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Easy DIY Christmas Gnome – Adorable Scandinavian Holiday Decor

I’m updating my holiday decor with this adorable and easy DIY Christmas gnome. He’s perfect for this season’s festivities and so easy to make with inexpensive craft supplies. Bring gnomes into your home this holiday season.

Easy DIY Christmas Gnome Holiday Decor

Easy DIY Christmas Gnome (Felt Nordic Gnome)

I made the adorable little rice-filled gnome and was struck with the idea to create a family of them. In September, I pictured this little family on a shelf in my living room and set out to making them a few different ways.

This one was far less labor-intensive than the rice gnome (and that one was pretty darn easy). We’ve also made the adorable gnome with braids. There are affiliate links in this tutorial which means, at no additional cost to you, we could receive compensation for our recommendations. You can read our full disclosure policy.

Psst: if you love these little guys and don’t want to have to make your own (hey, you’re busy), look at these:

The fun one can have with a glue gun and some leftover craft supplies. Plug in your glue gun and let’s get crafting!

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DIY Christmas Gnome Tutorials

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Supplies for a Christmas Gnome

Aside from the foam cone, I had all supplies on hand for this quick, easy DIY Christmas gnome craft. My 5-year-old helped me pick the nose from a series of pre-made clay beads we'd made and saved.

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  • Cone (I've used 9-inches for this one, but any size works)
  • Felt (8.5 x 11-inch craft felt will be fine)
  • Faux Fur
  • Muslin or other natural-looking fabric (I used scraps from sewing patterns)
  • Bead, clay shape, or rounded button for the nose
  • Glue gun, razor, and scissors

Holiday Tomte Nisse Christmas Gnome Family DIY Holiday Decor

Scandinavian Gnome Assembly

Wrap the majority of the cone in the muslin and hot-glue to secure. Note: you might have to wrap it twice or fold over the muslin so it's two layers (I did this because it was the easier of the two).

Easy Christmas Decor Minimalist

Trim the muslin at the base of the cone so that you have just enough fabric to overlap the entire base. Your easy DIY Christmas gnome is going to come together quickly, but this is an area to spend a little time on - you want it relatively smooth(ish).

Cut slits in the fabric at the base to help it lie flat. I didn't want it smooth and "perfect" because I wanted a more rustic look. To get that look, just glue some sections down a bit looser than others. Don't you love lazy crafting?

Natural Minimalism Gnome for Simple Holiday Crafting




How to Cut Faux Fur

Make a template for your gnome's beard by folding a piece of scrap paper in half and then drawing a rough beard shape. Cut it out and test it against your gnome friend.

How to Cut Faux Fur - Create a template first

If you've never cut faux fur before, let me break it down:

  • Never use scissors
  • Cut from the back with a razor
  • Cut only deep enough (pressing lightly) to cut through the connecting fabric. Do not cut the actual 'fur.'
How to cut faux fur - use a razor and cut only the connecting fabric

Hot glue your faux fur to your gnome. I liked the look of the beard juuuuuuuust dragging the ground, but hey - this is your gnome so you do what you want.

How to Make a Christmas Gnome Tomte

Cut and Attach the Gnome's Hat and "Face"

Wrap the felt around the head of your easy DIY Christmas gnome and decide the height you like best. From the nose to the top of the tip, my gnome's hat measures 9-inches.

Cut a rounded triangle and hot glue it into a cone shape. I liked the split to the hat in the back. If you prefer the rounded look, follow the instructions in the rice gnome instead.

How to make a gnome hat from felt

To help you decide on the hat's position, try to pull it down in back a little. It looks so stinkin' adorable tipped back a bit.

How to Make a Christmas Gnome Tutorial

Next, estimate where your eyes would be and nose will go. Then, affix the gnome's hat and glue on the button nose.

Use clay or a bead for a gnome nose
Yield: 1 Christmas Gnome

Easy DIY Christmas Gnome

Make this easy DIY Christmas gnome for holiday decor. It has a cute button nose and fits in with any decorating style! #DIYcrafts #DIYholiday #handmadeholiday #Christmascrafts #minimalism

Easy DIY Christmas Gnome is so much fun!

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Cone (I've used 9-inches for this one, but any size works)
  • Felt (8.5 x 11-inch craft felt will be fine)
  • Faux Fur
  • Muslin or other natural-looking fabric (I used scraps from sewing patterns)
  • Bead, clay shape, or rounded button for the nose

Tools

  • Glue gun, razor, and scissors

Instructions

  1. Wrap the majority of the cone in the muslin and hot-glue to secure. Note: you might have to wrap it twice or fold over the muslin so it's two layers (I did this because it was the easier of the two).
  2. Trim the muslin at the base of the cone so that you have just enough fabric to overlap the entire base. Your easy DIY Christmas gnome is going to come together quickly, but this is an area to spend a little time on - you want it relatively smooth(ish).
  3. Cut slits in the fabric at the base to help it lie flat. I didn't want it smooth and "perfect" because I wanted a more rustic look. To get that look, just glue some sections down a bit looser than others.
  4. Make a template for your gnome's beard by folding a piece of scrap paper in half and then drawing a rough beard shape. Cut it out and test it against your gnome friend. Hot glue your faux fur to your gnome.
  5. Wrap the felt around the head of your easy DIY Christmas gnome and decide the height you like best. From the nose to the top of the tip, my gnome's hat measures 9-inches.
  6. Cut a rounded triangle and hot glue it into a cone shape. I liked the split to the hat in the back. If you prefer the rounded look, follow the instructions in the rice gnome instead.
  7. To help you decide on the hat's position, try to pull it down in back a little.
  8. Next, estimate where your eyes would be and nose will go. Then, affix the gnome's hat and glue on the button nose.

Notes

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Over to You

Have you made any easy DIY Christmas gnomes before? If so, are they now a staple in your holiday decorating? I do believe these little guys are going to be with us a long time.

Make this easy DIY Christmas gnome for holiday decor. It has a cute button nose and fits in with any decorating style! #DIYcrafts #DIYholiday #handmadeholiday #Christmascrafts #minimalism

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Dara

Monday 13th of November 2017

I love him. He is so dang cute. I want to make one for everyone I know. :)

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