Elaine is an avid crafter who enjoys celebrating holidays with beautiful DIY decorations and gifts.
Gnome Crafts for Any Holiday
Everybody is obsessed with these Nordic-Scandinavian gnomes, and it's easy to see why: They are so cute! They're also very easy to make—and, as an added bonus, you can make them for all seasons of the year.
How Do You Make a Gnome?
You can recycle old clothes such as socks, jumpers, and even pajamas into these adorable little gnomes.
- Old clothes you can cut up (socks, shirts, pants, etc.) or other fabrics, like felt
- Stuffing material: beans, rice, and/or cotton batting
- Needle and thread (optional)
- Faux fur
- Small wooden ball or bead
- Decorating supplies: paints, ribbons, glitter decals, etc.
- To create the gnome's body, fill a sock with beans or rice, then secure it at the end.
- Make a hat from the sleeve of an old jumper. Just cut off one of the sleeves, sew or glue it to create a point, and fill it with stuffing. (You can also use felt if you don't have an old shirt handy.)
- Glue on faux fur to make the beard.
- Glue on a wooden ball in the center for the nose.
- Decorate your gnome for the season!
For inspiration on how to outfit your gnome for a variety of holidays and occasions, check out the photos below.
Make this springtime gnome by hot gluing wings to the body of your gnome. You can make the hat from green felt. He's a great decoration for Easter or a fairy-themed birthday party!
Dreamy pink gnomes are perfect for sprucing up your bedroom décor. They would also make a great housewarming gift for a loved one. Use a cozy knit fabric and add some faux flowers to get this cute look.
Make these Valentine's gnomes with fluffy pink or red socks and heart decorations. The bells on the hat are a fun and cheerful touch! You could even include a cute love note to go with them, like "You ring my bell." The bell motif is also a great choice for a wedding-themed gnome.
"Be Mine" Gnomes
You can use old clothes made from pink fabrics, such as an old pink dressing gown or pajamas, to make these romantic gnomes. The little bows on their hats are ridiculously adorable. Make sure to choose pink faux fur for their beards!
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Create a magical, sparkly unicorn gnome by purchasing glitter rainbow faux fur for the beard. You can purchase a unicorn horn (you can often find them attached to headbands) or make one yourself from the appropriate fabric.
For St. Patrick’s Day gnomes, use a green and orange color scheme. You can buy orange wool or yarn for the beards and make the leprechaun hats from felt. Create the adorable shamrocks by twisting green pipe cleaners into a clover shape.
St. Patrick's Day Gnomes
Here's another idea for St. Patrick's Day: green gnomes covered in shamrocks! The gnome bodies are created from shamrock fabric, and the tall hats are constructed from green felt. These would look great on a tiered tray or as a centerpiece.
Pine Tree Gnomes
For a fun Christmas craft, turn your outdoor trees into gnomes! Use red felt to make the hats, and buy mitten-shaped ornaments to create the hands. You could make the nose by stuffing cotton batting into pantyhose. Add a cute chalkboard sign and write a festive message on it to welcome visitors to your home.
Combine two popular decorating trends by making this adorable cat gnome. Purchase or make a pink pompom for the nose, and use a thick, furry pipe cleaner to make the tail. You can make the ears by bending the pipe cleaners into triangle shapes.
This gnome would make a great gift for someone who works in the medical field. Look online for miniature dollhouse supplies to find a mini stethoscope. This craft also demonstrates a clever way to make a female gnome: Use faux fur to create pigtails instead of a beard!
Celebrate a new arrival with this baby gnome (yes, even infant gnomes have beards). You can use an actual pacifier and small bottle, or you can buy doll-size accessories. Try combining the baby theme with seasonal or holiday color schemes, like using warm colors for an autumn baby or using green and red for a Christmas baby.
Stuffed Animal Gnome
This is the easiest gnome you'll ever make.
- First, buy a little stuffed animal, like a bunny or teddy bear.
- Then, glue faux fur around its nose and cover its eyes with a floppy gnome hat.
- Presto! You've turned your stuffed animal into a cuddly gnome!
The photo shows an Easter bunny gnome, but you could also make a Christmas teddy gnome, a Halloween black cat gnome, a Thanksgiving turkey gnome, or a Groundhog's Day groundhog gnome—the possibilities are endless.
Perfect for a spring or Easter craft, this bunny gnome is sure to be a popular decoration in your home. You can purchase white and pink felt to create the bunny ears, then use hot glue to add them to your gnome's hat. Check out the video below for another bunny gnome idea that incorporates a carrot-colored hat!
Photo Gallery: Even More Easter Bunny Gnomes
Bunny gnomes are just the absolute cutest. Combine the rabbit ears with pastel colors, carrot accessories, egg decorations, and baskets to create a springtime look. Scroll through the photos below to get tons of ideas for crafting an Easter gnome, from adding cottontails to buckteeth!
Elaine Byers (author) on February 19, 2021:
Thanks for commenting Sangre, yes the pink gnome is super cute !
Sp Greaney from Ireland on February 18, 2021:
These look so cute. You could totally create different ones for different holidays. I do love the one titled pink gnome.