This Garden Gnome Craft Sticks DIY is the perfect outside project for kids this summer! It is a fun kids activity that will encourage kids to garden and play outside. If you are looking for more boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer! The best craft bloggers are sharing fun kids crafts! From making DIY Super Hero Mask to a Duct Tape Spinning Garden Bee you will find fun creative ideas!
Hi ya’ll! It’s Pauline from Club Chica Circle, and I’m so excited to be here sharing a fun kids craft idea for summer!
Gardening with kids can be really fun, and when you add little friendly gnomes to the mix, it can be that much more fun.
The supplies and the steps are really easy, and each one can turn out a little different, which is the best part.
To make your own Garden Gnomes you will need:
- wood craft sticks (I used the ones shaped like ice cream scoops)
- craft paint in a rainbow of colors (I used Americana Multi-surface paints)
- paint brushes
- thin black Sharpie marker
- Mod Podge dimensional clay in white (or vanilla)
I thought the shape of the craft sticks lent itself really well to a garden gnome. One end is a little pointier, but still rounded. This became the hats on their head. And the bottom portion of the sticks became the body.
Here is how to make these garden gnome craft sticks:
- With a paint brush, paint the top tip of your craft sticks with red paint, about 1/2″ down on both the front and back.
- Paint the bottom of the craft stick with your color of choice for the body. Leave about 1/2″ – 3/4″ space in between the paint colors for the face.
- When all the paint is dry, squeeze a little of the Mod Podge dimensional clay on the “face” to make the beard and let dry. It will set up and harden in about 30-60 minutes.
- Then finish off by drawing in your garden gnome faces with a thin permanent marker.
That’s it! Each one will be their own unique friendly garden gnome.
They look so cute in planters…
…or in the ground in your garden. I know our zucchini plant seems to like the company. = )
With a little help, this craft is perfect for kids of all ages. After they are made, then you can have so much fun figuring out where to put them. Make a game of it and keep moving them.
For more fun and easy craft ideas come visit me at Club Chica Circle.
Check out how to make pretty glass stained garden globes.
Or, for another fun kids summer craft idea, try out these BBQ bead suncatchers.
For some indoor summer camp craft fun, how about trying finger weaving. So simple and fun!
I love to see ya there!
Pauline Molinari is the Crafty Maven counterpart of Club Chica Circle who is on a mission to spread craftiness. She has a fine arts degree and over 15 years experience in children’s publishing, plus a savvy, stylish, sassy tween daughter, which gives her the perspective and passion to craft fun things, not only for herself, but with her daughter. Connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Bloglovin’, or Instagram.
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