You’re not going to find a more adorable DIY Valentine gnome wreath. I love how simple this no-sew gnome pattern is and a sweet (and easy) Valentine wreath makes for a fun display!
Valentine Gnome Wreath
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I make a lot of things, but I’m a bit gnome obsessed. After looking at this little guy you can totally see why, right?! I mean, look at that grumpy demeanor! It just screams, “Harrumph, Cupid!”
We will start this tutorial with the Valentine wreath – it’s a quick DIY – and the best part is that it’s a scrap-busting project to use up extra yarn. I’m chattering on, so let’s just get started.
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Tips to Make a Gnome Valentine Wreath
- Click here to get the gnome pattern. It’s the most adorable little gnome and you can make this pattern for any holiday or event.
- I had everything on hand to make this gnome in my craft room, except for the foam heart wreath and the little hearts for the arrowhead and fletching. I ran to the Dollar Tree to grab those.
- If you have never cut faux fur before or you’ve hated how it turned out, I have a short video on how to cut fur for gnome beards here.
- Speaking of the fur… This gnome’s beard is an ombre blend and I made it. Be sure to watch the full video tutorial to see how (below).
How Do I Make this Valentine Gnome Wreath?
Below is the written tutorial but if you’re a visual learner like I am, watch the full DIY Valentine gnome tutorial on YouTube here. Psst: be sure to subscribe!
- Easy, No-Sew Gnome Pattern
- Foam Heart Wreath Form (I got mine at Dollar Tree)
- Thin Cardboard
- 1/4-inch Dowel, 24-inches long
- 2 Small Foam Hearts (I got mine at Dollar Tree)
- Pink Yarn
- Fleecy Fabric (scraps)
- Pink Craft Felt
- Pink, Red, and Purple Watercolors
- Pink Craft Paint
- Light Brown and White Polymer Clay
- Small Amount of Polyfill
- White Craft Fur
- Exacto Knife
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
- Start by making your ombre gnome beard by painting the fur with the red, pink and purple watercolors in sections about 1-inch long and about 6 inches wide. Take care to make the top lighter (more pinks) and paler (use more water to dilute the paint) than the bottom (mix in a little purple) and darker (use less water to dilute the paint). Allow the paint to dry overnight.
- Paint the dowel with the pink craft paint and allow the paint to dry fully.
- Comb or brush the painted fur out until it's soft.
- Make the nose and hands for the gnome by combining light brown and white polymer clay and working them until the color is consistent. Pinch off and roll two little balls of about half the size of a dime and one about the size of a dime. Bake the gnome nose and hands in the oven per the directions on the package.
- Trace the foam heart form shape onto the cardboard and cut it out. Hot glue the heart cardboard shape to the back of the foam heart form. Fill the center of the foam heart form with some polyfill.
- Hot glue the end of the yarn to the back of the heart and start winding the yarn around and around the heart, hot gluing it in place in multiple locations. Continue wrapping the yarn around the heart until all areas of the foam heart form are covered and nothing shows through. Hot glue the end of the yarn in place on the back of the heart and trim it.
- Set heart aside and make the gnome.
- Cut out the beard in a rough "v" shape, taking care to get as much ombre coloring as you can.
- Cut out the gnome body shape from the pattern out of the pink craft felt. Cut out the gnome hat shape from the pattern out of the fleecy fluffy fabric. Just as a forewarning--I had a weird scrap that had to be pieced together to get the hat width.
- Fold the gnome body shape in half and run a hem along the open side with your hot glue or your sewing machine. Fold the flap of the gnome body shape over and close the bottom of the gnome with hot glue or a seam. Allow glue to dry fully.
- Turn the body of the gnome right side out. Fill the gnome body with polyfill. Hot glue the beard to the body, about 2 inches below the edge of the gnome body. With your hot glue gun or sewing machine, run a hem along the two edges. Allow the glue to dry completely.
- Hot glue the nose in place about 1-inch below the top of the beard.
- Place the hat on top of the gnome's head, tucking it down over the top of the nose. Hot glue the hat in place in the back only (you need the sides open to place the arms), then one little dot on the nose to make a wrinkle (this is the best part).
- Cut out two of the gnome arm shapes from the pattern out of the pink craft felt. Fold the arms over lengthwise and hot glue in place. Hot glue the hand-balls-of-polymer clay to the ends of the arms. Tuck the other ends of the arms up inside the side of the hat, just behind the beard--make sure the arms can cross--then hot glue in place.
- Brush the beard one more time to make sure you love it. Cross the arms and hot glue them in this position. Thread the dowel through the yarn on the heart, making sure it's secure.
- Affix one small foam glitter heart to the end of the dowel, with the heart bumps attached to the dowel to make the arrowhead. Cut a hole through-and-through the gnome's hat about 1/3 of the way from the top. Thread the gnome hat onto the back portion of the arrow.
- Cut the remaining small foam glitter heart in half. Hot glue the two halves of the heart onto the other end of the dowel, pointing in the same direction as the arrowhead. Make a small loop of yarn and hot glue that onto the back of the heart and enjoy!
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More Valentine Gnome Tutorials You Might Like
- Valentine Felt Gnomes – This is the first set of Valentines gnomes I ever made and I still love them–they have a prominent place on my farmhouse tiered tray Valentines display.
- Valentine Gnome Garland – If you’re not making this for Valentines, I don’t know what you’re doing with your time–because this is EPIC!
- Valentine Sock Gnome Couple with Twisted Heart Hat – You can seriously make this little gnome couple and have the little twisted heart hat and coffee cups and everything done in no time. So sweet!
- Gnome Valentine Mailbox – Made using this EPIC gnome Valentine SVG set, this mailbox is so sweet and easy, I just want to make more–but that would be ridiculous, so….
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