Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today I am sharing how to make some super adorable DIY St. Patrick’s Day gnomes! These little gnomes can be whipped up in no time using simple and inexpensive craft materials. If you are looking for an easy and fun St. Patrick’s Day craft activity, today is your lucky day!
As you will notice I made two different sizes of gnomes. The taller one was made from a styrofoam cone and the smaller one was made using a wooden thread spool and a styrofoam ball. Both gnomes are quick and easy to make.
I shared how to make a styrofoam cone gnome in my Easy To Love DIY Valentine Gnomes post. You can refer back to that tutorial if you would like to make the taller gnome. The process is the same except that you will use orange fur and green felt instead of pink fur and pink felt.
I think the thread spool gnomes are just a little easier so I decided to make another one this morning. I am using the same process as my Easy as Magic DIY Nordic Christmas Gnomes which just so happened to be my most popular blog post of 2018!
DIY St. Patrick’s Day Gnome Materials List:
Lime Green and Green Felt
Orange Fab Lab Craft Fur (or similar craft fur.) I purchased mine from JoAnn Fabric.
Shamrock Stickers from Dollar Tree
Plaid Craft Ribbon (optional) from JoAnn Fabric
Medium Wooden Thread Spool ( I used Woodpile brand from Hobby Lobby)
1/2 ” Wooden Round Ball ( I used Woodpile brand from Hobby Lobby)
Create a hat template by cutting out a 7 x 7 triangle shape with a glue tab as shown. (Please disregard my uneven cutting!) Use the template to cut the hat shape out of the felt. Then cut out a rectangular strip of felt to glue around the spool (torso).
Glue a piece of floral wire down the longest side of the hat. The wire will allow you to bend the hat into whimsical shapes.
Roll the felt into a cone hat shape and hot glue the seam.
Hot glue the rectangular piece of felt around the spool. The beard will cover the seam. Then hot glue the styrofoam ball on top.
Place the hat on top of the styrofoam, pulling the hat about half way down. This will help you gauge how to cut the beard. The beard is going to cover up all the ball in the front and will extend down to the “ground” in front of the gnome.
Cut a triangular shape of fur and glue it to the front of the styrofoam ball. The beard will lay better if you also tack the sides down to the torso with a dab of hot glue.
Replace the hat and pull it down just to the top of the beard. The hat will be a little longer in the back which will completely cover the styrofoam ball.
I forgot to take a picture when I glued the nose on today, so here is a picture from my DIY Valentine’s Day Gnomes post. Simply hot glue a 1/2″ wooden ball right in the center and directly under the hat for the nose.
I ended up dressing up the spool gnome’s hat by hot gluing some cute green plaid ribbon around the edge of the hat. I used a couple of shamrock stickers to dress up the hats too. This morning I styled up this quick vignette with my new gnomes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Today I styled up this quick vignette with my new gnomes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.This week the daffodils started blooming so I wanted to share a few with you. I recently found this antique daffodils “Good Luck” post card at an antiques shop for .50. I love it!
Back when I first saw Nordic gnomes hit the shelves in all the retail stores I never imagined I would fall for them. I really was just curious if I could come up with a DIY gnomes tutorial for Christmas, but after I made the gnomes I was smitten! I have really enjoyed making them and I have a few different gnome ideas that I will be sharing on the blog. I hope you are enjoying my gnome tutuorials. If you make any gnomes I would love to hear from you!
Thanks for visiting today! Have a lucky (blessed) St. Patrick’s Day!