You can make a high-end, beginner cone gnome using the sleeve of a sweater and a simple cone. Learn how to join fur pieces, add decorations, and make an easy gnome in just minutes.
DIY Beginner Gnome with a Cone
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I make quite a few different styles of gnomes: sock gnomes, gnome patterns with the sewing machine, hot glue gnome patterns, and cone gnomes. Sure, there are more but I wouldn’t want to come off as gnome-obsessed or anything…
One of my very first gnomes was built on a tiny paper maché cone and it’s still one of my favorites. The best part is that most of the work is done for you by the cone. If you haven’t tried making this style of DIY gnome, this is your invitation to try.
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How to Join Faux Fur Pieces of the Same Color
One of the most frequently asked questions how to blend fur when you don’t have enough for your project. The good news is that combining pieces of faux fur is pretty easy to do whether you’re sewing or you want to work with hot glue and will work with craft store fur and premium fur.
For this project, I am using the hot glue method and think it’s actually the easier of the two. The steps are:
- Affix the fur to the project or measure the needed amount.
- If the fur is fitting to a project, use paper to trace out the area you’re missing by laying it over the space and using a pencil to shade it in. In the video tutorial for this easy cone gnome, I show that I need a triangle and how to get the exact size.
- Once you have the piece, add a small buffer (no more than 1/8th of an inch; 3.175 mm) to the entire shape.
- Brush fur pile away from all edges and, using a detail tip hot glue gun, line hot glue along one side. Place the small piece vertically, lining up the side of the fabric backing of the fur into that glue. Let dry.
- Glue the other edges or points the same way (fabric backing down into the channel of glue). Let dry and brush out the gnome beard for a seamless look.
Note: if you are combining two edges of fur to piece together instead of for immediate use on a project, I recommend choosing a backing which extends across both. I’ll share that in another video tutorial soon.
Tips for Making an Easy Cone Gnome
This project comes together very, very quickly. Here are a few notes I took while making this project:
- If using a sweater sleeve for a hat, keep the seam of the sleeve to add structure.
- There is no stuffing in this hat style because the cone will keep it upright.
- If you have a large-weave fabric on the sweater, note that you might have to line the top of the cone with a thick fabric scrap to avoid the tip of the cone coming through. It doesn’t have to look pretty but it should match the sweater color.
- Cone gnomes are easier than the DIY sock gnome style because the hat is supported and requires no stuffing. That said you can add some Poly-fil to your gnome hat to shape it.
- The bottom of the cone remains open (great for stacking or storing other gnomes inside the cone shape), however, you can cover it with felt or fleece prior to adding the beard.
- I used wood beads (wood rounds without the holes) for the gnome nose, however, other suggestions are pompoms, nylon stuffed with Poly-fil, felted wool balls, and even table tennis balls covered in fabric or painted.
- These can be made into other holiday gnomes or Christmas gnomes (see the very popular family below).
How to Make a Beginner Cone Gnome with Hat
Below is the written tutorial for this quick gnome. If you are a visual learner or are making a gnomes playlist on YouTube, here is the full-length tutorial on how to join fur pieces and make a cone gnome.
More Cone Gnome Projects You Mike Like
- Make a Gnome Family without Sewing – This is a popular Christmas crafts tutorial because this produces elegant gnomes without a lot of work. And, they stack for storage! Full video tutorial here.
- Rustic Gnome Farmhouse Style – This easy DIY gnome uses Dollar Tree supplies and has the most adorable beard.
- Motorcycle / Bike Gnome – Everyone just LOVES this guy and I teach you some cool and new techniques in gnome making.
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