I love rustic Christmas ornaments they have such an Olde Worlde charm and simplicity! These rustic Christmas Gnomes, or perhaps you’d prefer to think of them as a rustic Christmas Santa craft, are simple and quick to make and look adorable!
Whether you are decorating your house for Winter or your tree for Christmas these little homemade gnomes will add a burst of cheeky colour and cheer!
In Scandinavia gnomes and elves are all the rage over the Christmas holidays and it’s a tradition that’s starting to creep its way into UK and US homes too. We’ve already got Elf on the Shelf and my all time favourite Kindness Elves that bring daily joy to our children in the Christmas countdown.
Now we’re starting to see more and more rustic and natural Christmas ornaments for sale in the shops too.
One of the things I love about rustic ornaments like these homemade Christmas gnomes is how easy they are to make! They can be a bit higgledy piggledy and rough around the edges and it just adds to their charm and character!
These Rustic Christmas gnomes are a great Winter craft for kids. You’ll love the splash of colour they bring and who can resist those cheeky faces? Each little gnome can be as unique and cute as the child that made it!
Before you get busy with our rustic christmas gnome craft you might like to see our other Christmas craft ideas too. Here are some readers favourites you can pin or bookmark for later. Rustic Burlap Reindeer look gorgeous hanging on the Christmas tree and Handprint Angels make fantastic tree toppers and super keepsakes. Pinecone Reindeers are a super simple Christmas craft for young kids and Paper and Bead Ornaments are a great way to get bigger kids creative during the holidays.
Now back to those cheeky homemade gnomes!
How To Make Rustic Christmas Gnomes
Supplies To Make Christmas Gnome Ornaments
- Red Burlap US / UK
- Red Jute Twine US / UK
- Wooden Craft Balls US / UK
- Roving Wool US / UK
- Marker Pen
Christmas Gnomes Tutorial
This gnome craft uses a lovely combination of natural materials. We have jute, burlap, unprocessed wool and wooden balls. Wooden craft balls come in a range of sizes so you can make big or little Christmas gnomes. The wooden balls we used were 1 and 1 1/2 inches.
We started making our Christmas Gnomes by tying a loop from the red twine to hang them from.
Next we made the gnomes hats by drawing round a glass and cutting out round shapes from the red burlap.
Then we cut the burlap circles into halves and glued the jute twine loops into place across the flat edged middle.
The pieces of burlap could then be rolled up and glued into place to make adorable little gnome hats!
Every good gnome needs to be a bit wild and hairy so we glued some natural wool to the wooden craft balls to make their hair. We actually recycled our wool from our HelloFresh food box insulation but you can buy roving wool easily and cheaply that will work just as well too.
Once the gnomes head was covered we added on some long strands of wool to make their beards. Don’t worry if your gnome craft is looking a bit too wild and hairy at this stage…we trim it down later!
Once the gnomes hair and beard had dried we glued on his little red hat.
Then we brought our gnome crafts to life by drawing on some cheeky features.
Finally we finished off our rustic christmas gnomes by giving their hair and beard a little trim to shape. This is so much fun for kids! Who’d have thought they could get to be gnome barbers!
We love our rustic Christmas gnomes, they look great hanging on the tree and are really cute to stick onto gifts or wreaths too.
Would your kids enjoy becoming a gnome barber too? I love hearing how you get on with our ideas.
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