DIY Christmas Gnomes

DIY Christmas Gnomes

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DIY Christmas Gnomes are a cheap & easy craft that anyone can do! Place these cute little guys on your mantel, on a shelf or in your Christmas display!

Usually when it comes to blog projects – and especially when it comes to cutesy crafty projects – I’m the one dragging my feet, while Handan cracks the whip and drives me forward.

But not this time!

This time we both dragged our feet.

DIY Christmas Gnomes

We had the materials for this project months ago, and Handan had been blathering on about DIY Christmas Gnomes since the flowers were in bloom and my feet were in flip-flops.

So why the delay?

What was the holdup?

Well, for me, it was the usual excuses and avoidances:

  1. It was a cutesy craft, and even after disproving the notion that I’m not a crafter here, here and here, I still consider myself a manly man who should be tearing apart oak trees limb-by-limb instead of inhaling hot glue fumes while discussing the merits of Mongolian fur over craft fur.
  2. This isn’t our most original project. Every Rhonda, Phyllis and Gertrude has made gnomes and posted them on their blogs and YouTube channels, so why should I bother?
  3. Did I mention my manliness? Do crafters eat 3 bricks and a tree branch for breakfast like I do and then wash it all down with a glass of motor oil? I don’t think so, Tim!

Now, normally my excuses would have all the weight and impact of a feather in a windstorm, because Handan would gather the supplies and inform me (in no uncertain terms) that I’d be making DIY Christmas Gnomes.

“Yes, dear” I’d say, and then carry on my merry gnome-making way.

But it never happened!

We made all sorts of crafty trees and stars, and we gave you more printables than you can shake a peppermint stick at, but we never made the gnomes.

I never questioned it of course, but the reason for Handan’s procrastination became clear the moment we assembled our supplies for this project and switched on the glue gun…

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When it comes to craft projects for the blog, Handan usually gives me a quick rundown on what I’ll be doing. If it’s something she’s done before, like say, making mambo yarn trees, she’ll show me how it’s done and then let me take the reins.

But neither of us had made DIY Christmas Gnomes before.

Still, she sat at our crafting table and attempted to show me how to make one. When she got to the hat, things went off the rails.

Don’t ask me what she did – all I can say is that the engineer in her took over and things got real complicated real fast.

I stood above her and one of those wtf looks spread across my face.

“My babes,” I said, “What the hell are you doing?”

Handan yammered about this and that and how hard the hat part was going to be.

“My babes,” I said. “Put down the fabric. You’re overthinking this. There’s nothing hard about this project.” I took the fabric and scissors from her hand. “C’mon. Get up. I know what to do.”

And then I learned why my babes had delayed these DIY Christmas Gnomes for so long.

DIY Christmas Gnomes

She thought they were going to be hard, so in her mind they became more and more difficult as the weeks and months rolled by.

So when it came time for her to make one for the first time, her “normal” brain panicked and her “engineer” brain took over, and that part of her made it into a convoluted mathematical mess.

She expected it to be hard, therefore it became hard.

DIY Christmas Gnomes

I shooed her away and told her I knew everything I needed to know to make the damn things.

(Which was nothing, by the way.)

I knew nothing.

And it turns out that knowing nothing is more than enough knowledge to make these little gnomes.

So enough of my yapping – let’s make some Christmas Gnomes!

DIY Christmas Gnomes Tutorial

The best part about using dried beans is that I didn’t even have to take them out of the bag!

holding a bag of lentils and a sock

I just shoved the beans into one of the Dollar Store socks…

stuffing a bag of lentils in a sock

And presto! A perfect gnome body!

lentils in a sock

I put a rubber band on the sock to keep everything in place, and then I trimmed off the excess sock.

lentils in a sock

Couldn’t be easier, right?

lentils in a sock

We used Mongolian fur for the beard – the kind shown in the pictures below, plus two other styles that you’ll see in the final photos. We also had some craft fur on hand, but I decided to stick with all Mongolian as it has a better look and feel.

