Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Blog Hop - Lighted Gnome Home

Welcome to my stop along Club Scrap's Holiday 2014 Blog Hop!

If you have arrived here from Donna's aka Crafty Colonel's blog, then you are in the right spot. If not, you should start from the beginning at Karen's Club Scrap Blog post. Here you will find a complete list of the participating bloggers.

**If you have been following along with my countdown to Christmas be sure to check out Day 17's Advent Calendar ornament HERE!

The I'll be Gnome for Christmas 2014 and Gnome for the Holidays 2013 stamp sets from Club Scrap were both wildly popular and I couldn't help but use these adorable folk as the stars of my project.
I was inspired by these adorable up-cycled cardboard tube fairy homes.

Of course, I used a Club Scrap Pizza Box as the base for my Gnome home and embellished with a variety of past kit papers and stamped elements from both collections. Join the club to start your own Pizza Box collection ;)

To follow along as I created the project keep on scrolling... or, if you would rather continue on with the hop, next on the list is Roni's InkStains Blog!

Instructions for creating the lighted Gnome Home. 

1. Cut a pizza box horizontally 6.5x12.5" with the corrugation running vertically. Tip - this will make forming a cylinder much easier. 

2. Use Scholarship Red colossal paper (extinct Club Scrap product) to create the roof. Cut a half circle 18" along the top straight edge. The radius of the 1/2 circle is 9".  Mark the arc using a grid ruler.

3. Crumple up the paper roof carefully to loosen the fibers, form into a cone shape and adhere with Book Binding Glue. Bend the tip of the roof into a crooked shape. 

4. Cut the base of the home out of Pizza Box board.  The circle is approximately 3 1/8" in diameter.

5. Cut two circles and a door from the wall of the home.

6. Create windows and a door out of scraps of red roof paper. 

7. Cut eighteen 1x6.5" strips of Random Doorways Brown paper and distress on long edge with Earth Hybrid ink.

8. Attach them all together with Glue.

9. Make note of where the two windows and door are on wall of the home. Cut the siding where marked. 

10. Glue siding to the home wall. 

11. Carefully wrap the wall into a cylinder, glue into place using a separation in the Pizza Box shown below. Insert one end of the wall between this separation and glue in place. 

12. Allow to dry using elastic bands to hold in place around the Book Binding Glue bottle. Flip the dried cylinder over and glue the base (covered in brown paper) inside the wall to create the floor of the home. 

13. Create a sign to hang over the roof using I'll be Gnome for Christmas stamp set and hybrid printed paper from the Gnome for the Holidays 2013 digital kit. Matte with Random Doorways Brown paper. 

14. Make a wreathe by stamping the holly image from Gnome for the Holidays set using Moss hybrid ink on Blossom Green paper. Cut a hoop shape with circle punches and hot glue the holly to the hoop. Punch Cape Cod red paper berries and attach with glue. Tie a red bow and glue to the wreathe. 

15. Embellish the home with the wreathe and Mr. and Mrs. Gnome stamped in archival black ink and colored with pencils. 

16. To allow for light to shine through the windows, back the door and window openings with translucent paper. Attach the door and windows to the siding using glue dots. 

17. The roof is removable to allow for the battery operated candle (DO NOT USE OPEN FLAME) to be placed inside, creating a magical glow. 

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! 


  1. SUPER CUTE and so well done. Wishing you and your family Happy Holidays from Raymond and me xx

  2. I just love this, TFS

  3. Sheer unadulterated brilliance! You have surely outdone yourself this time Julie. Merry Christmas to you all.

  4. That is just too cute! I LOVE the gnome-y little hat roof you've put on their home. What fun :)

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Our projects would make the CUTEST Christmas Village! I ♥ this!

  6. I can't wait to build one with a candle in it!! Oh wait... ;)

  7. "Join the club and start your own pizza box collection." LOL Julie! This is the most adorable gnome home! You always knock it out of the park on your creations. Merry Christmas and thanks for such a fun idea!

  8. So cute! Love the gnome hat roof!

  9. So clever you are! Cute, cute, cute!

  10. Oh Julie, a Gnome House, how PERFECT! Love it, you did such a sweet job with awesomely creative techniques, again. This is the best!

  11. Very cute - thinking about making a version.

  12. Really cute Christmas night light or in your case light house!

  13. Great idea for recycling. Reminds me of a kind of Harry Potter theme.

  14. Be still my heart!!! All my favorites in one project. Gnomes, Christmas, Fairy Houses. Lights. Club Scrap paper. Julie It's just adorable.

  15. I love it! This turned out amazing, and I bet it looks awesome lit up in person. Merry Christmas!

  16. Awwww, that's adorbs Julie! (Catching up on old blog hops, obviously....)