I am seriously loving this spring gnome with rain boots. It’s the easiest cone gnome tutorial that you can make. Did I mention he’s wearing PINK RAIN BOOTS!
Joking aside, this is an easy DIY gnome to whip up in an afternoon. Accent it with vines, flowers, or even a cute little umbrella. Let’s get to it.
Spring Cone Gnome with Rain Boots
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, a reader challenged me to use a craft supply and friends, challenge accepted! This isn’t really an April showers gnome but it works for that and spring, which is why I had to throw in oodles of flowers as a hat accent.
He’s a cozy little cone gnome with rain boots and a nice wrinkly hat built with legs on the bottom of the cone. If you’d like, I show you how to use polymer clay to create a coffee cup to help him get through all of the April showers he’s anticipating, too. Is it weird I just came up with an entire back story for this DIY gnome with legs?
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Tips to Make a Spring Gnome
- First, you have to HAVE to grab these rain boots here. They are RIDICULOUSLY cute. Note: when they sell out, there might be another boot which shows up.
- If you’re looking at the fabric of his little hat, it is unique. This is an up-cycling project and that green fabric is actually an old pencil skirt that I used to wear in the corporate world occasionally.
- This tutorial shows a gnome too big for a tiered tray, but there is nothing stopping you from using a smaller cone and much smaller doll boots. Search for 9 inch doll rain boots.
- 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. I do share a lot of faux fur for gnome options here.
- 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 below.
- I made this entire gnome a no-sew pattern by using hot glue to make all my hems. That said, you could absolutely use a sewing machine.
- To make the little coffee cups, and the noses, I used polymer clay. I like using wood beads for gnome hands and noses, but when I’m already going to get the polymer clay out to make coffee cups, it just makes sense to roll a few balls of clay and bake them at the same time as the cups.
- If you want to make your own coffee cup like I did, the good news is that my YouTube video of making this nisse will have a tutorial of how to make the cup. You can also check out my tutorial for how to make a sock gnome with a coffee cup for a different style coffee.
- You can opt for a little bee gnome with this tutorial – just add pre-made wings and pipe cleaner antennae stuck into the hat.
Make a Spring Cone Gnome with Rain Boots
Below is the written and printable tutorial – read through and let me know if you have any questions. You can find the full video tutorial for this adorable cone gnome with rain boots here on my YouTube channel.
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!
- Spring Wood Base Gnomes – I used a vinyl from the dollar store to make these gorgeous, elegant floral wood gnomes.
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