There’s just something about their little noses… I’m drawn to the adorable Scandinavian Christmas gnomes and want to make and decorate with them during the holidays.
Learn how to make Swedish Christmas Gnomes in a myriad of ways. You can DIY a tomte, nisse, or Scandinavian gnome is no time at all!
DIY Gnome Tutorials
These cute holiday gnomes go by many names:
- Swedish Tomte
- Nisse (Nisser)
- Felt Nordic Gnomes
- Christmas Gnomes
- Scandinavian Gnomes
- Holiday Gnomes
- Scandinavian Christmas Gnomes
- and even Christmas Elves (in some parts of the world).
Using the most simple of craft supplies, we can create our own DIY Christmas gnomes (tomte or nisse) in any style. Below is a list of ideas and projects we’ve made featuring these adorable gnomes.
Stay tuned because we’ll be adding so many more of these cuties! It’s so easy (and fun) to DIY gnomes for the holidays and seasonal decor. In fact, just sign up for the Ruffles and Rain Boots weekly newsletter here and I’ll let you know when I make another one.
How to Make Christmas Gnome Ornaments
We have a lot of options here for you, friends – some are recycled gnome ornaments and some are just pure whimsy using scrap craft supplies. One thing is for certain: they are all fun to make and hang on any tree or package.
Christmas Gnome Ornaments from Wood Slices
These easy Christmas gnome ornaments were extremely popular soon after I published them. They’re done in just 15-minutes and they are no-sew gnomes – that could be why.
Recycled Glove Gnome Ornaments
If you’re scratching your head at the name, I was too! I have no idea what to call these adorable glove Christmas gnome ornaments other than adorable – let me know if you have a great idea. :)
Wooden Gnome Ornaments (Cute Gnomes with Eyebrows)
Because I couldn’t get over the eyebrows on the nesting gnome (aren’t they the cutest?!), I whipped up a set of wooden gnome ornaments, too.
Gnome Wine Cork Ornaments
Next up, I made some cute Swedish gnome wine cork ornaments. What can I say? We had a couple of empty bottles lying around…
mitten Gnome ornament
It’s a gnome! In a mitten! This is such a fun and easy Christmas mitten gnome ornament idea everyone will love. It’s beyond adorable, friends. It’s a gnome in a mitten – what could be cuter?
Sledding Gnome Ornament
Ahem… You need this sledding gnome ornament in your life. This is a beautiful gift idea for someone who collects ornaments.
Mason Jar Lid Gnome Ornaments
If you have a few banged-up mason jar lids, recycle them into these adorable gnome ornaments. They use scrap fabric and other supplies to help you pare down your stash!
Easy Gnome Ornament Garland
Inspired by my love for ridiculously easy and quick crafts, this DIY gnome garland was a perfect addition to our tree this year.
Easy Felt Gnome Ornament (Older children and Adults)
If you’d like a quick and fun felt Christmas craft, these adorable felt gnome ornaments are it! The pattern is easy and the stitches simple, making it a great project for older children and adults.
How to Make Christmas Gnomes
I can’t stop making these adorable holiday gnome crafts. If you happen to be looking for everything EXCEPT Christmas gnomes, check our other page of non-Christmas DIY gnome tutorials.
No-Sew Rice-Filled Gnome
This is the gnome that started it all – before Pinterest, before YouTube. I made this little rice-filled gnome sitting on the basement floor when I was supposed to be cleaning out craft supplies…
Farmhouse Christmas Gnome Mason Jars
He’s a functional one, this little farmhouse Christmas gnome. He’s got a surprise inside!
Easy Dollar Store Gnome
Decorating for the holidays can be expensive which is why I came up with this easy Dollar Store gnome. We use everything we buy, friends – let’s get started.
Nesting Gnomes – So Much Fun and Easy with This Cheat!
I cannot tell you how proud I am of this set of cuties. Challenging to figure out, sure, but now that I have, you can make these adorable Nesting Gnomes in no time.
Adorable Gnome with a Face
I have tried a few ways to get an adorable face onto my gnomes without having to require an art degree. I made this style for a DIY gnome with a face. What do you think?
DIY Grinch Gnome
Okay, so hear me out… Actually, I have no excuse other than to see if I could make a Grinch gnome. He turned out adorable and I found a new way to color faux fur!
Gnome Wine Topper
What’s not to love? Wine + this adorable gnome wine topper? Count me in.
Ugly Sweater Gnome
To be fair, I don’t think he’s sporting a hideous pattern, but when a gal has an idea for an ugly sweater gnome, she has to see it through. Look. At. That. Pompom – it’s my favorite!
Merry and Bright Christmas Gnome
If you’re looking to brighten up the holiday season with non-traditional colors and styles, this fun merry and bright Christmas gnome is just the thing.
Gnome Knitting Pattern in Two Sizes
If you like to knit, this set of free gnome knitting patterns is going to make your heart grow. A talented friend developed these gnome patterns and they are keepers, for sure!
