I loves making these quick and easy Nordic wood gnomes. They’re such adorable little guys, so simple, but so full of character!
Nordic Wood Gnomes
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we have come to love every little gnome that runs across the craft table. But there’s a special place in my heart for gnomes that take less than 15 minutes to make. And these easy Nordic wood gnomes tick that off on the list for sure!
In just a handful of minutes, I had a whole new take on Christmas gnomes and the perfect filler for a farmhouse tiered tray! If you’re ready for a fun new wood Nordic gnome you can make in just a few minutes, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make Nordic GNomes from Wood
- If you want to cut your own wood, that’s great! I didn’t do that, though. I did a little shortcut and bought my wood triangle blocks pre-cut. Best idea ever, because I had to do almost no prep.
- When you’re making your hats, don’t forget to leave yourself a hem allowance, if you decide not to use felt or fleece, or some other fabric that doesn’t fray. I obviously used felt, so I didn’t leave myself a seam allowance, there just wasn’t a need. But that extra hemming step is necessary if you use a fabric with fray-potential.
- Let’s talk gnome noses. There’s a fine line between too large and not big enough. If you watch my video tutorial here, you can see that I tried a larger nose. It did not cut it. So I went with a smaller sized wood bead. What I’m trying to say, though, is to try different sizes and styles to find the nose that’s right for you! You can use wood beads, polymer clay balls, stockings stuffed with polyfill, or even ping pong balls. Almost anything will work that’s nice and round.
- Finally, my favorite part, the beard. If you’re familiar with any of my other gnome tutorials (there are so many, seriously) you know that my favorite tomte beard material is Mongolian fur. It’s long, rich and oh so soft. I recommend the fur here. But, if you would rather buy a small amount, I recommend checking out this Etsy seller (watch the sizes; the pricing is better on Amazon).
How Do I Make this Nordic Wood Gnomes?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making a DIY Christmas gnome tutorials playlist on YouTube, here is our video tutorial for these adorable wooden gnomes! Be sure to like and subscribe while you’re there.
- 1 6x9 -inch Triangle Wood Block
- 1 6x4 -inc Triangle Wood Block
- Red Craft Felt
- Charcoal Craft Felt
- White Embroidery Thread
- 2 Wood Beads
- Mongolian Fur Scraps
- Razor Blade
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Sanding Block
- Paper Towel
- Embroidery Thread Needle
- Give your wood blocks a good rub-down with the sanding block, then wipe with a paper towel to remove any dust. If you want to paint or stain your wood block triangles, this is the time to do it, just make sure it is completely dry before you move on.
- Working with one gnome at a time, cut your gnome beards by cutting out a wide "u" shape about 3 inches shorter than the wood block, but the same width as the wood triangle from the faux fur using the razor blade, cutting the fabric backing of the fur only, not the fur itself.
- Glue the beard in place on the front of the wood block. If you want to make a mustache, cut two small squares of faux fur, again cutting just the fabric backing of the fur only, into a 1x1 inch square. Hot glue this on either side of the beard at the top.
- Turn your wood bead so that the hole will be hidden and hot glue it in place about 1/2 inch from the top of the beard.
- To size your hat, fold the felt fabric over the top of the gnome and wrap it semi-snugly around the wood top, adding about 1/2 inch in hem allowance. Remove the felt from the gnome's head and cut the felt and round off the side over the face.
- Fold the hat over to form the desired hat cone shape and hot glue it in place.
- Thread your embroidery needle and add "x" shapes of stitches around the edge or in a shape on the hat.
- Fit the hat over the gnome's head and tuck it over the nose, adding a dot of hot glue to create a little wrinkle. Secure the hat in the back or on the sides, as desired.
- Repeat for the second gnome then enjoy!
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More Nordic Gnome Tutorials You Might Like
- Nordic Viking Gnome – You’re not going to believe how easy it is to make a little viking all your own to sail the high seas and pillage your tiered tray decor.
- Cozy Gnome Pattern – If you ever needed a gnome pattern that you could make work for basically any gnome that could be conceived, this cozy gnome pattern is EVERYTHING. Literally, you can make it work for any gnome ever.
- Twisty Hat Nordic Gnome – One of the funnest ways to make your very own tomte, this little twisty hat gnome is so sweet, you can’t not boop that nose!
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