Hand carved and painted twigs that soon take on the likeness of …. !
With a pocketknife I carved each twig to have a ‘face’ and ‘hat’
Gather up your branches in the thickness you wish. Cut them to 6″ lengths.
Carve the front piece of the branch to expose the inner wood and shape a face and beard for your new carved friend.
Then carve upwards along the sides of the branch to make a pointed hat. Continue making slices in the branch until the tip is brought to a squared-off point.
Time to paint hats and beards to bring these new friends to life!
The most enjoyable step of this project for both the children and I was the finishing touch of painting on beards for our new friends! For another inspiration you could try a family with rainbow hats.
The finished family of gnomes! Ready to bring cheer into the day!
Now it is time to enjoy some time of play with your handmade friends!
Some of ours found their way into a wreath that sits upon the table. Others will enjoy hitching a ride on the tops of beautifully-wrapped gifts!
Enjoy this season of giving, creating, and nurturing memories with your family!
Go well till the next time