These naughty and nice gnomes are the easiest sock gnome tutorial for how to make a Christmas gnome. In about 15 minutes, you have 2 gnomes from 2 socks and some fake fur!
Naughty and Nice Gnomes – How to Make Christmas Gnomes
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I make a lot of gnomes. Is there a 12-step program for that? Like maybe a program where I can make more gnomes?! Because I’d sign-up. And the first thing I’d make is more Christmas gnomes because these little guys are so cute.
If you are new to making sock gnomes, please read through this FAQ for sock gnomes that I’ve put together. It will open in a new window so you can still come back here easily. The page covers the most frequently asked questions I get about making gnomes from socks.
Not only are these easy DIY gnomes, but they’re also made with a little help from my Cricut, so I guess you could call them Cricut gnomes, but I don’t know…I’m contemplating if that’s a thing. If you want to make a set of adorable naughty and nice gnomes for your Christmas mantle, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make a Christmas Gnome
- I picked up my socks at the store, but then I was later browsing online and I found these socks that are almost the same and are way cheaper than what I paid. Shows me to not shop online first. LOL!
- If you’ve never cut faux fur before, put down the scissors, sister. If you just cut through without thinking, you’ll ruin the drape and be super sorry. But, if you flip the fur over and cut the fabric only with an Exacto knife, you’ll be able to save the fur and it’ll look great! I have this awesome video of how to cut faux fur the right way and while you’re there watching that, be sure to subscribe to my channel so you get to see all the latest and greatest gnome tutorials!
- I decided that in addition to my favorite Mongolian fur, I’d also throw off a little red and black fur for a mustache/soul patch of sorts. Not sure that I like them, but it was an experiment and they do look cute. So, if you’re into experimentation with your gnomes, give it a go.
- Click here to get the free cut files for “Naughty” and “Nice.”
- I used some little glitter-covered balls I found in the craft room–no idea where I got them. But making a gnome nose does not have to be a big deal. Just grab whatever round thing you have handy–a wood bead, fake berry, whatever.
How Do I Make Naughty and Nice Gnomes?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- 2 Knee-High Red and White Striped Socks
- 2-4 cups Polyfill Beads, Beans or Rice (I used beans because I was out of everything else)
- Mongolian Fur
- Red Faux Craft Fur
- Black Faux Craft Fur
- 2 Glitter-Covered Foam Balls
- Small amount of Polyfill
- Cut Files
- Scraps Heat Transfer Vinyl in Black
- Iron or EasyPress
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Parchment Paper
- Cut the lettering from the heat transfer vinyl on your Cricut.
- Weed the lettering and discard the unnecessary vinyl scraps.
- Fill each of the socks with 1-2 cups of filler (beans, rice, polyfill beads, etc.) and tie the top closed tightly with a knot.
- Cut each of the tops of the socks off at an equal height.
- Lay the two tops of the socks out nice and neat then iron-on the vinyl lettering, using the parchment paper between the iron and the vinyl.
- Cut the Mongolian fur beards by cutting out a large "u" shape that will fit from one side of the gnome to the other and be as long as 2/3 of the gnome's height.
- To make the mustache and "soul patch" cut a small triangle of the black and red furs and a small rectangle of each as well. For the rectangle, brush the fur out to each side, splitting it in the middle, then lay the triangle and rectangle across the top of the Mongolian fur.
- Hot glue the Mongolian fur, mustache and "soul patch" in place on the gnome's face.
- Affix the nose on top of the mustache with hot glue.
- Tuck the hat over the top of the gnome's head, pulling the back down almost to the bottom of the gnome.
- Hot glue a spot at the gnome's nose to make a wrinkle in the hat.
- Hot glue around the sides and back of the hat to hold it on snugly.
- Place a small amount of polyfil into the hat from the still-open top to make the hat filled-out as much as you'd like.
- Tie a knot in the top of the hat, then tuck the edges of the sock down around the knot, making a sort of large pom pom.
- Hot glue this large pom pom in place on the hat as desired.
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More Christmas Gnome Tutorials You Might Like
- Merry & Bright Christmas Gnome – Bright pinks and greens make this little gnome with feet one of my very favorite that I’ve ever made.
- Christmas Countdown Gnome – Counting down to the big day is so fun–especially when the little gnome helping you is so adorably cute!
- Christmas Cowboy Gnome – A long, tall drink of water, this cowpoke is ready for the holidays and decked out in boots, a cowboy hat and smile.
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