This holiday season, bring this adorable DIY Scandinavian Christmas Gnome with rice body into your home. It’s a quick, 30-minute craft and is loved by all!
I know, I know. It’s September and I’m already posting Christmas stuff. But in my defense:
- It’s Christmas and I want to spread smiles (but I’m not ready for the music).
- I have to craft now because we’re leaving the country for half of December.
- The modern, minimalist printables are already made for you.
- I want a new theme for our house for this holiday season. “Yes, another one,” I reply to my husband.
I’ve created so many DIY Christmas decorations over the years but have never created these Scandinavian Christmas Gnomes (or tomte or nisse). And I love them; I’ve always loved them.
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Psst: If you love these little cuties but don’t want to DIY your own Scandinavian Christmas gnome with rice body, get this 16-inch fella Swedish tomte. SO cute and already done.
Supplies for DIY Scandinavian Christmas Gnome with Rice
- craft felt (in your choice of colors (I have both the low- and mid-priced felts here)
- faux fur (or you can brush out yarn but I’m lazy)
- scrap muslin or another natural-looking material
- anything you have on hand for a nose (my daughter picked three for us to use)
- bowls (in two sizes)
- dry rice
- glue gun, scissors, small elastics or rubber bands
- note: Stay tuned for this… The braided cord was going to be for a girl gnome but I ran out of time before my hair appointment (gotta color those grays, y’all).
Instructions for a DIY Holiday Gnome
This little cutie is easy-peasy to put together. Use your larger bowl to trace a circle on the muslin for the body. Rough cut it because no one is going to see the circle. #lazycrafting
Fill up the center of that circle with dry rice and tie off with an elastic band. Again, it doesn’t have to look pretty but be sure that ALL the sides are in.
I make a spot in the middle, fold it in like you’re making crab rangoon, and then gather each ‘point’ to the center. Set aside.
Next, we’re going to use the smaller bowl to trace the hat. Determine your height and then use the bowl as a guide. Cut out the rounded piece and flatten the bottom by cutting it into a triangle.
Grab the hot glue gun and glue the hat piece into a cone. Trim off any excess (you want a point at the back of the hat a bit lower than the front).
It’s time to wrangle the faux fur. Trim it into a beard shape BUT do not use scissors. Read this if you want to learn how to cut faux fur (spoiler alert: use a razor blade and cut the back only).
You can choose a long and skinny beard for your Scandinavian Christmas Gnome or wide and squatty if you’re short like
me my holiday gnome.
Glue the faux fur to the top of the rice-filled body. After determining where you’d like your hat to sit, glue on the nose. Finally, use hot glue to secure the hat.
Surprisingly these little guys and gals can take a hit! The millisecond I was done with him, my daughter came over and thought it was going to be her “new gnome family” for her dollhouse.
Her current gnome family is painted rocks, so this is definitely a step up.
Will you make these DIY Scandinavian Christmas gnome with rice body for your holiday decor this year? Stay tuned for other Swedish tomte on Ruffles and Rain Boots! Maybe you can whip up some of these DIY monogram napkins for gift-giving. Tie a little gnome around your gift bundle and voila – instant elegance!
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