This DIY winter gnome wreath is the perfect addition to whimsical holiday decor.
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I’ve been listening to Christmas music nonstop since Thanksgiving. I’m partial to the classics – they never get old. At some point during my holiday decorating Perry Como’s, “No Place Like Home for the Holidays” turned into there’s no place like gnome for the holidays…I have gnomes on my trees, gnomes on my tables, and now I have a gnome on my front door.
It all started out simply enough. I wanted to incorporate some Scandinavian icons into my holiday decor. If I could dial it back a bit, perhaps I would have stuck with a simple handmade holiday Christmas. Instead, I went a bit crazy with gnomes and little tomte figures throughout the house. I can’t seem to do anything on a normal scale. Maybe next year…
In any event the inside of my home has been complete for weeks, while the outside has been left a little lackluster. I am happy to report that this fun winter gnome wreath is now hanging in a place of honor on the front door to welcome guests to my home.
DIY Winter Gnome Wreath
This wreath came together in about 30 minutes. It’s super easy (and rather inexpensive) to make.
To recreate this project, you will need:
Grapevine Wreath Form
Flocked Pine Stems (similar)
Frosted Red Berry Stems
Frosted Red and White Ribbon
Hot Glue Gun + Glue
I approach a wreath project in layers. Each wreath consists of a base, a greenery layer, bits of color and then one or two focal pieces. If you’ve been here before, you might have noticed that many of my wreaths (like this winter welcome wreath) start with a basic grapevine wreath form.
I love using a grapevine wreath as the base, because it’s so easy to anchor other pieces of the wreath within the stems. Plus, they’re super inexpensive. For this gnome wreath I used a plain grapevine that hadn’t been painted or dressed up. So many of the other pieces are frosted, I wanted the depth a more rustic piece would provide.
I secured all of the following layers with hot glue and then tied down a few pieces with floral wire to ensure they laid down just how I wanted them to.
I found a stem of flocked pine at Hobby Lobby for a steal (love those 50% off sales). I used my wire cutters to trim the individual branches off the larger stem and arranged them on the grapevine wreath. I covered about one half off the wreath. I considered adding additional greenery, but the pine stems are so fluffy I decided it wasn’t truly necessary.
The next step was to add in frosted berries. Again, I used one large stem purchased at Hobby Lobby cut down into smaller pieces. I used both leaves and bunches, as well as full branches.
I also added a few miniature dimensional snowflakes to the ends of the pine branches. They don’t stand out a bunch, but up close they look magical.
I added a large frosted red and white bow to the wreath. It anchors the left side of the wreath form and hides the spot where my flocked branches meet. The focal point for this wreath is a little gray gnome I found for under $10.
I love how my winter gnome wreath turned out. It looks fantastic on my front door and pulls my interior holiday theme out on the porch!
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