I am seriously loving this spring gnome with rain boots. It’s the easiest cone gnome tutorial that you can make–and it’s got PINK RAIN BOOTS! Sooo cute!
Spring Cone Gnome with Rain Boots
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we have been waiting for a while to find the perfect reason to make a gnome with rain boots. And then it dawned on me: April Showers! I mean, this isn’t really an April Showers gnome or anything, but spring–gnome–rain boot. It just went together. And pink and green. With oversized flowers. See how I got here?
He’s a cozy little cone gnome with rain boots with the nice wrinkly hat and that fluffy beard. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s a gnome with a coffee cup that’s going to stay warm despite the drizzle he’s anticipating. Also, I think I’m crazy, coming up with a whole little story for this guy. HA! If you’re ready to make a spring gnome worthy of a story, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make a Spring Gnome
- First, you have to HAVE to grab these pink rain boots here. They are RIDICULOUSLY cute. And they’re pink. And they’re rain boots that are the perfect size for your little gnome.
- If you’re looking at the fabric of his little hat, well, it is kind of unique. This is an upcycling project, though I don’t think you can tell. But that green fabric is actually an old pencil skirt that I used to wear in the corporate world occasionally–in spring. So, since I probably won’t need it, I thought…it’s the perfect color and it had fun texture…so…a gnome hat it became!
- I found this fur on the big bolts of faux fur at my local craft store–but I can’t really find it’s replacement online for you, so I’m sorry for that. But, good news is, you can see what it is and run by your craft store and see if they have it!
- Speaking of gnome beards…If you have never cut faux fur before or you’ve hated how it turned out, I have a treat for you! You can’t just whip out your scissors and start cutting as that will leave a sharp edge on the fur. Instead, flip over the fur and, with a razor blade or Exacto knife, cut only the fabric and then pull the cut piece away from the whole. This will leave you with a beautiful drape on the beard and you’ll love it. I show you how to cut faux fur in the video.
- I made this entire gnome a no-sew pattern by using hot glue to make all my hems. But you could absolutely use a sewing machine. Whatever you’re most comfortable with.
- To make the little coffee cups, and the noses, I just used polymer clay. I like using wood beads for gnome noses, but when I’m already going to get the polymer clay out to make coffee cups, well…
- If you want to make your own coffee cup like I did, the good news is that my YouTube video of making this tomte will have a tutorial of how to make the cup–but you can also check out my tutorial for how to make a sock gnome with a coffee cup for some images to help until I can get that video published.
How Do I Make this SPRING CONE GNOME WITH RAIN BOOTS?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- 1 9-inch Foam Cone
- 1/4 yd Light Green Fabric of Choice
- 1/4 yd Beige Craft Felt
- 2 18-inch Doll Rain Boots
- 2 Thin Wood Dowels or Bamboo Skewers
- Dark Green, Dark Brown, Light Brown and White Polymer Clay
- Light Brown Craft Fur
- Small Amount of Polyfill
- Small Amount of Polyfill Beads, Dry Rice, Dry Beans, or Rocks
- Faux Floral Vine and Flowers
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Xacto Knife
- Make your gnome nose and hands by combining a portion of light brown and white polymer clay until you have the color you want. Roll a quarter-sized portion of this clay into a neat ball. This is the nose. Set aside. Roll two nickel-sized portions of this clay into two neat balls. These are the hands. Set aside.
- Make the coffee by thoroughly combining dark brown and a small amount of light brown clay together to form a mostly dark brown clay. Roll this into a cylinder about 3/4-inch thick. Set aside.
- Make a coffee cup by rolling a 1-inch by 1/2-inch section of green clay into a cylinder and, press a small depression into the top of the cylinder, making it slightly wider at the top with a depression. Press a 1/8-inch slice of the coffee into the depression in the cup. Using your Exacto knife (the backside of the blade), make a lip on the top edge of the cup. Smooth the coffee cup and coffee to your heart's content.
