I must admit, I’m late to the gnome making party. While gnomes have been popular for a couple of years now, I’d never made one…until today. My inspiration came from a recent Pottery Barn catalog. I just knew that I could make my own DIY Christmas Gnome Garland for a fraction of the Pottery Barn price.
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It’s time for our monthly Creative Craft Blog Hop, hosted by Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate and Andrea from Design Morsels. If you’re stopping by after a visit with Liberty from B4 and Afters, welcome! I will definitely be giving her chocolate covered snowman pretzels a try. Yum!
I actually had everything I needed for this craft in my stash. The felt is leftover from last year’s embellished hat and mitten gift set. I bought a bag of wooden balls from Amazon months ago. I used some of them to make a garland that I used in this year’s vintage inspired neutral Thanksgiving tablescape.
I didn’t have any faux fur on hand, but I got creative. I “borrowed” some fur from this item in our Halloween box. You can even see where I cut off a piece lol!
How to Make a DIY Christmas Gnome Garland
- wooden balls (large for the head, small for the nose)
- 1 sheet of decent quality felt
- faux fur
- pom poms (large and tiny) in holiday colors
- metal florist wire
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- embroidery floss and embroidery needle
- small amount of fiberfill
Cut a small strip of faux fur and glue it to the center of a large wooden ball.
Wrap the felt around the ball and add about a 1/2 inch extra. Mark the spot and then measure the size you’ll want for the hats. Mine was 3 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches tall. Cut out the felt rectangles.
Fold the hat in half lengthwise and cut off a small corner of the unfolded side on a curve. Then cut the felt at a 45 degree angle up towards the folded top to form a point.
Open the hat and position it on the front of the gnome. Hold it in place with a dab of hot glue. Make sure the seam of the faux fur is covered by the hat. Lay the hat down and apply hot glue to the bottom of the hat. Attach it to the wooden ball.
Put a tiny bit of fiberfill into the top of the hat. Then measure and cut a length of floral wire the size of the hat.
Put the wire into the hat and pinch the hat closed. Apply hot glue to one side of the hat and fold over the other side. The top should form a point. This is the hardest part. It helps to use a toothpick to hold the sides down and to avoid getting burned.
Hot glue a tiny pom pom onto the top of the hat. Then hot glue a tiny wood ball onto the front of the hat to make a nose. Bend the hats over (that’s what the wire is for) Done! Continue making gnomes until you have enough for your garland.
Line up your gnomes and large pom poms on a table to plan how you’d like the garland to look. Cut a length of embroidery floss and thread the embroidery needle. Then thread the pom poms and gnomes onto a garland in your desired arrangement. Put the needle through the bottom of the gnome’s hat (that’s what the fiberfill is for).
This garland looks cute strung across a mantel or on a tree.
I hope you like it! Now go check out the crafts that my friends have created this month. The links to the blogs are below. Next on the hop is my friend Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz. She is the hostess extraordinaire and I can’t wait to see her Thanksgiving favors!
Until next time!