This absolutely beautiful and adorable butterfly gnome pattern is just the best DIY spring gnome perfect for Mother’s Day or just to brighten your day!
Butterfly Gnome Pattern
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we LOVE making gnomes for spring. They’re just all sorts of shades of pastel, fresh flowers and bright sunshine. So, when I remembered I had my little wheelbarrow and found some butterflies – a lightbulb moment hit me. Spring + Butterflies = Beautiful.
No way was I passing this opportunity up. Plus, the path I was on of making Mother’s Day gnomes this year for ding dong ditch gifts, I knew just who needed this butterfly gnome. So, I set to bringing all my gnome-pattern-making skills to bear. If you’re ready to make this beautiful gnome with a butterfly hat, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make This DIY Spring Gnome
- Start by grabbing the Wild Gnome Pattern here. This fun DIY spring gnome is featured in this pattern set in no-sew and sewn options – but there are SIX MORE gnomes that you can make with the same pattern. There are variations for a mushroom gnome, a succulent gnome, a pine cone gnome, a moss hat gnome, and a flower gnome along with the butterfly gnome. So there are no-end to options with this gnome pattern.
- If making all these tiny cuts isn’t your thing, or if you would like to batch-out the cutting when making a ton of gnomes, you can click here to grab the Wild Gnome Pattern WITH CUT FILES for Cricut or Silhouette. That way you’re avoiding that pair of scissors for all these little cuts. Win!
- I found my little decorative metal wheelbarrow at the craft store last year – and wasn’t sure what I would use it for. It sat around for a while until I came upon this butterfly gnome pattern idea. I’m sure they’re still available at the craft store, but you can grab a similar set here for a duo that would be perfect for a gnome for you and a gnome for your favorite gift-recipient!
- The little butterflies I used are readily available at the craft stores, too, but I found (after I made my butterfly gnome, of course) this cute set of really inexpensive butterflies here that are perfect for adding to your spring gnome!
How Do I Make this Butterfly Gnome Pattern?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- 1/8 yard Fleece Fabric, Pale Purple or Pink
- White Mongolian Faux Fur
- 1/2 cup Poly-Beads
- 1 or 1 1/2-inch Wood Round (or other nose)
- 5-6 2-inch Faux Butterflies in Shades of Purple, Pink, or Blue
- Floral Foam or Foam Balls
- 1/4 Sheet Craft Moss
- Decorative Metal Wheelbarrow
- 1 Faux Floral Stem
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Razor Blade or Craft Knife
- Pencil or Fabric Marker, optional
- Cut the body shape from the fleece fabric and fold it in half right-side to right-side. Hot glue the two tabs together and allow the glue to cool completely.
- Alight two of the three curved bumps on the top of the gnome and hot glue ONE SIDE of the two aligned curved bumps together, meaning hot glue the two bumps together from the topmost point to the base only on 1/2 of the bump.
- Hot glue the base onto the bottom of the body shape. Allow the glue to cool completely.
- Turn the body right side out and fill about halfway full with Poly Beads, stuffing the remaining portion of the body with Poly Fill. Hot glue hem the top closed by pinching the open bumps together, with hot glue between them. Allow the hot glue to cool completely.
- Place your faux fur face down and, using your razor blade or craft knife, cut the fabric backing only into the shape you want for the beard. Hot glue the beard onto the front of the gnome. Allow the hot glue to cool completely.
- Part the beard fur to the fabric about 1/2 inch below the top of the beard. Add a fair amount of hot glue then place the nose on top. Allow the hot glue to cool completely.
- To make the hat, cut one cone hat shape from the fleece fabric and fold it in half, right-side to right-side. Hot glue the two sides together. Allow the hot glue to cool completely.
- Turn the hat right side out, using a pencil or end of a paint brush to push out the tip. Fill the hat with a little Poly Fill - just enough to help hold the hat shape up and bear the weight of the butterflies.
- Place the hat onto the gnome's head, tucking the hat over his nose in a cute wrinkle. Hot glue this in place. Hot glue the back of the hat in place, pulling it low to open up the face and add character. If you plan to add arms do so now.
- Trim the wires on the butterflies to about 2-inches long and bend them perpendicular to the butterfly's body. Work the butterfly wires into the hat in random locations.
- You can display the gnome as-is or you can make the little wheelbarrow stand by adding floral foam to a tiny wheelbarrow and covering it with moss, adding a matching faux floral stem to the brim, and setting the butterfly gnome on top.
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- DIY Spring Sock Gnome with Boots – He’s got his coffee, a swirly hat, and a pair of boots that will take on any gardening project!
- Spring Gnome from a Cone with Rain Boots – April Showers getting you down – and you’re ready for those May flowers? This gnome has it ALL!
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