Whether you call them nisse, tomte or gnomes, these sweet little guys are simply adorable. Follow these instructions to make your own DIY Christmas gnome ornament.
I am having so much fun participating in the Happy Housie’s Seasonal Simplicity series. Last week I shared this fun Kringle Cookie Co. Christmas kitchen sign and this week Krista has pulled together over 20 bloggers to share a simple holiday ornament DIY. Here’s a quick peek at all the ornaments, scroll to the bottom of the post for links!
DIY Christmas Gnome Ornament
Update: I am so obsessed with gnomes, I created an updated, slightly larger version of this gnome for Valentine’s Day! You can see the new tutorial for the Valentine’s Day Gnome here.
I am slightly obsessed with Christmas gnomes (just wait until I share my holiday home tour with you) and as soon as I heard what the DIY “challenge” was this week, I knew I’d be making some little DIY Christmas gnomes to share with you.
Initially I considered creating stuffed Christmas gnomes, but when I saw round wood knobs with a flat bottom I changed directions slightly. I love that these little DIY Christmas gnomes can easily sit flat on a shelf OR hang in the tree.
The best part of this project is that these gnomes can be made for pennies (crafts can be so expensive these days!) and take relatively little time. I was able to create four gnomes in about 30 minutes.
What you will need to create DIY Christmas gnomes:
Most of the items I used for this DIY Christmas gnome project were purchased at Hobby Lobby. I have provided a direct affiliate link where available so that you can easily find the supplies and make a purchase.
- Large Wood Knobs
- Small Wood Beads
- DecoArt Americana Paint
- Foam Paint Brush
- White Faux Fur
- Gray Craft Felt x2
- Glue Gun and Hot Glue Stick
- Red and White Baker’s Twine
- Large Embroidery Needle
How to recreate DIY Christmas gnomes:
- Paint the large round wood knobs with red acrylic craft paint, using a large foam paint brush.
Note: I was able to get good coverage with one coat of DecoArt’s Watermelon paint.
- Cut a one to one and a half inch (depending on preference) strip off the piece of white faux fur. Cut the strip into one inch squares.
Note: I shaped the fur up a bit and trimmed the corners off the underside to give it a bit more of a rounded shape.
- Glue the beard onto the painted knob using a hot glue gun.
- Cut felt into large triangle. Using a hot glue gun, secure the edges forming the triangle hat.
- Run a piece of Baker’s Twine through the top of the hat and knot. This is how you will hang your Christmas gnome on the tree.
- Optional: Decorate the felt with a blanket stitch around the bottom using Baker’s Twine.
- Run a line of hot glue around the base of the hat and glue to the top of the painted knob. The hat should meet and just cover the edge of the white faux fur.
- Using a small amount of hot glue, secure the small round bead to the gnome where the hat meets the faux fur.
This DIY Christmas gnome is such an easy project, it wouldn’t take much time at all to create dozens and literally fill your entire tree. In addition, kids can easily help with this craft as long as they have a little help and supervision with the glue gun.
If you like these little holiday gnomes, be sure to check out my Valentine’s Day gnome as well!
If you liked this post, you might also like these ornaments created by some of my friends! …