We were so obsessed with our scrappy gnomes that we had to make a tiny version! These scrappy elves have a few more tricks up their sleeves so follow along to learn how to give your gnome some extra holiday flair.
Grab a kit or gather the following supplies:
Trace and cut out the hat, cloak, base and brim.
Place a line of glue along one edge of the cloak. Put the edge along the cone.
Fold the remaining long edge of the cloak and place a line of glue on the fabric. Press the folded fabric onto the glue.
Take your nose and place it about where you would like it. (It should be about halfway up your cone) Don’t glue it down yet!
Now is the time to decide. For the beard…
Divide your roving in half and cut a piece a little longer than you would like your beard to be.
Draw a line of glue about halfway up your gnome and carefully push the roving into it.
Glue on the nose in the middle of the beard. Trim your beard how you would like it to look.
For the braids…
Take your roving and pull it apart to make two halves.
Divide one half into thirds.
Tie the strips together with yarn at the top.
Braid the strips until you have reached the length you want. Tie off the ends.
Trim off the remaining strips and use them to make another braid.
Glue one braid to each side of the nose, making sure that the top of the braids are just above the nose.
Make a line of glue along the back of the elf, starting halfway up the cone. Place one edge of the hat along the line.
Fold the remaining edge over and place a line of glue along the unfolded edge of the hat. Press in place.
Fold over the long edges of the brim and glue them down.
Glue one short end of the brim to the back edge of the elf.
Wrap the brim around the elf, covering the edge of the hat and sitting just above the nose. Fold over the remaining edge and glue down.
Let’s get leggy!
Cut pipe cleaners about 3 ½ inches long. You will need 2 pieces.
Glue each leg to the base, overlapping about ¼ of an inch.
Glue the base fabric over the legs to hide the ends.
Add pom-poms to the ends for shoes.
Now for the arms…
Cut pipe cleaners about 2 ¼” inches long. You can fold over one end to hide the sharp cut edge.
Use a mechanical pencil or ball point pen to wiggle a small hole in the fabric and cone where you would like the arms to be.
Place a small dot of glue on the hole you created. Place the pipe cleaner into the hole and hold the arm there until the glue dries.
I’m all ears…
Glue the ears behind and slightly above your braids or beard. (You can bend the ears slightly forward for a more ‘lifelike’ look)
Give your gnome some extra personality with a pom-pom hat!
Cut a piece of yarn about 1 ¾ yards long. Cut a piece 4 inches long
Slide the yarn onto the middle of a fork.
Take the remaining yarn and wrap it around the fork.
Use the yarn in the middle of the fork to tie the bundle together. Make sure to tie it tight!
Slide the yarn off of the fork and cut the loops to make a mini pom-pom. Trim ends as needed.
Glue the pom-pom to the tip of the hat and let it dry
Fold the tip of the hat down for a Santa hat look. You can glue it down to secure it .
Don’t want to stop the holiday fun?
Check out our mini mantlepiece video to make your elf feel more at home!
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