Hi all! How do you feel about garden gnomes? Do you find them A) whimsical or B) Totally creepy ? If your answer is B you are not alone. My Sister and Brother-in-law are downright creeped out by garden gnomes. Being the kind and caring Sister that I am I have gifted them with altered gnomes for the past 5 years. They never know when the gnome is coming be it birthday, anniversary or other type of bash. This little guy was created for my BIL’s 30th Birthday Gift . Don’t worry the Gnome accompanied a serious gift as well…beer.
Some people say that 30 sucks but don’t believe the hype! My little Gnomie here thinks that 30 rocks! Can you catch him “Ridin’ Thirty”?
With just a few simple alterations you can turn a tacky knick knack (garden variety or otherwise) into a hip (hop) birthday gift. What do you give someone for a big birthday milestone? The answer is gnomes! Whether you’re turning 30 or 110 garden gnomes don’t care…every age rocks! Wear your latest vintage like a pointy gnome hat because let’s face it the gnome knows
How to Alter a Garden Gnome
People often ask me where I find “the gnomes”. Gnomes are a lot like Chuck Norris. You don’t find them they find you! If you don’t believe me…about Chuck Norris you can see my search results HERE. However, I found this particular Gnome at Walgreen’s. It was tough to decide between the hip-hop gnome and the light up lawn flamingo but I made the right choice. If I put anymore flamingoes on the lawn or in the house my husband may send Chuck Norris after me.
- Tissue Paper
- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Type Charms and Tag Labels
- Stickers (I used Tim Holtz Idea-ology Foil Cirque Alphabet)
- Mini Clocks
This Gnome was already sporting some serious chain but he needed a little somethin’ extra. To show his 30 year pride I outfitted him with Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tag Labels and Type face charms. These are pretty cool for jewelry and altered projects. No need to add resin and wait for it to dry just pick your label and pop on one of the included epoxy stickers.
I originally planned to make a clock necklace…a-la Flava-Flav, but gnomes are very fashion forward and a Clock belt buckle is sooo 2013.
Bam! This gnome is ready for action and a record deal…his LP should be coming out soon. It’s a little bit of hip-hop mixed with punk rock. I think he’s in talks with Kid Rock for a collaboration single.
Stamped tissue paper is like a tattoo for all those hard to stamp on surfaces. Simply stamp, cut, and Mod Podge it on. I added a stamped guitar to each sleeve because this gnome is a little bit rock and roll (and my BIL is a musician).
You can even add stamped tissue to curvy surfaces. It will bend and shape to your will as long as your gentle with it.
Turn to the left….
Now turn to the right. We’ll have to stop there because Hip-Hop/Rock Gnomes DON’T sashay.
A really rockin Gnome sports not just a pointy hat, but a pointy hat with sheet music. To achieve this look cover the hat with Mod Podge and wrap a piece of stamped sheet music tissue around it. Tear off small pieces to fill in the gaps and seal with another layer of Mod Podge.
Finish off your pointy hat makeover by adding letters…that R-O-C-K. PS I hot glued my letters to make sure they stayed put. Stickers can be fickle on curved surfaces.
There’s nothing wrong with wearing your age on your hat. 30 Rocks and this gnome doesn’t care who knows it.
He’s serious and about to kick flip his way through your geraniums if you doubt him…he’s ridin’ thirty!
PS The tiny skateboard was borrowed permanently from my son’s neglected Mc D’s toy collection and altered with Tim Holtz Vintage Label Stickers and washi tape…he’ll never know it’s missing unless he starts reading my blog.
Thanks for hanging with me and my Gnomie today! I hope you get a chance to alter a garden gnome or other weird knick knack or tchotkie. They make great gifts especially for those that hate gnomes and tchotkies
PS I don’t know how to spell “Tchotkie” and spell check has no idea either. PPS I’m too lazy to google it.
Have a Whimsical day!