12″ grapevine wreath
- garden gloves
- white cotton material, or felt
- fabric and regular scissors
- poly fil
- glue gun and glue sticks (the glue gun is not pictured)
- round paint brush
- fine-point black Sharpie
- antique white craft paint
First you’re going to make the toadstools. Cut 3 4″ strips of the red burlap ribbon. Fold one strip in half and draw one side of a toadstool with the fine- point black Sharpie marker. Cut along the fold, following the black Sharpie pattern. Use this toadstool as a pattern to cut the other two burlap toadstools, and 3 more toadstools with the white material. Start heating up the glue gun.
Make a thin ribbon of glue with the glue gun onto the white toadstool. Carefully lay the red burlap toadstool on top. Use an object to press the fabric down-not your fingers. My high-temp glue gun really burns.
Paint the stem of the toadstool antique white with the round brush. Use the end of the brush, dipped in antique white paint, to make the polka dots on the toadstool.
Now onto the mini clay pots. Stick the G R green foam letters in a vertical slant on one pot, and O W on the other. Run 24″ of floral wire through the middle of each pot. You will be using this wire later to attach the pots to the wreath. Take the rubber succulents out of the black plastic pots and put them in the clay pots. I hot-glued the edges of the succulents to the clay pots.
Wrap 24″ of the 1 1/2″ green grosgrain ribbon around the top left quartile of the grapevine wreath. Hot glue the first and last pieces to the wreath. I used the end of my paint brush to press the ribbon ends into the glue. Make a simple bow with another 24″ piece, and set it aside until later.
Lightly stuff the fingers of the garden gloves with the poly fil.
Now it’s time to assemble the wreath. Attach the gnome to the bottom center of the wreath with a 36″ piece of floral wire. Set the wreath up, and make sure the garden gnome is secure. I wrapped the wire in, out, around his feet, and under the wreath several times. As an extra measure of stability, I sewed the top of his hat to the green grosgrain ribbon. This probably isn’t necessary, but my family does tend to slam doors. Also, it keeps the gnome’s hat from drooping.
Hot glue the garden gloves on first, then attach the clay pots with the attached wire AND hot glue. Those little pots are heavy! Next, hot glue the moss foam rocks in the open spaces. I hot glued the bow to a moss rock at the top, then glued a toadstool in the middle of the bow. Hot glue a toadstool under the gnome, and under the pots.
You’re finished with your DIY Garden Gnome Wreath! I hope you like yours as much as I like mine!
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