I needed a Grinch gnome in my life to complete a fun and whimsical holiday display. In this tutorial, I’ll teach you how to color the inexpensive white craft fur and make an adorable holiday decoration.
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, The Grinch, Max, Whoville, and everything else about the classic story are a part of our holiday fun. My daughter loves the big green meanie because he’s crafty, loves to invent new things, and at the end of the day, he’s the sweetest, most wonderful grouch ever. I decided I needed a little Grinch tomte in my life.
He is SO MUCH EASIER than he looks. The hardest part is painting the fur, and really, that’s very easy. So if you’re ready to make your own Grinch doll, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make a Grinch Doll
- Click here to get the free downloadable pattern.
- When I’m figuring out how to make a gnome body, I always start with identifying the fur I’m going to use. For this nisse, I picked the white fur you get at the craft store on the bolt, like this fur, NOT the stuff you get in the craft felt section. It’s a little higher quality and is longer, so it’s going to make the Grinch’s body, hands, and feet all furry.
- When you go to cut the fur fabric, be sure to flip it over and use a razor blade or an exacto knife to cut only the fabric. If you cut the fur, it will be short and choppy and won’t look like fur at all.
- Don’t worry about turning the body and arms inside-out to hot glue them together. Because the fur is so long and fluffy, the fur will cover the joins of the cone shape and sides of the arms.
- You can affix the hat with hot glue or a rubber band. I prefer hot glue because it stays in place better. If you choose to use a rubber band, tuck the rubber band down into the fur of the brim of the hat. You can put the rubber band on before you attach the fur brim, then put the brim on.
- When you glue on the nose and the beard, make sure to leave a sizable gap. The Grinch’s beard in the films and book is poorly fitted and way under the red hat. We want him to look the part!
- Because the arms and legs have floral wire in them, they’re posable. Don’t be afraid to give your Grinch a sack of toys, a small Christmas tree, or even a heart that he’s clearly stolen from the Whos down in Whoville.
- If you can manage it, add some red ornaments fit to the size of your Grinch. Wouldn’t it be perfect with a red ornament dangling from his Grinch hand?!
How Do I Make this Grinch Gnome?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below.
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- Christmas Gnome Ornaments – By far and above, my most popular post, if you have 10 minutes, you have time to make these amazing ornaments.
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