Creating Miniature Gnome Homes

I have received submissions from some great artists who have created miniature gnome homes and have decided that I now have enough to create this special page dedicated to their creations.

I'd be honored to have my gnomes on your website. First off, I want to clarify that the original top floor was a kit/class I took from Sue Thwaite, Lady Bug. I did bash the kit though and added the basement floor. Please give her credit for the original idea.

No, I didn't make the gnomes. I bought them from Sue.

It's really sort of funny on the bubbles. They are glass beads. I had heard of using the beads for bubbles but never done it before. I put my gnome in the tub and put some Realistic Water in. Then I put the beads in. Well, the beads sank to the bottom! I had to keep adding beads until I had them above the water line. So my advice to others on that issue is to let the water start to set up before adding beads. I told that to my friend Gerry Schipper, who is also working on the same kit. It didn't take as many beads in her gnome's tub.

As a rough guess, I think it took about 50 to 60 hours to build the project. For awhile, I slept, dreamed and worked on gnomes. I took Sue's class, which was all day to build the structure with Sculpta Mold. I think that's how you spell it. Then I spent an average of about 1-2 hours per evening for the next month and a half. Several things, like the ladder had to be done over. My original one was too big. The same with the stove. The original stove was so pretty and neat looking. Just like the books. But it was too big when I put it next to the gnomes. So I had to start over.

The best advice I can give others is to get the books on gnomes. Read all about them. Look at the pictures, then decide what you think you can make. I might make some more things in the future. I dreamed that I made another tree but this time instead of a house under it, I put the tunnels with the pole cat trap in it. If I get time, I just might expand and make that other tree.

You might be interested to know that three or four of my other NAME club members also took the class with Sue. It's interesting that we all start with the same kit but our gnome homes all look different when we're done. I bounced ideas around with my friend, Gerry. We could take the same idea and come up with something that looks totally different.

For example, the gnome in the tub. Gerry took the gnome holding his nose and painted him naked. Then she put him in a bubble bath, but he is floating on his back. He's really cute that way. Gerry isn't quite done with her house but you might want to contact her for photos of hers. Also Romaine Eyler is making one and says she's figured out how to have the pole cat trap with the same kit without building the other tree. I'm not sure how far along Romaine is. I can help get photos of hers when it's done if you like. Gerry has her own camera. If you are interested in contacting either of these ladies, I'll be glad to provide their e-mails for you. Also Lynda Schrack, and Denise Tucker took the class.

Please let me know when you put something on your webpage so I can go look at it. Thank you for considering using my gnomes. I am thinking of writing a "how to" article for American Miniaturist, with Sue's permission. I'm in the middle of another article right now so it will be a little ways off. If its published, maybe you will see it.

Grace Shaw 
See more pictures on her Web Site:
Millers, MD


This is the front view of the original Lady Bug kit. I added the basement to my kit. The gnomes used the attic for storage. Their homes are built underground under an oak tree. They have tunnels that run down to the houses. The attic also conceals the battery for the light. 

This shows the right side view. Notice the tunnel in the center of the picture. If you look closely, you can see the leaves that the gnomes use in the "throne room." They put leaves down the hole after using the toilet which allows the waste to decompose.

This is the left side of the gnome home. The white tiles on the side are where the well comes up. They make the tiles to bring fresh water into their homes from under ground streams. The gnome in the corner holding his nose because he has found a troll hole. Trolls live in caves and normally gnomes and trolls don't get alone. Trolls stink. Below are some close-ups of the troll hole. If you look carefully, you can see the ugly troll at the back of the hole. Also notice the pine cone roof over the entrance to the gnome house. This too was an addition to Lady Bug's kit as her kit didn't have a roof that covered that section. Normally, the gnome houses didn't have a window except in storage sheds but I wanted a window so my gnomes have a window.

Gnome Home Entrance

In the entrance of a gnome house, is the dowry chest which contains treasures that they give to their guests. Notice the well in the back corner. They also contain a watch cricket cage. The cricket chirps if there are intruders. There is a tunnel that has a pole cat trap that leads to the entrance. The gnomes are small enough not to trip the trap but unwanted visitors like pole cats fall in. They are let loose without harm after they are chastised for trying to come in. The front door is an open grill to allow fresh air to circulate. Notice the cricket cage on the wall.

Gnome Bathroom

The gnomes have plenty of time so they carved little hands (donated by Gerry Schipper) to hold candles. The duck scoops (carved by Linda Master) hold their sponge and a candle in the small one. Mirrors are made from polished metal. They also have a sauna in the bathroom. Notice the steam rising from the sauna in the corner?

Gnome Throne Room

The throne room is an important part of the gnomes house. They often decorate the throne with jewels and make it really fancy. You can't see it in the photos but the throne has stained glass in the back. Toilet paper is made from the paper wasp's nest. The basket in the front has extra wood to carve. They keep the leaves for putting down the "hole" when they are done in a stone jar. They keep a box of tools in the room to carve while they are in the room. My gnome is carving while he sits..........

The Great Room

This is the great room. My gnomes are having a party because normally, the gnome family consists of mother, father and twins. Gnomes always have twins. Notice that there are only two chairs. That's because children have to stand at the table. Every gnome home has a cuckoo clock. They have mice for pets. Here you can see the "throne room" for the first time. They keep wood with pine greens on top and they have a Christmas decoration on the table all year. Notice the little guy waiting in line for the throne room. You can see the twins in this photo. They are in the rocking chair cradle. The trick is
to get out without waking the babies. Notice the gnome calendar on the wall. There is now one in the throne room too but
it didn't make the photos. You can see the parents and twins sleeping cubical. And also notice the table.


Overview [of the basement] without the rest of the house. Notice all the carving tools. Gnomes work with wood and carve a lot of things. The green sled is for taking the family for rides in the winter night. Gnomes only come out at night. The empty sled is the work sled that the Gnomes haul things on. There is also a cart to gather fruit and there is also a basket of plums that the gnomes wear on their backs. The white basket had animal fur in it. Gnomes knit the fur into clothing and blankets. The rabbits let them come into their dens and collect shed hair or the gnomes get the hair from tufts on fences. The cabinet in the right corner is storing their mushrooms which is one of the main staples of their diet. They use tiny skies in the winter. The only leather they have are from dead mice and tiny animals that they find. Gnomes don't kill animals. They weave their own fabric. The cabinet in the left corner hides the battery for the light.