This reindeer gnome garland is one of the CUTEST Christmas crafts I’ve made – ever. It is soo adorable and pretty quick to come together with the help of one of my favorite craft “cheats.”
Reindeer Gnome Garland
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love Christmas and gnomes, so it makes sense that I adore making my own DIY Christmas gnomes. These two things naturally just come together sometimes in a wildly whimsical way that can’t be denied. If you’re digging the gnome-craze or you just love Christmas, this awesome DIY garland with gnomes dressed as reindeer is perfect.
And, the best part is, all those little bitty cuts and whatnot? Made those on my Cricut, so I could make a million of these little gnome reindeer in the time it would take me to cut one. If you DO NOT have a Cricut, look for stickers at the craft store during the holiday season – I’ve seen the reindeer names before.
If you’re ready to get the world most adorable handmade garland on your Christmas tree, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make a Reindeer Garland
- First, click here to get the pattern for the gnomes or click here to get the pattern for the gnomes with the cut files. Yes, you can use your cutting machine to cut the hats and names.
- Let’s talk about cinnamon sticks. That looks like a lot of cinnamon sticks, but it’s not. I just bought one package of cinnamon sticks at the craft store, cut each into 3 pieces, and wrapped three of them in twine. You can grab some crafting cinnamon sticks here so you don’t have to buy food-grade ones (cheaper).
- Take your time – the entire took about 45 minutes from start to finish. I know that is on the “long end of the craft spectrum” for me, so if you need a break, take it.
- If you have never cut faux fur before or you’ve hated how it turned out, don’t worry. Flip over the fur and, with a razor blade or Exacto knife, cut only the fabric backing into a triangle shape (make sure the fur’s pile is pointed straight down). Pull the cut piece away from the whole and this will leave you with a beautiful drape on the beard. I show you how to cut faux fur in the video.
How Do I Make this Reindeer Gnome Garland?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making a playlist on YouTube for awesome Christmas crafts, here is our reindeer gnome garland video.
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- 3 Sheets Dark Brown Craft Felt
- 1 Sheet Light Brown Craft Felt
- Red Polymer Clay
- Black Polymer Clay
- White Heat Transfer Vinyl
- 3 Bamboo Skewers (or 9 toothpicks)
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Brown Mongolian Fur
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- EasyPress Mini or Iron
- Cricut Maker
- Download the cut files, upload them to Cricut Design Space or your cutting machine's software, then cut the Rudolph hat and 8 sets of antlers from the light brown felt, 8 hats and 1 set of antlers from the dark brown felt, and all of the reindeer names from the HTV.
- While that is cutting, make 8 black tiny noses from the black polymer clay and set aside. Make one tiny nose from the red polymer clay. Mine were each about a half-inch rounds, but get creative with your style.
- Bake all of the tiny noses per the directions on the clay's packaging.
- Cut 9 triangle beard shapes from the fur by turning the fur over and cutting only the fabric with the Exacto knife. The triangle should be about 1 1/2 inch wide at the base and about 2 inches long.
- Cut the cinnamon sticks into 3-4-inch long sections (randomly sized) and bundle them together in 3-4 piece bundles, using the twine to make the bundle.
- Once everything is cut, start assembling your gnomes by weeding the lettering for each of the gnome/reindeer names.
- Position each of the names on the hats in the center of the triangle at the bottom, about 1/4-inch from the bottom edge. Be sure to place Rudolph onto the light brown hat.
- Use your EasyPress Mini to iron on all of the names onto the hats. To select the settings for your EasyPress Mini, use the directions on your heat transfer vinyl (HTV).
- Turn the hats over and bring the edges together making a hat, hot gluing them in place.
- Tuck the beards inside the hat by about 1/4-1/2 inch and hot glue each in place.
- Set the nose in the center of the beard just under the edge of the brim of the hat, hot gluing it in place.
- Hot glue the reindeer antlers to the back of the gnome hats, just above the noses, at an acute angle.
- Break the bamboo sticks into short 1 1/2 inch sections and hot glue them onto the backs of the antlers to make the antlers stiff.
- Cut a length of twine about 4 feet long (or as long as you want your garland to be).
- Hot glue Rudolph in the middle of the twine length and one of the other gnomes on each end, leaving 4-6 inches at either end to tie onto the tree or hang.
- Glue another gnome between Rudolph and the gnomes on the end and then fill in the spaces between with the gnomes, spaced equally. You'll know your space best, so just work to make the distance between the gnomes equal.
- Fill in the spaces between gnomes with the cinnamon stick bundles and hot glue them in place.
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More Christmas Gnomes You Might Like
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Gnome – Look, if you love reindeer and Rudolph, specifically, this is the gnome you need in your life.
- Merry & Bright Gnome – Non-traditional Christmas theme in your house? Check out this absolutely adorable gnome.
- Epic Gnome Ornament – Seriously, this is our most popular post ever–and there’s a reason. This is an epic gnome ornament and you’ll love it.
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