Take a plain ceramic & unassuming gnome and turn it into something fabulous.
And next week (February 27 – March 2) at the Calgary Home and Garden show, my ‘tricked out’ gnome will be up for auction. Over 60,000 visitors to the show will have a chance to bid on their favourites to benefit Grow Calgary; Canada’s largest urban agricultural farm run by a dedicated group of volunteers on a 9-acre parcel of land just west of Canada Olympic Park.
So how did I transform my gnome into, hopefully, an object of desire?
Well it all started with a steak knife…
Living in a modern downtown condo, I’m lacking a few things: Outdoor space.
As such I wanted to create something for others in my position and turn my little guy into ‘Home Decor’
My Home-y Gnomie!
Soon after I started I realized I was not only lacking a garden, but tools as well. So off to a hardware store I went and returned with a Dremel; this project suddenly became a lot easier.
I started by sawing off the tip of his cap and sanded it down to a smooth finish.
Then, using the drill bit, I carved out a round hole in the the top and another in the bottom.
Next, I matte lacquered the gnome and drizzled him top down with a silver acrylic paint.
Then it was then time to install the hardware; a lamp rod. After cutting the wires and having to call in professional help to splice the cord back together, the project was almost complete.
But first I had to cut and adjust the wire frame of the custom silver lined lamp shade that didn’t fit on the mix matched base.
Lastly, I jimmy-ed the entire contraption together and what I was left with was stylish and modern bit of home décor!
Now my Home-y Gnomie is ready to shine to support Grow Calgary.
And I’m hoping you’ll go see him, so I’m giving away 5 double passes to the upcoming Home and Garden Show!
All you need to do is send out a tweet and I’ll send the first 5 of you (& guest) to the show!
(You’ll also have to follow me on Twitter)
Check out the gnome designed by @immrfabulous! http://wp.me/p1mskh-3g1 It’s being auctioned for charity for @GrowCalgary at @HomeShowsAB
You tweet, I create… we all support charity!
Mr. Fab omie