Holiday Gnomes

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DIY Holiday Gnomes

I’m back again with another Floracraft® Foam makeover! The New Make It Fun® Holiday Craft eBook is here, it’s brimming with Christmas crafts and decorating ideas for the upcoming holidays. We were asked to recreate one of their ideas into one of our own. I am going to combine two of their craft projects this time around, the Holiday Gnome Wall Art and the Cone Christmas Characters, to make these sweet Holiday Gnomes.

These cuties are becoming pretty popular this season. I am going to show you a simple and trendy way to spruce up your holiday decor this year! This project is rated easy, so even if your a beginner, you can do it! Let me show how to make them.

Holiday Gnomes



Cover a foam cone in fabric

Roll the first cone over the fabric. Cut the fabric to fit the cone. Use hot glue on low heat. Place a line of glue on edge of the fabric and roll the cone over it to adhere.

Covering a cone with fabric

Cut the fabric on the other side of the cone to match perfectly to the first edge and glue down. Overlapping by 1/8 inch. Trim the excess fabric from the bottom of the cone.

To make the Beard:

make a beard for a gnome

Turn the fur fabric over and use a razor blade to cut out a beard and mustache. Gently rub the razor blade over the fabric. Do not press down hard, or you will cut through the fur on the other side. 

Make a gnome

Use straight pins to place and adjust the beard on front of cone. Hot glue the beard down first. One inch below the top of the beard separate, part the hair and push it upwards. Glue the mustache in the part of the beard fur. You want some hair to hang over the top of the mustache.

add a wire to a cone to make fabric flop

Cut a 7 inch piece of craft wire and insert it into the top end of the cone. 

Add a felt hat to a gnome

Cut a piece of the fleece, I used the rough edge so I would have a cute roll on the brim of the hat. Measure the fleece hat brim to fit perfectly end to end around the cone, leave the other end of the fleece long.  Mine are around 20 inches long and 6 inches wide.  Each one will be a different length and width, because all three gnomes are a different size.

Wrap fleece to make a hat over cone

After the edges of the hat are glued to the cone, twist and pull the hat lengthwise. Trim the fabric to a slight point around an inch past the end of the wire. I found pulling and twisting the fabric made it fall into place for the hat. Start hot gluing the hat from the brim to the end. Stretching and twisting as you glue.

I used a paper hole punch to punch out two circles from black felt. Use straight pins to pin the eyes on.  Add a wood ball for the nose with hot glue and some greenery on his hat and that’s it!

The dimensions for the other two gnomes:

~Using a 17 inch cone trim off 6 inches, 3 from the top of the cone and 3 from the bottom. The last gnome is made with a 9 inch cone. Everything is made the same way just less fabric.

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How to make a gnome holiday decor


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28 thoughts on “Holiday Gnomes

  1. I accidentally bought flannel instead of fleece for the hats, do you think I can make that work?? doesn’t have the same stretch to it though.

    1. Oh Sarah, No worries! My first thought was to make the hats plaid!! I sure they will work both ways! Teh fabric would be much easier to mold into a hat! The felt was flimsy and you had to stretch it to make it roll together seamlessly! I’m sure it will be fine! Good Luck! Send me a pic!

    1. Each square on the beard photograph are equal to an inch. So 11 inches for the beard and 5 inches for the mustache. Each gnome is different size so make the next set one inch smaller. Dimensions shown are for the largest gnome. Thanks for reading!

  2. Perfect – one of my old college roommates LOVES gnomes, this would be the perfect fun gift to make for her!!!!! Thank you so much for this tutorial, pinning for sure!

  3. I LOVE these gnomes!!!!! They are adorable! Thank you so much for sharing with us at The Creative Corner Link Up! Can’t wait to see what you link up next week! I’ll be featuring this fabulous DIY in this Sunday’s party. 🙂 Oh, yes, I’m a new host at The Creative Corner. Just thought I would also quickly introduce myself! Maria. x

  4. Hello cute lady! I’m stopping by to let you know that your holiday gnomes will be featured at our party that starts on Monday at 7 pm. Happy dance time! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you! Lou Lou Girls

  5. Oh, my gosh, I can’t stand it. I will be making these. I love them. My grands will love them, too. Thanks for the inspiration. Putting on Facebook, Twitter also and pinning to Christmas. Wow. Best wishes, Linda @Crafts a la mode

  6. Oh my goodness! Your gnomes are SUPER adorable!! My daughter LOVES gnomes, so these would be the perfect homemade gift for her!! Thank you so much for sharing at The Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!

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