A trend you might have seen around the last few years are the little Scandinavian gnomes: short, stubby little characters with big beards, braids and tall pointy hats! These whimsical little creatures have become very popular over the last few years, appearing in cards, stamps and dies, kids books and crafts.
Reminiscent of Santa's elves, these little guys have become associated with the Christmas season and beyond. We just think they're too cute, so we decided to have a little contest to see which of of our two blog writers/project designers could make the best Christmas gnome!
Before we get started, here's the supplies you'll need:
- Foam cones
- Felt Sheets
- Flannel, fleece, or another cozy fabric
- A scrap of flesh colored fabric (the nose)
- Hot glue
- Stuffing or Cotton Balls (for the nose)
- A fluffy yarn or roving
- A winter floral pick or other embellishment
- Needle & Thread
To put the gnome together, you have to make the separate parts first. For the "body," we just wrapped the fabric around the cone and glued it in place. Don't worry if the top isn't perfectly lined up, the hat will cover it.
Making the Nose:
Making the Beard:
Step 2: Make a second string, with shorter pieces, and tie both to the cone, shorter piece on top of the longer piece.
Putting it Together:
Let us know in the comments which build you like best! We think putting them side by side next to the fireplace would be a cute addition to your Christmas decór!