I can’t get over how cute this simple Disney countdown gnome is! This no-sew Mickey gnome is so fun, and it makes the perfect (and fast) DIY countdown idea I’ve ever seen.
Disney Countdown Gnome
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are a little Disney-obsessed lately. Making all the Mickey ears you could ever want, getting our food budget knocked out, and just basically getting ourselves ready to go, it’s been a feat! And, just as I’m excited, the kids are equally so. They kept asking and asking how many days until we go. I couldn’t take it anymore!
So, I made this absolutely adorable Disney countdown gnome. I seriously love this little guy. He’s a gnome, so I automatically have an inclination. But then you add to it that he’s a Mickey gnome?! Oh, I was never going to be able to do anything but love. If you’re ready to make an irresistibly cute DIY Disney countdown craft, well, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make This Mickey Gnome
- Do not cut the mongolian fur with scissors. Never. You’ll be so sad if you do. It will cut off the ends of the fur and then it will look all choppy. Just don’t. Use an exacto knife and cut from the back of the fur, only cutting the fabric. See? Easy, right?
- No pom pom for the nose? No worries! You can use a wooden bead or make one out of polymer clay. You could put another button there or even make a ball of pantyhose. Don’t let the nose fool you, it’s easy.
- I filled my Disney countdown gnome with rice. But you can also use dried beans or beads, anything with a little weight to it that will help keep your Mickey sock gnome from falling over.
- Click here to get the downloadable Disney countdown SVG!
How Do I Make this Disney Countdown Gnome?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making a DIY Disney countdown ideas playlist on YouTube, here is our Disney countdown gnome video tutorial.
- Black felt
- Yellow buttons
- Red cotton fabric
- Black ankle sock
- Craft pompom (black or khaki)
- Grey craft fur
- Mini Chalkboard
- Polyfill or cotton stuffing
- Rice or polyfill beads
- Alphabet Stickers (I used the SVG here)
- Hot glue gun/sticks
- Circle to trace (2.5 to 3 inches)
- Fill the sock halfway with rice to help weigh and position your gnome. Finish filling with cotton stuffing but leave enough room to tie a knot in the top of the sock.
- Tie a knot in the top of the sock and secure with hot glue in case the kids play with it.
- Draw a triangle on the back of your craft fur that is 5-inches on the short side and 6-inches on the other two long sides.
- Use a craft knife to cut carefully through the fur backing only, not the fur itself.
- Hot glue the beard just under the knot of your sock (we only secure the top of the fur but you can glue down the sides, as well).
- Trace two triangle on the red fabric that are 6-inches across on the short side and 8-inches on the two long sides.
- Cut them out at the same time to assure they line up.
- Fold up the bottom half inch of each red triangle and secure into place with hot glue to create a nice “hemmed” edge. Place the triangles together with the hemmed edges facing each other.
- Apply hot glue ¼” from the edge and press the two sides together until cool, working with only a couple inches at a time. Continue along the edges all the way around except the bottom opening.
- Flip the hat inside right once all glue is cooled and hardened.
- Glue on two yellow buttons on the front.
- To create a pair of Mickey Mouse ears, trace a circle out of cardboard. Use it to trace 4 pieces of black felt with a one-quarter inch allowance around it.
- Place the cardboard between 2 black felt pieces and glue in place all the way around.
- Trim off ⅛” at the bottom of each ear to create a straight edge.
- Add glue to the straight edge of the ears and press into place firmly on either side of the hat.
- Finish off your Mickey gnome by gluing on a pompom just below the brim of the hat you position.
- Use alphabet stickers or an SVG file to print out “Days Until Disney” onto the small chalkboard.
- Press either firmly into place on the right side of your mini chalkboard and use chalk or a chalk marker to fill in the number each day.
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