These easy DIY gnome ornaments are cute Scandinavian Christmas decorations you can add to your home this year!
When I found out how simple it was to make a gnome ornament, I knew I had to make a few (or a dozen, really!) to add to my home this year! Gnomes are a hot trend for the holidays right now. And when you can make them with just felt, yarn and hot glue, why wouldn’t you add these to your tree?
This DIY tutorial is very similar to my DIY gnome wine bottle topper. And I love that! The materials are almost the same, so you could make both the wine bottle topper and these ornaments with the same craft supplies!
As Seen in Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Crafts 2022 Magazine!
My ornaments are featured on Page 91 of this popular DIY magazine!
These gnome Christmas ornaments are oversized. As you can see in the instructions photos, they are bigger than the palm of a hand! So you can use them in a variety of other ways, such as door knob hangers, present toppers, hanging from the center of a wreath on the front door, etc.
You might also like my easy DIY Grinch Gnome, too!
How To Make a Gnome Ornament (No-Sew)
- Free Printable Gnome Hat Pattern – click this link to download it!
- Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn, Wheat
- Felt Sheets (I used maroon, forest green and grey)
- Fabric Scissors
- Twine, 3mm
- Wood ball, solid unfinished, ¾” diameter
- 2 small wood circle slices, ¼” diameter (or use 2 buttons)
- Hot glue gun with clear glue sticks
- DecoArt Extreme Sheen in 24K Gold
- Fine tip paintbrush
Take one end of the yarn and begin wrapping it loosely around the palm of your hand, approximately 50 times.
Cut the end of the yarn after wrapping around your hand.
Now, cut a 5” long strand and secure that around the wrapped yarn, removing your hand. Tie the strand into a tight knot around the yarn that was wrapped around your hand.
Cut the yarn loops to form pom-pom. Put pom-pom aside for the time being.
Paint the surface of the wood circles in gold paint. Let dry.
Print out the gnome hat pattern (the link to download is in the supplies list). Place the pattern on top of the felt sheet and cut along the solid line.
Wrap the felt into a cone-shaped gnome hat using a wooden dowel (or pencil) to help wrap the felt around leaving a small opening at the cone tip.
Glue the overlapping edges of the felt cone-shaped hat to hold in place.
Cut a piece of twine 20” long and fold in half.
Tie the cut ends of the twine around the pom-pom, weaving the twine under the pom pom knot to secure first.
Pull the looped end of the twine up through the hole at the top of the hat.
Pull on the twine gently to pull the gnome beard into the hat.
Glue one wood ball to the bottom edge of the hat. Glue two painted wood circles onto the front of the hat as shown (or use buttons if you’d like).
Trim any really long and uneven yarn ends. Be sure to keep the yarn in the center the beard the longest to really look like a gnome beard!
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Tuesday 18th of October 2022
thanks you for this patterns. I love the ornaments, specially the gnomes!
Wednesday 19th of October 2022
You're welcome, Marina! Glad you enjoy them.
Friday 4th of February 2022
I made some at Christmas and then I got carried away and just finished 28 off them for Valentine’s Day! Thanks! Wish I could add a picture!
Sunday 6th of February 2022
Ha ha! Love hearing that! Glad you enjoyed! You can send me a picture via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like!
Thursday 13th of January 2022
I made these with 18 women at a Christmas craft breakfast. Everyone loved it, some got very creative with braiding some of the beard! Plan to make some valentine gnomes now! Thanks for a fun craft!
Thursday 13th of January 2022
Awesome to hear, Sandra! Thanks for sharing. I hope you have fun making Valentines gnomes, too!
Thursday 16th of December 2021
what is the finished size
Wednesday 1st of December 2021
These are adorable! Do you know how many yards of yarn are needed for each gnome? I am hoping to make them with my Girl Scouts and want to make sure I get enough.
Sunday 5th of December 2021
Hi Gerry, I don't know for sure how many yards are used for each gnome.