Use a pre-made fur pompom to create the most adorable standing gnome with a hat. In this tutorial, you can make a gnome with legs and decorate it for your decor or for any holiday, season, or event.
You will need some basic craft supplies, some fabric (scraps), and a hot glue gun for this easy gnome idea. I’ll even show you the fastest way to make a fun hat for your gnome!
DIY No Sew Pompom Gnome with Pants and Hat
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I challenge myself with coming up with new ways to make gnomes (and so many other fun crafts). Although I can recreate others’ ideas, I choose to spend time bringing something fresh where I can.
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Years ago, I created the pompom pets sensation that spawned so many adorable gnome dogs, cats, bunnies, and more. Over the years, many have asked me about using pre-made pompoms for the animals AND for gnomes, and they work brilliantly! The pompoms also work great for gnome beards, however, it isn’t the most cost-effective method.
But because I like to challenge myself, I have been working on a series of standing and sitting gnomes using pom poms and basic materials you have on hand or can easily get. Today’s rough and traveling gnome DIY craft is part of that pompom gnome series.
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Tips for Making a Pompom Body Gnome
- These are the pompoms I have been using. They’re available on Amazon and have great reviews and are priced very well. I chose a variety pack with the more traditional colors, however, they do have a couple with pale and bright pinks available.
- If you prefer to make the gnome boots without clay, use any style in my 17 gnome boots and shoes pattern set. Note: pay attention to the sizing so you can adjust to a 1.5 – 2 inch shoe.
- Though I used flannel for the pants, you can use most fabric types and weight. Jean, fleece, velvet (a cute mini standing Santa gnome would be fun in red velvet), or other mid-weight fabric works well to cover the dowel legs. If you’re using cotton, a backing or bonding might be necessary if it’s very thin.
- I chose to recycle a k-cup (coffee pod) for the hat, however, you can easily make a card stock hat form in this style, as well, and cover it with fabric or felt. I’ve shared MANY free and premium gnome hat patterns if you would like a more traditional look.
- Gnome noses can be most anything: fabric stuffed with Poly-Fil, a wood ball, a wooden bead, shaped air dry or baked clay, or even a smaller pompom.
- The faux leather gnome boots tutorial is best watched here on YouTube, rather than read. It’s hard to describe how to shape the air dry clay around the Dollar Tree booties to make the gnome’s boots, but it’s easily shown.
How to Make a Standing Pompom Gnome
Below are the written and printable step-by-step instructions for making this fun gnome craft idea. If you’re a visual learner, I recommend watching the pompom gnome with legs video tutorial on YouTube.
Note: the faux leather boots tutorial is separate and is linked above and below. I recommend making the gnome boots in advance because the clay can take a couple of days to dry.
More Pompom Gnome Crafts You Might Like
- Pompom Gnome with Feet – I have to say, this is one of my favorite projects from the entire year. This big foot pompom gnome is easy and absolutely adorable.
- Flower Pot Gnome – Using a simple pompom and a Dollar Tree terra cotta pot, you can create an adorable peek-a-boo gnome in minutes.
- Summer Pompom Gnome – An easy way to create a gnome with feet is to buy them and these cute little sandals do not disappoint.
- Christmas Gnome Ornaments – One of my favorite crafts of all time, this easy Christmas ornament idea uses scraps.
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