Gnomes and fairy doors

Browsing through Etsy (as I often find myself doing) I came across some gorgeous fairy doors and gnomes. After buying a couple (who could resist) I thought I would have a go at making some myself. Luckily I came across some great tutorials and patterns on Wee Folk Art.

This is one I bought from Beneath the Rowan Tree on Etsy

After rummaging through the garage to find some wood scraps and buying a wood burner (new tool yay!) I gave it a go. I did some test burning first and then tried out the gnome patterns and some fairy doors. My husband then gave me a quick tutorial in using the jigsaw and off I went (with a new found love of power tools)!

After I had them all cut out, I got to try out another power tool – a dremel (what fun!), before doing some hand sanding. After they were nice and smooth I painted them with milk paint which is non toxic. Awhile later I made up a beeswax and olive oil treatment to go over the top. Here they are – I love them and have a whole new lot ready to go!!

Using the gnome pattern

The next lot

Thanks for reading, Kelly

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24 Comments

  • Reply Kimara October 26, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    They turned out beautiful, Kelly. I looks like a very happy trio. Thanks so much for sharing. Now, I’m going to share these on Facebook. I don’t want any of our readers at WFA to miss these! BTW… love the doors, too. They been on my to-do list for ever so long.

  • Reply Tina @ Squirrel Acorns October 27, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Super cute fairy doors. Those have been on my crafty to-do list forever.

  • Reply anna October 28, 2011 at 3:23 am

    These are wonderful! I hope you post pictures of the next lot too.

  • Reply Happy Whimsical Hearts October 28, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Thanks everyone, and will do Anna 🙂

  • Reply karen ( bits and bobs zone ) October 28, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Wow they are great !! we planted up a fairy corner garden last year , your fairy door would be a good idea for our garden..

  • Reply softearthart October 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    So cool, cheers Marie

  • Reply Anonymous October 28, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Wow – look at you Super Mom with the power tools!! They came out awesome!!! Thanks for linking up to Living Life Intentionally Linky Party =-)
    Beth

  • Reply themagiconions October 28, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    You are so clever!! They are gorgeous!
    Bravo!
    Blessings and magic,
    Donni

  • Reply April's Homemaking October 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    These are wonderful, a dremel is on my wish list, I would love to start making some of these wooden figures! So cute!

  • Reply Sew Country Chick October 30, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    This inspires e to do some fairy crafts with my 2 year old. My 8 year old was so into fairies!

  • Reply Marilyn October 31, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Aww, Sooo cute….I would LOVE for you to please share this awesome post at my 6Wicked Days of Halloween party today pweeease… http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/10/flash-back-halloween-6-wicked-days-of.html ..wishing u a spootacular day :))

  • Reply Kellie October 31, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    they’re awesome!! go you with the power tools! i’d love to try them out, but they still make me so nervous.

  • Reply Jenny November 1, 2011 at 12:11 am

    WOW! Those are so cool! I love that you used the power tools… my hubby is not much of a fix it guy, so we don’t have too many around… I’m kind of afraid of them. I tend to stick to my sewing machine and serger. HA HA!
    Thanks so much for linking up at Creative Me Monday today!

  • Reply Rebekah November 1, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I’ve never had the urge to use power tools until now. Now, I want to learn, but I’ll need to buy some first. 😉

  • Reply Happy Whimsical Hearts November 1, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    🙂 I used to be frightened of using power tools too – but once I gave it a go I was surprised at how easy it was, and also excited to think of all the things I could do with them! Good luck!!

  • Reply sylvia November 2, 2011 at 4:14 am

    this looks like an awesome project. i’ve always wanted a wood burner 😉
    i think your little gnomes turned out great!!

  • Reply Carolyn November 2, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Adorable gnomes. You did a great job. I would love for you to add this to my Inspiration Board {link party}. I know my readers would really be inspired. Hope to see you there.
    http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2011/11/inspiration-board-link-party-22.html
    carolyn – homework

  • Reply EMMA December 7, 2011 at 7:44 am

    WOW! I so what to try this.

  • Reply Chandi October 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    These are so lovely. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply rebekah @ justfordaisy October 30, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Love love love!! 🙂

  • Reply rebekah @ justfordaisy October 30, 2012 at 6:06 am

    PS. Guess what’s on my wish list this Christmas!! ??

  • Reply Be A Fun Mum April 11, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Such a wonderful thing! Love it!

  • Reply A fairy village & a giveaway ~ Happy Whimsical Hearts January 9, 2016 at 6:50 am

    […] As soon as I had them all cut out Master D started playing with them and telling me who lived at which house but finally I have most of the doors sanded, painted and finished (for ‘how’ see here). […]

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