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DIY Scandinavian Christmas Gnome with Rice (Tomte or Nisse)

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!

DIY Scandinavian Christmas Gnome Holiday Craft Project

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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. 

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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.

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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

Holiday Tomte Nisse Christmas Gnome Family DIY Holiday Decor

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. 

11 Glue on the Nose and Hat for Your DIY Christmas Gnome Tomte
Yield: 1 Nordic Gnome

DIY Scandinavian Christmas Gnome with Rice (Tomte or Nisse)

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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!

Active Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • 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
  • bowl in one or two sizes (I used 6-inch diameter Pyrex)
  • dry, uncooked rice

Tools

  • glue gun
  • small elastics or rubber bands or twine to tie
  • scissors

Instructions

  1. Make the Body. Use the larger bowl and trace a circle onto your fabric. Cut it out roughly (no one will see the edges). 3 Rough Cut Muslin Christmas Gnome Body and Grab Elastics
  2. Fill up the center of the circle with rice and tie it off with an elastic band. Just make sure all corners are in the elastic. I make a spot in the middle, fold it in like you’re making crab rangoon, and then gather each ‘point’ to the center. Set aside. 4 Fill with Rice Gather the Muslin for the Tomte Gnome Body and Secure with an Elastic
  3. Make the Hat. Use the rounded edge of the bowl to help shape the hat. Determine the height you want and use the bowl as a guide for a rounded bottom. Cut the rounded piece and the straight edges for the sides. 6 Cut Out the Felt Gnome Hat
  4. Grab the hot glue gun, roll the hat into a cone, and glue the hat piece together along the back. 8 Tomte Gisse Christmas Gnome Hat
  5. Cut the beard. Turn the faux fur over to the back and use a razor blade to cut a triangle shape for the gnome’s beard. 10 Hot Glue the Gnome Beard to the top of the Muslin Filled with Rice
  6. Assemble your Scandinavian Christmas gnome with rice. Glue the faux fur to the top of the rice-filled body. Glue on the nose at the top of the beard and position your hat before gluing it to secure. 11 Glue on the Nose and Hat for Your DIY Christmas Gnome Tomte

Notes

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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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Kay Boling

Friday 30th of October 2020

Hi Sarah! I love your little gnome! You said you used a 6 inch diameter Pyrex bowl for the body, what size bowl did you use for the hat? And thank you for your tutorials! 😊

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Monday 9th of November 2020

That hat was just cut to the width of the body - I added a little bit of an allowance for the hot glue.

Kylie Harrison

Wednesday 4th of December 2019

Where did you buy the items for this project? I can't seem to find any that match what you used. These are really cute and adorable by the way! :-)

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Friday 6th of December 2019

Muslin is available at any craft store in the fabric section (it's sold on a bolt). Faux fur is also at the craft store (on bolts of fabric or in the small crafts section).

Debi

Saturday 10th of November 2018

Love the little guy. What size bowls did you use?

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Monday 19th of November 2018

Debi, Sorry for the delay, I missed your comment. I used a 6-inch diameter bowl for them, but I've also used a 10-inch for a larger one.

Herchel A Scruggs

Saturday 28th of July 2018

Does the rice make him too heavy to hang on a tree? I want to make a dozen of them!!!!

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Saturday 28th of July 2018

Nope, he’s tiny. I am going to make a few different designs this year with foam pellets and other items in them so I can test them as ornaments. #greatmindsthinkalike :)

J. Ivy Boyter

Wednesday 27th of September 2017

OMG, he's adorable! My kids are still young and Mickey seems to be taking over all our Holiday themes, but I can totally see doing these Gnomes in the future when they get older!

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Thursday 5th of October 2017

LOL Mickey is great at the holidays and any time of year! :)

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