This holiday season, bring this adorable DIY Scandinavian Christmas Gnome with rice body into your home. It’s a quick, 30-minute craft and is loved by all!
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How to Make Swedish Tomte (Quickly and Easily)
I’ve created so many DIY Christmas decorations over the years but Christmas gnomes are my absolute favorite decoration to make. From ornaments to painted rocks, I love to make Swedish gnome projects.
If you’re new to making or decorating with gnomes, here is a brief summary of the cuties. Also known as tomte (or tomten), knome, gonks, or nisse (nisser), these characters are known in Sweden to be protectors of the home. The jule nisse, however is very similar to Santa Claus St. Nicholas – he carries a big bag of toys, handing them out to good children.
I love making them because they add a little whimsy and fun to anywhere in the house. If you have a tiered tray, they are a perfect addition tucked in behind an accent piece. Small gnomes like this one are perfect for adding height variations in displays on mantles, too. So let’s get started making this adorable little gnome.
Psst: If you love these little cuties but don’t want to make your own Scandinavian Christmas gnome with rice body, get this 16-inch fella Swedish tomte. SO cute and already done.
DIY Christmas Gnome Tutorials
If you’re looking for the best DIY Christmas gnome tutorials, you have come to the right place. Check out all of my favorite tomte tutorials for the holidays!
Supplies for DIY Scandinavian Christmas Gnome with Rice
We make gnomes so much here on Ruffles and Rain Boots that we’ve created our own Amazon supplies list for making Swedish gnomes.
- craft felt for the hat and another fabric or felt for the body
- faux craft fur
- gnome nose – we use clay, wooden, and plastics beads, pompoms or buttons – anything
- bowls in one or two sizes (the body bowl I used was 6-inches in diameter)
- dry, uncooked rice
- glue gun, scissors, small elastics or rubber bands or twine to tie
How to Make a DIY Holiday Gnome (Felt Nordic Gnome)
This is a very, very, very easy craft, friends. I’ve detailed the steps below but drop a comment if you have questions.
More Gnome Crafts
Now that I’ve made this little rice gnome, I’ve been on a kick to make so many different styles to see which ones I really love so click here to browse all of the easy, fun, and creative gnomes on Ruffles and Rain Boots.
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