Looking for a cute craft for any garden gnome fans? This Christmas gnome tree ornament is charming and not complicated to make, but he is a little time consuming.
I made my own felted wool for this project. Yes, that’s ambitious, I know, but I couldn’t find felted wool locally and to buy and ship it was expensive. Plain old craft store felt just didn’t have the heirloom quality I wanted these little guys to have. I bought three 100% wool sweaters from Value Village for $8 and washed them in hot water and tossed them in the dryer. They shrunk and the wool tightened up into felt. I cut out all the seams and was left with the felted wool to work with.
I ordered the roving off etsy which was $15 for enough to make a few hundreds gnomes! I’ll need to find another project for the extra. I bought a felting needle at Michaels and promptly broke it on first use, using a regular needle that didn’t work quite as well for the rest of the project. I bought beads and thread and quilt batting for the stuffing from Michaels too – another $15.
With the materials I bought for $38 I could make at least a 50 small gnomes. But with each taking an hour to make from start to finish, five was my max. I decided to blow the pattern up by 50% and it took less time to make them. Cutting them out wasn’t so difficult at the larger size, and sewing them closed wasn’t as finicky either. Plus I like the larger size for giving as gifts – they feel more substantial.
I ended up making a dozen gnomes in three colours, none of which were a Christmas red. Adorable though, right?