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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If you’re new to making gnomes, check out our gnome supplies list on Amazon. Psst: there are even a few gnomes for inspiration (or to pick up if you’re just too busy during the holidays to craft).

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

As I mentioned, I love these little guys. Whether you call them tomte, nisser, Nordic gnomes, or Christmas elves, we’ve got a craft for you. I love putting together inexpensive gift ideas which repurpose items you have on hand. Check out a few of our favorite gnome crafts:

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

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

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing your craft ideas…LOVE the gnome ornaments! Could you plz share the dimensions of the triangle of felt for the hat? I’d really appreciate it… and thanks again!

    1. Sandi, The width is dependent upon the wood round, so it varies slightly. To make sure each one fits, I wrap the felt around with a slight overlap to cover the glued portion.

  4. Each year I make ornaments for my customer, I’m a cafe manager in a large bookstore and have a lot of regulars. And after I found your wonderful little gnome I bought all the supplies and will start today. I need around 100. So it will take some time. My customer are all looking forward to it. I started doing this a few years back and made around 40 ornaments the first year. I will put them in little clear bags with a ribbon and a hand drawn card.

    1. Wow, Toni! That is so generous and I hope everyone loves them as much as we do. The “hardest” part is definitely cutting the fur, but as long as your rounds are all the same sizes, it should go quickly.

      Please take a picture when you’re done – my gnome-loving heart will likely explode!

  5. Your gnomes are adorable. I wonder if I could use an Exacto knife to cut the fur? I look forward to creating some of these cuties.

    1. Of course! I usually just have a razor handy for removing all my hot glue overflow… :)

  6. what do you do to the back of the ornament as it isn’t very appealing…Any suggestions on how to cover all of it!! Thank you for any ideas…wonder how everyone else is doing theirs…

  7. Such a cute ornament! I make a Christmas ornament each year for our grandchildren. It’s a tradition my Mom started years ago. I will be making this ornament for 2019. Thank you for sharing.

  8. any ideas on how to cover the space beads so that the hole doesn’t show. Thank you! I really think these are cute and would like to make some.

    1. Iris, Thanks so much – we think they’re cute, too. We made about 15 of them! :) To cover the holes, I put one of the open ends under the hat (it’s covered) and the one at the bottom gets lost in the beard.

      1. Thank You for the hint..going to try to make some for Christmas I make an ornament for all the nieces and nephews..

  9. These are so cute and want to make some, but all I have are spacer beads and wondering how I would cover the hole so that it don’t show..any suggestions! Thank You.

    1. Not sure why my original reply isn’t showing, but we just turned the beads so the hole was under the hat and hidden inside the beard. On the package tags we made, no one could tell it was a spacer bead. :)

  10. I love these! Could you please give me a link or description of the nose you used in the video so that I know what to order? Thank you!!

    1. Katrina, I’m sorry I can’t give you a link. We made those from polymer clay. We have used pony beads in a neutral color as well as small, round wood beads. Hope that helps!

    1. We used a few different sizes (they all came in a pack together). The smallest was about 1.5 inches wide and the largest just over 3.5 inches wide. Hope that helps, Maryanne. They are so much fun to make!

  11. You are the First person to cut the fake fur correctly, thank you.
    Every time I watch a YouTube video they just take their scissors and cut from the front, all I can think is no no don’t do it.
    I do love your video, I’m going to show my niece how to make them this weekend.

    1. I agree. It is so painful to watch them cut up a piece of fur. Glad I don’t have to clean up the mess when they do that.

  12. So CUTE, Sarah. Every year I make ornaments for all of my clients, next year I will be making these. LOVE! TFS!!!

  13. Sarah,
    Adorable gnomes. I sure would like a print out with the instructions. I belong to an ornament club and may forget the instructions before next year. Do you have some you could email me? Thank you for this adorable Idea. Jeriann Marks

    1. You are now able to print the directions, Jeriann. I hope you have so much fun making them – we sure did.