I finally got on the gnome bandwagon! To put a unique spin on the gnome-making trend, I decided to create a Valentine gnome using air dry clay! This was even more fun than I expected…
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How to Make a Valentine Gnome
These Valentine gnomes have such character and quirkiness, I think I’m in looooove! While there are many sock gnome versions around, you won’t find as many clay gnomes.
Kids from preschool age to teens would enjoy making these Valentine gnomes as much as grownups would. For younger children, it’s a great craft for developing fine motor skills.
Steps for Making the Gnomes
Click the photo below to watch the step-by-step process!
If you’re in the market for preschool crafts, I also highly recommend my salt dough ornament recipe. It makes plenty of dough for a classroom, and the dough is more pliable for small hands.
You might also enjoy these air dry clay projects for kids that come in one handy kit.
I think these two little gnomes look like a match made in Heaven…
Air Dry Clay Tips for Making a Valentine Gnome
- Use toothpicks or small pieces of wire to attach the nose or limbs to your gnome for better stability. (You’ll see in my video what happens when you don’t do this the first time.)
- Plan for your gnomes to dry 24-48 hours before painting them.
- Always cover your remaining clay while working to prevent it from drying out.
- If your clay has dried out too much, add a small amount of water with your fingertips and knead the clay to moisten it again.