These adorable little felt gnome ornaments are simple, elegant, and very easy to make. So easy to make that anybody can make them: you don’t need to be an artist and you don’t need to be a craft professional. You just need to enjoy what you are doing and have some fun!
To make one felt gnome ornament, you will need:
– A little piece of felt for the hat (about 3″x4″).
– A little piece of pipe cleaner for the beard (about a third of a pipe cleaner is enough).
– A small spun cotton ball for the gnome’s head (I used a 15mm spun cotton ball). Larger sizes and smaller sizes do exist.
– A little piece of string for the hanging loop.
– A pair of wire cutters and a pair of pliers.
– A pair of good scissors to cut the felt.
– Needle and thread (or even better: a sewing machine if you do have one).
– A black ball pen to draw the face.
– Optional: a small piece of cardboard to make your hat template (useful if you are going to make several felt gnome ornaments).
Step by step directions:
Here are the step by step instructions. I tried to make them as clear as possible. However, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to leave a comment below.
1. Gather your materials and make a cardboard hat template. To make my template, I first drew a 4″ radius circle on the piece of cardboard. I then cut a small wedge out of this disc. Notice how the tip of the wedge is cut off (this is important for later).
2. Use your template and cut the felt in a wedge shape. Fold your felt in half with the hanging loop inside of it. Notice how the hanging loop is positioned (the knot is out of the hat, not inside the hat). Sew along the edges with short stitches.
3. Turn the hat inside out. You can use a pencil or a bamboo skewer to help. When you are done, notice how the knot is now in the hat.
4. With a pair of scissors cut the bottom of the hat. To find out where to cut, insert a ball in the hat and push it down. The point where the ball cannot be pushed down anymore is where the hat needs to be cut. Cut at an angle. The angle cut will make your felt gnome ornaments even cutter because the hat will sit a little lower on the back of the head.
5. Wrap the ball with the piece of pipe cleaner. Twist the pipe cleaner a few times to lock the ball into place. When you are done, squeeze the two strands together.
6. Pour a generous amount of glue in the hat. Be careful not to pour any glue near the top of the hat (you don’t want it to ooze onto your little gnome’s face later on.
7. Insert the ball into the hat. The two strands of pipe cleaner need to make contact with the glue. Push the hat down onto the gnome’s head until it is nice and tight.
8. Here is a side shot of the felt gnome ornament. Notice how the hat is cut at an angle. Now all there is left to do is to draw the eyes and the mouth with the ball pen.
You are done!
Some ideas to improve your felt gnome ornaments.
Although I like these little gnome ornaments just the way they are (simple), I am sure there are a thousand different ways to improve them. Here are a few ideas:
– The faces could be painted with a skin color before drawing the eyes and the mouths. This way the gnome faces will not just be plain white.
– A pipe cleaner body could be added.
– The design of the hat could be improved, decoration could be added.
– Different sizes spun cotton balls could be used to make different size felt gnome ornaments.
The sky is the limit.
In any case, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I hope you are motivated to get started with your own felt gnome ornaments. Happy crafting and as always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch.