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This Adorable Jack Frost Gnome is a Perfect Winter Tomte

A cool wind blew through this week and inspired me to make a Jack Frost gnome. I’m not saying winter is here yet, but cooler weather is coming and this winter tomte is perfect for ushering it in!

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Make this easy Jack Frost gnome, a fun winter tomte tutorial!

Jack Frost Gnome

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love fall. And summer’s not bad. Spring is really cool. But winter? Winter is a super special time that has a little magic to it. So, when the weather cooled off (ok, there was just a cool breeze), I felt the need to try to hurry the winter along by making this fun Jack Frost gnome.

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A simple, fun winter tomte tutorial, You could have this little gnome done in less than 30 minutes–and hurrying along winter in no time. If you’re ready to make a little winter gnome, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make a Winter Tomte

  • Click here to get the free gnome pattern for this awesome winter nisse. If you want to try it free hand, be my guest, but why bother when there’s a template, right?!
  • If you’re not very confident making a snowflake with hot glue, you could always use two identical stickers pressed sticky-side-to-sticky-side. You’ll get the same effect as the hot glue snowflake. I had initially planned to use these cute snowflake stickers I found, but then I got distracted and forgot I had them…long story short, I got the gnome finished and then remembered. 
  • I love using felt because it’s such a forgiving fabric. You can trim-up anything that looks a little awry, it won’t fray, and it’s easy to hot glue. But one thing that’s important to note, if you do use hot glue with felt, be careful not to press the fabric together as the hot glue will bleed through.
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How Do I Make this Jack Frost Gnome?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. 

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Jack Frost Gnome

how to make a tomte for winter

A cool wind blew through this week and inspired me to make a Jack Frost gnome. I'm not saying winter is here yet, but cooler weather is coming and this winter tomte is perfect for ushering it in!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Estimated Cost $3

Materials

  • Small Amount of Polyfill
  • 2 Cups Dry Rice
  • Mongolian Fur
  • White Craft Fur
  • Polymer Clay (for gnome nose--you can alternatively use a ½-inch wooden bead):
  • 1 small, dime-sized portion of brown
  • 1 quarter-sized portion of white
  • ¼ yd Royal Blue Craft Felt
  • ¼ yd Charcoal Craft Felt
  • Printable Template/Pattern
  • Pinch of Silver Glitter

Tools

  • Sewing Machine
  • Black Thread
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • Scissors
  • Exacto Knife (to cut the fur items)
  • Wax Paper

Instructions

  1. Start making your gnome noses by combining the brown and white polymer clay until a flesh-color is consistent throughout. 
  2. Roll clay into a neat ball, making sure it’s smooth all the way around.
  3. Bake in the oven per the polymer clay package directions. Allow to cool before touching. Set aside.
  4. Roughly cut out the snowflake design on the printable pattern and place it under the wax paper.
  5. Draw, using the hot glue, the shape of the snowflake, on top of the wax paper.
  6. Immediately sprinkle with silver glitter.
  7. Allow hot glue to dry. photo collage tutorial of how to make a winter tomte
  8. Cut out snowflake. It may or may not peel off the wax paper, but it’s unimportant for it to come off--that’s why wax paper works so well for this, because it’s translucent.
  9. Set aside snowflake for the time being.
  10. Cut out the following:
  11. 1 body from printable pattern in blue felt
  12. 1 circle base from printable pattern in blue felt
  13. 1 beard from from printable pattern in mongolian fur
  14. 2 of the hat from printable pattern in blue felt
  15. 4 boots from printable pattern in charcoal felt
  16. 4 gloves from printable pattern in charcoal felt
  17. 1 of the small rectangles from the printable pattern in mongolian fur (for the mustache)
  18. 4 each of the small rectangles from the printable pattern in white craft fur
  19. 1 larger rectangle from the printable pattern in white craft fur
  20. 2 pieces of 3-inch wide blue felt about 18-inches long (or longer for longer legs, or shorter for shorter legs)
  21. 2 pieces of 3-inch wide blue felt about 6-inches long (or longer for longer arms, or shorter for shorter arms)
  22. To assemble the gnome body:
  23. Sew the two straight-edges of the gnome body together, creating a large open cone.
  24. Sew the base to the wide opening of the gnome body piece cone.
  25. Turn this inside out.
  26. Fill with rice.
  27. Fill remaining area with polyfill.
  28. Whip-stitch beard to top of gnome body. photo collage tutorial of how to make nisser for winter
  29. With the small rectangle of mongolian fur, split the fur with your fingers long-ways and kind of finger brush it into the shape of a mustache. Whip-stitch this in place at the top of the beard.
  30. Hot glue nose to top of mustache.
  31. To assemble the gnome arms and legs:
  32. Pin the two long edges of each long piece of felt together by folding the felt, forming each arm and leg.
  33. Sew the along the edge.
  34. Turn each arm and leg inside out, using a pencil to do so, if necessary.
  35. Whip-stitch each leg to the body on the base. 
  36. Whip-stitch each arm to the top of the body, behind the beard, slightly below the nose.
  37. To assemble the gnome boots: 
  38. Place two pieces of boot together and sew each side, leaving the boot top open.
  39. Repeat for the other boot.
  40. Turn each boot inside out, using a pencil to do so, if necessary.
  41. Whip-stitch boots onto each leg. photo collage tutorial of how to make winter nisser
  42. Fold small white craft fur rectangle around top of each boot, whip-stitching it in place.
  43. To assemble the gnome gloves: 
  44. Place two pieces of glove together and sew each side, leaving the glove top open.
  45. Repeat for the other glove.
  46. Turn each glove inside out, using a pencil to do so, if necessary.
  47. Whip-stitch gloves onto each arm.
  48. Fold small white craft fur rectangle around top of each glove, whip-stitching it in place.
  49. To assemble the gnome hat: 
  50. Place two pieces of hat together and sew each side, leaving the bottom open.
  51. Turn inside out, using a pencil to get into the point, if necessary.
  52. Whip-stitch hat to top of head, near the nose.
  53. Wrap long rectangle of white craft fur around bottom of hat, whip-stitching it in place.
  54. Whip-stitch the snowflake onto the tip of the hat, facing the same way as gnome’s face.
  55. To enjoy:
  56. Place on a mantle or on a beautiful “Welcome” sign with a shelf made for gnomes!

Notes

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Zechsmom

Friday 18th of October 2019

So cute!! Where is the best place to get the Mongolian fur?

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Saturday 19th of October 2019

I have picked it up from Amazon and from a local fabric store. Sadly, I've never been to a JoAnn's fabric who has this type of faux fur, but there are tons they do have which would work.

I'm also working on a tutorial to partially color fur (instead of all-over as we did for the Grinch gnome).

Patsy S payne

Sunday 22nd of September 2019

I want to say that you make adorable gnomes and I am printing out everything I can to try and do them. I so very much appreciate the patterns and directions you provide.

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Tuesday 1st of October 2019

I'm so glad you lie them, Patsy. I sure to have a lot of fun making all of these little gnomes. :)

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