In the middle of a deep, dark, forest full of tall fir trees, is a hidden clearing. If you happen to come across this clearing, and if you are quiet and still, you might be lucky enough to see who lives there.
You might be lucky enough to meet some forest gnomes!
Put together your own forest gnome small world play set up with this free printable forest play set, and lots of ideas for making and playing with forest gnomes.
Perhaps they are Christmas gnomes, on their way to help Santa deliver the presents?
Or perhaps the gnomes are busy decorating the forest for a party?
Perhaps they are friendly gnomes?
Or perhaps they are a little mischievous, like the little guy in the red and green hat?
Our cute little forest gnomes were made by my Dad from off cuts of wood. We had lots of fun painting their hats and designing their faces.
We used acrylic paints, but water colours and regular liquitemp kids paint also work just fine to paint on wood. And we used a regular pencil to draw their faces so we could rub it off if we made a mistake!
Perhaps someone else will live in your forest?
Free Printable Forest Play Set
If you’d like to make your own forest small world play set ups for gnomes, or other creatures, this free printable forest backdrop and accessories makes it super easy to set up.
Our free printable forest playset is perfect for all kinds of imaginative play. It includes a back drop and some extra trees and grass.
You will need to print the three pages of the back drop onto sturdy paper or card. Then cut out the side wings and fold the tabs forward. Tape or glue the side wing tabs to the main piece and your city-scape will stand up making a fun backdrop for a range of imaginative play ideas. Cut out the extra trees and fold them in half so they stand up, and cut out the grass and fold the ends it so it stands up too.
This printable is an A4 sized pdf file, you will need a pdf reader such as adobe acrobat to open it. If you are printing on US ‘letter sized’ paper be sure to select ‘fit’ or ‘shrink to fit’ from your printer options.
Please remember that the printables at picklebums.com are for personal use only, you may not sell, share, or link directly to these files.
Who will live in your forest?
SOLD OUT – More Coming Soon!
If you’d like to make some of your own little wooden gnomes, I have three sets of gnome blanks for sale.
Each set has seven different sized wooden gnomes (from approx 10-4 cms tall), made from a variety of wood off cuts, sanded, but unfinished, ready to paint. Please note that they are made from wood scraps so they may be have knots, marks, scratches or other imperfections.
Due to postage costs they are only available to people with an Australian postal address.
Please contact me via email – [email protected] – if you would like to purchase a set, and include your postal address and paypal email and I will send you a paypal invoice.
Due to limited supply, first to email with their details gets the set.
Each set includes randomly chosen gnome blanks and will differ from those in the photos.
Shipping via Australia post.