There’s a little bit of magic in this easy Dumbledore gnome. It’s so fun and simple–but this Harry Potter gnome pattern is so cool looking, it’s like winning the Tri-Wizard tournament.
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we adore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If we’re not reading the books to the kiddo, we’re digging out our copy of fantastic beasts and other magical creatures. I swear, we’re just having the best time with our little Harry Potter fan. But one thing we hadn’t done (that the kiddo has been asking for) is make our own wizard gnome.
This Dumbledore gnome is just the first of a couple. Because I love how our Dumbledore turned out. And the little one has definitely been bitten by a gnome bug, so we’re waving our magic wands for more. If you’re ready to get a wizard gnome made for your fan, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make this harry potter gnome
- Definitely use merino wool for the beard. I know that using craft fur for beards on a gnome is a common choice, but this DIY Harry Potter gnome really calls for a long, swirly whirley beard.
- The best touch of “Dumbledore-ness” you can put on this gnome besides the beard is the glasses. I mean, they’re kind of iconic. So, if you don’t have a pair just laying around, I found a pair of perfect little glasses that Dumbledore is sporting.
- While this awesome Harry Potter inspired gnome is a fun decoration, he’s not really a garden gnome. So, keep Dumbledore indoors and maybe set him on a stack of Harry Potter books. You know, in case he gets bored and wants to read.
- Although I often make noses out of polymer clay, this time I decided to use a wooden bead from this kit I have. It’s just handy if you want to make a super simple farmhouse gnome, to not have to make the clay and bake it–all that mess.
How Do I Make this Wizard Gnome?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- Purple felt
- Poly pellets
- Short sock (ankle, low rise)
- Gold fabric paint
- Wood skewer
- Gold or yellow string/twine
- Doll glasses
- Wooden bead
- Merino Wool
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
- Open up your sock and fill it ⅔ full with poly pellets, be sure to make it nice and round.
- Tie off the top of your sock, trim excess fabric from above the knot.
- Pull off 8” lengths of merino wool by holding firmly just above the 8” mark and pulling from the bottom, you don’t want to cut this or it will have an unnatural straight line along the bottom, we are going for the wild centuries old beard look.
- Run a line of hot glue along the side all the way around the back and begin pressing strips of wool into place until his hair is filled in all the way around.
- Repeat in the front for the beard, be sure to make it nice in full. Drape a long piece of wool in an upside down U shape for the mustache portion.
- Hot glue a wooden bead or half bead in place just above the mustache, place glasses on and secure with hot glue.
- Cut a triangle shape from your purple felt that is 7” wide at the bottom and 7” tall but rather than ending in a point cut your hat straight across, this makes it look a bit more like the unusual hats he wears in the movies.
- Dumbledore's purple robes I was inspired by have a little gold detailing, use gold fabric paint to give the hat a bit of gold detailing. Allow to dry thoroughly, alternatively you could glue on a bit of gold ribbon.
- Squeeze a generous amount of hot glue inside the hat about ¾ of the way up inside and then slip hat over the top of your gnomes head, scrunch the hat down and hold it in place until the glue cools. Be sure to overlap the hairline and come snugly to the nose, secure all the way around with hot glue underneath the bottom edge of the hat.
- Fold down the top of the hat and hot glue in place, if you look at the inspiration photo you will see his hat is a funny shape and this was a simple way to recreate the shape.
- Cut a wooden skewer 4” long and paint or use a sharpie to color it, hot glue to the gnome.
- Finally, create the tassel by wrapping gold or yellow string around your hand about 10 times, slide carefully off your hand and then tie of one end ½” from the end.
- Cut the loops on the other end and hot glue to the top.
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More Harry Potter Crafts You Might Like
- Harry Potter Wands – If you’ve got a little wizard that needs to have a pointer to help them learn to read, you cannot go wrong with making a few Harry Potter wands for this. They’ll love it–and you’ll love the magical ability to help your kiddo learn to read.
- Harry Potter Mason Jars – These are a fun, easy project for any age kiddo! And they’re perfect for organizing homework supplies at home or they’d make a great teacher appreciation gift.
- Sorting Hat Bookmark – A little bit difficult to mess this one up–it’s so wrinkly, the Sorting Hat just screams “kids can make me”. Ok. Maybe not really, but it’s so cute!
- Pencil Wands for Teacher Gifts – I don’t know any teacher that doesn’t have a problem losing pencils in her class. But if you give her (or him) a handful of these great wands, they won’t lose a single one!
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