This beautiful and elegant fall gnome garland is a touch of colorful fun and whimsical autumn farmhouse vibe!
Fall Gnome Garland
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I realized recently that all of my fall decor was getting a bit tired, so I decided to up my game. And to go with my elegant fall shelf-sitter gnome, I decided to make a matchy-matchy fall gnome garland.
Simple in it’s construction but oh so cute, this easy fall gnome garland is conveniently based on a gnome ornament pattern I made so it’s easy to replicate! So, grab your favorite hot glue gun and let’s get started.
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Tips to Make This Gnome Ornament Pattern into a Fall Garland
- You can grab the gnome ornament pattern here to make the little gnomes. It’s a great pattern because it allows you to have arms or not and then you can make an ornament, garland gnomes or gnomes for just decorating on wreaths or whatever! If you’d rather not cut out the gnomes by hand, you can grab the gnome ornament pattern and cut files here for Cricut or Silhouette.
- Make the leaves either by going out into your yard and finding some pretty gold and red leaves (although mine haven’t started changing colors at all yet) or you can just cut a few from felt using this set of hand drawn fall leaves here. Conveniently, you can cut those leaves using your Cricut or Silhouette, or you can just cut them out with scissors. It’s totally up to you.
- If you have never had luck cutting faux fur correctly, don’t worry, in the video tutorial, I show you how to cut it to get that fantastic drape. I like to flip the faux fur over and cut only the fabric backing using a razor blade or craft knife. The fur itself will just part and pull away, leaving you with a fantastic beard!
- Take your time, but enjoy the process. The entire project took me about 25 minutes from start to finish (cutting everything with my Cricut Maker). If you want a more custom look for each gnome, you can paint each beard to match their hats or add mini leaves onto each hat. Make this your own and enjoy every minute of it!
- Let’s chat a little about those wool felt balls. Making those is no simple task! I tried one time and they do not come out of the water as pretty as you might want and it takes a lot more patience than I am willing to spare for such an inconsequential element. So, don’t bother trying to make felt balls, just grab some here – so much better.
How Do I Make this Fall Gnome Garland?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making a fall crafts playlist on YouTube, here is our fall gnome garland video tutorial.
- Craft Knife or Razor Blade
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
- Embroidery Thread Needle
- Cut each of the cut each of the fall colored felt options into the hat shape depicted on the pattern and 2-3 fall leaves. If you are using your Cricut to cut out the hats and leaves like I did, simply upload the hat shape and leaf shapes to Cricut Design Space and follow the prompts to cut out a hat and 2-3 leaves from each color felt desired.
- Fold the edges of the hat shape over to form a cone and hot glue the two sides together, forming the hat. Repeat until you have all the hats desired.
- Flip the faux fur fur-side-down on your cutting surface, then with the razor blade or craft knife, cut through the fabric backing only to make the beards in rough "v" shapes about 3 inches wide and about 3 inches long.
- Tuck a beard shape up into a hat, with the brim of the hat overlapping the edge of the beard by about 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Hot glue the beard in place on the back of the fur - affixing the fur to the back of the hat. Repeat until all of the hats have beards attached.
- Tuck a gnome nose up under the edge of the hat brim and hot glue it in place both to the hat and to the beard. Repeat until all of the gnomes have noses.
- Lay-out the felted wool balls, leaves, and gnomes on the table to make sure you like the order of things.
- Thread 4-6 feet of embroidery thread on the needle.
- Thread the needle through the hats of the gnomes, the leaves, and the felted wool balls in the order you desire. Leave plenty of room between each for spacing and plenty of length of thread on each end to allow the garland to be hung.
The pattern also includes other garlands. For more fun Valentine's Day crafts and TONS of fun DIY gnome ideas, visit Ruffles and Rain Boots!
More Gnome Crafts You Might Like
- Simple Gnome Garland for the Holidays – So easy to make and absolutely adorable – perfect for the holidays!
- Christmas Gnome Ornaments – Literally my most popular gnome tutorial, this ornament is inspiration for EVERYTHING fun!
- Valentine Gnome Garland – Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean that the gnome-fun has to be!
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