Make adorable gnome ornaments in minutes for Christmas! These easy DIY ornaments are so fun to make for the tree or as a sweet Christmas gift.
When my daughter came home from a school craft party with a sock snowman and a darling gnome that she made herself, I immediately had her show me how she made them.
I used the same concept to make these gnome Christmas ornaments that are just too cute and SO easy to make!
EASY Gnome Ornaments
If you have about 15 minutes and just a few supplies, you can make these adorable DIY gnome ornaments.
They look so cute on a decorated Christmas tree, hanging on a knob or hook as Christmas decor, or as a gift topper.
Pair them with our 5-minute snowman ornament for easy, inexpensive Christmas crafting!
Gnome Christmas tree ornaments make wonderful Christmas gifts for grandparents, teachers, neighbors, and friends.
They’re also so much fun to make!
Bonus- there’s no needle or sewing involved!
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Gnome Christmas Ornaments Supplies
- 2″ Styrofoam balls (these ones on Amazon work perfectly!)
- White faux fur
- Fabric scissors
- Felt ball, pom-pom, wood ball, or wooden beads
- Hot glue gun
- Felt (in any color you would like for the hat)
- Baker’s twine, ribbon, string, or yarn
- Small decorations (optional)- mini pinecones, berries, leaves, jingle bells, etc.
How to Make DIY Gnome Ornaments
Watch the video below to see exactly how to make gnome ornaments!
Making the Face
First you need to make the gnome face, which includes adding a long white beard, white hair, and a nose.
Creating the Gnome Beard
Cut the sides of the fur as wide as you’d like the beard, then cut the bottom as long as you’d like the beard so you’re left with a wide rectangle.
Helpful Tip: It can get tricky to cut fake fur. You don’t want to cut straight along the edge with scissors because it will look weird and the beard won’t hang correctly.
Instead, use scissors or a craft knife to carefully cut JUST along the back portion of the fur, making sure that you aren’t cutting the fur on the front.
Now it’s time to create the beard shape.
Find the center of the beard rectangle, then cut a beard shape (using the top above) so that the longest part of the beard is in the bottom center.
Use hot glue to glue the beard across the center of the styrofoam ball.
Making the Hair
We are going to cut a piece of fun to make some hair for the back of the gnome that will come out from underneath the bottom of the hat, so it doesn’t look like our gnome is bald.
Cut a piece of fur to fit the back of the gnome’s head so that it fills in any empty space in the back where the beard doesn’t go.
Add a solid line of hot glue to glue the strip of hair down across the middle back side of the foam ball.
Adding the Nose
Now it’s time to give our gnome a nose.
You have a few different options for your nose- a 1″ felt ball (which is what I used, since I already had some), a pom-pom, or a wooden bead.
Any round shape that’s in a natural color will do!
Glue the nose right above the longest part of the beard so that the beard line runs about halfway across the nose.
Creating the Hat
To make the hat, I highly suggest you watch the video I made above.
It’s so much easier to watch how to do this then to understand me explain it. 🙂
First, wrap a piece of felt around the foam ball where you would like the hat to go, right at the beard and hair line.
Cut the felt with scissors as wide as you’d like the hat.
Wrap the felt piece around the hat again and form a pointy hat shape.
Mark how tall you’d like the cone hat, then cut the felt across the top to that height.
Fold the felt rectangle in half vertically, then cut a diagonal line from the bottom open corner to the top folded corner to create a pointy triangle shape.
Open the fold, wrap it around the gnome face, and glue the bottom edge of the hat to the head along the beard and hair line.
Cut a piece of twine, then hot glue the cut ends into the top open portion of the top of the hat so that it’s looped to hang the gnome ornament.
Now hot glue the gnome hat from the base up to the top so that it is tall and comes to a point at the top.
Make sure the string loop comes out of the point tip.
Adding Fun Details
Now these gnome ornaments are super cute as is, but I wanted to add some fun details to add more color and shape to the hats.
I glued some red berries, green leaves, small jingle bells, and mini pinecones to the bottom side of the front of the hat of each gnome Christmas ornaments hat.
It added more of a woodsy feel to the Christmas gnome ornaments, so they look like they emerged from their forest home.
I hope you love these fun gnomes and this gnome ornaments DIY as much as I do!
It would be so fun to make a whole tree full of gnome ornaments, wouldn’t it?
You could easily make a whole batch of these to share with everyone you know.
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