The Best DIY Christmas Gnome Tutorials for Tomte Making

If your current craft of choice is DIY Christmas Gnomes, this Ultimate List of Christmas Gnome Tutorials and Christmas Gnome Video Tutorials will give you 75+ choices!!

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These Christmas gnome tutorials are the perfect way to add whimsy to your holiday decor.

Christmas Gnome Tutorials 

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we’ve probably indulged a little in gnome-making fun. Oh, who am I kidding?! We’re obsessed. I’ve been dreaming up new holiday gnome ideas since the day I put away my Christmas decorations. DIY tomte (another popular name for gnome, along with nisse or gonk) tutorials abound because well, they’re just adorable. 

These are the best Christmas gnome tutorials from around the web. Let’s get started…

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Tips to Make these DIY Christmas Gnomes

  • If you hate to sew (I feel that in my bones), pick up an easy, beginner no-sew gnome pattern like this one. I’ve made this for years and it’s so versatile!
  • Take your time. No one is an expert right away and many of these tutorials took 2 or 3 times to get them right. 
  • Felt is a very forgiving fabric. If you make a mistake, you can trim it and no one will know the difference. Fleece is also a favorite of mine.
  • Each gnome is unique. Do not feel constrained by these DIY Christmas gnome tutorials. Come up with your own variation or a new holiday gnome idea. And then please come back and share them with me!

The Quality of Fur Matters

If I could give you my best piece of advice for making gnomes, it is choosing a quality fur. Trust me – it really, really matters.

The sheets of fur in the crafts section might look fine, but quality fur will elevate your gnome from drab to fab. My favorite is Mongolian – it’s a longer pile, and it both looks and feels gorgeous. Another favorite is crinkle fur which is available at most craft stores.

If you’d like to check out the gnome-making supplies I use, click here. I have shared the tried-and-tested materials for you!

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Christmas Gnome Tutorials 

Ultimate List of Christmas Gnome Tutorials

Christmas Gnome Video Tutorials (DIY Tomte Tutorials)

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  1. Hi there! Can you tell me where the tutorial for your dog please. I am a groomer and I would love to make one! Thank you 😊

  2. Hi, love the gnomes! there is a picture of one gnome who looks like he is made out of burlap, the top left square of your advert for Christmas gnomes. I can’t find instructions for that one on your website. Any idea where it might be? Thanks, Ellen