Gnomes or Tomte or Nisse.....Oh My!
Whatever name you give them, you have to admit they are awfully cute!
I guess I am a little "GNOME obsessed" this year.
I have always loved the wonderful book by Astrid Lindgren about the little Tomten.
These are the 8 inch versions that we made for the Festival of trees decor.
thrift store sweaters
- Cut the sweater sleeve long enough to tuck into the top and bottom of the toilet paper roll.
- Glue the styrofoam ball on top of the sweater.
- Glue on some fiber fill and a fluffy piece of the wig.
- Sew a triangular hat out of another sweater sleeve. Use an area that has ribbing for the bottom of the hat.
- Glue the hat over the ball. Fluff the beard and trim as needed.
- Glue the wooden bead nose very close to the edge of the hat.
After we made these Gnomes, I started to see the little creatures everywhere in all the fancy gift shops.
These are for sale on Etsy for $35.
Look! You can buy 3 Gnomes for a mere $19.00 marked down from $24!
And this guy is super cute....but costs $19 too.
You know me....this was a challenge to see if I could DIY some little gnomes for our Christmas tree.
Instead of cardboard tubes and sweater sleeves, this version uses 3 to 4 inch chunks of birch logs.
These Tomtens are pretty fancy with their "cashmere caps" made from a worn out sweater.
The beards are made from the costume wigs.
Ahh....then I remembered that our AxMan Surplus store always carries scraps of sheepskin that must be left from cutting rugs or something! I scored a great big piece for $3.50. I knew it would make a perfect Gnome beard!
You can certainly use the cardboard tube and sweater technique if you don't want to take the trouble to cut up a birch log.
The end result is every bit as cute!
I hope this has inspired you to create some elfin magic of your own!
Have a Wonderful Day!
Mila's Little Things