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DIY Valentine’s Day Gnomes

Easy To Love DIY Valentine Gnomes

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 2020. I had so much fun making Christmas gnomes year before last 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 Jo Ann’s or Hobby Lobby. If you use coupons you can get these items for 40% off or more. I was able to get all the items for around $10.00 and I have made several gnomes.

Materials:

~pink, red or blush colored felt from craft store

~rubber band

~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

~scissors

 

Styrofoam Cone DIY Valentine Gnome

DIY Valentine Gnomes Tutorial

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 the cut for the clothing (use chalk). 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.

 

How to make a gnome 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.

 

Darice 10240-21 Long Pile Fur

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.

 

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

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You may remember my Easy as Magic DIY Nordic Christmas Gnomes that I shared during the holidays. As it turns out, it was my most popular post of 2018!  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.

 

 

Easy DIY Valentines

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.

 

DIY Valentine Gnomes Valentines Day

 

 

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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.

 

 

Adorable DIY St. Patrick's Day gnome Saint Patrick's Day gnome

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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!

 

 

 

Easy To Love DIY Valentine Gnomes

 

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!

Amber

 

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30 Comments

  • Reply Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    How adorable! Pinning these, Amber…too cute!

    February 11, 2019 at 12:43 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thanks Linda!

      February 12, 2019 at 12:08 am
  • Reply Miss Kitty

    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
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      I am glad you like them! Thanks for stopping by!

      February 12, 2019 at 12:07 am
  • Reply Babychaser

    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,
    Babychaser
    mamasbrush.wordpress.com

    February 11, 2019 at 2:51 pm
  • Reply Sam - Raggedy Bits

    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
  • Reply Karren Haller

    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!
    Have a great week!

    February 12, 2019 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Katherines Corner

    these are adorable, pinned, and I look forward to making some too. xo

    February 12, 2019 at 2:01 pm
  • Reply Lora Bloomquist

    Adorable, Amber! I love how you gave them a Vday twist! Pinned!

    February 13, 2019 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply Jenna

    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
  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au

    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
  • Reply Cecilia

    Amber, Thanks for sharing your darling gnomes at Vintage Charm–pinned!

    February 17, 2019 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Veronica Lee

    Aww! These gnomes are super cute and adorable!

    January 12, 2020 at 5:35 am
  • Reply Tania

    So cute… I am making some!

    Tania

    January 12, 2020 at 11:18 am
  • Reply Sheltie Times

    Those are adorable. Love the detailed directions.

    January 13, 2020 at 9:10 am
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    oh my gosh, these are just adorable Amber! love the St Patty’s gnomes too!!

    January 13, 2020 at 7:27 pm
  • Reply Katherines Corner

    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 course

    January 13, 2020 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply Jessica Wilson

    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
  • Reply Cecilia

    So cute, Amber! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    January 20, 2020 at 8:43 pm
  • Reply Barbara Warner

    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!
    Thanks so much for sharing your talent and inspiring others.

    January 22, 2020 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply Marie

    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
  • Reply suzan white

    I love them…………have to try

    January 22, 2020 at 3:44 pm
  • Reply Amy

    These are adorable! Pinned!

    January 23, 2020 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Kerryanne

    Oh, these little gnomes are way too cute Amber!!
    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.
    Hugs
    Kerryanne

    January 23, 2020 at 9:35 pm
  • Reply Alexandra

    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
  • Reply Christine

    These are adorable, Amber! I love them!

    January 25, 2020 at 6:36 pm
  • Reply Tamy

    These GNOMES are absolutely adorable! Thank you for the inspiring ideas!

    January 25, 2020 at 10:02 pm
  • Reply Beverly

    Amber,
    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.
    https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2020/01/over-moon-linky-party_26.html
    Hugs,
    Bev

    January 26, 2020 at 6:04 pm
  • Reply Marilyn Lesniak

    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
  • Reply Amy

    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
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