Three gnomes from a blog post about DIY Irish Gnomes.

Irish Gnomes

Top of the morning to you, matey! I have heaps of enchanting Irish Gnomes for your DIY inspiration today.

So, let’s get on with it, it’s no use boiling your cabbage twice. 😂

Where to Buy Gnomes

Gnome artist Ruth Johnson made all of the charming gnomes on this website. If you would prefer to purchase a handmade gnome, check out her new Etsy Own a Gnome Shop.

To purchase or get inspiration, also see her Own A Gnome Facebook Group.

A Celtic gnome from a blog post about DIY Irish Gnomes.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields,
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

– Irish Blessing

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A orange bearded gnome from a blog post about DIY Irish Gnomes.

St Patrick’s Day Gnomes

St. Patrick’s gnomes seem to be the most befitting of all gnome designs. A match made in heaven or, at the very least, Ireland.

10 handmade gnomes from a blog post about DIY Irish Gnomes.

St Patrick’s Day

A religious holiday in honor of St. Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, the day historically was celebrated in Ireland with services and feasts.

St Patrick’s Day evolved and became popular in the 1700s when Irish-American immigrants brought the traditions to the United States.

Today, Saint Patrick’s Day is a secular celebration of Irish culture, with parades and festivals in the United States and many parts of Ireland.

A plaid gnome from a blog post about DIY Irish Gnomes.

Irish FAQ

First off, below are a few common Irish questions to give you context.

What is Celtic?

It refers to people who descended from one of the Celtic regions in western Europe. Today, The word also applies to the Celtic people, culture, or languages in Scotland, Ireland, other parts of the British Isles, and Brittany in France.

What are Celtic Symbols?

Irish symbols that represent a message of love, loyalty, strength, and religious beliefs. There are Celtic symbols and Irish symbols, and the two are different.

Celtic symbols typically have three intertwined elements. These pieces represent the belief that everything of importance has three components: the earth, sky, and sea.

Traditional symbols of Ireland and Celtic include:
+ A harp (Ireland’s official national emblem).
+ Claddaugh
+ Celtic Cross
+ A shamrock (the national flower of Ireland).
+ The trinity knot

What is an Aran sweater?

It is a handknit sweater first created many generations ago and named after the islands off Ireland’s West Coast, where fishers and farmers lived and worked together. Aran sweaters were traditionally good-quality pure merino wool handknit sweaters with heavily textured knit patterns. 

They were typically off-white or cream, knit in the natural color of sheep’s wool. The most common Aran sweater stitch is the many variations of the cable. These symbolize fishers’ ropes and a lattice or basket stitch representing a fisherman’s basket.

A red pigtail gnome from a blog post about DIY Irish Gnomes.

How to Make a Gnome

If you are interested in making a basic gnome instead, let’s start at the beginning.

Get lots of gnome ideas and inspiration, plus learn how to make a gnome with this free gnome tutorial.

A kelly green gnome from a blog post about DIY Irish Gnomes.

Free Pattern for Gnomes

You can create a gnome pattern yourself or use our free version. Subscribe to my GNOME email list to access and download the free gnome pattern.

You will receive an email (in about 15 minutes) with a link and the password to log in to the free library. This will give you access to the PDF pattern and all project downloads.

A green gnome from a blog post about DIY Irish Gnomes.

When you get into the library, look for the thumbnail photo of the gnomes. Click it to open the PDF, then click the download icon to download the pattern.

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

Then go to these Gnome Posts for more ideas about fabric choices, trims, and embellishing.

A handmade gnome wiith a pot of gold from a blog post about DIY Irish Gnomes.

Irish Gnome Ideas

Below are fun details and embellishment ideas for your designs.

Celtic Symbols

The Celtic knot
Cross
Shamrock

Traditional Sweater and Fabrics

Aran Sweater

Plaids; Tartans and Check patterns

Irish and Scottish Traits

Red Hair or Beard
Freckles

Leprechaun Details

Shamrock or Clovers
Pot of Gold
Rainbows
Lucky messages or props
The Color Green

An Aran sweater gnome from a blog post about DIY Irish Gnomes.

Gnome Supplies

You can use a wide assortment of materials for gnomes!

Ruth uses a combination of ribbons, buttons, and props. She shops in a variety of stores and online too.

A handmade gnome from a blog post about DIY Irish Gnomes.

Where to Buy Gnome Supplies

Look for fabric, felt, trims, and props at your local favorite sewing or craft stores. These materials are abundant and perfect for making your custom designs and embellishments.

Nationwide chains such as JoAnn Fabrics or Hobby Lobby are great sources too.

Look in sewing, jewelry, doll-making, and kitchen departments for ideas. Don’t forget to check the clearance sections also.

Check out dollar stores or thrift stores, for example, Goodwill or Savers.

A sweater gnome from a blog post about DIY Irish Gnomes.

Let me part with another Irish blessing;

May you have love that never ends,
Lots of money and lots of friends.
Health be yours, whatever you do,
And may God send many blessings to you.

Happy St. Patties Day!
xo,
Cindy

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