DIY ORNAMENTS : NORDIC GNOMES
Pinterest has once again sparked my new obsession - Nordic Gnomes. After my feed was flooded in November with these little guys, it was only right that this year’s Christmas ornament resembled a Swedish Norwegian Tomate Gnome.
After a quick trip to the craft store and an hour of figuring out how to replicate the look I wanted, I was able to crank out a small village of Gnome Ornaments.
With my step-by-step instructions below , you can create one for yourself in 15 minutes or less .
WHAT YOU WILL NEED :
A small piece of fabric/felt in any color or print you desire for the hat
Yarn or faux craft fur fabric to make a beard
Fishing line / string to use as the “loop” to hang the ornament
Paint & a paintbrush if you would like to paint the “body” bead
A sharpie / paint pen if you would like to add a date or message on the back.
Card stock to make a “hat” template if you plan on making more than 1 ornament and want to speed up the process.
HOW TO ASSEMBLE
If you decide to paint the “body” , paint it and let it dry before starting to assemble . I used a thin layer of black acrylic paint that took about 2 minutes to dry.
Glue the “head” bead to the body.
Cut a small piece of the yarn and unravel it to make a beard / cut your faux fur into a beard shape. I made 2 different shapes - one that was longer and came to a point and the second version was fuller and rounded.
Glue the yarn beard to the “head” and glue a smaller “nose” bead onto the beard.
Cut your fabric into a triangle shape with a rounded bottom for the hat.
Glue down the bottom midpoint of the hat right above the nose to make sure it is centered
Flip the gnome over and glue down the string in the middle of the triangle fabric -leaving a large loop exposed at the top
Glue down one side at a time to the back of the head , overlapping the fabric to close the hat
Add a short note or the year on the back using a sharpie pen (if desired)
Bonus : while waiting in the extremely long checkout line in the craft store , I stumbled upon cute little burlap drawstring bags (12 for $1!! SCORE!) and decided to snag a pack. I used my “handmade by” stamp to personalize them & I think they turned out adorable. What do you think?