Handmade Wooden Gnome Toy Figures

3 Wooden Gnomes
When I came across Resurrection Fern’s post on whittling wooden gnomes from found sticks, I loved the idea so much I had to try it myself! Resurrection Fern outlines the process in her post, so I won’t go into detail here. I found the stick I used while walking one day and whittled the four gnomes pictured as well as some others that have been given away. One thing I chose to do differently was to wood burn the faces for more permanence. I used non-toxic water color paints for the hats.

Red Hat Wooden Gnome
Yellow Hat Wooden Gnome
Blue Hat Wooden Gnome
Green Hat Wooden Gnome
4 Wooden Gnomes

Gnomes Playing in the Unit Blocks

Thanks to my son for helping me build a home for the little guys!

Wooden Gnome in Unit Block Architecture
Wooden Gnomes in Unit Block Architecture

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  1. Paulina Telderer
    Posted August 22, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    Adorable Max! Love these! You are so creative :)

  2. Posted September 4, 2012 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Paulina!

  3. Stuffy
    Posted July 31, 2014 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Hello max, they are so nice. How did you burn the faces? The cheeks are so clear and beard is brown! Thinking of making them for my wife. Could you please elaborate on the technique? Your gnomes are better than the inspiration. Very nice.

  4. Posted August 1, 2014 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Stuffy. I used a wood burning pen. You can use a soldering iron, but it is harder to do fine details. The beard is just created by carving away the bark. Different types of wood will have different looks.

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