Too much fun to be had making this easy DIY Christmas gnome mug topper. It would be the perfect gift idea or just a fun treat for yourself!
Gnome Mug Topper
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love coming up with new ways to gnomes. Because just having one gnome in my life seems so boring. LOL! In all seriousness, though, this fun Christmas gnome mug topper is a simple and fun craft you can make in an afternoon as a gift or just for your own dash of Christmas cheer!
What I love most about this DIY whipped cream gnome, though, is that he’s food safe. All of the options I’ve seen to buy one online have been for decoration only. Not to be used to keep my coffee warm inside my mug. Which is so sad – I wanted a gnome to warm that coffee! So, I planned, schemed and gnomed, making this fun gnome in one afternoon. If you’re ready to make a fun gnome mug topper, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make Faux Whipped Cream Mug Topper Gnome
- I tried making this faux whipped cream mug topper gnome a few ways and I’ll be honest, I was kind of disappointed with the first few methods. First I wanted to make this from dollar store materials like wall spackle because that’s what I had seen others do. But that’s not food-safe and when I tried it, the mess was unbearable. So, I cleaned that up and grabbed some paper clay. Easy, right? Wrong. Paper clay cracked immediately, didn’t curl well and just wasn’t going making a clean and sharp look. So, I pulled out the “big glue guns” and opened a big package of polymer clay. This was the trick. Smooth, clean, food-safe, easy to paint and seal. It was amazing to work with and relatively simple too.
- To make the clay do that epically fun whipped cream look, I used a clay extruder and a star tip (insert?). You have to get the extruder AND this little add-on package of tip/inserts here. You can use either the 5 sided star or the 6 sided. I used the 6 sided for a more whipped-cream look.
- I used a large 1-inch wood bead for my gnome’s nose. You can use a polymer clay bead, of course I mean, you’re making the whole gnome out of clay, so why not?!) but I kind of had my heart on using that wood bead. I think it just added a fun element.
- Last thing, I decided to add some sprinkles to the top of my adorable whipped cream gnome, just for realism’s sake (don’t we all put sprinkles on our gnomes?!). I grabbed these faux Christmas sprinkles here for a quick way to add some holiday charm!
How Do I Make this Gnome Mug Topper?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
More DIY Christmas Gnome Crafts You Might Like
- Upcycled Christmas Tree Porch Gnome – A quick and fun craft to use that old fake Christmas tree you have in the attic to make a porch gnome you’ll love.
- Easy 10-Minute DIY Christmas Gnome – This is such a quick and easy gnome, but he’s got so much charm and he’s perfect for a Christmas farmhouse tiered tray!
- Scandinavian Christmas Gnome Pattern – If you’re as gnome-obsessed as I am, you know a good pattern when you see one and this one? It’s easy, fun and really makes a spectacular gnome.
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