This DIY cup gnome is made in 7 minutes using a free gnome pattern and it couldn’t be cuter! Use it create a gnome for every holiday or season.
These gnomes are also made into treat or party favors, making the pattern very versatile. Read through the quick steps below, download the pattern, and get started.
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Free Cup Gnome Pattern
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I’ve been making gnomes for so long and love a good challenge to change things up. Recently, a reader asked if I could make a quick cup gnome pattern so could make a lot of gnomes as a giveaway for a class party.
As part of my use or lose it resolution, I looked through my craft stash, found some paper cups and felt, and create this free gnome pattern for everyone. When designing it, I made sure it could be used as both a standing gnome and a treat or party favor, too.
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Supplies Needed for This Easy Gnome
Check your supplies to see if you have any of this on hand already.
- Cup – I used a 9 ounce paper cup from the Dollar Tree
- Felt – Premium felt is recommended over the thinner craft felt
- Faux Fur – I prefer fur gnome beards, but you can use yarn or make a mop beard using a Dollar Tree cotton mop head.
- Wood Ball – A 3/4 inch wood round works perfectly for a gnome nose.
- Poly-Fil – I stuffed the hat with this to make sure it wouldn’t get squished down once glued to the body.
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Printer and Paper for the Pattern
Tips and Alternatives When Making a Cup Gnome
When making this gnome, I kept your options open. Use the same gnome pattern to create favors or treat jars, too.
- Changing the colors of felt and decorations, you can make an easy Christmas gnome, birthday gnome, or any other theme or holiday.
- Always check the dollar store for decorations, but steer clear of the felt – it’s much too thin.
- If using craft felt (thinner than premium), be sure to spread it out so the hot glue doesn’t show through. The body will look bumpy.
- Use anything you have on hand for a gnome nose, it doesn’t have to be a wood ball. Pom poms, plastic or wood beads, or even fabric rolled into a ball will work.
- To create a bendable hat, glue part of a pipe cleaner in the hat before attaching to the body.
- Make this DIY gnome into a treat jar or party favor by adding candy to the top of the cup before slipping the hat onto the body.
- Decorate the gnomes with a hat brim using a thick yarn – it looks really cute.
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How to Make a Cup Gnome
Below are the step-by-step instructions on how to put this adorable gnome together. Keep this page open and follow along. Use the comments section for any questions.
If you’re a visual learner, watch the Valentine’s Day cup gnome video tutorial. Be sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel – we have a lot of fun over there.
First, print off the cup gnome pattern of this easy DIY gnome and cut out the body and hat pieces. Trace or pin to felt and cut them out.
Turn the cup upside down (the bottom of the body will be open). Line the top of the body pattern with the bottom edge of the cup (now at the top) and secure around with hot glue.
Cut tabs into the overhang and use hot glue to secure to the inside of the cup.
Make a 2×2 inch square of faux fur by cutting the fabric backing and use hot glue to secure it 1/2 inch down from the top of the body.
Split the fur to the fabric backing and add hot glue to secure the wood gnome nose.
Wrap the hat around the top of the body and gnome nose and secure the bottom overlap with glue. Remove from the gnome body and glue the rest of the hat together.
Fill the hat with Poly-Fil, secure the bottom of the hat to the gnome body with hot glue, and decorate. Be sure to read the tips section for alternatives here, such as a gnome treat jar or a bendable hat.
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