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DIY Christmas Gnome Wreath

DIY Christmas Gnome Wreath

Have you seen the gnomes of all sorts cropping up everywhere? They’re all the rage in Christmas decor, inside and out.

And is it any wonder… they’re just so much fun that you just can’t help but smile!

You can find stuffed gnomes, gnomes appliqued onto pillows, big gnomes, little gnomes and everything in between gnomes. There are even tomato cage gnomes where the cage is used for his hat with pine branches sticking out the bottom for the gnome’s beard.

Those are what gave me the idea for this adorable Christmas Gnome Wreath. And I’m going to show you how to make one.

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Gnome Wreath made with a teardrop door swag, a red hat and a stuffed nose.

 

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DIY Christmas Wreath Gnome

 

Materials you’ll need:

1 teardrop door swag 

1/3 yard of tan flannel or a scrap at least 12″ square

1 yard of red flannel

Polyester stuffing

1 round 1.5″ jingle bell

1 tinsel pipe cleaner

Floral wire

You’ll also need a good pair of wire cutters like these 6″ diagonal cutting pliers.


I bought my pine teardrop swag at Michaels when they were 50% off. If they’re not on sale at your local Michael’s, you’ll be able to use a 40% off coupon.

Mine was about 35″ long. If the one you buy is longer, you will need to increase the height of the gnomes’s hat accordingly. If it’s shorter, his hat will just slouch a bit more.

Pine teardrop door swag that will be used to make the Christmas Gnome Wreath

Normally, these teardrop swags are hung with the largest part at the top but to make the Christmas Gnome Wreath, that part will be at the bottom to form the gnome’s beard.

Teardrop door swag place upside down on the table.

Begin by removing the pine cones from the swag.

Two pine cones on the teardrop door swag.

The ones on mine were wrapped around the branches and easy to remove. Don’t throw those pine cones away through. They can be used in other holiday decor projects.

Several pine cones in a pile beside pine branches.

Gather the rest of your materials.

Red and tan flannel, polyester filling, floral wire, silver jingle bell, red pipe cleaner and wire cutters.

Press both pieces of flannel fabric to remove any wrinkles.

Then lay the tan flannel on a table, place an 11″ dinner plate upside down on the flannel. Draw around the plate with a pencil. Remove the plate.

Cut out the circle of fabric.

White plate being used as a template for the gnome nose.

Mark a series of dashes ¾” from the edge of the circle for the gathering line.

Thread a needle with about 30″ of thread. Run a gathering stitch around way around the circle on the dashed line.

A threaded needle run back and forth three quarters of an inch from the edge of fabric circle for the gnome nose.

As you stitch, begin to gather the circle.

Nose of the gnome being gathered before filling.

Stuff the gnome nose with the polyester filling. Pull the thread tight and knot the threads. Trim off the thread ends.

The gnome nose after it's been filled and gathered and then tied with a knot.

Cut a 15″ length of floral wire. Thread the ends of the wire through the back of the nose at the base of the gathered fabric as shown in the photo below.

Floral wire threaded through the gathered fabric on the back of the gnome nose.

Insert the ends of the floral wire into the loop on the other side and pull through.

Wrap the wire around the gathers a couple of times.

Floral wire being looped around gathered portion of the gnome nose.

Choose a spot on the teardrop door swag between 1/4 and 1/3 of the way from the bottom of what will be the gnome’s beard and wire the nose to the swag..

Center portion of the pine teardrop door swag with arrow indicating where to put the gnome nose.

Once the gnome’s nose is wired in place, measure from the top of the nose to the tip of the swag. On this one, it measures a little over 20″.

Measuring the distance from the gnome nose to the tip of the teardrop door sway with a white measuring tape.

Next, measure around the teardrop swag just above the gnome’s nose.

Measuring the distance around the teardrop door swag just above the gnome nose.

Those measurements will be used to determine how big to make the gnome’s hat.

To allow for seam allowances and hemming, I decided to cut the fabric for the hat 24″ for height and 30″ for width.

Square up one edge of the red fabric. Cut it to 24″ by the width of the fabric.

Fold over 15 inch of the fabric so that you have 2 layers of fabric.

Draw a diagonal line from the edge of the fold on one side to the corner on the opposite side as indicated below.

White diagonal line drawn on the red felt to form the shape of the gnome hat.

Cut along that line. Pin along the side you just cut. Sew using a 1/4′ seam allowance starting from the bottom and sewing towards the point.

Press the seam allowance open. Turn the hat right side out.

Lay the hat on the cutting surface with the center front of the hat matched to the seam at the back.

Bottom of the red gnome hat before trimming and hemming.

Starting at the center, 1 ½” from the bottom of the front, draw a line that curves gently until it meets the side of the hat. Do the same going in the opposite direction.

White curved line drawn on the bottom of the red gnome hat.

Trim along that line to create the curved back of the gnome hat.

The curved bottom of the gnome hat after it's been trimmed.

To hem the gnome hat, fold under ¼”, then fold under another ¼” all the way around the bottom of the hat, pinning as you go. Sew close to the folded edge.

Machine hemming the bottom of the red gnome hat.

Set the hat aside.

In order for the hat to fit properly, trim off several inches of branches at the pointed end of the teardrop door swag.

Several small branches that have been trimmed off the door swag along side a set of wire cutters.

Cut a 30″ length of floral wire, wrap it around the swag about 2/3 of the way up from the bottom. Twist the wires a few times to secure it to the swag. These will be used to make the hanging loop.
Attaching the floral wire to the back of the teardrop door swag.

