3 February, 2020
DIY Valentine Gifts For Kids, Gnomes for the HomePosted in : Gnomes on by : Carrie Wente
Gnomes have a very sorted background. Some say they originated to protect your garden. Others say they protect your pets, except cat, they don’t like cats. Not sure why they don’t like cats, but I can only imagine and have had a few visuals of one bring in the little guy through the dog door in the middle of the night.
But enough of that, they are cute and have become very popular recently. Many have made their way out of the cold of winter and been adopted into the family to watch over the home. I think everyone should adopt a gnome. They are very clean, don’t make any noise. They obey and stay where you leave them (most of the time). If you time it right, the adoption fee can be very nominal as well.
I have noticed that there are very few gnomes of the female persuasion. Is that because they don’t have those cute little fluffy beards? Or are girl gnomes shy and tend to stay out of the public focus? Well its time for some Girl Power. Here’s how to make your very own Valentine’s Day inspired Woodland Girl Gnome.
You will need:
- 1 – 8 1/2″ X 11″ piece of felt, your choice of color
- a small piece of printed fabric, preferably with hearts or flowers (You can get the 1/4 yd size at Walmart for around $1)
- 1 – 2.8 x 5.8 inch floral cone
- 1/2″ wooden bead or ball
- 50″ to 56″ of 3mm cotton macrame rope
- chunky yarn, approx 2 feet.
- 6″ to 8″ of wire chenille
- 12″ of small ribbon
- Valentine hearts, glitter, flowers, etc (whatever you choose to decorate your gnome with)
- glue gun/glue sticks
- needle and thread or a sewing machine
Cutting Materials Out
You will want to start by taking your piece of felt and folding it length-wise. I already have a hat template made up from when I did a lot of gnomes at Christmas time. These smaller work up quickly and were a big seller at bazaars. But with this one I wanted to change up the top of the hat a bit, so rather than have it hooked at the top, I extended it upwards about three inches.
Then place the printed fabric, right side down and place your cone along one side like its shown in the photo. Then roll the cone and trace an arc as you roll at least 360 degrees. This will give you a fairly good idea how much material you will need to cut for the body. You can then cut this out and carefully glue it to the cone. Make sure you place the glue directly on the material, and not the cone as the cone will probably melt before you have the material glued down and will have a hole where there is supposed to be glue. As you can see from the photo, I already had a template made up, again from making previous gnomes. I merely used this to because I had to make so many and it was a real time saver.
Now you need to take a scrap of the printed fabric and trace the base of the cone, then cut it out. You will be gluing it to the bottom. Don’t worry if you have some Styrofoam showing, it will be covered when you are done.
I also cut out a small piece of the same felt material into approximately 1 1/2″ by 1″ and set it aside for later.
NOTE: If you don’t feel comfortable coming up with your own templates, I can send you a download of mine for $3. Just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with small gnome template in the subject line. I will then send you the link to send me the money via PayPal or credit card and I will then send you the link to download your templates.
Now you will take the hat and sew it together, leaving the end open. You can sew it by hand, or to save time, I used a zigzag stitch on the sewing machine and put it together that way. Take your chunky yarn and attache it to the bottom of the hat, careful not to burn yourself on the hot glue. Attach the yarn around the base of the cone as well.
Take your chenille and shove it into the top of the cone as far as possible before it starts to bend. It’ll probably only go in about an inch or so, which is just fine. Don’t attach the hat just yet, we still have to do the tricky part which is the braided hair.
This is something that I’ve never done before and made it up as I went along. So if you come up with a better way to do it, feel free to share. First I cut eight lengths approximately 7″ long.
From there I glued four of them to a scrap of material, first glue the material, place the segments, and then run a bead or two of glue over the top. Then I took a fine comb after the glue had cooled and separated the segments. This made it look like wavy hair. Do the same with the other 4 lengths for the other braid. I then glued the two doohickeys (due to lack of knowing what to call them) of string/hair to the cone approximately two-thirds to three-fourths of the way up from the bottom. You may want to check your measurements with the hat placed on the body temporarily to make sure you have them up far enough, but not too far.
Speaking of hat, you can now place the hat. This can be kind of tricky because the chenille will probably now want to cooperate. You can then tack it from underneath with hot glue so that the clue doesn’t show. Roll or bend the top of the hat to the desired position you like.
Now you can braid the two doohickys and tie them with a piece of the ribbon, dab a bit of glue to keep the bow from coming loose. I then attached some glittery hearts so hide my dab of glue. Trim the ribbon to your desired length.
Attach the nose between the braids and partially under the hat so that its peaking out. Now all that is left is attaching what ever other embellishments you want. I found some ivy, pink flowers and stick-on glitter hearts to be not only in theme for Valentines, but they also gave her a Spring feeling after a long cold winter.
Take that small rectangular felt piece that you set aside earlier and glue it to the body in between the braids. I did a zigzag stitch around it and glued a small glitter heart on it. Now she has a pocket!
Experiment with placement of your decorations, but most of all, have fun! That’s what its all about.
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