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How to Make a Gnome for Christmas: Scandinavian Inspired!

I love Nordic inspired crafts – including these delightful Christmas gnomes! They are very easy to make with paper cones and felt.

Skills Required: Beginner. If you can use a hot glue gun, you can do this project. There is some simple stitching as well, but a blanket stitch is very easy to learn.

DIY Nordic Felted Christmas Gnomes

Hello again! Jennifer from Brave New Home here to share another festive holiday craft with you.

You’ve probably seen some of my other simple holiday projects, like felt mistletoe, my wooden nativity set, or the stacking dolls I repainted.

You’re going to love these fun Scandinavian inspired Christmas gnomes made with felt and paper cones! Adults can make these and kids will love them too.

Paper mache felt cones, felt, embroidery floss, cotton balls, wood beads

DIY Gnome for Christmas

Gather These Supplies

Blanket stitch at the end of a piece of felt with white embroidery floss and a needle

Cut your felt for the hat and the body. For this, I taped the felt around my cone and cut accordingly. Then take the embroidery floss and do a blanket stitch around the bottom.

DIY gnome hat

Once you’ve stitched around the bottom of your hat glue the body piece of felt to the form first. Then hot glue the hat to the form.

Use two strips of glue to glue your felt to your form at the point where the seams come together. Do not glue the bottom of the hat where the stitching is.

You will tuck the cotton beard under this part of the hat. Also, leave the top of the hat unglued so you can shape it with your fingers later.

Tucking cotton into felt hat

Unroll your cotton ball to create the beard. Then tuck it under the hat. You can add a little hot glue to the cotton to secure it in place if you like.

Hot glue gun and a wood bead

Hot glue the back of your wooden doll head and place it where the beard and the hat meet. Make sure the wood is glued to the felt hat at least partially. This will hold it better in place than gluing it to the cotton alone.

DIY gnomes for Christmas

Repeat this process for as many Scandinavian-inspired gnomes that you desire. I chose to make two so I can prop them up to look like they’re talking to each other.

scandinavian christmas gnomes

You could add glasses, pigtails for a female gnome version, etc. to alter the looks of your Christmas gnomes.

diy christmas gnomes

I think it would be fun to make gnomes of varying sizes for each member of your family.

how to make felt gnomes

If you don’t have cardboard cones on hand, you might want to try making some from leftover cardboard or alternatively you could use a styrofoam form (although hot glue doesn’t adhere as well).

christmas gnomes diy

I hope you enjoy these playful Nordic felt gnomes. They would make a great addition to almost any holiday decor and the colors can be changed to match your own holiday palette.

Yield: 1 gnome

How to Make Felt Gnomes

I love Nordic inspired crafts - including these delightful Christmas gnomes! They are very easy to make with paper cones and felt.

Learn how to make a DIY gnome for Christmas! You're going to love this Scandinavian inspired craft idea for the holidays.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • Paper mache craft cones - size of your choice
  • Felt - enough to cover the cones
  • Embroidery floss
  • Cotton balls
  • Wood doll heads

Tools

  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Cut felt for the hat and the body. Tape the felt around the cone and cut accordingly.
  2. Use the embroidery floss and needle to do a blanket stitch around the bottom.
  3. Glue the body piece of felt to the cardboard form. Then glue the hat down. Use two lines of glue to attach the felt to the form at the point where the seams come together. Do not glue the bottom of the hat where the stitching is.
  4. Tuck the cotton beard under this part of the hat. Leave the top of the hat unglued so you can shape it with your fingers later.
  5. Unroll your cotton ball to create the beard, then tuck it under the hat.
  6. Hot glue the back of your wooden doll head and place it where the beard and the hat meet.
  7. Repeat this process for as many Scandinavian-inspired gnomes that you desire.

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Charli Robinson

Tuesday 14th of January 2020

These are just TOO cute! Thankx for the tutorial!

Rose Holt

Sunday 15th of December 2019

I think this is pretty sweet. I can never figure out how to draw a pattern to wrap a cone with felt.

Roxanne

Wednesday 17th of October 2018

Very cute idea. You didn’t address the “face” of the gnome, did you paint the cardboard white or leave it natural? It appears to be white.

Amy

Thursday 18th of October 2018

We used a white piece of felt for the face! I'll edit the instructions. :D

Soncie22

Tuesday 18th of November 2014

Love,Love, Love, Love it!! Did I say, Love?LOL!