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Christmas Gnome Ornaments – A Quick, Adorable Craft

These adorable Christmas gnome ornaments are a 15-minute holiday craft. Simple craft supplies and imagination are all you need to get started.

Christmas Gnome Ornaments Holiday Craft

Make these Christmas gnome ornaments in less than 15-minutes. They have so much character!

Christmas Gnome Ornaments – You’re Done in 15-Minutes!

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love quick crafts for the holidays. These adorable Christmas gnome ornaments are perfect for a cold night, quick Christmas craft idea.

If you’ve been around here before, I love gnomes, tomte, nisser, or anything else they’re called. Once you have the know-how, it’s so much fun to fill your home with them. If you love these cuties, too, check our Gnome Crafts page.

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Supplies Needed to Make Wood Slice Gnome Ornaments

Wood slice ornaments are the base for our cute little gnomes and they’re available everywhere! We got a package of three sizes and have been having a lot of fun making holiday crafts like our easy hand-lettered ornaments.

For these, the only item you’ll need to hunt down is the faux fur. You can use any type of craft fur which is available at most arts and crafts stores. If you’d like the type we used, go to a fabric store and have a quarter of a yard cut. You can make so many gnomes!

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Christmas Gnome Ornaments

How to Make Quick Christmas Gnome Ornaments

This is such a fun, quick Christmas craft idea. And the best part is that you can customize your gnomes to fit any decor, tree theme, or personality. My daughter had the great idea of including a couple as package decorations, so we’re using our smallest wood slice rounds for that.

Below is a written tutorial but it’s best explained (and demonstrated) with video. I get many questions about the hats, so I wanted to show you how easy this gnome hat “pattern” is with our FULL VIDEO – Click here for the Christmas gnome ornaments video tutorial.

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Yield: 2-4 gnome ornaments

Christmas Gnome Ornaments - A Quick, Adorable Craft

Christmas Gnome Ornaments

These adorable Christmas gnome ornaments are a 15-minute holiday craft. Simple craft supplies and imagination are all you need to get started.

Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • scissors
  • razor blade
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks


  1. Gather the ends of your twine or ribbon and tie them in a knot. Set aside. tie knot in twine for gnome ornament
  2. Using a razor or other straight blade, cut the faux fur around the wood slice so that there is just a small bit of overlap. To get a natural-looking beard, do not cut through the fur – only the backing. Cut a small mustache piece – a rectangle – and separate it into two sections. learn how to cut the faux fur for a gnome beard
  3. Hot glue the beard to the wood slice, add the mustache on top, and glue the nose on top of that. glue on the gnome beard and learn how to make a gnome mustache and style faux fur
  4. To make the hat, wrap a piece of felt around the wood slice, allowing a small bit of overlap as shown in the video. Fold in half and cut off the excess. Trim to a rounded triangle and open the felt piece. learn how to make a no sew gnome hat for gnome ornaments
  5. Glue the bottom of the hat together to secure the cone. learn how to assemble a gnome hat by gluing the bottom of the hat first
  6. Hot glue the twine holder at the top of the cone and then secure the entire cone with glue. use the twine hanger you make and insert into the gnome hat
  7. Slide the hat over the wood slice, positioning it to scrunch on the nose. Hot glue it to the nose and then secure the rest of the hat to the wood. glue on the gnome nose and learn how to make a scrunched gnome hat
  8. Add any decorations you would like and your Christmas gnome ornaments are done!


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More Scandinavian Gnome Crafts

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Friday 17th of September 2021

Can you use other fabrics for the hat other the felt?

Sunday 21st of November 2021

@Gretchen, Buy Finger gloves at 1.00 store and cut the tips off


Friday 17th of September 2021

@Sarah Nenni-Daher, Thank You!

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Friday 17th of September 2021

Of course, however, if you use thin ones like cotton it's going to show creases and wrinkles after time.

Anne Tessier

Sunday 13th of December 2020

I have been looking for quick, easy adorable gnome crafts and now I have a great idea. Thanks for posting this!

Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

I messed around with noses and finally found the perfect solution. Half a pistachio shell works great thanks for the lovely instructions!

Judy lintz

Thursday 12th of December 2019

How tall do you make the hat in relation to the bottom? I am having trouble getting the edges to meet.

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Thursday 12th of December 2019

Judy, The height of the hat can vary. For me, the critical part was to get the right width of the triangle at the base (the widest part at the bottom).

When you fold over the fabric and cut it, try a wider-than-needed cut at first. You could even try cutting it to a flat top instead of a point because when you roll it, it will come together.


Friday 15th of November 2019

What size is the wood circle?

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Monday 18th of November 2019

You can use any size you'd like, but my favorite is linked. The sets give me quite a bit of variation to use for both ornaments and package tags.

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