The perfect spring gnome was never existed until these gnomes with flower pot hats decided that, instead of planting, they’d plant themselves!
Gnomes with Flower Pot Hats
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we adore all the antics gnomes can get into – they’re just so silly! And nothing is more fun than making a new one for the new season. Even better when they’re perfect for gifting, too! These adorable tomte are definitely up to a good time with those flower pot hats and big, pretty flowers.
They’re super easy to make and very much a great Mother’s Day gnome set that will be cherished. So, grab your pots and let’s get started.
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Tips to Make This Easy Mother’s Day Gnome
- First, try not to overthink this. You’re putting a flower pot on a gnome’s head. And the gnome is basically going to be all but covered up with the pot and beard, so, to make this simple, I decided to go for a sock gnome. Nothing but quick and super easy for this gnome set.
- One of the best parts about making nisse is the noses. I generally like to make little gnome noses with anything round and nearby that fits that specific gnome. Whether I come across a wooden ball or a clay bead, then that’s what it’s going to be – and you can find so many things that will work. However, my go-to is wood beads like these, though, because of their consistency in both color and shape, making them a quick choice.
- If the idea of making gnomes gives you some anxiety because of the adorably fancy beard, beat that intimidation back! Even if you’ve never touched a gnome before, you can still get a flowy, lush beard without any issues. All you do is flip the fur over with fur flat down on your table, exposing the fabric. Then with a straight-razor or craft knife, cut the fabric only. Then you can just gently pull the beard from the remainder fur and pop it on your gnome!
- I got almost everything I needed to make this gnome at my local Dollar Tree. Everything is handy there, pretty typical items, but most craft stores also have all of these items, so just look around – you’re sure to find what you need!
How Do I Make this Gnomes with Flower Pot Hats?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making a farmhouse crafts playlist on YouTube, here is our flower pot hat gnome video tutorial!
- Acrylic Paint in White, Pink, and Blue
- 1 - 3-inch Terra Cotta Pot
- 1 - 2 1/4-inch Terra Cotta Pot
- 2 Children's Ankle Socks
- 2 - Wood Rounds (that fit inside each pot used)
- 1 - 1-inch Wood Ball
- 1 - 3/4-inch Wood ball
- Small Amount of Poly-Fill
- Small Amount of Mongolian Fur (or other faux fur)
- White Embroidery Thread
- Patterned Cotton Fabric
- Small Amount of Dark Craft Felt
- 4 Faux Floral Lambs Ear Leaves
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Pinking Shears
- 3-inch Circle Template (I used a lid)
- Iron (I used my EasyPress Mini)
- Needle & Thread
- Paint both of the pots with the white acrylic paint and set aside to dry completely.
- Combining a small amount of the white and pink paint, and the white and blue paint, make a more pastel version of your colorful paint options. Paint each pot one color, with the exception of the bottom of the pot (the top of the hat). Paint the top of the hat with the paint straight from the bottle to add a little contrast and depth. Allow this coat of paint to dry completely. Add a second coat of paint, if desired, and allow this coat to dry completely.
- Place one of the wood rounds into the toe of one of the children's ankle sock, working it all the way down so there are no wrinkles. Follow by adding about 1/2 cup of Poly-Beads to the sock and finish by adding about 2 cups of Poly-Fill to the sock. Work the Poly-Fill down and around the Poly-Beads to ensure that they will not show and that the body is solid. Test-fit the hat to make sure that the filled sock, with the wood ball nose, will fit before proceeding. Tie the sock off with the embroidery thread and repeat test-fitting the hat. I did not care for where the hat sat on my gnome, so rather than tearing up what I had done, I simply cut the loose sock above the thread in half and tied the two pieces of sock top into a knot. This lifted the hat just a bit to where I felt it looked best.
- Cut the Mongolian fur for your beard. You will want a piece that is long enough to cover your sock body, plus about 1/2-inch overlapping the hat, as well as wrap all the way around. To do this, you can lay the gnome on the fabric backing of the faux fur and approximate the shape and size of the beard you need. Using a craft knife or razor blade, cut the faux fur fabric backing only and gently pull the beard from the remainder portion of the fur. You may want to comb the fur to give it a more clean look. Once cut, hot glue the beard to the sock body.
- Attach the nose by splitting the faux fur down the middle of the front, all the way to the fabric backing. Then hot glue the wood ball in place, about 1/2-inch from the top of the beard.
- Trim the faux fur in the back of the gnome to ensure that the hat will adhere to the sock, not the faux fur, then pull the hat (pot) down over the gnome, tucking the nose up under the rim of the hat (pot).
- Hot glue the sock and nose to the inside of the hat (pot) by adding a generous amount of glue to about the mid-line of the nose, up to the top of the sock, then pressing the hat down over this. You may want to push your fingers into the back of the sock to further press the front of the sock into the pot side.
- Hot glue the back of the hat (pot) in place on the back of the gnome, tucking the sock body up into the pot, adding a generous amount of glue, then pressing the back of the pot into the sock to secure it.
- Make the flower by tracing 6 3-inch circles on the back of your cotton fabric, then cutting them out with the pinking shears to reduce fraying. Fold each of the circles in half and iron them flat. Then fold the half-circles in half again, making a 1/4 circle, and iron them flat.
- Using a running stitch, sew along the pinking-shear-cut side of the 1/4 circles of fabric, going in from the back to start the stitch, then going out the back for the last stitch on each petal. DO NOT TIE THE PETALS OFF. Continue using the same needle and thread, working in a continuous running stitch to add all of the petals together onto one thread. Once all 6 petals of the flower are on the thread, pull the two ends together and knot them together tightly, securing the flower petals in a neat ring. Shape the petals and trim the thread ends.
- Cut a small circle of dark felt, just wide enough to cover the opening in the center of the flower petals and glue this to the back side of the flower's opening. Repeat, cutting a small circle of dark felt, just wide enough to cover the opening of the flower petals and glue this to the front side of the flower's opening.
- Hot glue the flower to the front of the pot, just off-center, so it's jaunty and fun. Add two faux floral lambs ear leaves behind the flower, with hot glue on the stems.
- Repeat to make the second gnome and then they are ready to display!
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- Spring Gnome with Rain Boots – Spring showers are an inevitable part of the growing process, so to celebrate that, I made a fun and simple no-sew cone gnome with little rain boots!
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