Create Adorable DIY Valentine’s Day Gnomes to Love with Simple Supples from the Craft Store!
Valentine’s Day isn’t far off so it’s time to get a head start on some crafts to love! Today I am sharing how to make some “easy to love” DIY Valentine Gnomes. Scandinavian gnomes and Nordic gnomes were all the rage once again this Christmas and will continue to be popular in 2023. I had so much fun making Christmas gnomes one year, that I decided to make more for Valentine’s Day. These little valentine gnomes can be made in just a few minutes for around $10. Let’s get started!
As you can see there are two different sizes of gnomes shown here. The tall one in the center was made using a styrofoam cone, and the two smaller ones on the side are made using thread spools and styrofoam balls for heads.
Most of the materials came from Dollar Tree. The spools, wooden balls for the noses and faux fur came from JoAnn or Hobby Lobby. I was able to get all the items for around $10.00 and I have made several gnomes.
DIY Easy to Love Valentine Gnomes Materials Needed:
~pink, red or blush colored felt from craft store
~chalk or pencil
~styrofoam cones from Dollar Tree or craft store
~package of round styrofoam balls from Dollar Tree or craft store
~floral wire from Dollar Tree
~package of wooden spools from craft store
~ wooden balls (for noses) from craft store
~ pink or white craft fur (I found mine at Jo Ann Fabric)
~package of conversation heart stickers
~hot glue gun
Styrofoam Cone DIY Valentine Gnomes
A styrofoam cone gnome is so easy to make! One piece of felt will work to make the clothing and hat. To begin, simply wrap a piece of felt around the cone and use a rubber band about 1/2 to 2/3’s of the way up the cone to mark where to cut the felt for the clothing (use chalk where the rubber band was). If you can’t cut a straight line (like me!) no worries. The beard will cover up the seam.
Pull the felt tightly around the cone at the seam. Trim the excess off the bottom making sure there is enough felt to fully cover the bottom of the cone around the edges.
Felt is very easy to work with so you can stretch it a bit and trim it up to make it look neater. Since the beard covers must of this part I don’t worry too much about it.
To make the hat, cut a triangular shape of felt similar to the template I have shown here. For the size of gnome I made I used a 7 inch x 7 inch hat.
Next, cut a piece of floral wire to glue down the length of one side of the hat. Caution! This is a finger burner (I learned the hard way)! You may want to use a toothpick to press the wire down into the glue.
Roll the felt into a cone hat shape. Begin by securing the tip with hot glue.
Continuing forming the felt into a hat shape and glue at the seam. You will notice it is a little longer in the back. I actually prefer mine this way but you can trim up the hat to your liking after placing it on the styrofoam. The seam will be in the back.
Fit the hat onto the cone so that it just meets the top of the other piece of felt. The floral wire allows the hat to be bent into a whimsical shape.
Take off the hat and glue on the beard just around around the top of the bottom piece of felt. Then put the hat back on and pull it down so it is just over the top of the beard.
I purchased my pink craft fur (Fab Lab brand) at Jo Ann Fabric. The only other kind I have found is Darice Long Pile Fur on Amazon (affilite link). It appears to be nearly identical to Fab Lab fur.
Cut a triangular shape out of the fur for the beard, 4 1/4″ wide x 2 1/2 ” long. As you can see once again, my cutting skills are less than perfect but once the beard was glued on it wasn’t noticeable. If possible, try to cut under the top layer of fur close to the backing leaving some fur hanging longer underneath.
Glue a 1/2 inch round ball right under the hat in the center for a nose.
You can cut out some tiny felt hearts in a different color and hot glue them on the hat or use Valentine’s Day heart stickers to embellish the hats. I found some cute conversation heart stickers at Dollar Tree for mine. I also made a simple little garland to dress up my tobacco basket with the heart stickers and jute twine. Ooops! I just noticed the orange one is upside down in this picture. No biggie! The hearts are fairly sticky and can be repositioned easily.
Just peel the back off the stickers and stick the hearts to the twine. I spaced mine about an inch apart. So easy!
