Holiday gnomes have become such a trend, but they can be a bit pricey. Make your own DIY Valentine’s Day Gnome in less than 30 minutes, with this simple tutorial.
When I was younger, I was obsessed with all things Disney. In my 20’s it was international travel, I racked up millions of miles in a matter of years. In my 30’s I started hoarding craft supplies and decor. I am still not sure what my 40’s will look like, but I am starting to worry that in 10 years I might be defining my 40’s as the decade gnomes took over my home.
What I am trying to tell you is that I may have a gnome problem. If website traffic is any indicator, you’re right there with me though…It’s February and this sweet little holiday gnome post is still generating nearly a thousand visits a day, while this cute gnome wreath goes viral every fall in advance of the coming holiday season.
I had every intention of leaving the gnomes to Christmas, but then Jen, Janine, Ashley, Rhonda and Christina challenged me to come up with a project using paint, fabric and trim. The obvious play was a cute chair upcycle, but I just couldn’t let go of the idea of creating at least one cute Valentine’s Day gnome to guard my home.
Links to each of their fantastic projects can be found at the bottom of this post.
30 Minute DIY Valentine’s Day Gnome
I toyed with simply replicating my DIY gnome ornaments, but in the end I wanted something slightly bigger. This 30 minute DIY Valentine’s Day gnome is about twice the size and sits far better on the shelf than the little gnomes I strung up on a garland for the holidays.
I’ve added my new gnome to a shelf in the dining room, right next to my Valentine’s Day washi tape art (another really simple holiday project!).
What you will need to recreate this DIY Valentine’s Day gnome:
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3 1/4″ Goose Egg
3/8″ Wood Bead
Slate Gray Paint
Red Paint– This is one of my favorite colors. It’s the perfect red. I purchase it over and over!
Foam Paint Brush
White Craft Fur
Mini Pom Pom Trim (similar)
Wood Veneer Heart Scrapbook Embellishments
Red Enamel Dot Scrapbook Embellishments
Glue Gun + Glue
Optional: Gnomebody Loves You Valentine’s Day Printable Gift Tag
How to recreate this DIY Valentine’s Day gnome in 30 minutes:
- Pull together all of your supplies and stage them in your crafting space.
- Optional: Coat the goose egg in slate gray paint and set aside to dry. Alternatively, you could leave the egg the color of bare wood. I simply like the pop of color in my very white house.
- Cut a 6×6″ square out of the craft felt. Fold the square to create a triangle. Run a line of hot glue down one side of the triangle and secure felt. Flip up brim or trim excess felt off the front of the hat. Run a line of hot glue around the bottom edge of the felt hat and secure mini pom pom trim (or similar). Set aside.
- Cut a 2×2.5″ triangle out of the white craft fur. To maintain a fluffy, bearded look, flip the fur over and trim from the base (or backside) catching as little fur possible in the scissors.
- Run a line of hot glue along the top edge of the white craft fur and adhere fur to goose egg, covering about 2/3 of the egg.
- Using hot glue, adhere the small wood bead nose to the goose egg and white craft fur, just below the top edge of the fur.
- Run a line of hot glue around the base of the felt hat and place on the goose egg, pulling down and scrunching until it sits just above the wood bead nose.
- Embellish the hat using scrapbook stickers. Adhere to the felt using hot glue.
- Optional: Tie the Gnomebody Loves You printable tag to the top of the felt hat on your DIY Valentine’s Day gnome using baker’s twine.
I am not going to lie…I think there is a fairly good chance I’ve opened the flood gates with this DIY Valentine’s Day gnome when it comes to holiday gnomes. Expect to see more in the future!
This challenge was a story of one of these things is not like the other…I am all on my own with this holiday craft, BUT I gotta keep it real and this girl simply doesn’t have the time to complete complex crafts. In between coaching business clients, I’ve got exactly 30 minutes to get my craft on – ha!
Fabric, Paint, Trim Challenge Links
Rhonda created this pretty farmhouse tea towel. Pop over to her site and learn how to stencil a towel with chalk paint!
You know I love a good wreath. Christine created this pretty hoop wreath with DIY fabric flowers.
My friend Jen might love Anthro-inspired DIYs more than anyone else on the planet. Don’t miss her colorful vases!
Janine may have the prettiest home on the planet. When you see her hand dyed pillow covers using avocado skins on fabric you’ll see what I mean…
I love Ashley’s style. Her home is filled with pops of pretty! She created some really pretty fabric planters for this challenge.
Leslie has such a soft style. I haven’t been inside her home, but I imagine it’s cozy! She’s created a beautiful painted fabric pillow.
So many great projects! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with next month!