How to Make a Recovery Gnome

Ready to make your Recovery Gnome to celebrate recovery? Great! Don't know where to start? That's ok!  We made a video to give you an idea of how you can make your own Recovery Gnome. Recovery Gnomes are unique, so let your creativity guide you.  

Regarding Anonymity

If you are in recovery, you are welcome to put your first name and clean/sober date on your Recovery Gnome if you wish.  If you are a friend or loved one of someone in recovery, we encourage you to write “friend” “son” “daughter” “wife”, etc., on your Recovery Gnome but no names please!  You are welcome to make as many Recovery Gnomes as you have relationships with people in recovery.

Where do I Place my Recovery Gnome?


Recovery Gnomes can go anywhere; up high, down low, in windows, trees or flower beds- be as creative as you dare but respectful of people’s property! Please do try to prevent loneliness as Recovery Gnomes prefer being close to friends and community. Don’t hide them where they will never be seen and, if possible, make sure a Gnome friend is near-by.