Thread Spool and Styrofoam Ball Gnomes
You may remember my Easy as Magic DIY Nordic Christmas Gnomes that I shared a few years ago. As it turns out, it is still one of my most popular posts! For my Christmas gnomes I used wooden knobs for the heads, wooden spools for the body and wooden hearts painted black for the feet. I have modified this craft to make it easier and cheaper for my Valentine gnomes.
While the feet are super cute, they aren’t necessary since they don’t really show much. I have since found that styrofoam balls are much cheaper and work just as well for the heads. Other than that the process is the same one I shared for my Christmas gnomes except I used pink beards and valentine colored felt and stickers for embellishment for the valentine gnomes.
Cut a strip of felt just long enough to wrap around the spool. *This photo is from my Christmas gnomes tutorial, so for the Valentine gnomes, use the pink, red, blush or hot pink felt of your choice.
Hot glue the seam at the front of the spool. Then hot glue the styrofoam ball on top for a head.
The hat for the thread spool gnomes is slightly smaller than the styrofoam cone gnomes. Gut a 6 1/2 ” x 6 1/2 ” triangle and follow the same process as outlined above for the styrofoam cone gnome hats.
The top of the beards should be hot glued to the heads so that the beards cover the face leaving only about 1/8 of the top of the styrofoam ball exposed. Then place on the hat and pull down to the top of the beard and back of the head.
Hot glue a wooden ball for a nose. Then embellish the hat with felt hearts or valentine stickers. Voila! You have made an easy as magic Valentine gnome!
I styled a trio of 2 wooden spool gnomes and a styrofoam cone gnome on ironstone platter. I wanted the display to look a little woodsy so I added some Dollar Tree tulips in a white washed Dollar Tree terra cotta pot behind them and added a layer of moss around the bottom. I also added some conversation hearts in the moss for an extra Valentine’s Day touch and to tie in with the stickers on their hats.
I am using the Valentine gnomes as a centerpiece on the table in our breakfast nook. I hung the tobacco basket with conversation heart sticker garland on the wall behind the nook seats.
If you love holiday gnomes as much as I do, you might want to check out my Lucky DIY St. Patrick’s Day Gnomes post too. Along with the spool gnome I made a taller gnome I using a styrofoam cone. All the details are in the post.
Farmhouse Style St. Patrick’s Day Decorating Ideas
These valentine gnomes (or Christmas/St. Patrick’s Day) are so fun to make and you can whip up several in no time! If you are looking for a quick and easy Valentine craft or gift, give these adorable DIY Valentine Gnomes a try!
I hope you have enjoyed this DIY Valentine Gnomes tutorial today. If you end up making some valentine gnomes of your own or for a gift, let me know how they turn out. If you have any more questions about this tutorial, feel free to leave a comment or email me anytime. I love hearing from you dear readers!
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!
How adorable! Pinning these, Amber…too cute!February 11, 2019 at 12:43 pm
Thanks Linda!February 12, 2019 at 12:08 am
Very cute! Thanks for the wonderful instructions! I saw your post over at “Amaze Me Monday” blog party at “Dwellings” blog.February 11, 2019 at 2:08 pm
I am glad you like them! Thanks for stopping by!February 12, 2019 at 12:07 am
These are so cute!!! I pinned them for next year! 🙂
I actually did a sketch to paint of Gnomes for Valentine’s, but I never finished it. After seeing these little guys, I’m totally going to have to finish it up for next year.
Blessings,February 11, 2019 at 2:51 pm
These are so cute Amber!!! A lovely way to share the love this Valentines Day and for years to come! Sure to bring smiles too!
Thank you so much for sharing your super cute gnomes with us over at Waste Not Wednesday!February 12, 2019 at 1:19 am
Thank you so much for sharing your Valentine Gnomes, on Oh My Heartsie Girls WOnderful Wednesday, they are so darling. I have never seen pink. gnomes before.
