While we have so many magical crafts on Sugar, Spice and Glitter (including fairies, mermaids, dragons, and wizards), I realized we had no Easy Gnome Crafts for Kids – so naturally, we had to rectify that with today’s Felt Gnome Craft for Kids.
No Sew Felt Gnome Craft
Gnomes are tiny humans that live underground and are said to possess cunning and magical qualities. They originated during the Renaissance and were strongly associated with magic and alchemy.
They appear in works by L Frank Baum, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, and also in many folk and fairy tales, especially in Nordic countries.
Today’s gnome craft would be perfect for kids who are ready to read any of these books… or watch the movie adaptations (including the super cute Gnomeo and Juliet).
These easy gnomes make cute stand-alone crafts, or can be used in a shoebox theatre to tell a story. You could also string a loop of thread through the top and turn them into ornaments!
I’ve provided a couple of different styling ideas, but feel free to get creative and have fun with this craft! You can adorn the gnomes’ hats and coats however you’d like, and choose whether or not to add googley eyes. (I personally like them a bit better without.) You can also style them for the different holidays.
I highly recommend printing off my paper template (below) to assist you in cutting the felt for this project.
And if this craft isn’t enough, I found a few more gnome crafts for you to check out:
- Pom Pom Gnome Craft from Efzin Creations
- Peek-a-Boo Paper Plate Gnome from Ruffles and Rainboots
- Hand-sewn Felt Gnome from Skip and Scatter
- Gnome Peg Dolls from Ruffles and Rainboots
- Pine Cone Gnome Craft from the Magic Onions
Materials for a Gnome Craft
- Gnome Paper Template
- Cardstock paper
- Felt fabric
- Hot glue gun
- Googley eyes
- Half wooden bead (for the nose)
Tip: the cardstock won’t show drastically, but try to stick with a neutral color or skin tone. Also, stick with a yarn color that seems natural for a beard. The felt colors can be as wild as you like!
How to Make a Felt Gnome
Trace the template for the cone on a cardstock paper and cut it out neatly. Or, you can simply trace a quarter circle on a cardstock paper.
Roll the quarter circle to form a cone shape. Once you are satisfied with the cone pattern apply glue to secure the cone shape by gluing the overlapped parts.
Select a yarn to make the beard of the gnome. Cut out a bunch of yarn strands from the selected yarn bundle. I’ve cut mine into 3 inches long strands; better to keep the strands long as you can trim them later to get a nice shape for the beard.
Grab a strand and place it on a flat surface. Grab 2 groups of strands and fold them into half. Place the looped part of the double yarns over the single strands.
Hold the open ends of the double strands and draw them through its loop from under the single strand of yarn. Pull the open ends all the way through and tighten the double strands with the single strand.
Similarly attach more yarn strands.
Once you are satisfied with the volume of the yarn strands tie a tight knot with the 2 open ends of the single strand. This will create a small hole in the middle of the attached yarn strands.
Cut out a small piece of felt fabric and also set the yarn strands towards any one direction.
Use hot glue gun to attach the yarn beard on the small felt fabric.
Select felt fabric for the gnome clothes. Trace the clothe patterns on the selected felt fabrics and cut them out nicely.
Attach a half wooden bead on the hole of the yarn beard. Roll the hat felt cutout to form a cone shaped hat and attach the leaves and cherry on the hat to decorate it. Take the cardstock cone and wrap the other felt cutout around the bottom side of the cone; use hot glue gun to attach them.
Attach the beard on the cardstock cone, relatively in the middle part of the cone.
Attach the hat on the top side of the cardstock cone.
Attach googley eyes if you want to.
Grab your free printable instructions for our simple gnome craft (and don’t forget to grab the Gnome Template:
This super simple gnome craft for kids turns out so cute and is so versatile! I could easily have a little seasonal collection of these cuties!