Next, tape the top half of the swag with duct tape. This will help the gnome hat slide on more easily and also keep the pine needles from poking through the fabric of the hat.

Pointed end of the teardrop door swag with duct tape wrapped around it.

Put the hat on the gnome, adjust it so that the center front of the hat is on the center front of the gnome and the seam of the hat runs down the center back.

At the point where the back of the hat, meets the hanging wires, thread each wire through the hat.

Positioning the back of the gnome hat so the wire hanger can be threaded through it.

Twist the two wires around each other, form a loop and then wrap the wires close to the hat. Trim off any excess wire close to the loop.

The wire hanging loop on the back of the Christmas Gnome Wreath

Flip the gnome over.

Sew the round jingle bell to the point of the hat. (Red embroidery floss works well for this.)

A silver bell sewn to the tip of the red gnome hat.

For a bit of added sparkle, wrap the red tinsel pipe cleaner around the tip of the hat starting at the bell. Tuck the ends of the pipe cleaners to the back of the hat.

Red tinsel pipe cleaner wrapped around the point of the red gnome hat on the Christmas Gnome Wreath

Adjust the hat so that the bottom rests over the top of the gnome’s nose and your Christmas Gnome Wreath is ready to hang.

Christmas Gnome Wreath displayed on a black exterior door.

Isn’t he just the cutest!!

I hope you’ll make a Christmas Gnome Wreath for yourself and if you do, please post a photo somewhere on social media and tag me so I can come see. I’m @supermomnocape on Instragram, @1SuperMomNoCape on Twitter and @1SuperMomNoCape on Facebook.

You might also like to check out last year’s DIY wreath, where I showed you how to make a Christmas wreath kit to give as a gift and then I included instructions for how to make put the wreath together. I ended up with the sweetest Hedgehog Wreath ever and I can’t wait to hang it up this year.

 

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25 Comments

  • Wanda Simone
    November 28, 2019 11:20 pm

    I love your gnome wreath! So cute!!

    • Super Mom No Cape
      December 1, 2019 11:56 am

      Thank you Wanda. I’m glad you like him.

  • Erlene
    November 26, 2019 6:28 am

    This is so fun and creative. I want to make one and I think I have the supplies too. Pinned.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      December 1, 2019 12:06 pm

      Thank you Erlene. If you do make one, be sure to tag me so I can come see. 🙂

  • Maria
    November 24, 2019 7:58 am

    What a sweet gnome!

  • Maria
    November 24, 2019 7:56 am

    This is adorable I love gnomes for the holidays

  • Cherryl Ehlenburg
    November 23, 2019 6:49 pm

    That is so cute! I was never much of a gnome person until I started seeing all of the sock gnomes this year. Now I am completely obsessed, and I will probably have to make this!

  • Kristie
    November 23, 2019 2:53 pm

    Your wreath is too cute! You are a Super Hero.

  • Jessa
    November 23, 2019 9:39 am

    I am seeing gnomes everywhere this season and I love it! He’s adorable and a Christmasy wreath to greet your holiday guests!

  • Jenny
    November 23, 2019 7:09 am

    Gnomes are everywhere lately and yours is the cutest. I love this tutorial because it will be so easy to make one of my own.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 23, 2019 9:25 am

      Thank you Jenny! It is a really easy project to make.

  • Marie
    November 23, 2019 12:15 am

    Your gnome wreath is ADORABLE! I’m showing this to a friend who made a bunch of Christmas gnomes for gifts. I know she’d love this hanging on her door. Pinned 🙂

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 23, 2019 9:25 am

      Thank you Marie! And how fun that your friend is made Christmas gnomes for gifts. I’ll bet those will be well received. Thanks for pinning!

  • Susan
    November 22, 2019 11:26 pm

    Yep, that is one cute gnome! Thanks for the directions. There’s no Michael’s around here, so I’ll have to check JoAnn’s and Hobby Lobby to see if they have that kind of swag. It’s cute and inexpensive, and pretty quick, I think. Besides, it uses duct tape! LOL

    • Susan
      November 22, 2019 11:34 pm

      How long was your swag? I’m seeing from 30″ to 42″ in bigger ones.

      • Super Mom No Cape
        November 23, 2019 9:12 am

        I just went and measured mine, Susan. It would have been about 35″ long before I cut off those branches at the pointed tip. I’ll go add that info to the post. Thanks for asking!

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 23, 2019 9:29 am

      Thanks so much Susan. Hopefully one of those two craft stores will have one. And yes, duct taping the top part was fun!

  • Roseann Hampton
    November 22, 2019 10:08 pm

    Such a clever idea – so cute!

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 23, 2019 9:23 am

      Thank you Roseann!

  • Mary Anne
    November 22, 2019 5:31 pm

    So cute! Gnomes seem to be all the rage at the moment so I’m sure lots of people will want to make one of these.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 23, 2019 9:21 am

      Thanks so much, Mary Anne. I hope lots of people make one. The world needs more smiles. 🙂

  • Alli Smith
    November 22, 2019 8:35 am

    Your gnome wreath is adorable! My grandkids would go crazy over this. I love it!

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 23, 2019 9:20 am

      Thank you Alli! I think your grandkids would love him. And depending how old they are, they could even help to make him. 🙂

  • Lynn Spencer
    November 22, 2019 8:21 am

    If this isn’t the cutest thing I’ve seen today, I don’t know what is! Put a smile on my face. Thanks for the smile and the tutorial

    Hugs,

    Lynn

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 23, 2019 9:19 am

      Thanks so much Lynn, I’m glad you like him!

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