Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Gnome Home

As most of you who read this blog may have noticed although I love Montessori I also love a lot of things about Waldorf.  Especially the beautiful crafts.  There are so many wonderful blogs out there for inspiration.
I've been wanting to make a Gnome tree house for L for so long and was finally able to get my husband on board.
Once he gets into something he goes all out.
Here is the finished product!

My husband did the woodwork and I made the gnomes and accessories.


L made the upstairs fire pit and painted the pots while my mom made the rag rug (or as L calls it the activity mat).  It was truly a family affair.

L can play for ages with the little families and it's wonderful to sit back quietly and listen to the goings on in the house.  The other day all the seats were around the rug and they were getting ready to watch a puppet show!  The rabbit also loves to play soccer with the children.
If you have any questions about anything we made just leave them in the comments section.  We got tons of inspiration and tutorials from here, here and here.

26 comments:

Mommy Moment said...

Wow, this is truly lovely! You must be so excited that your husband got on board!
You all did great-what a wonderful family keepsake too!

Jody

CHILDHOOD MAGIC said...

Omigoodness! WOW!!!! What an excellent job you and your husband did! Gorgeous, I really love it, REALLY. I want one :)

Sandy said...

Hermoso! Last week my son gathered natural stuff and arranged all on a table and then looked at with great delight. This reminded me your lovely nature tables and after that, I made a quick research and found lots of beautiful Wadolf ideas. Your blog is very inspirational!

Olives and Pickles said...

oh my! This is such a great job!!It makes it easier when daddys get involved..isn't?
That beutiful gnome home is the product of a super family!JUST BEAUTIFUL.

angelina said...

i want to make one so bad!! i love yours wow what a good creative family you are! tell us, what is the spiraled wood ? it looks lovely cut in the circles.

Evenspor said...

Beautiful!

Mommy Moment said...

I just had to come back to ask you...do you know where I can purchase small peg doll families or any small type natural families for my daughters wooden play house?
It would be great to order from Canada, but I would love any links you could send my way!
(hugs)
Jody

Making of a Montessori Mum said...

Wow!!! I cant believe you!!!! You are truly amazing and creative. How lucky is little L!!!!!

Been off line with broken computer last month or so, but getting to catch up now. yay.
xx

Nicole said...

How wonderful! And how special that the whole family was involved in its making. I especialy love the little gnomes with mushroom hats; they remind of the Elsa Beskow books.

The Butterfly Nest said...

It looks so great! I can't believe you made it! I'm definitely going to check out the tutorials and think about making one!

Karen said...

ESPECTACULAR!!! It's sooooooo Lovely!!! a piece of art!!! Super Great Job your husband did!!! I'm sure your princess will have a great time with the house!!!!!

Big Hugs
xx

The girl who painted trees said...

So beautiful! L is so lucky. I love that little felted rabbit. Did you paint the peg people yourself? I've seen plain ones at Michaels.

Montessori Beginnings said...

For those of you who were asking I got the peg people from Michaels and painted the root family with arcrylic paint then covered them with a layer of modge podge.
I made the gnomes with the same pegs but either glued on felt pieces or needle felted then glued on bits.
Jody let me know if you don't have a Michaels by you and I'll send you some!

Kimara@weefolkart said...

Your house turned out great. I'm so happy we could add a little inspiration to the project. I'll be linking on Facebook :)

The Family said...

WOW! This one beautiful gnome house!!! Great job! Makes me almost wish, I could shrink myself and move right in *lol*

Greetings from another Montessori/Waldorf loving Mommy

2 Pequeños Traviesos said...

Words cannot describe this beauty. Amazing work of art! Everytime I see one of these Gnome Home I melt. I've been considering to learn more about Waldorf as everytime I visit a Waldorf-inspired blog I feel at Peace and delighted by their art. How do you actually combine these 2 philosophies?
Peace and many blessings

Nina said...

so stinking adorable, can I have one?

Michele said...

Gorgeous! Well done

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Förskoleburken said...

Wonderful!!! I would play with it for ages if I had one myself!

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So cute gnome house! I could play with it too ;-)
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Nina said...

told you how much I loved this before but wanted to direct you to the link have on my blog about it - http://parentplanet.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/great-sites-of-the-week-7-29/

erin said...

This is amazing. What tool did he use to cut the large natural wood for the top and bottom? We make little fairies and animals for my little ones, and I've seen a few of these out there. I love all the love and work that you put into this.

M. Bloom said...

Oh, so much fun... may I come play, too!

MB

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