Gnomes, Gnomes, and More Gnomes!
The Christmas season is here, but I want to focus on more than just the holiday season. Of course, I want to embrace the Christmas spirit and bring smiles to the faces around me but it is still fun to include other seasons and other patterns. Gnomes are a general object. The first thought that comes to my mind is a garden gnome, but gnomes can be made from just about anything around you. You can decorate them however you want and just have fun creating. I did make some Christmas themed gnomes, but I also made other gnomes as well.
- 2″ Chip Brush
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hot Glue Sticks
- Christmas Print Material
- Wooden Beads
- Jute Twine
- Rotary Sewing Cutting Set
- Felt Fabric Flowers
- Artist Brush
- Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Warm Buff
- Drying Cloth
- Sunflower Fabric
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Finding My Materials
Seeing as I have an extensive craft stash, I knew it wouldn’t be hard to find some materials to make my gnomes. I found different patterned materials that were perfect for any time of the year as well as the holiday season. I placed my paintbrush on my cutting board and set my material beside it. I outlined a flat cone shape with the chalk on the material after measuring out how much I needed. I then cut that section of material out. You want to make sure that the material will create a pointy tip and cover the metal part just above the bristles on your paintbrush.
Next, I made sure the fabric was the right length before loosely gluing it around the handle of the paintbrush. I then took my jute twine and made a small loop where I could hang my gnome I placed the string under the seam of the fabric, on the back of the gnome, and then glued it all down and made sure the tip of the “hat” was nice and pointy.
Now that you have the base of your gnome, it is time to add the final decorations. A distinct feature of any gnome is the big nose in the center of the face. I find that one of the best materials to use for gnome noses are wooden beads. Now, you can use any size you want but I like using the larger beads. I decided to use Apple Barrel Warm Buff to paint the nose. I painted the entire bead and set it aside to dry while I continued to my next step.
I grabbed my drying cloth and made sure I had a decently thick strip of it cut out. I wrapped it along the bottom of the fabric on my paintbrush gnome and made sure it would wrap all the way around before officially gluing it down. I always try to make sure I cut enough of each material that way I don’t waste my crafting items. I would rather cut more than not enough. Once the drying cloth was glued down, I held it in place for a few seconds to be sure the glue was dry before moving on.
After my wooden bead was completely dry, I glued it below my drying cloth right in the center. I made sure it was glued down and even added a little bit extra glue on the sides just to make sure it wouldn’t fall off. The bristles of the brush created a nice beard for my little gnome.
Next, I decided to make a small bow out of buffalo check ribbon to place along the bottom of his hat. I tied a little bow and glued it along the drying cloth, slightly to the left and held it in place until it dried. I added a small sunflower to the middle of the bow to cover up the knot.
The absolute final step of creating my paintbrush gnome was a small decoration. I used a small sunflower and placed it at the tippy top of the hat. I didn’t want to overwhelm his look with decorations, but I wanted a little something more for the hat.
You can watch me create these adorable gnomes if you need a more thorough step-by-step process on my Facebook page. I am live on Facebook most nights of the week, always creating different and new crafts.
Please remember to be careful when crafting with sharp or hot objects seeing as they can be dangerous if not used properly!