Add a touch of Scandinavian charm to your holiday decor with our DIY holiday gnomes. Spread cheer and get creative this season with these festive decorations. For more holiday ideas see my Christmas Hub page.
Step into a world of enchantment this holiday season with our DIY Holiday Gnomes Craft. These whimsical creatures have been a beloved part of Scandinavian folklore for centuries, believed to bring good luck and protect homes from evil spirits.
And now, you can bring their magic into your own home with just a few simple materials and some creativity. From their pointy hats adorned with frosted foliage to their fluffy beards made from faux fur, these gnomes are guaranteed to become cherished additions to your holiday decor collection.
Let’s embark on a craft adventure together as we learn how to make these delightful little companions that will add an extra sprinkle of joy and wonderment to your festive season!
This project is rated easy, so even if you’re a beginner, you can do it! Let me show you how to make them.
I am the original designer of this Holiday Gnome craft. These are the full detailed instructions for the Noel Gnomes on Floracraft®’s website and listed on Joann Fabrics Website.
When I worked for Floracraft® as an Ambassador were asked to recreate one of their ideas into one of our own. I combined two of their craft projects this time around, the Holiday Gnome Wall Art and the Cone Christmas Characters, to make these sweet Holiday Gnomes.
How to make Holiday Gnomes
- Floracraft® Make It Fun® Foam Cones, (1) 9-inch cone, (2) 17-inch cones
- 1/4 yard each of three different Holiday Fabrics
- 1 yard of Grey Arctic Fleece
- 2 sheets (1/4 yard) of craft fur, white
- 1 sheet of felt, black
- Straight Pins
- 1-inch wood balls
- Craft wire
- Holiday Floral Greenery
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Sharp Scissors
- Hot glue & gun
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.
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.
How to Make a Gnome Beard:
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.
Use straight pins to place and adjust the beard on the front of the 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.
How to Make a Gnome Hat
Cut a 7 inch piece of craft wire and insert it into the top end of the cone.
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, leaving 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.
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.
Make a Gnome Nose and Eyes
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 of 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.