I see gnomes everywhere in home decor. I was so happy when I discovered how simple they are to make and am excited to make more for different holidays. Today I made this easy gnome project, using warm autumn colors.
Supplies needed to make your own easy gnome project:
- Craft Felt Sheets (your choice of colors)
- Paper Mache Cones: 4 x 2 inch Cone
- Paper Mache Cone: 7 x 3 inches
- Darice Brown Craft Fluff
- Darice White Craft Fluff
- Wood Beads
- Fall Floral Embellishments
- Natural Floral Embellishments
Choose two colors per gnome. One color for the bottom (clothing) of the gnome, and the other color for the top (hat.)
Eyeball your felt to wrap your cone. Make sure you leave about an inch excess to overlap on the sides, and excess on the bottom (wide end) of the cone. This doesn’t have to be exact, the seam will be hidden.
Run a line of hot glue on one end of the felt, place it on the cone, and wrap the cone.
Hot glue the overlapping end of the felt to secure it.
Then fold the bottom (excess) felt into the cone, and hot glue it.
Your easy gnome “body” is done!
With your second color, you will do similar to the first step. Eyeball the felt about 3/4 of the way down the cone, and cut the felt.
Fold the cut felt, and overlap the seams creating a felt cone. (Sorry about the color switch-up in the next photo! I missed taking a photo of this step with my first little guy.)
Trim the “hat” to whatever size you like.
Using hot glue, tack the seam from the hat to the seam on the back of the gnome body.
Cut a section of craft fluff. Fold it in half.
Tie it in the middle with a scrap piece of string or ribbon. (It will be hidden.)
Squeeze out a glob of hot glue on the tied ribbon. Take care not to burn your fingers! Lift the hat brim in the front of the gnome, and push the hot glued part of the fluff into the hat. (I used a craft stick to push it up in to the hat!)
Hold it in place for a bit until the glue sets. Choose a wooden bead to be your gnome’s nose. Adhere it in the middle of the glued fluff.
Fold up the hat brim. Tack it down with a little bit of hot glue.
Give your gnome a little beard trim.
Fluff out your fluff. (Ha!)
Embellish your easy gnome project as desired.
I chose to add some fall colored flowers and leaves to the hat brims.
Continue with your cones! I had so much fun that I made a whole family!
It is fun to have a couple of different sizes to group together.
I am definitely going to be making more of these for different holidays!
I am considering them as my neighbor gifts for Christmas this year.
Once you see how fun and easy they are, you are going to be obsessed like me.
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).