I’ve got a surprise for you today: a quick tutorial of how to make a countdown gnome for Christmas. The best part is that it is a no-sew gnome pattern, making it such an easy holiday craft!
how to make a gnome for Christmas
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are SO EXCITED about this Christmas countdown gnome. If you’ve have ever wondered how to make a Christmas gnome, I really feel like this is the easiest no-sew gnome pattern you’ll find. And psst: it is ridiculously adorable, too.
This is an original pattern that I’ve used on several gnomes lately – it’s quickly become my best-selling gnome pattern. I added a little twist of making this little gnome by giving him a set of blocks to help the the little one countdown to Christmas. That, my friends, is an awesome Christmas tradition in the making, let me tell you.
Letting her change the blocks every day is AWESOME – I love the excitement and joy her smile exudes. If you’re ready to get your countdown to Christmas gnome made, grab your hot glue gun and let’s get started.
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Tips to Make Christmas Countdown Gnome
- Click here to get the easy no-sew gnome pattern. It’s got everything you need to make your gnome as cute as a button. If you have a cutting machine (Cricut, Silhouette, etc.), see the last tip.
- All of my favorite DIY Christmas gnome tutorials call for the use of craft fur or Mongolian fur, Yarn is lovely, but can be a pain to unwind. Wool is fun, but can be messy. Faux fur has never let me down.
- If you’ve never had success cutting fur, I understand – it is quite intimidating. Learn how to cut faux fur properly in this quick video I made for you – you will get a gorgeous, shaped cut without wasting any of the quality material.
- My favorite gnome nose and hand material is polymer clay because I have more control over how big and what color it is. That said, I also love these wood beads, craft beads I find in my stash, and buttons. Find whatever you have on hand and use it to de-stash your craft supply.
- One of my most FAVORITE things about this particular Christmas gonk (yes, that’s a word and it’s real) is that I cut the pattern using my Cricut. Which means that I didn’t have some wonky lines because of how, erhm, not well I cut some days along a straight line. So, click here to grab the gnome pattern cut files and see just how fabulous of a choice that was.
How Do I Make this Christmas Countdown Gnome?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making an easy Christmas crafts playlist on YouTube, here is our Christmas countdown gnome video tutorial.
- 1/4 yard Pink Velvet Fabric
- Scraps Pouffy White Fabric
- Polymer Clay in light brown and white
- Baby Pink Craft Fur
- Dry Beans or Rice
- Small Amount of Polyfill
- 1-inch x 1-inch Wood Blocks
- 2 Scraps 1/8-inch thick Wood about 2-inches by 1 1/2-inch
- Christmas Gnome Pattern
- Gnome Cut Files, optional
- Scraps, Black Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Cricut or Silhouette Cutting Machine
- Oven, optional for polymer clay nose and hands
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
- Funnel, optional
- EasyPress Mini or Iron for Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Make your gnome nose by combining a portion of light brown and white polymer clay until you have the color you want.
- Roll a quarter-sized portion of this clay into a neat ball. This is the nose. Set aside.
- Break off two equal sized portions of clay about 2/3 the size of the nose.
- Roll each of these portions of clay into neat balls. These are the hands.
- Bake the nose and hands per the clay package's directions. Allow them to cool fully.
- Cut out the numbers and "days until Christmas" from the heat transfer vinyl. Set aside.
- With your cutting machine or manually, cut out the large gnome body shape out of the pink velvet, as well as two arm shapes and two hat shapes.
- Fold the gnome body shape in half and run a hem along the open side with your hot glue or your sewing machine.
- Fold the flap of the gnome body shape over and close the bottom of the gnome with hot glue or a seam. Allow glue to dry fully.
- Turn the body of the gnome right side out.
- Fill the gnome body with the dried beans or rice.
- Tuck a small portion of polyfill into the top of the gnome body to hold the beans or rice inside.
- Cut out the beard shape from the craft fur by turning the fur over and cutting only the fabric with the exacto knife.
- Hot glue the beard to the body, about 2 inches below the edge of the gnome body.
- With your hot glue gun or sewing machine, run a hem along the two hat pieces. Allow glue to dry completely.
- Turn the hat right side out.
- Fill the hat a little with a small amount of scrap fabric or polyfill.
- Hot glue the nose in place about 1-inch below the top of the beard.
- Place the hat on top of the gnome's head, tucking it down just above the top of the nose.
- Hot glue the hat in place in the back and sides, then one little dot above the nose.
- Cut a 1-inch wide section of the pouffy white fabric long enough to wrap around the brim of the hat.
- Hot glue this strip of white pouffy fabric to the brim of the hat.
- Make the arms by placing a line of hot glue down one long side of the arm shapes and then fold the fabric over onto itself twice to make a thin arm.
- Slip the arm up into the hat on the side and hot glue it in place.
- Using the EasyPress Mini, affix the HTV numbers and lettering to the blocks. It's important to note that there are repeated numbers and at no time should two numbers be on the same block. That way you can have the number 11 and so on.
- Hot glue the two pieces of thin wood together with the un-lettered piece on the top edge of the lettered piece, at a 90-degree angle, forming a "tray" for the blocks. Set aside.
- Trim arm as desired (make sure your wood "tray" will fit nicely before trimming).
- Hot glue the hands in place on the ends of the arms.
- Attach the "tray" to the back sides of the hands.
- Set the blocks on top of the tray.
For more fun Christmas gnome tutorials, visit Ruffles and Rain Boots (we have a lot).
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