I wrapped the fur around the sock to measure for size.

wrapping fur around a sock for diy christmas gnomes

A little overlap…

wrapping fur around a sock for diy christmas gnomes

My fingers show the length and height I’d make my cut.

wrapping fur around a sock for diy christmas gnomes

Now, I didn’t want to cut the Mongolian fur with scissors, otherwise I’d cut right across the beautiful fur. Instead, I flipped the fur over and carefully cut just the backing with a razor blade.

cutting mongolian craft fur to make christmas gnomes

I cut the fur in a U-shape.

cutting mongolian craft fur to make christmas gnomes

See how the fur pulls away? If I had used scissors, I would have cut off all that fur that’s hanging below the cut line.

cutting mongolian craft fur to make christmas gnomes

I laid it on the sock to check the fit.

wrapping fur around a sock for diy christmas gnomes

Then I put a little dab of hot glue in the center and attached the fur.

wrapping fur around a sock for diy christmas gnomes

And then I hot glued the rest of the fur onto the sock.

hot gluing for to a sock for diy christmas gnomes
hot gluing for to a sock for diy christmas gnomes

I used 1-inch wooden balls for the nose, but you can go bigger or smaller, or use something else entirely.

bag of wooden beads

First I made a little space by pulling apart the fur…

making diy christmas gnomes from a sock and beans

Then I added a dab of glue…

making diy christmas gnomes from a sock and beans

And then I stuck the nose in place.

gluing wooden bead nose on a diy gnome

Now here’s the part where Handan had trouble. She’s an engineer, and sometimes she overthinks things with her finely-tuned and hyper-mathematical engineer’s brain.

Fortunately for her, she had a good ol’-fashioned dope standing next to her who was just smart enough to see she was overthinking the problem.

I (aka, The Dope) grabbed a piece of fabric and set to work on the hat.

making a hat for a christmas gnome

I measured it…

making a hat for a christmas gnome

And then I trimmed the excess.

making a hat for a christmas gnome

I then cut it to a height that seemed good to me.

There are no rules when it comes to these DIY Christmas Gnomes.

Use whatever you want for the hat.

Make it as tall or as short as you please.

No one will judge you!

Well, your kids and grandkids might.

But you just stick a glue gun in their little hands and dare them to do better!

making a hat for a christmas gnome

Since I wanted a pointy hat, I cut the fabric into a triangle shape.

making a hat for a christmas gnome
making a hat for a christmas gnome

Looked hattish enough to me!

Now look, if any of you ladies are into sewing, you’ll know that when I wrap this thing into a circle, it’s not going to be a perfect cone. Maybe this is where Handan’s brain went haywire. Just don’t worry about it, okay? You’ll never notice it when the gnome is finished!

Sometimes ignorance is bliss, especially when it comes to me and crafting (or sewing).

making a hat for a christmas gnome

Okay, to turn this sucker into a hat, I just laid a bead of hot glue down one side…

gluing fabric to make a hat for a diy gnome

Folded it back over onto the glue…

gluing fabric to make a hat for a diy gnome

And when the glue had cooled, I turned it inside-out…which was actually making it rightside-out. Or outside-out.

Whatever. You get my drift.

gluing fabric to make a hat for a diy gnome

Ta-da!

making a gnome hat

(I can feel your eyeballs on my gnome hat, madam. And I can hear you groan as you look at that little point in the back.)

Like I said, ignorance is bliss when it comes to crafting, and they don’t get much more ignorant than Yours Truly here.

Must be why I was so blissful while making these DIY Christmas Gnomes!

Anyway, I folded the rim up inside the hat to even things out and get rid of the rough edge.

Then I fit the hat onto my gnome.

making a gnome hat
making a gnome hat

Satisfied with the fit, I put a small dab of glue under the front of the hat.

gluing a hat on diy christmas gnome

Then I put a dab under each side and under the back.

gluing a hat on diy christmas gnome
gluing a hat on diy christmas gnome

I adjusted the fur to make a moustache.

adjusting the mustache of a diy gnome

Then I added some embellishments by gluing on some tiny pinecones and red berries onto the hat and adding a jingle bell to the tip.

putting the finishing touches on a diy christmas gnome

And that’s it!

These DIY Christmas Gnomes are super easy to make, and they’re really fun!

Yeah, I admit it. They’re fun.

putting the finishing touches on a diy christmas gnome

Look, if a manly specimen like me can have a blast making these (I even woke up early on Sunday and made more while the rest of the household slept), then I’m sure you’ll enjoy them, too!

(Just don’t tell anyone that I said they’re fun, okay? I’ve got a reputation to protect!)

