Happy Holidays! I am back with more of my dear friend Ruth’s adorable creations; Christmas gnomes! These are hugely popular with her fans and I know you will enjoy them too.
DIY Christmas Gnomes
Below are inspiration and ideas for Santa and his crew. Actually, there are multiple Santa styles with super cute details.
Learn how to make one for yourself or use it for a holiday or Christmas gift. This post has so many great gnome ideas. Enjoy!
The Santa Claus Gnome Family
Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Ruth combines recycled 100% wool sweaters with other fabrics and trims to create this merry bunch.
Polar fleece works great for the bodies and has a bit of texture that coordinates well with sweater fabrics.
Here are a few varieties of Santa gnome styles. Ruth uses a strip of craft fur along the brim of his hat. Christmas trims finish off the outfit.
The little Christmas bag was from Hobby Lobby last year.
Mrs. Claus Gnome
Below is the adorable Mrs. Claus. Her braids are made of craft yarn and glued under her hat.
The apron is trimmed with craft ribbon and lace. You can sew these together or use fabric glue.
Christmas Elves Gnomes
Below are Santa elves’ gnomes. Crazy cute, right? They have skewer ski poles and balsa wood skis. They are trimmed with craft bells and buttons.
How to Make a DIY Gnome
If you have never made a gnome before, let’s start with the basics!
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Gnome Supplies and Trim Ideas
Ruth uses a mix of ribbons, buttons, and props for her gnomes. She enjoys the thrill of the hunt.
Where to find Gnome Supplies and Fabric
She finds many materials for trims, props, and fabrics at local craft stores, like Hobby Lobby or JoAnn Fabrics, dollar stores, or thrift stores, such as Goodwill or Savers. Be sure to check the clearance sections too.
Felt, ribbon, and buttons are abundant in most craft stores and are always great materials to make your custom trims. Grab a glue gun or a bottle of Elmers Glue and get creative.
She buys fabric and recycled sweaters at thrift stores for the arms and bodies of the gnomes.
Ruth checks out Amazon.com for embellishments, patches, or props. She scours Facebook Marketplace and occasionally finds old sweaters, buttons, or other embellishments.
You can also discover decorative touches that are sold in sets, on sites such as Etsy or Amazon.
Pull decorations apart and use some of the smaller pieces and trinkets to detail more than one gnome.
More Gnome Ideas
Check Pinterest or join Gnome Facebook Groups to learn more about how to make gnomes. The ideas are plentiful, and people love to share their knowledge and tips.
I hope you enjoy making gnomes yourself; when you do, please share your creations! Tag me at @bebraveandbloom or #bebraveandbloominspiration
Happy Holidays to You!