Undoubtedly, gnomes have become one of the most popular Christmas decorations! These homemade pinecone gnomes are a fun way to bring a natural element to your Christmas decorations and delight the kids as well as the adults in your family. These cute ornaments will look great on a mantel, in a centerpiece, or even on your Christmas tree. Their hats are made of felt, which comes in almost any color. So, using these instructions, you can make gnomes out of pine cones that will go perfectly with the rest of your Christmas decorations.
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Make gnomes from pine cones for Christmas
At this time of year, pine cones are a popular source for various crafts. Want to make another cute gnome? Follow our step-by-step instructions!
Accessories for Christmas crafts
Here’s what you’ll need for this simple Christmas craft:
- Pine cones: you can buy pine cones at the craft store (the ones that smell like cinnamon are especially good!) OR you can collect your own from under trees. If you collect pine cones , you may want to bake them to get rid of bugs.
- Felt: Inexpensive 9 × 12 sheet craft felt works great; depending on the size of the pine cones, you can probably make two hats from one sheet of felt. You can also use more expensive wool felt if you like.
- White craft paint + foam brush
- White pom poms
- 3 cm wooden balls or wooden beads
- Hot glue gun. If you want to turn your pine cone gnomes into jewelry, you’ll also need string or a jewelry hanger.
How to make pine cone gnomes
1. paint the beard
For this gnome, the top of the pine cone (the flat side) will be the bottom of the gnome so it can stand on a table. The bottom of the pine cone (the pointy side) will be facing up, into the hat. Choose which side of the pine cone will be the front. Using a foam brush, dab white paint in a V-shape on the edges of the front of the pine cone to represent a beard.
2. cut out the hat
To make the hat, you need to cut out a triangle from one corner of the felt. The triangle has two straight sides and one curved side. To do this, fold the felt in half from one corner and then again from the same corner so that it is quartered. Measure down from the corner and then cut through the felt in a curve. To figure out how far you need to measure, use a tape measure to measure the pine cone you want the hat to sit on.
3. glue the hat together
Now you have a triangle shape with two straight sides and one curved side. Cut the corner where the straight sides meet. Fold in one straight side and apply a line of hot glue along that side. Fold in the other straight side so that it overlaps the hot glue. This will create a cone-shaped hat. Check the size of the hat by placing it on the pine cone. If it hangs down too far or seems too big, trim it a little at the bottom (you can also check the size of the hat before gluing it together if you like).
4. attach the pom poms
Glue the pom poms to the top of the hat with hot glue.
5. assemble the pixie
Spread a line of hot glue along the bottom edge of the hat on the back and place the hat on the pine cone, pressing on the glue line. Then think about where you want the wooden ball for the nose. You can use wooden balls that have an opening in the back. It works well if this opening is over one of the spines, and it is best if the ball is between the spines. You can usually adjust the spikes a bit to fit the wooden ball between them. Just figure out what fits best for your pine cone, then attach the wooden ball with hot glue. The nose should overlap the hat. This looks cute and helps attach the hat to the front of the pine cone.
With that, your pine cone gnome is ready! If you want to turn it into a pine cone gnome ornament, you can glue (or sew) a loop of yarn to the back of the hat, just behind the pom-pom.