These Easy Valentines Wood Block Gnomes are Easy Wooden Gnomes!

When you’ve been struck by inspiration, sometimes breaking out the wood to make Valentines wood block gnomes is the only option!

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You’re not going to find a more fun way to make a Valentines wood block gnome!

Valentines Wood Block Gnomes

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love making gnomes. And having an upcoming holiday is a fantastic excuse to make more tomten for myself or for gifts. Seriously, I’ll take any excuse. So, when I saw some wood just LAYING there in the workshop floor, well, I had just the excuse to get crafty – Valentines!


With a couple of cuts and some hot glue gun action, I had a fun and easy Valentine wood block gnome craft that I seriously love. If you’re ready to make a wood gnome set for Valentines, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make Easy Wooden Gnomes

  • I used a 2×4 to make this wood block for the gnomes. But you could certainly use a thinner wood. I simply selected the thicker wood to ensure I’d have a solid base that wouldn’t fall over.
  • To make the noses, you could use wood beads. I didn’t have the right size on hand, so I just used some polymer clay to make a round bead. But wood beads like these would look perfect.
  • If you decide to cut the wood yourself for these DIY Valentines gnomes, you should measure from the center of the wood. Otherwise the whole gnome will look off-center and wonky.
  • Decorating with Valentine Scandinavian gnomes is really easy. Just place your wood block Valentines gnomes on your mantle, in a tiered tray or on a bookshelf with your other Valentines decorations. They add a touch of whimsy you’re really going to love.
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How Do I Make this Valentines Wood Block Gnomes?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.

Yield: 2 Valentines Wood Block Gnomes

Valentines Wood Block Gnomes

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I love how easy it was to make these Valentines wood block gnomes. They're so simple, but they look so absolutely adorable!

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3



  • Scissors
  • Razor Blade
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • Sanding Block
  • Paper Towel
  • Embroidery Thread Needle


Guy Gnome

  1. Give your wood block a good rub-down with the sanding block, then wipe with a paper towel to remove any dust. If you want to paint or stain your wood block triangles, this is the time to do it, just make sure it is completely dry before you move on.
  2. To size your hat, fold the felt fabric over the top of the gnome and wrap it semi-snugly around the wood top, adding about 1/2 inch in hem allowance. Remove the felt from the gnome's head and cut the fleece, adding about 8-inches to the top in a sharply sloping shape coming to a narrow point..
  3. Fold the hat in half. Then, starting at the tip, hot glue the two sides together. When you reach the portion of the hat that will cover the wood block, thread a chenille wire into the hat tip. Continue down the rest of the hat, hot gluing the two sides together. Trim the seam, making it neat as we will not be turning the hat right-side out. Fit the hat over the gnome's head and make sure you like the fit.
  4. Cut your gnome's beard by cutting out a wide "u" shape about 2 inches shorter than the wood block, and about 1-inch wider than the wood triangle from the faux fur using the razor blade, cutting the fabric backing of the fur only, not the fur itself. Glue the beard in place on the front of the wood block.
  5. Hot glue your nose in place about 1/2 inch from the top of the beard. Tuck the hat over the nose, adding a dot of hot glue to create a little wrinkle. Secure the hat in the back or on the sides, as desired.
  6. Cut out 3 small heart shapes from the light blue felt and hot glue them to the front of the hat. Bend the tip of the hat into a heart shape, as desired. Set aside your guy gnome. photo collage tutorial of how to make valentines wood block gnomes


  1. Repeat making the hat as with the guy gnome, then braid three 12-inch strands of your thick roving yarn together into two braids. Hot glue the braids to either side of the girl gnome, about 1-inch higher than where you want your gnomette's hat to sit.
  2. Hot glue your nose in place at about the same height as the nose on the guy gnome. Tuck the hat over the nose, adding a dot of hot glue to create a little wrinkle. Secure the hat in the back or on the sides, as desired.
  3. Cut out a 10-inch long, 4-inch wide rectangle of fleece, taking care to make the edges straight and clean. Using your embroidery thread and needle, sew a running stitch into one long side, bunching up the fabric, making a pleated skirt. Hot glue the skirt on the front of the gnomette,
  4. Cut a 3-inch long, 1-inch wide rectangle of fleece and two 1/4-inch wide by 3-inch long rectangles of fleece. Hot glue the 1-inch wide rectangle just above the skirt, creating a shirt. And glue the two 1/4-inch strips on either side for straps. Tuck the ends of the straps up into the hat to hide them.
  5. Cut out 3 small heart shapes from the light blue felt and hot glue them to the front of the hat. Cut out one small heart shape from the light blue felt and hot glue it to the front of the skirt. Bend the tip of the hat into a heart shape, as desired. photo collage tutorial of how to make wooden gnomes for valentines


These gnomes are 15 1/2 inches tall when the hat is curled into a hat shape. When the hat is fully extended, the gnomes are between 18 and 20 inches tall.

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More Wood Gnomes You Might Like

  • Wood Nesting Gnomes – I love how easy and fun it is to make this wood nesting gnome set – I have made one for myself and one for a gift set and they both were so FUN!
  • DIY Wood Block Gnomes – My original wood block gnomes were the first to hit the scene and they’re still one of my favorite wood gnome crafts I’ve ever made!
  • Nordic Wood Gnomes – Just a piece of wood and some felt gets you an easy and fun craf that brings some Nordic charm to your farmhouse decor.
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