These gift box gnomes are inexpensive and easy to make. They can be used for treats, wine or even as a stocking replacement!
C’mon, even the most cold-hearted gnome-knockers among you must feel a little love for these cute little buggers!
Because here’s the thing, you can be a card-carrying never-gnomer and still be on board with these gift box gnomes because after you make them, you give them away to all your gnome-adoring friends and family!
It’s a win-win-win! You win because everyone will think you’re a thoughtful and craftacular gift-giving genius. The recipient of your delightful gift box wins (especially if it’s filled with booze). And I win. That’s right, I win, because I’ve converted another gnomeless Nancy into, if not a gnome lover, then at least into a gnome tolerator.
The next step after gnome toleration is gnome acceptance and then gnome adoration. Yep, my plan to convert you all is working out just as I envisioned!
Now lest you think this is just and only a gift box to be fobbed off on your boss, coworkers or unsuspecting relatives, let me suggest an alternative ending for these handsome little wood folk.
Look, everyone knows that stockings are the red-headed stepchildren of Christmas morning.
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Now, before you get all up in a twist, you know I’m right. No matter how Pinterest-inspired or Instagram-worthy your physical stocking is, and no matter how batcrap full you stuff it with treats until the damn stitching wants to burst, the unfortunate reality is that to children, stockings are the crappy leftovers of a delicious meal. They’re still opened and pawed over with the same rapacious intensity as the previous *ahem* real gifts, but it’s more akin to the brainless feeding frenzy a group of hammerheads engages in when it chances upon a school of delicious tuna.
Inquiring madams may want to know just exactly how I know this – I, a man of 50 who never sired his own offspring.
Well, I’ll tell you.
My skin and bones may be 50, but the thoughts prancing around in my head are sometimes still 5, 15, 25…and so on.
So I can recall clear as if it were 5 minutes ago how I felt when it was stocking time. It’s the sad denouement to a wonderful morning. But hey, after tearing through it like a Texas twister, at least I got to beat feet and head outside to play with the real toys I received!
All of which is a roundabout way of suggesting that this year, perhaps it time to stop giving small gifts stuffed into old socks and start giving them in fabulous gnomes!
I’ve said my piece on the matter. The rest is up to you.
Okay, enough babbling, I’ve once again spent more time yapping than it takes to make these gift box gnomes, so let’s cut the jawboning and get crafting!
We love to see our craft projects out in the wild! If you try this seasonal craft project, take a picture and post it on Instagram, be sure to tag us @TheNavagePatch!
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DIY Gift Box Gnomes VIDEO Tutorial
Watch our short and fun video below for an overview of our DIY gift box gnomes before you read the detailed step-by-step tutorial.
DIY GIft Box Gnomes Tutorial
Step 1 – Attach the cone
The easiest way to make a point gnome hat with these gift boxes is with a Dollar Tree foam cone – it’s a perfect fit!
I put hot glue on the base of the cone and stuck it on the lid of the gift box.
Step 2 – Make a hat
I used another piece of the Dollar Tree sherpa throw that I told you about in my Christmas Gnome Wreath post. That $5 blanket is really coming in handy, and I’m not done with it yet!
I ran a line of hot glue around the rim of the gift box lid and glued the bottom of the sherpa in place.
After pulling the fabric tightly around the cone, I trimmed the excess from one side and then glued that side to the cone.
Then I glued the other flap and trimmed the excess.
I made a pom pom up top with the excess material left over, and I’m still coming to terms with the fact that at 50 years old I’m even saying things like, “I made a pom pom.”
It’s a bizarre world, madam. A bizarre world, indeed.
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Step 3 – Make a beard
I used ribbon fur to make beard for my gift box gnome. Now, the proper way to cut fur is the a razor from the back. I was in a bit of a rush, so I grabbed the nearest pair of scissors and gave it a snip. I cut the beard to fill the space between the brim of the hat and the bottom of the gift box.
I folded the beard in half and rounded the bottom.
Then I hot glued the beard onto the gift box and secured it in several places.
Step 4 – Add a nose
I glued a split wood ball onto the beard, and this little gnome was almost ready for action.
Step 5 – Embellish
I tied a piece of red and white ribbon underneath the pom pom and glued a festive sprig on to the hat, and my gift box gnome was ready for treats and booze! Well, this Dollar Tree gift box is a bit small for a traditional booze bottle, but you can make him just as easily with a full-size box!
Here are the first two I made.
And then because some of you have been asking for Thanksgiving crafts, well…here ya go! Gobble gobble gnome! The perfect hostess gift, don’t you think?
If you want to be even more authentic, you can embellish him with a smoked turkey leg or cranberry sauce, or maybe even some Stove Top stuffing mix!
And remember, if you make too many and you have more gnomes than gifts, you can always mail a bottle to Greg Navage in the Florida Panhandle. I’m sure it will reach me eventually.