I don’t know if you should call him a motorcycle gnome or a biker gnome, but regardless, this motorcycle riding gnome is a no-sew fella that steal your heart.
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I have been asked several times to make a fun biker gnome. And while I knew, in concept, what my biker gnome should look like, I wasn’t sure how I’d pull it off. I mean, it’s way cooler and edgier than a traditional gnome, right? But I think, with this biker gnome, I totally made it work.
He’s leather-clad, with a bushy, fluffy beard and robust mustache. The sunglasses make him edgy but those wicked-cool leather boots make him dangerous. Friends, this gnome has some serious style and I think he’s definitely ready to head to Sturges. If you’re ready to make a motorcycling gnome who’ll rev your engine, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make a Biker Gnome
- If you watch my video tutorial for this Harley-Davidson inspired gnome, you’ll notice that I started with a 10-inch cone for this gnome. That was a mistake, don’t do that. Use a 7-inch cone like this one. I ended up cutting off 3 inches of my cone’s bottom after my gnome was built…
- To make the AWESOME jacket and the boots, I actually used the same jacket and boot pattern that I recently used on the Pirate Gnome. I know it doesn’t look the same, but it is. I just changed the material to faux leather and flipped the collar over. The extra touch was the studded ribbon.
- Do yourself a favor and skip the leather sheets and buy a roll of faux leather like this on Amazon. Sometimes you can find them at the craft stores, but it’s rare.
- What about the sunglasses? Weeeeell, I
stolereappropriated them from a doll my little one no longer plays with. But, I found an equivalent pair here that works. My glasses weren’t even sunglasses! I put a piece of vinyl behind the glass portion and viola!
- And the motorcycle? Well, that’s another thing I
stoleborrowed from the kiddo. Look in the toy section of your local big box stores.
How Do I Make this Motorcycle Gnome?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you love learning with video, click here to watch the FULL video tutorial for this amazing motorcycle gnome.
- 7-inch Styrofoam Cone
- 1/8 yd Black Craft Felt
- 1 Sheet Black Faux Leather (minimum 12x12)
- 1/4-inch Wide Studded Ribbon
- 1 Red Bandana
- 2 1/8-inch Dowels (4-5 inch pieces)
- Small Amount of Foam Core board
- 3 Wood Beads
- Small Rocks
- Velcro Dots (2 Sets)
- Small Amount of Mongolian Faux Fur
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Straight Pins
- Black Marker, optional
- Start by tracing the bottom of the cone onto the black felt and cut that circle out, leaving no overhang. Set this aside for now.
- Next, cut the black felt to fit the entirety of your cone for the gnome. Leave additional room on the bottom edge for an overhang of about 1/4 inch on the bottom of the cone. Hot glue it in place, maintaining the planned overhang on the bottom.
- Cut a large "u" shape from the mongolian fur to make the beard. This should be wide enough to cover almost the entire front of the gnome.
- Cut a second rectangle of mongolain fur equally as wide as the first, but only about 1 inch wide to make the mustache. Fold this piece in half and shape it with the hot glue as you glue it in half to make a bushy beard.
- Hot glue the beard in place on the front of the gnome, followed by the mustache about 1/2 inch lower than the top of the beard.
- Place the nose onto the gnome in the center top of the beard just above the mustache, affixing it with hot glue.
- Wrap the bandana around the cone top and position it where you plan to have it sit. Make wrinkles as desired to give it some character, hot gluing them in place to hold their shape. Then tie the bandana in the back of the gnome's head, trimming pieces as needed to keep the knot from being too large.
- Trace and cut out the jacket bodice shape from the faux leather.
- Wrap this jacket bodice piece around the gnome with the opening of the jacket on the front of the gnome. Do not hot glue it in place, rather lay it face down on the table.
- Cut out the collar piece from the faux leather and hot glue it, wrong side to wrong side on the top of the jacket bodice piece so that, when turned like a collar is, the leather side shows on both jacket and collar.
- Make the arms by cutting two of the arm shapes from the faux leather, then folding the arm in half wrong-side to wrong-side and hot glue in place, hot gluing the hand in place just inside the cuff.
- Line up the top of each arm with the edge of the jacket just inside the fold of the collar, and hot glue each arm in place onto the jacket.
- To make the legs, cut two sole shapes from the foam core board. Hot glue a piece of dowel to the center toward the back of each sole shape.
- Cut the shoe elements from the pattern out of the faux leather.
- With the larger rectangle shoe piece, roll this into a cylinder and hot glue it in place.
- When the glue has set, slide this over the dowel and hot glue it in place on top of the sole, forming the cylinder into the shoe shape of the craft stick.
- Wrap the toe piece around the end of the craft stick with the slits allowing the toe piece to fit nicely around the cylinder of the boot. Hot glue this in place.
- Wrap the top of the boot shaft around the top of the boot and hot glue it in place.
- Wrap the thin sole cover piece around the sole of the shoe and hot glue it in place.
- Fill the shaft of the boot with the small rocks.
- Use the dowel to poke two holes in the bottom of the gnome where you want the boots to be, then press the boots in place under the gnome body.
- Poke a hole in the felt circle for the bottom of the cone where the boots will sit on the bottom of the cone, then hot glue the boots onto this piece of felt, sealing in the rocks into the boot as well as sealing the boot to (what will be) the base of the gnome, adding stability.
- Place the bottom piece of felt onto the gnome's bottom, pressing the boots into their corresponding holes. Then, working around the edge of the felt round, seal the base of the cone to the felt, closing any gaps where you can see the cone.
- Hot glue the jacket in place.
- Cut sections of studded ribbon to cover the join lines on the boots, the edges of the collar, jacket opening, sleeve cuffs and little sections for pockets on the jacket.
- Add sunglasses and then it's time to enjoy!
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