[A reputation? LOLOLOL – oh you make me laugh my babes! I’m sure your “reputation” will survive! LOLOLOL! – Handan]

Here are the rest of them.

DIY Christmas Gnomes

So what do you think of our Christmas Gnomes?

DIY Christmas Gnomes

You can also add a wire underneath the hat so you can bend it into interesting shapes.

Or you can use wire to make a floppy hat stand up straight.

DIY Christmas Gnomes

I asked earlier why I should bother making these DIY Christmas Gnomes when so many others have done so already.

Well, the answer is simple.

DIY Christmas Gnomes

My babes loves them, and they make her smile every time she sees them.

For that reaction, I’d even craft with pink glitter.

(Just don’t tell her that. I don’t want her getting any crazy notions in her head with Valentine’s Day approaching!)

DIY Christmas Gnomes
DIY Christmas Gnomes
DIY Christmas Gnomes
DIY Christmas Gnomes

If you want to make some taller DIY Christmas gnomes like the one pictured below, just stuff some polyfill into the sock after you put in the beans. The polyfill will give him a little more height without making him too top-heavy.

DIY Christmas Gnomes
DIY Christmas Gnomes
DIY Christmas Gnomes

Okay, so maybe you’re more of an outdoor gal. Maybe these dinky little indoor gnomes just leave you feeling…I don’t know…unfulfilled.

Well, sister, you’re in luck.

Holly Grace has you covered with her brilliant tomato cage gnomes. Check out her video tutorial and make a couple for your front porch!

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73 Comments

  1. They make me smile too. Move over Elf on the Shelf, we now have Gnome in the Home. Every engineer should know K.I.S.S. (keep it simple, stupid.) My hubby’s an engineer and he overthinks projects too until I walk in an simplify it.

  2. THOSE ARE ADORABLE!!! Such a cute idea! And different from what you see everywhere!
    Merry Christmas to my cousins! Hope to see you all sometime soon.

  3. These are really cute! Your tip about cutting the fur was worth the entire post. The Vikings probably believed in these if it makes you feel more manly.

  4. Oh, my! Greg, your gnomes are totally adorbs!!!
    I was going to start baking today; however, I see I need to run out to the dollar store and grab some supplies to make a few of these cuties!!
    Happy holidays to you and your family! Thank you for all your great ideas and designs!!

  5. You guys win, hands down, on the Gnomes. These are the cutest ones I have seen and boy, there has been a lot of them popping up! I love how each hat is different and different staging and also the hair! Adorable! Love ALL the printables you share too! Y’all rock! Merry Christmas!

    1. Wow, thank you, Sheila! That is so gratifying to hear, because I was really unsure about making these due to all the other ones out there. Thank you so much, and Merry Christmas to you and your family! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Well, Greg, you did it again! Knocked it outta the park! I have already made some gnomes, but I’ve just got to make these. Thanks again for making life more fun! Merry Christmas to you, Handan and Barish.

    1. Awwww, thank you, Linda! I’m sorry you need to do double work on the gnomes this year, but also, I’m happy, LOL! Merry Christmas from our family to yours! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. These are adorable!! They make me smile too. I made three of the mambo yarn trees, they are pretty and so easy to make! I also made the lighted stars which I also love. Thanks for the great ideas and easy instructions. Merry Christmas!

  8. I love these!!!! I only wish you could have posted them earlier, not 8 days from Christmas when I’m up to my elbows finishing Christmas commissions. I’ve saved it to my Pinterest to make for next year. A lot of bang for little effort on this one. You did good.

    1. Thank you, Lynnette! Yeah, who knew they’d be such a hit?? Well, better late than never, and like you said – there’s always next year! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Good evening,
    For not knowing how to make gnomes, you sure turned into an expert. I was trying to figure out if they were Hatfields or McCoys but maybe they’re not the feuding sort since they make so many people happy. I applaud your can do attitude and your willingness to go the glitter route, if necessary, to let your lovely wife know how much you love her. You are a testament to love and to ingenuity. May the good gnomes always sit at eye level in your home.

