Yes, they may not be as famous as Santa Claus or his Rudolf, but they look very funny and magical and are popular with everyone – the gnomes. Not only as a Christmas decoration, they always make a good figure, but also as an autumn decoration or as a typical garden decoration in the role of garden gnomes. And the best part is: Making an elf is very easy and is great fun for all ages.
You probably already have yours festive Christmas decoration conjured up and are therefore completely satisfied, but if not or if you still need a supplement, we have some great inspirations ready for you. Based on the two simple instructions below, you can easily make cute gnomes and use them as last-minute Christmas decorations. Of course, this also works as a craft with children. The little ones can help a lot and enjoy themselves. Gnats are usually popular with most kids, both girls and boys.
Fabric Wichtel tinker as a Christmas decoration
Let’s start with these cute dudes first. How can you tinker quickly and inexpensively? You need very few materials and a minimum of time. No worries! They do not necessarily have to be experienced hobbyists. A bit of craftsmanship and a pinch of patience are enough for that.
Make this sweet gnome for Christmas
The required materials:
- Faux fur and craft felt
- foam cone
- Fabric in any color and patterns
- wooden ball
- metal wire
- Glue and scissors
Make pixies in 5 steps:
Cut the fabric of any pattern into an appropriate size and use the glue to wrap the foam cone around it.
Insert the metal wire into the foam cone on top and fasten. Later, the wire will give a nice shape of the elf hat.
Cut out a fuzzy beard from the faux fur and attach it to the cone with the glue.
From the craft felt tinker the actual cap and attach it to the upper part of the cone and fix it with the glue. After that, all that remains is to conjure the wooden ball for nose and small eyes made of buttons or fabric on it. Finished!
You can also make such a gnome as a doorstop by integrating a bag of sand or another heavy object into its base. The crafting principle is otherwise the same.
Cute gnome with red felt cap as a doorstop
You determine the size of the cap yourself
And that’s the way it goes…
You need the following materials:
You can frame the felt caps with a white thread in this way
After that you only need to glue the cone to the felt
Using the hot glue gun, attach the wooden nose
The sweet gnomes can also be embellished with felt elements and little bells
And so you make cuddly soft gnomes out of old socks:
Not only socks, but also hats and other clothes are perfectly suited to the Wichtel crafts
Instead of imitation fur, you can also use thicker yarn or a longer woolen cord. As a basis are tree slices in different sizes. Small pompoms of cotton in white and red complete the whole.
Wichtels make felt and yarn
Make a gnome in the Scandinavian style
Embroider tiny snowflakes on the felt cap
Lovingly crafted in gray and red
Empty bottles fit perfectly here
Make a relaxed gnome-pixie as autumn decoration
Wichtel girls can also be conjured from fabric and felt in no time
A cute elves pair of felt and imitation fur
Crafted gnomes also look good as a draft stopper
Or something bigger and as a doorstop?
In addition to the materials already mentioned, you can also use quite a few other things to your liking at the Wichtel handicrafts. Such are, for example, pine cones and small wooden blocks. These are perfect as a body or base for the little males and usually cost nothing. So, you can make beautiful gnomes as decoration or doorstop.
Original gnome on wooden blocks in a rustic style
Make simple gnomes out of cones
In a mini version, gnomes become pretty Christmas jewels
Tinker with children for Christmas
Take a look at our whole picture gallery and be inspired for the funny gnome crafts. You may also soon discover newer craft materials or used items that will give your creations a unique, personal look.
Have fun and a good luck!
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… or two?
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