I wanted to make a little something to go on my door, but not a traditional wreath. I wanted a gnome ornament swag–and I think the result is SUPER fun!
Gnome Ornament Swag
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we want gnomes to greet us during the holiday season. Meaning: every holiday, not just Christmas. But, Christmas is even more so special as a gnome-time, right?! So, I made this fun gnome ornament into a Christmas door hanger swag so a gnome would greet me at the door!
It’s so cute, I can’t help but smile when I get home. And, because it’s pretty sturdy, I’ll be able to use it year after year. If you’re ready to make a fun holiday door decoration with a gnome, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make Christmas Swag
- You have to start by hitting your local craft store. I went to Hobby Lobby because they have that whole section of wreath bits and swag-building-pieces. Specifically, I got:
- Large wintry pine bough
- Small pine bough with pine cones and bells
- Faux antler
- If you wanted to make a more traditional wreath–Christmas wreath thing, you’d want to get more than just the two pine bough pieces. You’d want maybe 6 of each. So just keep that in mind, that making a full gnome wreath from scratch this way will be more intensive.
- I wanted this to teardrop swag hang on the handle of my front door, so I wanted the hook to be more like a coat hanger so I could get it off easily. If you would like it to hang from a hook on your door, you can twist the hook tighter, as you’ll be able to lift it off the hook rather than threading the wire through it.
- Word of caution if it’s your first time cutting faux fur to make your Christmas gnome ornament. Do not cut the fur with scissors. Use an exacto knife or similar and only cut the fabric on the back of the fur–never the fur itself.
- You can put other Christmas ornaments or red berries in your swag, heck, if you want to be really cool, you can put some battery operated warm white LED lights in it. You know, make it a little pre-lit swag, if you will. But I wanted more simple farmhouse style, so I left it quite plain.
- To turn this door swag into a mailbox swag, just make 2 of the same and then twist the wires together and under each other. Lay this over the top of your mailbox and ta-da!
How Do I Make this Gnome Swag?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
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- 1 Large Faux Plain Pine Branch/Bough with Large Stem
- 1 Small Faux Pine Branch/Bough with Bells or Pine Cone or Both
- 1 Faux Antler
- Gnome Ornament
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Make your gnome according to the directions here.
- Start by bending the large floral wire of the bigger pine bough into a tight curve. You want it to resemble a coat hanger so that it will stay on the door when it is opened and closed.
- Tuck the smaller pine bough with the bells and/or pine cone alongside the top of the large pine bough. You want the two wires to align and the smaller pine bough to join with the bigger one almost seamlessly, so tuck the branches together.
- Align the floral wire in the faux antler alongside that of the two pine boughs. The antler should stick out a big more, so feel free to bend it's floral wire outward.
- Hot glue those items together on the floral wire area only. You don't want the hot glue to get on the pine boughs or the antler, just the wire.
- Wind the gnome ornament string around the joined wires so that the gnome dangles in the center of the pine boughs, just below the smaller bough.
- Hot glue the gnome ornament string in place.
- Affix one end of the ball of twine to the base of the wires, where all of them come together.
- Tightly wrap the twine around the joined wires, periodically hot gluing in place. Make sure you go all the way to the end and cover the end of the wires.
- Adjust as desired and hang on your door!
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