These Wooden Nesting Gnomes are So CUTE and easy!
I absolutely adore these wooden nesting gnomes I made. These stacking gnomes are not only easy, but they make awesome Christmas gnomes to decorate the mantel or by the tree.
Wooden Nesting Gnomes
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are what you’d call “gnome obsessed”. Seriously, I have made everything from gnome ornaments to wine cork gnomes. If it’s a gnome, nisse, tomte, tomtenisse or any other gnome-ish name you might call it, I’m going to make it. Heck, I’ve even taken to blending ideas like with these wooden nesting gnomes.
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Imagine Russian nesting dolls, you know the ones with the baby that fits inside the doll that fits inside–and so on. Well, imagine that but with gnomes. That’s how I came up with these wooden nesting gnomes.
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They fit inside each other from the smallest to the largest. And the best part? These stacking gnomes are so easy to make, you can have them done and on the mantle in about 30 minutes (well, after the paint dries). Let’s get started.
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Tips to Make Stacking Gnomes
- Click here to download the free cut files for these wooden nesting gnomes. Its free for personal use, but I would appreciate if you shared this on your favorite holiday crafts board.
- Be sure to make your gnome’s noses flat for these wooden nesting doll gnomes or they won’t nest very well. The fit is snug and too big of a nose would take up all the space!
- I tried making the beards from felt and while it looked ok, it just wasn’t as awesome as the fur. To get the fur used here (and some alternates), check out my supplies list here.
- If you’ve never cut craft fur, it’s not as hard as it looks. Just flip it over and, using an Exacto knife or box knife and cut just the fabric, avoiding the fur itself. I have made you a quick video tutorial on how to cut faux fur without waste or error.
- If you don’t have a Cricut or Silhouette, don’t panic. You can cut these stacking gnomes at your local maker space. Don’t know where your local maker space is? We have one at our local library, so start there.
the Measurements for the Stacking Gnomes
You can choose which sizes you make of these adorable little Nordic gnomes and here are the measurements for you to decide what to make and where to put them. The largest tomte is 12-inches, then 10 1/2, 8, 6 1/2, 4, and finally, 2 1/2 inches.
How Do I Make Wooden Nesting Gnomes?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below. Because you all loved these, I made a DIY nesting gnomes video tutorial for these guys.
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These look wonderful, Sarah. Thank you for sharing.
May I ask for help to ensure I get the correct size as I do not have a cutting machine and in the UK I do not know where I can get an svg printed. I hoped I could simply print your diagram at the correct size and ‘go from there’.
If you would be so kind as to share the dimensions of one piece (say the largest Gnome) then I can play with percentages on the printer to get it right. Thank you for any help you are able to give.
Hi, Toni! The largest gnome is 3 inches wide at the base on the front and back pieces, while the sides are 4 1/2 inches wide at the base.
How tall would the largest one be?
I should update the article with these measurements, thanks, Julie. Okay, so here goes: the largest is 12-inches, then 10 1/2, 8, 6 1/2, 4, and finally, 2 1/2 inches.