After making this easy sledding gnome ornament, I was so pleased with how it turned out. I immediately had to share it because it is adorable and FUN!
Sledding Gnome Ornament
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are a little occupied with making a new gnome, tomte, nisse, whatever you want to call them, almost every day recently. We’re seriously going overboard this year, making gnomes for gifts, for farmhouse decor, for everything. Heck, I even have a gnome to guard my cookies! But in all seriousness, one of my favorite things is making gnome ornaments for the Christmas tree.
In particular, I loved loved LOVED making this easy sledding gnome ornament. Not only was it ridiculously easy, but the result was so much cuter than I imagined. Let’s get started.
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Tips to Make a Gnome Christmas Ornament
- Start by snagging a sled. My sled was another ornament that had broken. I found a cool sled here that looks almost identical. Just add a tiny bit of pine bough to the center and then yours will be exactly like my broken one!
- Click here to get the free printable pattern for this tomte ornament. You could try to wing it, but why do that?!
- The best part of every Scandinavian gnome, in my humble gnome-loving opinion, is the way the nose and hat interact. Whether it’s with a little wrinkle or, like in this case, fuzz tickling the nose, I just love the way they come together. Here are my favorite things to make gnome noses out of:
- Polymer Clay (that’s what I used for this Scandinavian Christmas gnome)
- Wood Beads
- Pom Poms
- Hot glue whatever nose you’re going to use up high on the beard and pull the hat down low.
- If you’ve never cut Mongolian fur before, keep these in mind: flip the fur over and cut with an Exacto knife or razor blade on JUST the fabric. That will keep the fur intact and you’ll get a beautiful beard every time.
How Do I Make this Christmas Gnome Ornament?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- Sled Ornament
- Scrap Fabric in Red and White Stripes and Fluffy White
- Mongolian Fur Scraps
- Tiny Amount of Polyfill
- Nose (I used polymer clay, but you can use a wood bead or anything round really)
- Three Red Beads
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Free Printable Template
- Cut out the hat and body from your red and white fabric.
- Fold the gnome body in half and hot glue the two sides together, as well as the bottom. You are forming a tube with one end closed and one end open. Allow hot glue to dry completely.
- Fold the hat in half and hot glue along one edge, forming a cone. Allow hot glue to dry completely.
- Turn the hat and body pieces right side out.
- Stuff the body with the world's tiniest amount of polyfill. Really, you're just looking for the gnome to stand up--not be heavy.
- Cut out the beard from the Mongolian fur.
- Hot glue the beard in place on the gnome, about a half inch from the top of the opening of the gnome body.
- Glue on the nose about 1/4-inch from the top of the beard.
- Slide the hat on top of the gnome and hot glue it in place.
- Cut a thin strip of fuzzy white fabric about 1/4-inch wide.
- Hot glue that in place on the bottom rim of the hat.
- Hot glue on the red beads on the end of the hat.
- Affix the gnome in place in the center of the sled.
For more fun gnome ornament tutorials, visit RufflesandRainBoots.com
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