Over the last year I’ve spent quite a few days making gnomes… easy no-sew Halloween Gnomes and even Easter Bunny Gnomes with cute little bunny ears. But the gnomes I was most excited to make were these… adorable little no-sew gnomes for Christmas.
I’m thinking a soft pink and white pastel palette to go with the rest of my pretty blush and seafoam decorations (like my blush and seafoam Christmas tree or the tablescape I did with my blush and seafoam gingerbread house here). Of course, the beauty of making your own decorations is that you can change the color however you like… so you might make these gnomes in traditional red and green colors.
That part is entirely up to you!
Either way they’re fabulous and easy to make… and while I think they’re perfect for Christmas their little bows are really more wintery so you could leave them up all season long.
Let’s get started!
- Holiday Bows
- Fuzzy Socks
- Fabric for Hats
- Hot Glue/Hot Glue Gun
- String or Cord
- Measuring Scoop or Spoon
- Faux Fur
- Pom Pom
- Champagne Floral Berry Pick
Step 1: Fill your Fuzzy Socks with Rice
Our little gnomes are actually pretty easy to make… start by taking your fuzzy sock and filling it with rice. The more rice you put inside the bigger your gnome will be!
So make sure to think about whether you want a tall skinny gnome or a short fat gnome… then fill your little fuzzy sock with a bit of rice or a bunch of rice depending on what you’re looking for.
Once your little gnome body is full go ahead and tie a knot in the top of the sock (making sure it’s snug to the rice so there isn’t a bunch of air inside the fuzzy sock). If you have a long tail left over you can cut it shorter so that the tail of the knot will be hidden by the gnomes hat.
Or… if you have a cute frilly sock like these you can simply fold the top of the sock down and use that frilly top as a band of fluff for the bottom of your hat. And what’s better than the holidays than a cozy hat with a fluffy rim.
Step 2: Make your Hat!
Now it’s time to make our little gnome hat! This hat is quite a bit easier than the cone hats we made last time… but they look adorable in different ways.
To start with cut your fabric to size… I measure each hat individually by placing the fabric around my gnomes body and then cutting it to fit. You want your hat to be a bit taller than it is wide so that it can slouch down around the gnomes beard.
Once your fabric is cut go ahead and hot glue the sides together so that the entire hat is one continuous loop. I find that the easiest way to do this is to place the hat with the fuzzy side down, then fold up the left side exposing the fuzzy side on the top. Now run a bead of hot glue down that edge.
Now while the glue is still hot fold over the right side and firmly press it down into the hot glue along the edge. Don’t forget to make sure that the bottom edge lines up as you do this… that way the entire hat will be straight.
Once it’s glued and dry you can pull the hat down over your tiny gnome, making sure that the cuff is just above that frilly ruff we left. I like to glue the bottom of my hat down so that it stays put over this frilly ruff and they become one piece. The cut a piece of fleece and use it to tie the top of the gnomes hat and give it a little shape. Perfect!
Step 3: Cut your Gnomes Beard
Ready to give this little guy a fuzzy beard? Start by grabbing your faux fur and wrapping it around your gnome. You want it to go about half way around (theoretically that would be ear to ear… if gnomes had ears). Once you have the fur measured go ahead and cut a triangle out of the faux fur.
A few tips? If you’re making a short fat gnome your triangle should be short and fat… you want the beard to kiss the ground. On the other hand if you’re making a tall skinny gnome his beard should be tall and skinny too!
My next tip is crucial. Make sure that when you’re cutting the fur you separate the fur strands and cut in between them. If you simply cut a triangle you’ll have blunt, short fur strands… not long flowing locks. I try to part the hair and then cut “in the ditch” or the part of the fur as much as possible.
Once your beard is cut go ahead and flip the cuff of your gnomes hat up… now glue your beard directly under that cuff. Use lots of hot glue so the beard doesn’t go anywhere! Once you’ve gone from ear to hypothetical ear I like to place a bead of hot glue on top of the faux fur and glue the hat in place.
I do this once over each ear so that the hat is anchored on each side… and in the middle where we put our nose.
Step 4: Glue on your Gnome’s Nose
We’re so close to finished!! Before we put the cuff of our hat back down let’s grab a pom pom and give this guy a nose! I like to put mine right in the middle so add a dab of hot glue and then squish the pom pom in place. Once it’s dry go ahead and add a bit of hot glue to the top of the pom pom (making sure it’s high enough up that it will be covered by the hat) and then lower the hat’s cuff into place.
Since these little guys are for the holidays I did add an extra special touch to a few of them… and instead of pom pom noses I cut a champagne colored berry in half (from a holiday floral pick) and used that as a nose. If I had known it would be so cute I probably would have done it for all of the gnomes but either way it turned out super cute!
Step 5: Add the Holiday Bows
For that extra special touch I cut out a variety of fun felt holiday bows with my Cricut Maker to add to these little guys hats.
I made a snowflake bow, an antler bow, a few present bows and even a little tiny bow. They all turned out super cute and once they’re done you can use them in so many ways… including gnome hats!
I simply used hot glue to attach the bows to the hats and tried to change it up from add them on the brim to the very tippy top of the little gnomes hats.
They turned out soooo cute!
Ready to see the end results?
Looking for even more pretty blush and rose gold projects? Here’s a few of my favorite projects from this year’s Blush and Seafoam Christmas or all the projects I made for last year’s Blush & Rose Gold Christmas!
Check out these Blush & Rose Gold Holiday projects (that you can make!)
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