After such a long and dreary year, we could all use a celebration. Add some cheer to your front yard this holiday season with an adorable holiday garden gnome built from a tomato cage. Watch executive editor Danielle Sherry as she constructs this happy lawn decoration in a matter of minutes.
Items needed for your DIY holiday gnome
- Tomato cage
- 25 branches from an evergreen tree (12-inch to 20-inch lengths work well)
- Hat (or festive sweater) and mittens
- Florists wire
- Florists pins (2-inch)
- Florists foam block
Steps to building your gnome
The items you’ll need can easily be scraped together from what you have on hand or with a quick visit to your local consignment shop. We used a sweater for the hat, but you could, of course, use an actual hat. We found that adding a foam block to make the hat stand up was necessary to give it some shape, but other solutions are possible as well.
- Place your tomato cage upside down on the spot where you want your gnome to live.
- Tie the legs of your tomato cage together with florists wire.
- Attach the individual pieces of your evergreen branches along the tomato cage. Start at the bottom and work your way up to give the gnome a layered look. Cover the entire tomato cage with the branches.
- Add a potato nose to the top third of your gnome. We used florists pins to attach wire to the potato and then twist-tied the wire into the branches and tomato cage to secure the potato.
- Attire your gnome. We stuffed a foam block into the arm of a red sweater and pulled the sweater down over the top of the gnome to form a hat. We secured it by poking florists wire into the sweater and twist-tying it to the gnome underneath. This also helped to tighten the sweater across the top of the gnome to make it look more like a hat.
- Using the florists wire, attach the mittens to the front of the gnome on either side, approximating where his hands might be. We did have to fiddle with this a bit to ensure they were level.
If you don’t have any of the above on hand, you can replace any material with a little ingenuity. Use your own creativity to craft your holiday gnome, and don’t forget to share in the comments below or tag us on social media @FineGardening on Instagram and Facebook.
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