It’s always exciting to see what craft trends pop up each year. Towards the end of 2019 in particular, I noticed that gnomes were appearing everywhere. You know, the ones with a huge beard, a nose sticking out of it, and the huge hat. I thought that they would just be a thing for Christmas, but NOPE! Scouring Pinterest, I saw a gnome for every holiday and every occassion. So, I figured I’d see what the big deal was and try my hand at making one. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I figured I’d start there.
Guys. I get the hype now. These gnomes are ADORABLE. And at their base, they are so easy to make and affordable. I couldn’t stop at just one gnome; I wound up making a set! Maybe you’ll find yourself in the same boat after today’s DIY tutorial.
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1-1.5 inch Smooth Styrofoam Ball (Depending on Size of Your Styrofoam Cone)
Valentine’s Themed Fabric
Faux Fur Ribbon/Trim OR Mop Head
Twine or String (If Using Mop Head)
Hot Glue Gun
1. Cut your faux fur trim or mop head to size. This will serve as the beard portion of the gnome. You’ll want the beard to take up approximately 1/3 of the head and have it go all the way around the base.
2. OPTIONAL: Wrap fabric around the bottom third of the cone if you’re worried about seeing through the beard. You really don’t have to do this if you’re using a solid faux fur ribbon, but I do recommend it if you’re doing the mop-head beard.
3. Attach your fur trim or mop pieces to the styrofoam cone. If you are using the trim, simply attach with glue. If you’re using the mop threads, place them against the styrofoam cone where you want them to be. They should stick to the styrofoam. If they don’t, wrap a rubber band around the cone where you want the tops of the threads to be. Then, slide the mop threads under the rubber band. Since rubber bands will dry out and break over time, tie your twine/string around the top of the beard to hold those pieces in place.
5. Cut your fabric in a large triangle for the hat. To judge the size, place your styrofoam cone on the fabric and cut a triangle 3 times the size of the cone.
6. Fold your hat in half INSIDE OUT. Glue the two edges of the triangle together with gorilla glue (or sew together) and allow to dry. Once it’s dry, turn it right-side out and you’ll have a nice seam in your hat.
7. Place the hat on the cone so that the bottom of the hat is right on top of the top of the beard. Set in place with a hot glue gun. If you want the hat to flop over nicely, you can also use your hot glue gun to place that however you want to.
8. Glue on the nose (again, using the hot glue gun) between the hat and the beard. Push the edge of the hat up a little bit so that it looks like it’s resting on top of the nose, and the nose isn’t just sitting on the hat.
Just like that, you’ve got a finished gnome! These fellas are too cute, and depending on what fabric you use for the hat, you could really make one that fits your general decor year-round. But since they’re so affordable, why not make ones for special occasions, seasons, and holidays? If you do, be sure to share pictures in the comments to inspire other DIYers!
I couldn’t resist setting up my gnomes with my pallet wood heart from last week. If you want to check that one out, click here. As always, be sure to join my email list for updates on my latest posts and exclusive files–including the file for the phrase on the pallet wood heart.