Learn how to make a DIY gnome in one afternoon. These cute Scandinavian gnomes are made with a pair of socks, nylon stockings, wool roving and plaid fabric. It's a super easy craft for the holiday season and you can change the gnome's clothing and accessories to make him fit any season or holiday. Adults and kids of all ages will love to make a DIY gnome this winter. Its the perfect craft project for a cold winter day spent indoors.
As I'm sure you've noticed, I love gnomes. I have a special place in my heart for garden gnomes, but I don't discriminate. Every home needs a happy gnome! These gnomes are super cute and make great gifts for the holidays. Make sure you save one for yourself to display in your own home for good luck.
Scandinavian Gnome Folklore
These Scandinavian gnomes are based on Nordic folklore and the legends of the Tomte and Nisse. A nisse (usually Norwegian) and a tomte (usually Swedish) are similar characters. They are both solitary, mischievous domestic sprites responsible for the protection and welfare of the farmstead and its buildings.
Tomte literally means “homestead man” and is derived from the word tomt which means homestead or building lot. Nisse is derived from the name Nils which is the Scandinavian form of Nicholas.
Customizing your DIY Gnome
These gnomes are perfect to display during the holiday season but feel free to keep them up all year long. The full instructions can be found at the bottom of this post. You can use an array of fabrics and adorn your gnomes with different accessories depending on the season. Dress him in green and give him an orange beard for St. Patrick's Day, or use autumn colors if you are making one in the fall.
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Supplies for DIY Gnome
- Wool socks
- Nylon stockings
- Polyester fiber fill stuffing
- Wool roving
- Plaid fabric
- Craft wire
- Christmas ball ornament
Where to buy supplies
Almost all the supplies can be purchased at the dollar store. I bought the polyester stuffing from a second hand store but they sell it at Michaels or Joanne craft stores. I almost always see an unopened bag of it every time I am at the thrift store so be sure to be on the lookout next time you're there.
The wool roving I used was actually gifted to me by my friend. It is used to make needle felted crafts but it worked perfectly for the gnome's beard. You can find it at some craft stores or you can buy it from Amazon via the link below.
- 1 pair wool socks
- 1 pair nylons
- 2 cups of sand
- 12 inches of wool roving
- 1 package of polyfil stuffing
- 1 yard of plaid fabric
- 12 inches of 20 gauge craft wire
- 2 two inch Christmas balls
- hot glue gun
- wire cutters
- Cut the feet off the nylons about 12 inches from the toe.
- Fill them with 2 cups of sand. Tie the top of the nylon so the sand doesn't spill out.
- Insert the sand filled nylon into the sock.
- Fill up the inside of the sock on top of the nylon with polyester stuffing. Keep stuffing the sock until it is about 6 inches tall.
- Tie the top of the sock in a knot and pull the free end of the sock over the knot.
- Pull three pieces of wool roving 4-6 inches long to make the beard and mustache.
- Use hot glue to secure it under the top of the rolled over sock.
- Make the nose by taking a golf ball sized piece of poly stuffing and wrapping a piece of leftover nylon over it. Tie the end of the nylon so the stuffing doesn't come out.
- Glue the nose under the sock like you did with the wool roving.
- Cut a large triangle to make the hat.
- Place the two good sides together and hot glue the fabric together leaving a hole at the very tip of the hat.
- Flip hat inside out.
- Take the wire and wrap it around the Christmas ornament.
- Feed the wire through the hat and glue the fabric at the tip of the hat to the ornament so it stays in place.
- Add some extra poly filling inside the hat to give it shape and bend the hat so it flops over. The wire will make it stay in place.
- Wrap the free end of the wire around the top knot of the sock.
- Glue the edge of the hat in place over the nose and around the gnome's eyes.
- Place your gnome on display!
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