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 Gnomes (Quickly)
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.
Psst: If you love these little cuties but don’t want to DIY your own Scandinavian Christmas gnome with rice body, get this 16-inch fella Swedish tomte. SO cute and already done.
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 two sizes
- 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)
- Make the Body. Use the larger bowl and trace a circle onto your fabric. Cut it out roughly (no one will see the edges).
- 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.
- Make the Hat. Use the smaller bowl to trace the hat. Determine the height you want and use the bowl as a guide for a rounded bottom. Cut the rounded piece and flatten the bottom by cutting it into a triangle.
- Grab the hot glue gun, roll the hat into a cone, and glue the hat piece together along the back.
- 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.
- 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.
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. A few more gnome crafts are below, but first…
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