- Make a very tiny snake of green clay about 1/2 inch long and form into a "u" shape and press into the side of each cup. Bake the coffee cup, nose and hands per the clay package's directions. Allow them to cool fully.
- Fill the rain boots about 3/4 full of your filler (polyfill beads, rice, beans, pebbles, etc.). Fill the remaining portion of the rain boots with polyfill. Slip a dowel into each rain boot all the way to the bottom. Hot glue the entire top of the rain boots, creating a solid surface that will hold the dowel in place well. Set aside.
- Use your cone to mark a circle of beige felt that will fit the bottom of the cone. Cut out the beige felt circle and set aside. Roll the cone in the beige felt to determine how wide and what angle to cut the felt at. Mark this with a pencil, if desired.
- Cut the felt in a straight line on the back of the cone (whatever you decide the back is). Hot glue the cone in place, leaving the felt around the bottom open. Trim the bottom of the felt in a straight line about 1-inch from the bottom of the cone. Cut this loose felt in slits separated about 1-inch all the way around the cone bottom, creating tabs.
- Fold these tabs over onto the cone bottom and hot glue them in place. Hot glue the circle of felt onto the bottom of the cone.
- Roll the green fabric around your felt-covered foam cone and mark a minimum shape. Cut a triangle of the green fabric at least the minimum shape you need to cover the cone. I made mine about 3 inches bigger than my minimum shape so I'd have plenty of room for hem and for wrinkles in the finished hat. Fold the triangle of green fabric in half with the right sides facing.
- Cut a large semi-circle from the green fabric, leaving a long tail about 1-inch wide on the side of the fabric where the two edges of the triangle come together. Hot glue the two edges of the triangle together in a hem. Allow the hot glue to dry/cool completely. Turn the gnome hat right side out.
- Fold the edge of the hat opening over forming a hem and hot glue it in place.
- Tuck the hat over the top of the gnome's head so you have an idea of where you're going to want the beard. Lay the gnome face-down on the back of the beard fabric (faux fur) and mark with a pencil about the size you want the beard to be).
- Cut the beard shape from the faux fur, using the Xacto knife, cutting the fabric on the backside of the fur only. Cut a 12-inch long, 1 1/2-inch wide section of faux fur. Cut this section of fur in half making two 6-inch long sections of fur. Fold each of these shorter sections of fur in half on the fabric side and hot glue them in place.
- Hot glue the beard in place, tucked up under the hat by at least 1/2 inch. Affix the mustache onto the beard at the top center only. Glue the nose in place just above the beard. Hot glue the hat in place right above the nose, creating a little wrinkle.
- Pull the hat down in the back of the gnome and hot glue just the back in place. Leave the sides of the hat open to place the arms in a moment.
- Cut a 4-inch long, 3-inch wide section of green fabric, then cut this in half along the centerline. Fold the edges of each section of green fabric and hot glue in place to form a hem. Fold each of these hemmed rectangles of green fabric in half and hot glue in place, creating the arms.
- Slide the arms up into the hat behind the beard and hot glue them in place. Hot glue the sides of the hat down to the body of the gnome. Hot glue the hands in place on the ends of the arms and the coffee cup in between them.
- With the Exacto knife, cut a small X in the bottom of the cone on each side about 1 inch from the center. Slide each of the dowels up into each hole all the way to the top of the rain boots and hot glue in place.
- Wrap the faux vine and flowers in place around the hat and hot glue in place then enjoy!
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More Spring Gnome Tutorials You Might Like
- Clay Pot Gnome – Ever wondered if you could turn a clay pot into a gnome? And now you know it’s adorable and so EASY!
- Home Gnome Interchangeable Seasonal Sign – I love having a new look every few months for this easy-to-make home gnome sign!
- Garden Gnome Story Stones – This is a super fun activity to do with the kids and make a fun addition to the garden!
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