Was that blood on the ground? I recognized the street. I was a few miles from from home. I waited at the nearby bus stop for what felt like forever. Bus didn't come. I started to walk toward home. There were cars stopped in the middle of the street. Like time had frozen. I didn't see a soul. Not even a squirrel. I approached my street and could see my house. I could tell the front door was open. The cat could get out. Must have been my daughter. I tell her to keep the front door closed all the time so the cat doesn't get out. I arrived to the front steps and started to make my way up. There was movement in the flowers. Rustling. Must be a bird, I thought. First one I saw all day. But it was no bird.
Dozens of them. Lumbering around almost aimlessly. Some covered in tiny amounts of blood. Some missing tiny limbs. There was one was taking a tiny bite out of another.
This Instructable will show you how to transform an ordinary ceramic garden gnome into a tiny mindless flesh-eating backyard horror.
Step 1: Materials and Supplies
"Bondo" auto body filler
- Bondo hardener (normally this is included in your Bondo purchase)
- small mixing cup (like a cleaned-out yogurt container
- Popsicle stick to mix the Bondo
- Outdoor adhesive
Acrylic craft paint. There are a few specific colors that are needed:
- Caucasian flesh tone (or your preference)
- Blood red... this is key. You need a good looking red for the blood. And blood's the only thing it should be used for; if you want your Gnombie to have a red hat, for example, use a different shade of red.
- Various other colors for clothing and stuff
- Acrylic crackle medium. It's found along with the craft paints
- Craft paint brushes
- Clear spray sealer. Clear enamel spray paint will work great.
Step 2: Study the Gnomes
For example, a sleeping gnome could become a dead gnombie. A gnome on its hands and knees could become a gnombie that's gnawing at another's leg.
Notice where their hands are. Maybe the gnombie could be holding something. Or maybe it's not a gnombie at all. Maybe it's a gnombies' victim that fighting off a attacker. There is a million ways to look at it. And sometimes the best route isn't the most obvious. So take your time and think about it.
Step 3: Gore
In a small mixing cup, prepare the Bondo per the container's instructions. This is usually just adding a tiny bit of hardener to a clump of Bondo and stirring with a popsicle stick until the color is consistent. You have to work pretty fast at this point.
Using the same mixing stick, start applying the Bondo to strategic areas of the gnome. For instance, an open wound would be an area surrounded by a rough outline of Bondo. It's also good to put Bondo around the mouth area, as if the gnombie has a mouthful of gnome meat hanging out of its mouth.
The Bondo will dry very quickly. In less than an hour you can use primer (or just white craft paint) on the Bondo area.
Step 4: Painting- Step 1 (beard)
It's best not to paint the beard one solid color. If you think about it, your hair isn't one color. It's a mixture of color tones that gived your hair its overall color. So painting should be no different. So squirt out a pool of the main color onto a paper plate and then add several drops of another color; like a different shade of the same color. But don't mix the colors up. Just let them form a swirl. Using a craft brush, start painting the bead and make sure you follow the contours of the beard.
Step 5: Painting- Step 2 (skin)
Paint all of the exposed skin with a swirl of red, green, blue...whatever. Find the grossest color combinations you can. These colors are going to show through the cracks in the skin. Once the first coat dries apply a coat of the crackle medium. Don't apply it evenly because the thickly-applied parts will create a thicker crack and the light coats will create a more subtle crack. Let the crackle medium air dry to a tack...not completely. Then immediately start painting the final coat. The final coat should be a sickly-looking flesh tone. Mix in some blue, green, and grey into flesh colored paint. Then watch in awe as the flesh color cracks and reveals a gross veiny looking zombie skin.
Step 6: Painting- Step 3 (everything Else)
Step 7: Blood and Details
Paint the eye balls white but don't add irises or pupils. This makes them look soul-less.
Step 8: Sealing
Step 9: Extra Credit
- The old "arrow-through-the-head" schtick. It was hilarious when Steve Martin did and it will be awesome on our gnombie too. If you have a sleeping gnombie, drill a hole in its head and make the hole look like a wound using some Bondo. Then glue some feathers (found at the craft store or on the side of the road) to some wooden skewers to make arrows. Stick the skewer in the gnome's hole and voila, you've got a slain gnombie.
- Put a weapon in a gnombie slayer's hand. If you drill a hole through a gnome's hand and stick something through the hole, it looks like he's holding something. Look around the house. What would a gnome use to defend itself against the littlest undead? How about a spoon? Or a fork?
- Signs: when it's the end of the world people find comfort in displaying signs. Cut a piece of cardboard and glue on a stick. Grab a Sharpie and spill your guts. If you were among the last humans on the planet, what clever slogan would you want to cram down people's throats?
- Make a Protagonist: The world needs a hero. Save one of those gnomes to create a kick-ass gnombie slayer. Equip him/fer with all the requisite gnombie-slaying gear like crossbows, guns, and pitchforks.