    1. This is a beautiful comment – thank you, Pam! Yep, I’d do anything for her, including crafting with pink glitter, lol! Handan and I wish you and your family a very happy holiday season! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Now these are just so stinkinโ€™ cute. This year Christmas kind of went gnome-crazy but up until now I havenโ€™t felt very attached. But just look at their crinkly beards and big noses! And adorable worn in hats. They look so snug and wintery! These gnomes are winners. Simply astro-gnome-icle!

    1. Thanks, Jay! I was worried that the ‘net was too saturated with gnomes already, but these little guys seem to have struck a good nerve!

  11. Oh my goodness these are adorable and you are hilarious! I can’t wait to try these! Once again you’ve hit it out of the park! Merry Christmas to you, Handan and Barish!!

  12. He gnomes if you’ve been bad or good and I must say, bloody good gnomes sir!!
    Your blog wit is much appreciated, along with the fabulous photos and the “even I can follow” instructions!!! When telling others of your awesomeness & their need to join the dark, I mean Navage side, I have been pronouncing your name correctly … yay!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Merry Christmas to you, Handan, Barish, Penny & Pepper!!

  13. Loved your gnomes, and your humor as usual. Gotta start hunting for fur and oddball materials for hats for next year! Happy New Year!

  14. I love those Christmas trees in the background. They look like they were made from shingles. Did you make those?

  15. You guys!!! These are adorable! I pinned them for next year’s craft fair! How easy and fun these are to make! I’ve gotta get my husband to craft with me!!!!

  16. I wanted to do some valentines day gnomes!! With tall cute socks, how do u use the wire to make them stand? Is it floral wire? Do u put polyfil in also? The wire wouldn’t poke through the sock? A video would be amazing!! I tend to over think things also and then chicken out and never do it!

    1. Hi Jenny, we’re planning on doing some Valentine’s Day Gnomes too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Okay, for the wire, I just stuck a piece in there. It didn’t poke through the top because it gets kinda thick up there where all that fabric and glue converge. I didn’t put any polyfill in the hats, but you’re welcome to experiment with it. Have fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. We are planning on doing some Valentineโ€™s Day Gnomes too! I found it to make this cute gnome. when telling others of your awesomeness & their need to join the dark. I canโ€™t wait to try these. once again youโ€™ve hit it out of the park. and I made three of the mambo yarn trees, they are pretty and so easy to make.

  18. I took your idea and ran with it. I never met bling I didn’t love. I used Dollar Store socks for the body and the hat and for the rice. One bag of Dollar store rice filled 3. I used old broken jewelry for the nose and to embellish the hats. Honestly, I love the look of yours better. They look more like gnomes. But mine have developed such personalities. I have actually named them.
    Another great craft!!

  19. I need to make some of these. They are so cute! My dear departed my MIL loved gnomes. I want to make some in her honor. Thank you so much for this awesome tutorial!

  20. Loved these – polished off a couple right away with the easy instructions! I went to a thrift store to buy fabric – turns out the sleeves of flannel shirts make great gnome hats! Wrap the cuff around the head and cut the fabric as needed, et voila! I also found a fake fur vest in the women’s thrift section, and took that apart for the beards. I ended up with some small styrofoam balls attached to the end of the hats – had a few laying around so I used them up! Thanks so much for this!

  21. I love these gnomes, will be making some for this year Christmas. Your instructions are so easy to follow. Thank you!

  22. Hello!
    Just wondering about the wooden beads used for the nose. Do they have a whole through them or did you just use wooden balls? If there are holes how did you make it so they are visible?
    Thank you!!

  23. Well, you said “beads”, not “balls” so now my gnome has a hole in the top of his nose. Back to the craft store to buy wooden balls. Otherwise, these are super cute!

  24. I love how you don’t have to sew or crochet to make these. So many possibilities! I myself will possibly use the extra sock piece that was cut off as a type of poly fill to cut down on waste. Thank you for showing a quick and easy way to make these!

  25. OMGOSH when I first read this, I thought ‘ok yeah these look amazing and I can totally do a bunch of them and give them out to family at Christmas!’. Well, here I am a month later with only 4 made and 9 to go because MY mathematical brain took over and I just couldn’t get those darn hats to be pointy enough lol Now that I’ve read it again, I’m going to give it my all and take the math out of the equation and get these guys done for next week. I love all of your crafts and you blog is just hilarious!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  26. I! LOVE! THESE!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
    Don’t know what it is about gnomes but I’m a Big- little fan of them!!