Reindeer Gnome (Yes, it’s Rudolph)
I know what you’re thinking: “Wow, there sure are a lot of Christmas gnomes in this woman’s house.” Yes, but in my defense, they’re all pretty cute. And this Rudolph, the red-nosed Reindeer gnome is one of our newest additions. It was a lot of fun figuring out how to make the antlers.
Mr. and Mrs. Gnomes – A Gnome Couple for Christmas
I just love these little sweeties! Our Mr. and Mrs. Gnome are a perfect mantle decoration and they are so quick to come together.
Lumberjack Gnome with an Interchangeable Beard!
This one was a fun design to make because who doesn’t need a lumberjack gnome for the holidays? Better yet, who doesn’t need a Christmas gnome with an interchangeable beard? Because really, sometimes a change is just what’s needed.
Peppermint Gnome Tutorial – Look at That Hat!
I know, I know this one is just too cute for words. The hat makes this Peppermint Candy Gnome pop, doesn’t it?
How to make Christmas Gnome Decor for the Holidays
From signs to wreaths, check out our fun gnome home decor ideas for the holidays. In true Ruffles and Rain Boots style, most are very, very easy to make in under 30-minutes.
Wood Block Gnomes Holiday Decoration
Sung to the tune of Jingle Bells: Wood block gnomes, wood block gnomes… Wood block gnomes are cute! These are fun and are a perfect way to use up wood scraps.
Gnome Book Stack
Book stacks are HUGELY POPULAR for a quick decor spruce-up. Of course, I just had to make a DIY gnome book stack for the holidays…
Gnome Cookie Jar Upcycle Craft
We won’t tell if you make this DIY gnome cookie jar for yourself AND one to give away. This is a fun way to repurpose a large jar and use up some scrap craft supplies. Win-win.
Adorable Christmas Gnome Porch Sign
If you love working with scrap wood, this is a fun holiday project that will have your porch ready for visitors. I made this Gnome Sweet Gnome porch sign so it can be tucked away under the awning and greet visitors with a bit of whimsy.
Gnome Swag Christmas Decoration (Indoor or Outdoor)
This easy Christmas swag with a gnome ornament is a great scrap buster project. Grab the extra tree trimmings and let’s get started.
Christmas gnome wreath (Yarn-Wrapped)
This is gorgeous in person – I just cannot tell you how this really pops. This Christmas gnome wreath is actually very easy to make and you’ll be done in no time – the secret is in the materials.
Dollar Store Gnome Wreath
When you have leftover craft supplies, you know what needs to be done. I made this gorgeous DIY dollar store gnome wreath using a mop and oodles of fun accents for just a few dollars.
No-Sew Gnome Pillow Cover
Any size, any style – this no-sew gnome pillow cover tutorial will bring festive fun to anyone’s home decor.
Elegant Gnome Ornament Wreath
If you have a little yarn and faux fur, you can make an elegant gnome ornament wreath for the holidays. Everyone LOVES this wreath and it’s easy to see why.
Minimalist Scandinavian Wreath
The star of the show is the center ornament for this minimalist Scandinavian holiday wreath. It’s easy and I got so many compliments on it!
Cozy Christmas Gnome Wreath
If you need a little hygge in your life, whip up a quick and cozy Christmas gnome wreath. It’s so soft and fuzzy, you’ll have people oohing and ahhing at the warmth it adds to your holiday decor.
Scandinavian Gnomes Tutorials – Cone Gnomes
These are what started it all for me, friends. I love making this style of Scandinavian gnome. They involve no sewing (yay!) and are a perfect craft to add a bit of holiday cheer.
Scandinavian Gnome with Braids
I learned a new technique to make the hair for our Scandinavian gnome with braids. She’s adorable, sure, but she’s got some fire in her.
Easy Christmas Gnome Tutorial
This is likely the easiest gnome pattern I’ve put together. Check out how easy it is to make this Swedish gnome.
Gnomes with Legs (free Patterns)
I love making gnomes (in case that wasn’t glaringly obvious if you’ve made it to here…) Part of the fun is to try as many styles, patterns, and techniques as I can think up. Below you’ll find a few Christmas nisser with the skinniest little legs.
Jack Frost Gnome with Legs
This is a new style for me and the legs on this Jack Frost Gnome make it a great shelf-hanger for the holidays. Sitting atop a mantle, this Christmas gnome (and his sack) is a fun addition to the holiday decor.
Christmas Cowboy Gnome
“I love the boots!” is what I hear repeatedly about this Christmas cowboy gnome with legs. The pattern is a simple one and you can make it as large as you want (just be sure to size up everything, even those boots).
Christmas and Holiday Gnome Collection
If you haven’t seen anything here which strikes your fancy, check out this collection of the best Christmas gnome tutorials from around the web. And yes, there are 75 of them (so far)…
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