This is the easiest gnome with boots I’ve ever made! And because it’s a gnome made with a cone, it comes together quick! Definitely one to love.
How to Make a Gnome with Boots
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are absolutely obsessed with gnomes. You just never know when you’ll need to gift a little tomte to a friend or decorate a shelf with a set of nisser. The mood just strikes and you have to do it. Thus it was with this AH-mazingly beautiful DIY gnome with boots.
Such a simple gnome tutorial, really, but the result is this gorgeous heirloom piece gnome that I plan to gift this holiday season to someone who I know will find it to be as precious as I do. If you’re ready to make an artisan gnome, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make a Styrofoam Cone Gnome
- I found my little blue boots at the craft store–and they were the last pair. I looked and looked for a second pair (because I wanted to make a little girl gnome to go with my styrofoam cone gnome) but there were none to be had–even online. So, I found these adorable red boots that you can grab–but they just won’t be blue like mine.
- Generally, I end up making my gnome noses from whatever is on hand. Sometimes it’s wood beads, sometimes buttons. But for this gnome project, it was polymer clay. Why did I pick clay to make this nose? Because I wanted to. When designing, go with what feels right–or what you have on hand.
- Grab some super cute bauble for the gnome to hold. It doesn’t have to be anything big–a pinecone or a few sticks of cinnamon and it’ll look so dang cute, you’ll love it.
- I made this entire gnome a no-sew pattern by using hot glue to make all my hems. But you could absolutely use a sewing machine. Whatever you’re most comfortable with.
- If you’ve never cut faux fur before, do not just go after it with scissors. You’ll ruin the drape and be super sorry. But, if you flip the fur over and cut the fabric only with an Exacto knife, you’ll be able to save the fur and it’ll look great!
How Do I Make a Gnome with Boots?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- 1 12-inch Styrofoam Cone
- 1 4-inch Styrofoam Ball
- 1 Set 3-inch Boot Ornaments
- 3 Clay Beads, Wood Beads or Other Nose
- 2 Buttons
- 1/4 yard Grey Fleece Fabric
- 1/4 yard Charcoal Felt
- 1/4 yard Mongolian Faux Fur
- 1 Bauble to Hold (I used Cinnamon Sticks)
- Bamboo Skewer or Toothpick, optional
- Polyfill (Small Amount)
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Exacto Knife or Razor Blade
- With your exacto knife or razor blade, cut a flat place on one side of your foam ball.
- Glue the flat place on the ball to the bottom of the cone. If you would like to, you can add a bamboo skewer or toothpick between the two to hold them in place until the hot glue seals.
- With a small portion of polyfill, wrap the join of the ball and cone shape and hot glue in place, if desired.
- Roll the charcoal felt around the cone/ball shape to determine the size.
- Trim the charcoal felt to fit around the cone/ball.
- Hot glue the felt in place on the cone part of the cone/ball.
- Wrap and fold the loose ends of the felt around the ball and hot glue them in place, covering the ball of the cone/ball.
- Wrap the top of the cone with the grey fleece to determine the size.
- Trim the grey fleece to fit the cone, with about 3/4-inch overlap.
- Hot glue the two edges of the fleece together, wrong-side to wrong-side, ruching and pinching the fabric as you go to make it have this fun "outtie" seam.
- Brush out your Mongolian faux fur with the comb and cut it in a large "u" shape to fit the length of the gnome from the brim hat to just above where the boots will be. Cut the fabric backing only on the back of the fur, using your exacto knife or razor blade to make sure you get the full effect of the fur's drape.
- Hot glue the beard onto the body, just above where you want the brim of the hat to sit.
- Hot glue the two buttons to the hat and adjust the seam to run asymmetrically across the head in a jaunty, fun way.
- Cut a 3-inch long by 1-inch wide rectangle of the Mongolian faux fur.
- Split the fur in the center and brush it outward on both sides, forming a mustache.
- Place a line of hot glue in the center of the fabric backing of the fur and pinch it closed. This will make your mustache thicker and more defined.
- Glue the mustache to the face, just below the brim of the hat.
- Hot glue the nose on top of the mustache.
- Pull the hat down onto the nose to make a fun wrinkle (this is the best part) and glueing the brim in place.
- Pull the back of the hat down in the back to as far as you can get it and hot glue it in place.
- Cut two rectangles of fleece fabric 1-inch wide by 6-inches long.
- Place a line of hot glue down the back of the fleece fabric rectangle and fold it closed, forming an arm. Repeat with the second arm.
- Tuck each arm up into the hat about 1-inch behind the beard.
- Hot glue the arms in place under the hat.
- Glue the hands on the end of each arm.
- Comb the beard one more time.
- Place the bauble in the arms and hot glue in place.
- Stuff the boots with polyfill.
- Place the two boots together and determine the points at which they touch when they are side-by-side.
- Hot glue the boots together at the places they touch.
- Place the gnome on top of the boots and see where the base touches the boots.
- Place hot glue on top of the boots where the bottom of the gnome will sit.
- Allow this hot glue to dry completely and enjoy your gnome!
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More Easy Gnomes to make You Might Like
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- How to Make a Gnome Family with Cones – I had a friend I wanted to gift a gnome to, and then it turned into a whole little gnome family! So cute–and easy.
- 5-Minute Sweater Hat Gnome – There is not a faster gnome to make. This one comes together in 5 minutes, seriously.
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