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:
wooden container
decorative wooden knobs
crafting glue
wood paint
Mod Podge or sealer

Materials for mattress and pillow:
felt pieces
stuffing (Polyfill, cotton, wool or felt scraps)
embroidery floss

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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Comments

I see these in our Easter baskets next year! Thank you for sharing!

Ah, a woman who thinks ahead! I want to be like that when I grow up ;)

Kimara
Wee Folk Art Publisher
 

Thank you so much for sharing this! As someone who wants to fill a natural dollhouse for my daughter without spending a fortune, this is just a perfect DIY project! Wonderful! Thank you for helping us all think outside the box...lol...literally! :)

Gnomes are quite resourceful, aren't they ;)

Kimara
Wee Folk Art Publisher
 

Oh, thank you for this! I've been making things for my son to play with from a busy board for his first birthday to a felt tree for Christmas, now it's time for gnomes! I've printed off some of your patterns and I'm just so excited to get started! Now, they'll have beautiful, mama-made beds to sleep in. Thank you for sharing!