How to Make an Outdoor Gnome Garden for the Holidays

We’re always on the hunt for easy, creative outdoor decor ideas for the holidays, and this gnome garden tutorial totally fits the bill! Now, this is not your typical gnome garden””instead of a garden full of gnomes, the gnomes ARE the garden! 

If you enjoyed our DIY Whoville tutorial from last year, you’re gonna love these mini evergreen gnomes! Wanna learn how to make them yourself? Here’s everything you’ll need for this adorable, personalized holiday decoration.

Mini Evergreen Gnome Garden Craft Supplies

To make your little evergreen gnome garden buddy, you’ll need all of the following:

  • 1 tomato cage
  • Evergreen cuttings
  • Red felt
  • Hot glue gun or needle and thread
  • Florist’s wire
  • Nude pantyhose
  • Cotton stuffing
  • Elastic band

How to Make an Outdoor Gnome Garden

  1. Place your tomato cage down on your workspace upside down, with the ring on the bottom. Gather the prongs at the top and secure them together with your florist’s wire.
  2. Take your evergreen cuttings and attach them to your cage with more wire, filling up as much surface area as possible, so there aren’t any major gaps or bare spots. 
  3. Cut out a 20 inch square of red felt, and fold it in half like a triangle. Glue or sew one side of the triangle shut, leaving a hole open in the bottom. Take your scissors and cut a slightly curved line across the open hole to make it an even hat shape. Pop the hat on top of your evergreen cone!
  4. Cut the foot off of the pantyhose and stuff it with a big handful of cotton stuffing. Position the stuffing in the middle, so you have a bit of free fabric on either end. Twist up those loose ends, bring them together, and secure them with your elastic band. This is the gnome nose!
  5. Secure the nose to the evergreen cone with wire, right underneath the hat, so it looks like it’s peeking out. 
  6. Cut out four identical mitten shapes from your red felt. Glue or sew them together, leaving the bottom open, and then stuff them with cotton. Glue or sew them shut, and secure them to either side of the evergreen with your florist’s wire.
  7. Put your evergreen gnome garden buddy out on the front steps for everyone to enjoy!

What is the Point of a Garden Gnome?

So what’s the big deal with gnomes anyway? Well, gnomes are kind of a big deal in the gardening world, and they have an interesting history that dates all the way back to ancient Rome! They’re said to bring good luck, and they act as protectors, watching over our homes and garden crops. I think we could all use a little extra good luck for 2021, so it’s worth adding a couple of these cuties onto your front steps!  

For more fun craft tutorials to spruce up your winter decor, check out our blog for exclusive winter design ideas and holiday how-tos! We’ve got stacks on stacks of fresh evergreen cuttings ready for you to take home, so visit Salisbury Greenhouse soon to get yours!


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