Friends, this DIY Cupid gnome was a long time coming. I’ve had the drawing for months but just wasn’t happy with the final product. Does that ever happen to you? You’re so excited to get something done but just can’t get it right?
After a couple of months and eight gnomes, I am finally happy with a high-end, weighted pool noodle gnome body. This Cupid gnome DIY features a kick back leg and a wood ornament, but that it is not necessary – I just have to be a little bit extra sometimes.
DIY Cupid Gnome
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I’m a tinkerer and tester. I try new things without sharing them because I want to make sure they work and hold up to my standards.
In October of 2021, I had 15 requests in a single day to start making pool noodle gnome tutorials. Right then, I drew this Valentine’s Day gnome and set to work on finding the best way to use the pool noodle. In addition to having full design control unimpeded by the body, I set goals that I needed to be proud to share it and to contribute something new to the maker community.
Many prototypes later and I’m happy with the body AND with presenting you with a fun kick-back leg and no sewing machine required! Psst: wouldn’t this be a great gift for a gnome fan? Oooh, I just love him – he looks so magical with the gold accents.
Alternatives for This Cupid Gnome DIY
I will share my entire process for making pool noodle gnomes bodies in detail soon, including tips and tricks that allow the final gnome to be solid and customized. For this gnome, however, I’m going to let the video do the explaining. Some things to keep in mind…
- You don’t have to kick back the leg. If you want two legs ending with feet and little bubbly toes, just put one dowel a half inch higher into the body and create both feet the way you make the one with the ornament hole.
- Cover the base. I had the idea that the base should be made into a cloud (cute idea, right?) but ran out of time. I would LOVE to see someone do this (share in the Facebook group here).
- Give Cupid a hat. Although I chose to make a crazy hair situation for my guy, you can make a slouchy hat in the same fleece as the wrap and sash. That would be adorable!
- Make a bow out of a popsicle stick. Heat water and let a popsicle stick (craft stick) soak in it until pliable. Place the wet stick into a bowl or glass to get the desired curve and leave to dry. String it by making a small hole on either end and tying some embroidery floss into it.
Make a Cupid Gnome DIY for Valentine’s Day
Below is my written tutorial (which is printable) but I suggest you watch the full DIY Cupid Gnome video tutorial here on the YouTube channel. You will see (and hear) things I just can’t write out in a way that works for everyone.
More Gnomes You Might Like
- No Sew Valentine Gnome Couple – This adorable set bring the ooh’s and ahh’s!
- Valentine’s Day Sock Gnomes – Check out those amazing hats.
- Wood Block Gnome DIY – The sweetest pair of gnomes is waiting in your scrap pile.
- Gnome Puns and Gnome Sayings – Whether you’re making a sign, a gift tag, or a card, you can chuckle your way through these.
- Crochet Cupid Gnome Pattern and Tutorial – Let Lindsey show you how to make an adorable crocheted cutie.
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