Hello again! Jennifer from Brave New Home here to share another festive holiday craft with you.
At Brave New Home, I blog about home design, decorating and DIY projects. Feel free to pop on over whenever you get the chance. Now let’s get on to today’s project.
For this project you will need cardboard cone shapes, felt, embroidery floss, cotton balls, wood doll heads and a hot glue gun.
Cut your felt for the hat and the body. For this, I taped the felt around my cone and cut accordingly. Then take you embroidery floss and do an end stitch around the bottom.
Once you’ve stitched around the bottom of your hat glue the body piece of felt to the form first. Then hot glue the hat to the form. Use two strips of glue to glue your felt to your form at the point where the seams come together. Do not glue the bottom of the hat where the stitching is. You will tuck the cotton beard under this part of the hat. Also, leave the top of the hat unglued so you can shape it with your fingers later.
Unroll your cotton ball to create the beard. Then tuck it under the hat. You can add a little hot glue to the cotton to secure it in place if you like.
Hot glue the back of your wooden doll head and place it where the beard and the hat meet. Make sure the wood is glued to the felt hat at least partially. This will hold it better in place than gluing it to the cotton alone.
Repeat this process for as many Scandinavian-inspired gnomes that you desire. I chose to make two so I can prop them up to look like they’re talking to each other.
You could add glasses, pigtails for a female gnome version, etc. to alter the looks of your gnome. I think it would be fun to make gnomes of varying sizes for each member of your family.
If you don’t have cardboard cones on hand, you might want to try making some from leftover cardboard or alternatively you could use a styrofoam form (although hot glue doesn’t adhere as well).
I hope you enjoy these playful Nordic felt gnomes. They would make a great addition to almost any holiday decor and the colors can be changed to match your own holiday palette
Original article and pictures take http://diycandy.com/2014/11/diy-nordic-felted-christmas-gnomes/ site