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No-Sew DIY Gnome Christmas Ornaments

Well hello there cutie pies! Did you know you can make your own adorable DIY gnome Christmas ornaments in less than 30 minutes? This easy, no-sew Christmas craft is perfect for hanging on the tree, stringing toghether to make wall decor (like we have here) or to give as gifts for the holidays!

Gnome Christmas ornaments hanging on a tree branch.

DIY Gnome Ornaments using Scrap Yarn

I was inspired to make a DIY version of those adorable gnomes after seeing so many images of gnomes online. You absolutely have to check out our friend Kippi’s easy DIY gnome tutorial to make a larger gnome, or this fun pine cone gnome ornament idea.

Although I didn’t have any faux fur lying around (which is typically what they are made with), I didn’t let that stop me! Looking through my stash of supplies, I decided all my leftover scrap yarn has got to be good for something.

I started off by making the pom-pom but left all the hanging ends longer as a gnome beard would naturally be! I recently also made some DIY tassels with my old yarn…it feels so good to use what you already have! And the rest came together fairly quickly after I picked out some soft felt, twine and wooden beads to use (also all in my supply stash).

If you’re also on the gnome-crafting wagon, we have this DIY gnome wine bottle bag you could make this year as well.

Materials Needed to Make DIY Gnome Ornaments:

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Materials needed to make a gnome Christmas ornament.

How to Make Christmas Ornament Gnomes:

Making the Pom-Pom with Scrap Yarn

We’re going to start by making a large pompom to form the beard. Take one end of the yarn and begin wrapping it loosely around the palm of your hand, approximately 50 times. 

Cut a 5” long strand and secure that around the wrapped yarn, removing your hand.

Tying a strand of yarn around the wrapped yarn.

Tie the strand into a tight knot around the wrapped yarn. 

Tightening the yarn around the wrapped yarn.

Cut the yarn loops to form pom-pom. Put pom-pom aside for the time being.

Cutting the yarn loops.

Preparing the Gnome Hat and Other Accessories

If you don’t have buttons, you can look around the house and use whatever other similar items you have! In my case, I happened to have loads of plain small wooden discs (why, I have no idea!) but I decided to use them instead. I gave them a coat of metallic gold paint first.

Painting the wood sliced gold.

Next, print out the gnome hat pattern and place the pattern on top of the felt sheet in any color of your choosing. Cut along the solid line.

Cutting the felt sheets around the printable pattern.

Wrap the felt into a cone-shaped gnome hat using a wooden dowel (or pencil) to help wrap the felt around leaving a small opening at the cone tip.

Wrapping the felt into a cone shape using a wooden dowel.

Glue the overlapping edges of the felt cone-shaped hat to hold in place. 

Cut a piece of twine 20” long and fold in half. 

Measuring and cutting a piece of twine.

Tie the cut ends of the twine around the pom-pom.

Thread the looped end of the twine through the hole at the top of the hat.

Threading looped twine through the top of the felt fabric hat.

Pull on the twine loop to force the hat on top of the pom-pom.

Adjusting the twine and felt hat to create a gnome Christmas ornament.

Finishing the Gnome Ornaments

Glue one wood ball to the bottom edge of the hat and then glue the two painted wood circles (or buttons) onto the front of the hat as shown. 

Trim any really long and uneven yarn ends, while keeping the yarn in the center front the longest to mimic the gnome beard. 

Finished gnome Christmas ornament with burgandy hat, hanging from a tree branch.

I bet you won’t be able to stop at just one gnome Christmas ornament! For now, I have my friendly gnomes hanging on a piece of driftwood as wall decor, but I’m excited to see them hanging in my Christmas tree too!

Three completed gnome christmas ornaments, hanging side by side on a branch of white-washed driftwood against a beige wall.

These DIY gnome ornaments were so quick to make that I’ll be creating sets to give as gifts to my sister and friends. Who doesn’t love an adorable little gnome? 🙂

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DIY Gnome Christmas Ornaments

Jane and Sonja
Create your own set of adorable DIY gnome Christmas ornaments using leftover scrap yarn and a bit of felt fabric. An easy no-sew Christmas crafting project!
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Materials
  

  • Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn Wheat
  • Felt Sheet in color of your choosing maroon, forest green and grey
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Twine 3mm
  • Wood ball solid unfinished, ¾” diameter
  • 2 X Wood circles (size ¼” diameter)
  • Printable Gnome Hat pattern
  • Hot glue gun with clear glue sticks
  • DecoArt Extreme Sheen in 24K Gold
  • Paintbrush fine tip

Instructions
 

  • Take one end of the yarn and begin wrapping it loosely around the palm of your hand, approximately 50 times.
  • Cut a 5” long strand and secure that around the wrapped yarn, removing your hand.
  • Tie the strand into a tight knot around the wrapped yarn.
  • Cut the yarn loops to form pom-pom.
  • Paint the surface of the wood circles in gold paint.
  • Print out the gnome hat pattern. Place the pattern on top of the felt sheet and cut along the solid line.
  • Wrap the felt into a cone-shaped gnome hat using a wooden dowel (or pencil) to help wrap the felt around leaving a small opening at the cone tip.
  • Glue the overlapping edges of the felt cone-shaped hat to hold in place.
  • Cut a piece of twine 20” long and fold in half.
  • Tie the cut ends of the twine around the pom-pom.
  • Thread the looped end of the twine through the hole at the top of the hat.
  • Pull on the twine loop to force the hat on top of the pom-pom.
  • Glue one wood ball to the bottom edge of the hat. Glue two painted wood circles onto the front of the hat.
  • Trim any really long and uneven yarn ends.
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