Are you ready for the cutest Valentine’s Day Gnomes you’ve ever seen?! Which is saying something since I’ve literally made Easter Gnomes, Christmas Gnomes and even spooky Halloween Gnomes. These little cupid arrow, cut out heart… pink glitter gnomes have to be the sweetest of the entire collection… and as always they are no sew, easy as pie and fun to make.
At least I think they’re fun to make (probably why I keep making them!).
Let’s get started!
- Felt Valentine’s Day 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. If you want a big chunky gnome add lots of rice… if you want a baby gnome just put a little rice! There isn’t a huge rule of thumb here… just make sure that your gnome has enough “sit” up.
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 off… the gnomes hat will hide a bit of extra sock but not a crazy amount so take that into account.
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 for our Easter gnomes… 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!
Now all that’s left is to glue on our felt Valentine’s Day bows! I like to add mine right over the brim of their hats and to the veeeeery top of the hats (where the yarn bow is) but you add yours wherever it feels right. Then we’re done!
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