Happy Holidays! I am back with more of my dear friend Ruth’s adorable creations. DIY Christmas gnomes are perfect for homemade gift ideas. These cute styles are hugely popular with her fans, and I know you will enjoy them too.
DIY Christmas Gnomes
Below are inspirations and ideas for Santa and his crew. Actually, there are multiple Santa styles with super cute details.
Gnomes for the Holidays
Below is more fun holiday gnome inspiration!
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 body 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 Gnome
If you have never made a gnome before, let’s start with the basics!
Free Gnome Pattern
First, create a gnome pattern or get our free version. You can download the free gnome pattern if you subscribe to my GNOME email list.
You will then receive an email (in about 15 minutes) with a link and the password to log in to the free library. This will give you access to this pattern and all project downloads.
When you enter the library, look for the thumbnail photo of the gnomes. Click it to open the PDF, then click the download icon to download the pattern.
After you download and print the PDF, go to the DIY Gnomes post and scroll down to the lower half of the post to read the instructions.
Then, return to this post for more ideas about fabric choices, trims, and embellishing.
Ruth uses a mix of ribbons, buttons, and props for her gnomes. She enjoys the thrill of the hunt.
Where to Buy
Ruth finds many trims, props, and fabrics materials at local craft stores, like Hobby Lobby or JoAnn Fabrics, dollar stores, or thrift stores like 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 Elmer’s 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.
Other Gift Ideas
If you need other gift ideas, check out my index of creative gift ideas.
Here’s a sample of the creative ideas you will find.
Gifts for People Who Love to Sew
Handmade Gifts to Make
Homemade Christmas Gifts
Gifts for Women in their 20’s
Easy Homemade Food Gifts
DIY Mason Jar Cocktail Set
Gifts for Teenage Girls
Gifts for Women
Gifts for a Baker
Gift Ideas for Jewelry Makers
I hope you enjoy making gnomes yourself! Be sure to subscribe or follow me on social media for more inspiration!
Happy Holidays to You!