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How to Alter a Garden Gnome

by Amy Bowerman

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.

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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”?

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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.

How to Alter a Garden Gnome | Pluckingdaisies.com Once you’ve found the right Gnome…trust me…when you least expect it they appear….or other odd knick knack you can use a variety of supplies to alter them.

Supplies:

  • Tissue Paper
  • Stamps
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Type Charms and Tag Labels
  • Stickers (I used Tim Holtz Idea-ology Foil Cirque Alphabet)
  • Mini Clocks

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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You can even add stamped tissue to curvy surfaces.  It will bend and shape to your will as long as your gentle with it.

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Turn to the left….

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Now turn to the right.  We’ll have to stop there because Hip-Hop/Rock Gnomes DON’T sashay.

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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.

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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.

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There’s nothing wrong with wearing your age on your hat.  30 Rocks and this gnome doesn’t care who knows it.

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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.

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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!

Amy*

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1 Audrey Pettit October 2, 2013 at 8:39 am

Hahaha………..omgosh, Girl! I can’t believe you torture them like this! But I LOVE it! This guy is completely fabulous! Yes, he ROCKS! You are brilliant! Love your tips for stamping on tissue paper for all those curvy spots! TFS!
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2 Anonymous October 1, 2013 at 8:46 am

I soooo enjoyed this tutorial-I want to “rock a gnome”. My 18 year old granddaughter loves these weird things. Gotta do one! Thanks for the step-by-step instructions.
G-MA

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3 Amy Bowerman October 1, 2013 at 9:04 am

G-MA so glad you liked the tutorial! Altering Garden Gnomes is quickly becoming one of my favorite past times :). You will have a blast doing it and your granddaughter will LOVE them! I have another tutorial for “Glittered Gnomes” (the link should be at the top and bottom of the post) the glittered gnome was a fan favorite.

Have fun getting your Altered Gnome on!

Amy*

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4 stamping sue September 30, 2013 at 8:58 am

Too too funny!!! I love how you find these things and just alter away!!!
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5 Dee in NH September 30, 2013 at 3:22 am

LOL! He is awesome! I generally find gnomes to be very creepy but this cool fella has me rethinking the whole creepy thing, he’s very cool!

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6 Amy Bowerman September 30, 2013 at 7:22 am

Dee I agree gnomes are a touch creepy but its amazing what a little altering can do to downplay their creepiness. I only go for the serious gnomes because they mean business. Smiley gnomes have little chance of being uncreepified. I often feel like they are smiling because they can see my soul so I Always pass them by :)

Amy*

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7 Dorothy(Dakota Bear) September 30, 2013 at 12:28 am

Love it!
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8 Eileen Hull September 29, 2013 at 9:43 pm

haha- this is great! I had thought gnomes were creepy but not this little guy. Nice…
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9 Anita Houston September 29, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Only you would pimp a Gnome!!! LOL! He is crazy cool! Love the words on his shoe!
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10 Amy Bowerman September 30, 2013 at 7:27 am

It’s true I’ve pimped a few gnomes in my day along with other various lawn ornaments. My husband is such a lucky man isn’t he? :)

Amy*

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