I love this set of gnomes with boots. They’re just little sock gnomes, but the apron, the coffee cups, and the boots – these simple DIY farmhouse gnomes with legs are just too sweet!
DIY Farmhouse Gnomes
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we adore making a new DIY gnome. Seriously, if I have 20 minutes free, I’m in my crafting zone finding baubles, socks and a bit of Mongolian fur to make a little gnome with. My latest? Oh, these two adorable DIY farmhouse gnomes with boots.
Yeah, those are boots–little Christmas ornament boots that I found that are just the perfect size. I just love them! If you’re ready to make a sock gnome with boots, well, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make Gnomes with Boots
- First, grab some boots. I got my little burlap boots at the craft store here locally, but I can’t find any online that match exactly. However, click here to get some absolutely adorable snow boots that would look so fabulous on your gnomes.
- Generally, I end up making my gnome noses from whatever is on hand. Sometimes it’s wood beads, sometimes buttons. But for this gnome project, it was polymer clay. Why did I pick clay to make this nose? Because I wanted to. There was seriously no reason other than I like breaking out the clay sometimes. So, you do you. If you’re not into clay, don’t use it–wood beads like these work just as well!
- Grab some super cute embellishment for the hat–this time I went with a burlap bow and button to match the boots. You can use whatever, but because my boots were burlap, I just wanted to bring it all together with another little touch.
- I made this entire gnome a no-sew project by using hot glue. You could absolutely use a sewing machine, it’s just whatever you’re most comfortable with.
- If you’ve never cut faux fur before, do not just go after it with scissors. You’ll ruin the drape. But, if you flip the fur over and cut the fabric only with an Exacto knife, you’ll be able to save the fur and it’ll look great!
How Do I Make DIY Farmhouse Gnomes?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- 2 Long Thermal Socks with Red Tops
- 2 Cups Dry, Uncooked Rice
- 2 Sets Boot Ornaments (3-inches Tall)
- 2 Gnome Noses (small polymer clay or wood balls)
- 4 Gnome Hands (small polymer clay or wood balls)
- Scraps Beige Felt
- Light Grey Craft Fur
- Light Brown Craft Fur
- 4 Buttons
- Red Polymer Clay
- Brown Polymer Clay
- Black Polymer Clay
- White Polymer Clay
- Burlap Scraps
- Scrap Dark Brown Faux Fur
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Exacto Knife or Razor Blade
- Binder Clip
- Start making your boy gnome by filling a sock with 1 cup of rice.
- Fill the sock with an additional 4 cups (or so) of polyfill, about halfway up the sock.
- Cut the top of the sock off and tie closed with twine.
- Hot glue the top of the sock closed.
- Cut out a large beard shape from the light brown faux fur by turning the fur over and cutting only the fabric with the exacto knife. To determine how big to make my beard (the light brown portion of it) I simply laid the filled sock over the fur and made a "u" shape that would leave fur just at the edge of the sock to overhang on the boots (eventually) and starting about 4 inches from the top of the sock--and about as wide as the entire front half of the sock.
- Slip the remaining portion of sock over the top of the gnome body and make sure you like the fit.
- Cut out a much smaller beard shape from the grey faux fur in the same way as above.
- Cut out a 3-4 inch long rectangle about 1/2 inch wide to make a mustache.
- Hot glue the beard to the body in the layers of light brown faux fur, grey faux fur and mustache.
- Hot glue the nose on just above the mustache.
- Pull the hat off the top of the gnome head and fold up the edge, making a neat brim. Hot glue this in place.
- Tuck the hat back down onto the gnome head and hot glue the brim in place over the nose with a cute wrinkle (the best part!).
- Pull the hat down low in the back and hot glue it in place. Leave the sides open to place the arms--we'll glue the sides down later.
- Cut a piece of burlap about 8-inches long by 1/2 inch wide.
- Tie the burlap piece around the bottom of the red part of the sock, right at the top of the gnome head, and make a bow.
- Hot glue a button in the center of the bow.
- Cut the red part of the hat at a steep angle to make a pointed triangle, starting at the burlap ribbon and working upward to the tip of the sock.
- Hot glue a hem into the edge of the remaining triangle on the top of the sock.
- Glue the two hemmed edges of the triangle together to form a pointy hat.
- Take the scrap of dark brown faux fur and cut a quarter-sized circle from it, on only the fabric backing.
- Place a bead of hot glue around the edge of this quarter-sized circle of dark brown faux fur and then pinch it together to form a tiny pom pom.
- Hot glue this tiny pom pom to the tip of the hat.
- Press a pair of shoes together as they would sit side-by side. Where they touch, add a dab of hot glue to hold them in place.
- Set the gnome on top of the boots. Where the boots and sock bottom of the gnome touch, add a bead of hot glue and press the gnome into the boots to create a good seal.
- With the scraps of red sock that you cut off the top of the hat, cut two 1-inch wide sections as long as you can get.
- Fold this section of red sock fabric in half twice to form a hem and hot glue in place.
- Slip each arm up into the hat, behind the beard and hot glue in place.
- Hot glue the hands onto the ends of the arms.
- Make a thin snake of white and cut it in half.
- Twirl the snakes of white into tight coils with a base about the size of a dime.
- Make the coffee cups by rolling a 2-inch by 1/2-inch section of red clay into a cylinder and then cut it in half.
- Make the coffee by forming a small, thin disc of brown clay about the same width as the red cylinder.
- Press the disc of coffee in between the two sections of cup.
- Make a thin snake of black and press it flat, then straighten the sides.
- Wrap this flat snake of black around the coffee.
- Cut the two coffee cups apart, slicing through the coffee and lip.
- Smooth the coffee cup and coffee to your heart's content.
- Bake the coffee cups per the clay package's directions. Allow them to cool fully.
- To make the little girl gnome, follow all of the steps, with the exception of the beard.
- To make the braids as the alternative to the beard, start by brushing out a 3-4 inch wide section of grey fur, longer than your sock gnome body.
- Cut 6 - 1/2 inch wide rectangles as long as the sock is from the grey craft fur, cutting it on the fabric side only, as you did with the beards.
- Clip 3 of the strands together on one end with a binder clip and tape it in place on your desk.
- Taking care to not twist the sections of fur and keep the strands down, braid the sections of fur.
- Tie the end in place with twine.
- Tie the top in place with the twine and remove from the binder clip.
- Trim the ends of the braid so that the fur is fairly even.
- Hot glue the braids on each side of the gnome's head.
- To make the apron for the little girl gnome, cut a scrap section of beige felt the width of her body and about half the height.
- On one long side of the felt, create pleats by placing a dab of hot glue and then pinching the fabric together.
- Cut a length of felt about 1/4 inch wide long enough to wrap around the gnome body, plus 2-inches.
- Wrap this around the gnome body and tie it in a knot in the back of the gnome. Hot glue in place.
- Cut two lengths of felt about 1/4 inch wide long enough to go down the front of the gnome, from the edge of the hat to the apron, with overhang on both ends--forming apron straps. Hot glue in place.
- Add a button to each of these apron straps.
- Make the arms for the little girl gnome just like the little guy.
- Hot glue a coffee cup between each hand of each gnome and enjoy!
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