Help your little gnome friends get a good night's sleep with these Gnome City Beds. Very easy to make, and your gnomes will truly be appreciative!
Materials for bed:
decorative wooden knobs
Mod Podge or sealer
Materials for mattress and pillow:
stuffing (Polyfill, cotton, wool or felt scraps)
Directions for bed:
1] Purchase a wooden box of suitable size. (NOTE: Mine was purchased from a local craft store. It is made out of balsa wood and measures 3" x 4 1/2" x 1 3/4". This was a great size. There was a bottom and a top hinged together. This will make 2 beds. The top was not as deep as the bottom but it doesn't matter.)
2] Remove all hardware. At this point you may choose to fill the holes but I did not. I wanted to maintain that repurposed look.
3] On the flat bottoms, mark the position of the placement for the knob feet centering the marks 1/2" in from the 2 corner sides.
4] Place a dollop of glue on the 4 marks.
5] Position 4 knobs on the glue. Allow to dry completely. (I bought packages of wooden knobs. They are approximately 1/2" x 3/4". I found them in the same area where I found the boxes.)
6] Paint or stain the bed. You can leave it natural, too. I watered down a light brown paint and "white washed" the beds. It tinted the wood more than painted it.
7] To paint flowers, I simply dipped the end of a larger paintbrush in my petal color, and dabbed it on the wood. I made 5 dabs in a small circle. I used a goodly amount of paint to give the petals a raised look.
8] Change paint colors and using the same technique, dab a center to each flower. Allow to dry completely.
9] Using a small, flat brush, put green paint on the end. To make leaves, make one dab for each leaf. Position and paint 2 leaves per flower.
10] After the paint has dried, seal the wood with Mod Podge or the Natural Olive Oil and Beeswax Finish. I chose to use Pod Podge because the balsa wood was rather rough, and I wanted a layer of Mod Podge to smooth out the wood.
Mattress and Pillow:
1] Measure the inside of the bed. Cut out 2 pieces of felt to this measurement.
2] Using 6 strands of floss and a blanket stitch, sew together 3 sides of the mattress.
3] Lightly stuff the mattress, then continue sewing the rest of the mattress closed.
4] To make the pillow cut 2 pieces of felt 1 1/4" x 1/2" less than the width of the mattress. Sew and stuff following the directions for the mattress.
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