If you’re ready to bring your gnomes to your tablescape for the holidays or throughout the winter, this mini log gnome centerpiece is perfect!
Mini Log Gnome Centerpiece
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we have a bit of a adoration for the gnome, gonk, nisse, tontuu, tomte, whatever you want to call them. And I wanted to bring my love of gnomes out of the Christmas-specific realm and make a fun Scandinavian gnome centerpiece. So, I found some fun supplies and came up with this beautiful way to make a mini log gnome centerpiece!
One of my favorite things about this easy no-sew gnome craft is that it’s the perfect balance of holiday-but-not. So it would work for a centerpiece at your holiday dinner, or for well into February! If you’re ready to make a fun Scandinavian gnome centerpiece, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make This DIY Gnome WInter Craft
- First, grab some birch craft logs. They’re the perfect material for this because, well, they’re little tiny logs and perfectly sized around. Second, though, they’re a particularly easy wood to cut, being kind of soft and really easy to work with. I recommend these so much more than trying to find a stick in your yard.
- I found this amazing Scandinavian print flannel fabric here. I grabbed it in red and black, just to break things up and not have EVERY little gnome the same. Being flannel, it’s going to be really forgiving and not unravel while you’re working with it. But i’s also a beautiful print, so there’s that.
- Although I’ve used a lot of other materials (anything round, pretty much) to make gnome noses in the past, I chose to use wood beads for this particular winter craft. They were handy, round and about the right color. Win. Win. Win.
- There’s a lot of faux fur cutting on this project – in tiny little triangles. If you’ve never had the opportunity to work with faux fur before, I have a quick video tutorial on how to cut faux fur here to get you started. Please, whatever you end up doing, do not use scissors, just trust me.
How Do I Make this Mini Log Gnome Centerpiece?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- Birch Craft Logs
- 1/8 yd Scandinavian Fabric
- 7-9 1/4-inch Wood Beads
- 1/8 yd Mongolian Fur
- Red and/or Grey Lambswool Trim (or Chenille Yarn would be perfect too)
- 7-9 Mini Bells (mine were on floral wire which turned out to be nice, so I recommend adding 1-inch of floral wire to each bell, but this is optional)
- 4 Wood Planks - 18-inches x 2 1/2-inches
- 2 Wood Planks - 6-inches x 2 1/2-inches
- 4 Wood Planks - 2-inches x 2 1/2-inches
- White Chalk Spray Paint
- White Acrylic Paint
- 3-4 Glitter Bottle Brush Trees
- White Holographic Glitter
- 2-3 Wine Corks
- 10-12 Pinecones
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Craft Glue (like E6000)
- Craft Knife or Razor Blade
- Start by painting your wood with the white spray paint, on both sides. Allow the paint to dry completely.
- Make your gnomes by cutting your logs to varying heights. I cut each of them at different heights, trying to make sure no two gnomes would be identical.
- Place the log onto your hat fabric to gauge how large you want your fabric to be to make a hat. Because each log will be different, do not skip this step for each log. Start by cutting a rectangle, the width of which will need to be the same as that of your log, plus 1/2 inch; the height of which will need to be the same as that of your log, plus 2 inches so you can have a flopped-over look. Cut a rectangle for each log.
- Fold your hat rectangle in half and cut a triangle, starting about 1/2 inch from the bottom of the rectangle.
- Unfold the triangle shape and hot glue hem the two sides of the hat, then hot glue the bell into the tip of the triangle. Fold the triangle together and, starting at the base of the triangle (leaving the base below the triangle alone) hot glue the two sides of the triangle together, creating your hat cone.
- Hot glue the hat in place on top of the corresponding log, wrapping the sides around the top of the log and hot gluing them in place.
- Place the Mongolian fur face down on the table and, using your craft knife or razor blade, cut out a triangle that will fit nicely on the top of the log, covering the bottom half of the log's top. Take care to cut only the fabric, not the fur underneath, when cutting your faux fur. Repeat for each log, cutting a beard sized for each one specifically.
- Hot glue the corresponding beard onto each log, squarely in the center, with the edge butting against the hat edge neatly. This area will be covered with the trim, but you don't want any gaps in case the trim shifts around over time.
- Hot glue a wood bead nose into the center of each beard, just below the meeting of the hat and beard.
- Cut a piece of the lambswool trim fabric about 1/4-inch wide, long enough to cover the joint line between the hat and beard, covering the edges of the hat wrapped around on both sides of the log. Hot glue this in place, taking care to work around the nose, if necessary.
- Repeat making all of the little gnomes you'd like. Set the gnomes aside.
- To make the box, form an "L" shape with one 18-inch long painted wood piece and one 6-inch long wood piece, using a combination of craft glue and hot glue to affix these two pieces in place together. Repeat with another 18-inch wood piece and the remaining 6-inch wood piece.
- Place the two "L" shapes together and, with the craft glue and hot glue combination, affix the two shapes into a large rectangle.
- With the craft glue or hot glue, affix the two remaining 18-inch wood pieces to the bottom of your rectangle of wood, creating a bottom. Yes, there is a gap, but this is fine, you don't need to cover the entirety of the bottom of the box for this craft.
- To give the box a little more solidity, glue the four remaining pieces of wood to each corner on the bottom of the box.
- Touchup any scratches or glue squeeze-out on the wood box with the white acrylic paint.
- Position your gnomes and the bottle brush trees to get an idea of where you might like them permanently affixed. You can add height to some of the bottle brush trees by putting a wine cork underneath them. I did this on two of my trees. Once you have an arrangement you like, hot glue each of the gnomes in place, followed by gluing down the bottle brush trees.
- Tuck the polyfill in and around each of the gnomes, building it up in places and tamping it down in others, taking care to hide all of the bottle brush tree bases.
- Sprinkle the holographic glitter over the polyfill.
- Place the pinecones in and around the gnomes and bottle brush trees, then place your centerpiece on the table and enjoy!
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