If you are ready to pull out your farmhouse Valentine decor, this Valentine gnome garland is the most awesome DIY piece you’ll add to your collection this year.
Valentine Gnome Garland
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are more than just a little excited about Valentines and, because I’m a bit obsessed with gnomes, of course, those two things have come together. I love it. A simple, fun project that took almost no time, once I got the pieces together the way I wanted–and, bonus, I made custom colors for my gnome beards, which was really fun!
So, if you’re ready to make a cute Valentines gnome garland you’ll love, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make A Valentine Garland with Gnomes
- I made a conscious decision to make each of my gnomes on this valentine garland unique and different for each little guy. And while I absolutely recommend that each gnome be unique in some way, there’s no reason that you can’t have a pattern–and cut all the hats on your Cricut, even. So, if you want it, click here to get the pattern for the gnomes or click here to get the pattern for the gnomes with the cut files. But, you will notice that it’s a pattern for a reindeer gnome garland, so just ignore all the reindeer-specific things like antlers and you’ll be fine.
- 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.
- Take your time – the entire project took about 45 minutes from start to finish (with the painting of the faux fur and the making of the roses from clay and all that), but if you need a break, it’s ok. You just take your time and you’ll love your gnome valentines garland.
- Let’s take a second to talk about felt balls. Making those little buggers is not as easy as YouTubers would have you think. I mean, I am sure I will eventually figure it out, but clearly I’m not working with the right materials or something because I’ve tried and it hasn’t been pretty. So, skip making your own felt balls and grab some here to make all the garlands you want.
How Do I Make this Valentine Gnome Garland?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- Scraps Craft Felt in Shades of Pink and Purple
- White Craft Fur
- Polymer Clay in White, Light Brown, Red and Purple
- Felted Wool Balls in Pinks, Purples and Reds
- Craft Paint
- Watercolor Paints
- White Embroidery Thread
- 3-4 Pipe Cleaners or Floral Wire
- Exacto Knife
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
- Embroidery Thread Needle
- Comb or Brush
- Start by making your custom beard colors by painting the fur with watercolors in sections about 3-4 inches wide by 6-8 inches long. I went with reds, pinks and (eventually) purple. Allow the paint to dry overnight.
- Comb or brush the painted fur out until it's soft.
- Make the noses for the gnomes by combining light brown and white polymer clay and working them until the color is consistent.
- Pinch off and roll little balls of about the size of a dime--make as many as you want to make of the little gnomes.
- Bake the gnome noses in the oven per the directions on the package.
- Cut out the beards in rough "v" shapes, taking care to make each individual.
- Match-up the colors of beards with the scraps of craft felt you have to make sure each gnome coordinates well.
- Repaint any beard you need to replace the beard colors you don't want. I added purple to my beads.
- Cut each of the felt scraps into a rough triangle, wider than the coordinating beard, with a slightly rounded bottom edge.
- Place the beards face-down on the felt triangles.
- Working one gnome at a time, fold the edges of the felt over the beard edges and hot glue the two sides of the felt together, forming the hat.
- Slide a pipe cleaner up into the back of the hat and cut it to be no longer than the hat.
- Hot glue the pipe cleaner in place.
- Flip the gnomes right-side up.
- Tuck a gnome nose up under the edge of the hat brim and hot glue it in place both to the hat and to the beard.
- Make the little roses by forming your red, purple and white clay into little flat snakes, then rolling them up one end to the other, wide on one side and narrow on the other.
- Place 3 roses (one white, one red, one purple) together and gently press them to join.
- Bake per the clay packaging directions. Remove the flowers from the oven and allow to cool completely.
- Lay-out the felted wool balls and gnomes on the table to make sure you like the order of things.
- Thread 4-6 feet of embroidery thread on the needle.
- Thread the needle through the hats of the gnomes and the felted wool balls in the order you desire. Leave plenty of room between each for spacing and plenty of length of thread on each end to allow the garland to be hung.
- Paint the flowers with the craft paint, if desired, to bring out the color more. Allow paint to dry completely.
- Hot glue the flowers to the gnome hats and hang the garland as desired.
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More Valentine Crafts You Might Like
- Valentine Felt Gnomes – You don’t get more easy than these little felt gnomes that are totally in love. Just an old couple that still kisses. Best EVER!
- Valentine Gnome Cut File Collection – I made these these other day and I’m still stuck on how adorable these little guys are. You can seriously do anything with them. Vinyl, felt, craft foam, whatever.
- Valentine Sock Gnome Couple – I adore–ADORE–this couple of gnomes. The socks, the heart, the roses, the cups of coffee. It all just comes together to be so cute!
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