DIY Gnome Trophy for a Game of Gnomes
To make the Game of Gnomes work, we needed to create a fun trophy for not a lot of cash. It needed to be fun and engaging, just enough to be desirable and funny but not anything that would devastate our soul if it got lost, broken or stolen. So here’s what we did.
- A gnome
- A plastic flowerpot
- Spray paint
- Hot glue gun
Total Cost of Gnome Trophy: $20.00
Total Time to Make Gnome Trophy: A couple of hours if you include time for the paint to dry
Finding a Gnome
To begin making our trophy, we started by purchasing a gnome. I knew we needed a smaller gnome that was plastic but not a garden gnome because I didn’t want it to be easy to break. The first gnome I bought turned out to be really, really small.
So you’ll definitely want to pay attention to the size description, which I did not. It’s okay though, The Teen loves the gnome and it now sits on her desk in her bedroom.
The gnome we ended up using we stumbled across at a random store. It is solar powered and waves, which makes it incredibly fun. It also has a base on the bottom which made it easier to turn into a trophy. You’ll just want to find a gnome that you find amusing. A word of caution, some gnomes are really expensive – even the small or mini ones – and this will be the most expensive part of your trophy. The gnome we purchased is listed on Amazon for around $16.00, but we bought it at a store for around $10.00.
Painting Your Gnome
We chose to spray paint our gnome silver or chrome colored to make it look more like a trophy. Some people might choose gold. Our original thinking was that we were going to make a play on words with Chrome Gnome, but that kind of fizzled out. You can keep your gnome in its original state if you would like, but we definitely liked painting it and giving it a trophy look.
Turning Your Plant Pot into a Trophy Base
We selected a black plant pot, again using plastic to avoid breaking. We purchased ours at Lowe’s for about $4.00. We debated whether or not to spray paint it chrome as well, but decided to keep it black. The Mr. did, however, paint chrome flames on it to give it a little bit of flair.
Putting It all Together
After everything was completely dry, I just hot glued the chrome gnome (I really wanted to say it just once!) on the upside down plant pot. It’s an epic trophy. And highly coveted!!!
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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