This Nordic Viking gnome is the perfect addition to any gnome lover’s collection. Grab your supplies and let’s make a fun DIY Scandinavian gnome.
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Viking Gnome Tutorial
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I love making gnomes. If you do, too, you’re in the right place! This Viking gnome came as a request from my daughter. For years, she’s loved all things “How to Train Your Dragon” and asked for a gnome to keep her dragon stuffed animals company.
To make this fun Viking gnome in a helmet, we will:
- make a sock gnome body
- braid the gnome’s faux fur beard
- use felt to make a helmet
- mold clay to make the horns and helmet accents.
Let’s get started.
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Tips to Make a Viking Gnome
I love sharing this tips section on my gnome tutorials because, well, I don’t want you to have to make the same mistakes I did! Below are a few things to keep in mind when making this adorable Scandinavian gnome.
- Any gnome body type will work, but learn how to create a sock gnome – it’s the easiest style. To me, it’s also the most appropriate for this tomte, as it’s the stockiest.
- You might also want to peruse this list of the most frequently asked questions people have when making sock gnomes. It helps you to decide the details and gives you tips on making them.
- Form the horns for the helmet just a tad larger than you think they should be. I wish I would have made mine about a half inch longer on each side.
- Braiding the fur takes a couple of tries to get right, but it really brings this Viking gnome together. Work it up in a French braid style (pulling fur from below instead of from the side) and it will help make them longer.
How Do I Make a Nordic Viking Gnome?
I’m so glad you asked! For our written tutorial, see below but be sure to watch the video because it does show more detail on how each step is done. Here is the FULL Viking gnome video tutorial.
Other DIY Gnomes
If you’re new here, you’ll soon discover I love to make gnomes and share the tutorials with you. Before you go, check out some of our favorites.
- Rainbow Sock Gnome – This adorable cutie has a twisty hat and is so easy to make!
- Bunny Gnome – Bring Spring indoors with this fun gnome tutorial.
- Christmas Gnomes – From sock gnomes to conical, here are ALL of our Christmas gnomes. You’ve been warned… :)
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