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How to Make a Christmas Gnome

Christmas gnomes are so whimsical and fun they make everyone smile. They are perfect for Christmas decor and every day too.
The easiest way to make gnomes is using the gnome pattern printouts and this simple no-sew sock gnome tutorial.

DIY Christmas Gnome

Making Christmas crafts is one of my fondest memories from my childhood, so I wanted to make some quick Christmas crafts that were economical for my kids. Everyone wanted to make a Santa Christmas Gnome, so I made a little hat pattern, and we got to work.

Christmas Gnome

Christmas Gnome

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DIY Christmas Gnome Supplies

DIY Christmas Gnome Supplies

How to Make a Sock Gnome

Supplies needed for a DIY Santa Gnome:

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After your supplies are ready, you can print out the hat and beard pattern.

Step 1: Fill Sock With Rice to Form the Body of the Gnome

To begin with, fill a 30 once cup with rice. Then, stretch a sock over the cup’s opening and turn the cup over to fill the low-cut sock with rice. Fill the cup again about halfway this time and repeat the process of filling the stocking.

Use a rubber band to secure the top sock to prevent leakage and create the shape of the body of the Gnome. Next, cut down the excess fabric from the sock to about 1.5 inches. Finally, using a hot glue gun, glue down the remaining fabric to the top of the body (sock).

Filling a cup with rice

Filling a cup with rice

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How to Make a Christmas Gnome Video:

 

Filling the sock gnome with rice

Filling the sock gnome with rice

Closing the gnome sock with a rubber band

Closing the gnome sock with a rubber band

Gluing the sock gnome

Gluing the sock gnome

Step 2: Attaching the Beard and Wooden Nose

Using a faux fur fabric of your choice, cut out the beard by following the above pattern. 

Next, test fit the beard on the sock gnome body to see where to lay a bead of glue. Finally, lay down a bead of glue where the top edge of the beard will sit on the sock body. Then find the center front of the Gnome and glue it on the wooden nose.

Beard placement

Beard placement

gluing down the gnome beard with a hot glue gun

Cut out Gnome’s beard with the pattern, then glue.

Glue on the wooden nose

Glue on the wooden nose

Step 3: Creating the Christmas Gnome Hat

Next, we will create the hat.  To start, cut out the pattern included above and then pin together the pieces as shown. I opted to cut out one piece and use that as my pattern to cut out the second piece then, with the faces of the fabric facing each other, glue the piece together along the edges making sure to leave the bottom of the hat open creating a cone-shaped hat.

Next, turn the hat right side out, then begin to stuff the hat with fiberfill to help it stand up once placed on the Gnome’s body. Finally, fold under the edge of the open end of the hat to create a clean edge around the gnome hat.

With the edge of the hat folded under, proceed to glue the hat to the gnome body using hot glue. It is always good to test fit the hat before deciding where to lay down a bead of glue to secure the hat on the Gnome.

Using hat pattern to cut out hat

Using the hat pattern to cut out the hat

Cut out 2 hat pieces

Cut out two hat pieces.

Glue or sew hat seams

Glue or sew hat seams

Adding a little fiber fill to hat

Adding a little fiberfill to the hat

Glue hat in place

Glue hat in place

Step 4: Making the Pom Pom

A pompom is great for adorning the cone hat of any gnome, and this one is no exception. To learn a super-easy way to create a pompom, check out this post we did here. After making the pompom, attach the pompom to the tip of the hat with a dollop of hot glue.

Make a pom pom for the end of the hat

Make a pompom for the end of the hat.

Glue pom-pom to hat

Glue pompom to the hat

Step 5: Decorate!

These gnomes are perfect for decorating this holiday season.

Christmas Santa Gnome on Hot Cocoa Bar

Christmas Santa Gnome on Hot Cocoa Bar

Setting up a Christmas hot cocoa bar is so fun to see how to set up one here. I made the hand-painted signs in an earlier post and the little gingerbread house I made in a YouTube video.

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More Gnome Ideas

These super easy Gnome Christmas Ornaments were made with a cardboard box.

Gnome Christmas Ornaments

Gnome Christmas Ornaments

 

You might also like these handmade felt Nordic Gnome Christmas ornaments of gnomes, gingerbread-man, hearts, stars, hearts, and more. Grab your free pattern and learn how.

Gnome Christmas Ornaments and more

Gnome Christmas Ornaments and more

Easy Gnome DIY is the original Gnome with patterns and step-by-step instructions.

Easy Gnome DIY

Easy Gnome DIY

Gnome pillows with patterns and step-by-step tutorials. Why not decorate all year with gnomes?

Gnomes and pillow gnomes

Gnomes and pillow gnomes

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Martha

Saturday 18th of September 2021

Several have asked, but I don't see a reply ... what size ball for the nose. I'm in same boat, my Michael's doesn't carry them so I will also need to order. Please respond. Thanks!

JoAnne

Tuesday 20th of July 2021

just signed up and received the e-mai for the hat and beard patterns. the pattern for the beard was not there. could you please send the beard pattern

Amy

Monday 28th of December 2020

Super cute gnome! However, I don't see a link or any description for the wooden nose. Do you have a link for purchase and/or the diameter of the wooden nose? Getting the right size will be crucial for the right look!

Sara

Thursday 26th of November 2020

Yes, that's correct. You can sew it, if you like. There is a video that pops up. If you're on Pinterest, click at the bottom to open in browser, that helps. It seems like the video is on youtube, too. Search her there and it should come up. It shows the whole procedure including the hat if the video isn't loading here. Go easy with the hot glue - a thin, straight line only - and wait til it cools & is dry before turning the hat right side out. You can use fabric glue, and turn it the next day, if that's easier to use.

Sara

Thursday 26th of November 2020

Oops this was a reply & is above, as one. I'm not sure how it got here. Delete it if you like. Sorry. Lol.

Barbara

Thursday 26th of November 2020

Super cute and I’m excited to add to my gnome collection! I downloaded pattern but I’m confused. What is the bigger hat pattern that’s 4 pieces you need to cut and tape together?

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