When I needed a holiday gnome, I knew making a buffalo check gnome was in my future. And so this lumberjack Christmas gnome was the result. So easy, but the perfect holiday decor!
Lumberjack Christmas Gnome
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are all about the awesome holiday gnome. So many fun ones I’ve made, but this lumberjack Christmas gnome has a special place in my heart. I mean, look at that face! He’s so grumpy, but so cute. But the real magic is in his interchangeable beards.
Yeah, that’s right, this buffalo check gnome can swap beards! Isn’t that insane?! I am still in awe that I came up with this idea. It’s so awesome. If you’re ready to make a fun holiday gnome with two beards, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make a buffalo check gnome
- For the supplies I use on my gnomes, see this list. I have many different options for fur, noses and hands, and staples you will need to have on hand.
- He needs a large nose, this buffalo check gnome does. I mean, normally, I don’t go for big-nosed guys, but this one, because of his design and just all that extra fluff from the hat brim, the nose has to be a little big.
- Click here for the free printable Christmas gnome pattern. You could try to make him without a pattern, but it’s so much easier with it. Trust me.
- If you feel like this little Christmas gnome is looking kind of drab on your shelf, grab the other beard and swap it out! That makes for an awesome change of looks in a few seconds!
How Do I Make this Lumberjack Christmas Gnome?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
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- 2 Cups Dry Rice
- Polymer Clay (for gnome nose):
- 1 small, 1 dime-sized portion of brown
- 2 quarter-sized portions of white
- ¼ yd Charcoal or Black Craft Felt
- ¼ yd Buffalo Check Fabric
- ⅛ yd Fluffy White Fabric
- Printable Template/Pattern
- Mongolian Fur in Grey and Brown
- Velcro Dots or Strip
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Exacto Knife (to cut the fur)
- Wax Paper
- Sewing Machine
- Black or Charcoal Thread
- Start making your gnome nose by combining the brown and white polymer clay until a flesh-color is consistent throughout.
- Roll the clay into a neat ball, making sure it’s smooth all the way around.
- Bake in the oven per the polymer clay package directions. Allow to cool before touching. Set aside.
- Cut out the following:
- 1 body from printable pattern in Black Craft Felt
- 1 circle base from printable pattern in Black Craft Felt
- 1 small rectangle about 2-inches long by ½-inch wide in Black Craft Felt
- 1 triangle about 24-inches long with a base of about 8-inches wide in Buffalo Check Fabric
- 1 large rectangle of Fluffy White Fabric about 8 ½-inches long by 4-inches wide
- 1 beard triangle shape from each color of the mongolian fur (using the exacto knife on the back side of the fur, being careful not to cut the fur itself)
- 1 small rectangle from each color of the mongolian fur, parted, for mustaches, optional
- To assemble the gnome body:
- Fold the body cutout in half vertically with the outsides facing inward.
- Pin in place and sew that hem, leaving both ends open.
- Pin the circle base to the wider end of the open cone and sew in place.
- Turn the cone right side out.
- Fill the base with rice and tuck a bit of polyfill to fill it to the top to keep the rice from falling out and ensure that the gnome body has nice shape.
- Set aside.
- To assemble the hat:
- Fold the hat triangle cutout in half vertically with the outsides facing inward.
- Pin in place and sew that hem.
- Fold the opening of the hat outward by ¼ inch and pin in place. Sew that hem.
- Turn the hat right side out.
- With hot glue gun, tack the Fluffy White Fabric rectangle cutout onto the bottom hem, all the way around the hat base. Whipstitch in place.
- Trim all strings.
- Add 1-2 handfuls of polyfill to hat base to give it some fluff.
- To assemble the gnome:
- Whip stitch or hot glue the small rectangle of Black Craft Felt onto the inside of your gnome body on one end, so that it can flip outward and lay on the outside of the gnome body, creating a flap.
- Hot glue gnome nose in place on the end of that flap.
- Set hat on top of gnome body, tucking the top of the body into the hat and wrinkling hat down on nose and hot glue hat in place in that wrinkle onto the nose. Also hot glue the back of the hat down, but leave the front and sides loose.
- Hot glue mustaches in place on each beard.
- Place a beard on the front of the body, where you want it to lay, and mark the uppermost corners.
- Hot glue or whip stitch soft velcro onto the marked locations for the beard corners.
- Hot glue or whip stitch prickly velcro onto the corresponding corners on the two beards.
- Flip the nose up, tuck the beard under it and put in place with the velcro.
- Flip the nose back down and hot glue the hat in place in all locations not interfering with the beard’s movement.
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