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Welcome to the House and Gnome Awards 2012. It’s the most fun kids can have with colouring pencils, pens or chalks this summer! We want to see your best red-capped efforts and five lucky winners will bag themselves a special gnome-casting kit so they can recreate their very own gnome at home.

Read on for lots of information, fun facts and much more. Meet our star judges, download our gnome blueprints and don’t forget to check out the competition rules. Fancy a look at the prizes on offer? The House and Gnome Awards has it all.

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Huge congratulations to the five winners of the inaugural House and Gnome Awards! Our judges were impressed with their creative flair, use of media and colour and thought their entries were excellent for their age groups. Each winner will receive tickets to the Irish premiere of BRAVE, a gnome casting kit and a copy of Leprechaun Tales.

But we had lots of other entrants too and all were fantastic. Judges were very impressed with all our entrants’ hard work and efforts and everyone who took the time to send us a gnome will be getting a certificate in the post. Congratulations!


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Fun facts: 10 things you need to know about garden gnomes

Garden gnomes bring good luck! Did you know gnomes were regarded as good luck charms by our ancestors and would often be found living in the rafters of barns where they would help watch over livestock?

Gnomes are banned from the Royal Horticulture Society Chelsea Flower Show. We think that’s a crying shame, personally.

There are three categories of mass-produced gnomes: Worker gnomes, who always carry tools like fishing rods, shovels, or hammers; at-ease gnomes who typically carry a pipe or who look relaxed and cultural gnomes who will have a musical instrument in hand

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Gnome saying: a potted history of Garden Gnomes

1800s: the very first garden gnome was made by German ceramist Philipp Griebel in Graeferoda, Thuringia in Germany

1840s: like the Christmas tree, garden gnomes found their way to Britain (did they walk? It must have taken them ages on their little legs) and were first reported popping up on the English estate of Sir Charles Isham, the 10th Baronet of Lamport Hall.


Rules, terms & conditions

Please read the rules and terms and conditions of entry carefully before you enter the House and Gnome Awards 2012.

  • You must get your parents' permission before you enter the competition
  • Entrants must be under 13 years of age and located within Ireland
  • One entry per child
  • Entries must be submitted on one of the official four gnome blueprints
  • Entries will not be accepted on other formats or from other colouring books, drawn freehand etc
  • Entries can be submitted via email or by post
  • Late entries will not be accepted
  • Entries may be used for promotional purposes across any media we so choose
  • No prize substitutions will be possible
  • Editor’s decision is final
  • House and Home reserves the right to amend the competition terms and conditions/rules at any time
  • Prize may not match exactly the image used but will be a gnome casting kit which can be used to create a gnome from scratch
  • No correspondence will be entered into