Easy and fast, you can make this hot cocoa gnome pattern with just a few snips, a little hot glue and add a wee mug for so much charm! I’ll even show you how to make his copper mug and whipped cream topping.
For this craft you’ll need a bit of fluffy fabric (it has a cozy feel), some fur (I’ll show you how to color it), and basic craft supplies. Let’s get started with this gnome holding a hot cocoa!
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Hot Cocoa Gnome Pattern
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I love coming up with unique and fun gnome types that I haven’t seen anywhere else. Not trying to toot my own horn, but if I can come up with something I’ve not seen, I get all giddy and particularly proud. This adorable no-sew gnome pattern is all that and a wee copper mug – like who would have thought?!
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I just can’t get over this twisty hat (looks like a swirl of whipped cream on top of his wee head) and the fun ombre beard I painted in just a few minutes. It all just comes together so nicely, making a no-sew gnome I really love. Grab your scissors and let’s get started.
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Tips to Make a No-Sew Gnome with a Mug
- Start by grabbing this easy no-sew gnome pattern to make my easy no-sew Tucked Gnome (one of my most popular gnome patterns). It’s a great pattern for beginners, easy, and keeps the number of cuts down to the bare necessity to make a quality, elegant gnome. And, if you’d like to really reduce your cutting time and effort, or you plan to undertake making multiple hot cocoa gnomes at the same time, you can get both the pattern AND cut files for Cricut or Silhouette!
- One the best parts about gnomes are the noses. I generally like to make my gnome noses using some kind of round, beige object that looks good on that specific gnome. Sometimes it’s wooden beads or balls, but my favorite lately has been using hand-made clay balls, so I can size them and color them on the fly to match my design.
- I usually like to make my various gnome beards from the longer-pile, nicer faux fabric furs you can find on the big rolls at your local craft stores, as opposed to the cheaper sheets of fur you can find in the crafting section with felt sheets.
- In the gnome with a cocoa mug video tutorial, I show you how easy it is to lightly add color to a gnome beard. Let me say: there is no way to prevent color transfer over time (you are attempting to color plastic, after all), but this is a great way to add color without having to worry to much about it.
How to Color a Gnome Beard and Cut It Correctly
For this particular gnome, I wanted to try a new trick that I am kind of excited about: coloring faux fur with alcohol inks! Many times over the past few years, I have made painted gnome beards a few times. But, the down-side was how long it could take for the painted beards to dry. The cool thing with alcohol inks is that they dry almost instantly when you just do a light coat by dry-brushing like this hot cocoa gnome. No waiting around for a day or two and really no need to make a big mess. So cool!
If you’ve never had an occasion to cut faux fur or craft fur before, take a few minutes to check out my quick video on how to cut faux fur the right way. You’ll learn something about cutting faux fur that will work anytime you want to cut faux fur (not just for gnomes). While you’re on the channel, be sure to subscribe to my channel so you get all the best gnome video tutorials!
How Do I Make this Hot Cocoa Gnome Pattern?
Below is the written and printable tutorial. If you’re making a DIY gnomes playlist on YouTube, here is my gnome with hot cocoa mug video tutorial.
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More No-Sew Gnome Tutorials You Might Like
- Buffalo Check Sock Gnome – Literally one of the most adorable gnomes I’ve ever made, this little guy has an elegant pumpkin on his hat that just deserves to be enjoyed.
- Dollar Tree Pumpkin Gnome (with feet!) – Make this pumpkin gnome with or without feet for one of the cutest fall gnomes ever.
- Sock Gnome with a Coffee Cup – One of my more popular gnomes, it was the first little guy I made with a mug and oooh, he’s so cute!
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