Hope you will stop by next week to share your ideas and creations!February 12, 2019 at 1:09 pm
Have a great week!
these are adorable, pinned, and I look forward to making some too. xoFebruary 12, 2019 at 2:01 pm
Adorable, Amber! I love how you gave them a Vday twist! Pinned!February 13, 2019 at 3:37 pm
Super cute Amber!! I made some for Christmas out of wine bottles, and I saw Easter ones this week at HomeGoods!February 14, 2019 at 9:59 am
Loved your gnomes – and the fact that you have different ones for different seasons – they’re adorable in pink!February 15, 2019 at 12:34 am
Amber, Thanks for sharing your darling gnomes at Vintage Charm–pinned!February 17, 2019 at 2:04 pm
Aww! These gnomes are super cute and adorable!January 12, 2020 at 5:35 am
So cute… I am making some!
TaniaJanuary 12, 2020 at 11:18 am
Those are adorable. Love the detailed directions.January 13, 2020 at 9:10 am
oh my gosh, these are just adorable Amber! love the St Patty’s gnomes too!!January 13, 2020 at 7:27 pm
You know I love all of your gnomes I made a gnome for Halloween and shared it on the blog. I wasn’t at all happy with the beard, I love the beard fabric you are using. xo P.S> pinned of courseJanuary 13, 2020 at 8:36 pm
Thanks so much! These are sooo cute. The gnome is a cute addition to my tiered tray Valentine’s display!January 16, 2020 at 11:37 am
So cute, Amber! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!January 20, 2020 at 8:43 pm
Your Valentine gnomes are simply adorable. I am hoping to make some to display with my decor, and I am looking at the St. Patrick’s Day gnomes as well. We always hold a St. Patty’s Day dinner for family and friends and these orange and green gnomes would be a delightful accompaniment!January 22, 2020 at 12:34 pm
Thanks so much for sharing your talent and inspiring others.
How adorable are these gnomes for Valentine’s Day! I love how easy and inexpensive they are to make too.January 22, 2020 at 2:27 pm
I love them…………have to tryJanuary 22, 2020 at 3:44 pm
These are adorable! Pinned!January 23, 2020 at 9:14 pm
Oh, these little gnomes are way too cute Amber!!January 23, 2020 at 9:35 pm
Thank you for sharing this DIY project at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring your gnomes at tonight’s party and pinning too.
These gnomes are adorable! I didn’t realize how easy it was to create them. I picked these as one of my features at this week’s Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Link Party, which goes live today at 5pm EST.January 25, 2020 at 2:49 pm
These are adorable, Amber! I love them!January 25, 2020 at 6:36 pm
These GNOMES are absolutely adorable! Thank you for the inspiring ideas!January 25, 2020 at 10:02 pm
Amber,January 26, 2020 at 6:04 pm
Your gnomes are too cute for words. So adorable. Congratulations, you are being feature on Over The Moon Linky Party. I hope you stop by.
Thank you for hosting! This is what I featured the week of 1-20 to 1-24 on my blog. On Tuesday morning was a Red Velvet Beet Banana Bread. Wednesday were Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies. And wrapping up Red Velvet Week was a Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake. Enjoy!January 29, 2020 at 2:21 pm
I love these little gnomes so much! They are adorable and creative. I wanted to let you know that I featured this post on my blog if you want to check it out: https://amysenter.com/february-pinterest-roundup/ Thanks!February 24, 2020 at 9:01 pm
These Gnomes are ADORABLE, Amber! I love the trick of putting the wire in the hat – BRILLIANT!January 12, 2023 at 12:14 pm
I’d love for you to join us over at the Creative Crafts Linky Party every Wednesday through Sunday
Followed and Pinned! 🙂
LOVE these adorable gnomes, Amber! We will be featuring you starting Wednesday at the Creative Crafts Linky Party! Pinned and shared!January 17, 2023 at 1:03 pm
What a fun project for Valentine’s Amber!January 20, 2023 at 3:46 am
Thank you for sharing your Valentine Gnomes DIY at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week.
I’m delighted to be featuring this project at the party tonight and pinning too.
Your gnomes are so adorable. Love the pink. I am happy to feature these darling gnomes at Love Your Creativity.January 22, 2023 at 1:28 pm