DIY Fishing Gnomes with Easy Handmade Rods

Ideas to make adorable fishing gnomes with simple materials, like fabric or recycled sweaters.

Five rustic gnomes from a fishing gnomes blog post.

Ahoy there! These DIY Fishing Gnomes with easy handmade rods are perfect for the outdoor enthusiasts in your life. We all know one!

Artist Ruth Johnson made these and all the handmade gnomes on this site. She shares her creative ideas with us today.

The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of that which is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.

– Unknown

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Gnomes Fishing

Whether traditional or fly fishing, you can outfit your gnomie right down to the bait and tackle.

Ruth incorporates rustic sweaters, fabrics, and trims into her fishing gnomes.

For the handmade fishing rods, Ruth simply uses little twigs she finds outside.

She wraps it with wire in three places and threads the fishing line through. WA-LA. So cute!

In addition, she added hooks, fish beads, flies, and miniature drinks for props.

DIY Gifts for Fishermen

Fishing gnomes make wonderful and unique personalized gifts. And you can make them yourself!

Use your imagination and have fun collecting the props and then putting them together to perfectly personalize them for your recipient.

Customizing Gnomes

When creating your gnome, you could include the recipient’s favorite colors, type of fishing, and an emblem or logo from a fishing brand or lake they like.

Of course, this is not mandatory, but it makes it even more custom and personalized.

Shop local craft stores or online for your props, or make your own!

You can find logo patches sold separately or on new or vintage clothing items.

Look for novelty items at a craft or dollar store or online at sites like Amazon, Oriental Trading Company, or Etsy.

The perfect miniatures can sometimes be found in bead sections, doll or dollhouse making, paper products, or scrapbooking areas.

Below are more unique ideas for gnome fishing props.

Fishing Nets
Tackle Boxes

Free Pattern for Gnomes

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After signing up, you will receive an email (in approximately 15 minutes) with a web link and a password to sign in to the free library. 

When you enter the library, look for the small photo of the gnomes. Click the picture to open the PDF, then press the download icon. 

Download and print the pattern or any of the project downloads.

After you download and print the PDF, go back to the DIY Gnomes post and scroll down to the lower half of the post to read the gnome-making instructions.

Also, visit the DIY Gnome Posts Page for more imaginative ideas, fabric choices, trims, and embellishments.

How to Make a Gnome

Using the free pattern, start with the basic gnome body, then embellish with all of your favorite fishing accouterments.

Next, click here to read this gnome-making beginner post for ideas and step-by-step instructions.

Come back to this post also to get fishing ensemble ideas!

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Enjoy creating your little anglers! Thanks for following along.


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4 comments on “DIY Fishing Gnomes with Easy Handmade Rods

  1. Amazing how creative you are! My mother grew up by a river. Her brothers were fishermen.
    Oh, so many good memories return as I looked at the fisherman gnomes. I will be attempting to
    make one to sit in my glass show case.
    Plus Halloween is my favorite holiday. LOVE THOSE HOLIDAY GNOMES.
    I have supplies to make gnomes but can’t find the beard fur. Help.
    Cannot wait for the gnomes to be at our home for Christmas.
    THANK YOU for your wonderful gnome computer site.

    1. Hi Mary, I’m so happy you are enjoying the gnomes! All are made by Ruth Johnson (Own a Gnome). I will convey your compliments to her! Ruth typically finds beard materials at JoAnn Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, or Enjoy!

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