Are you looking for a fun and easy DIY project to add to your home décor or sell at your next craft fair? Look no further! This no-sew gnomes craft is perfect for both beginners and seasoned crafters alike. With just a few simple supplies, such as material beans, a hot glue gun, beads, and embellishments, you can create a charming and unique gnome in no time. Get your creative juices flowing, and let’s get started on this fun and fulfilling DIY adventure!
Supplies Needed for No-Sew Gnomes Craft:
For this no-sew gnome craft, you will need a few essential supplies to get started. Firstly, you’ll need heavy material for the base of your gnome, which will serve as the body. The material for the hat should be lighter and preferably a contrasting color to the base material.
You will also need yarn for the beard, which will add a touch of coziness to your gnome. A small bead will serve as the nose, giving your gnome some character. A wood slice can be used as the base to give your gnome a sturdy foundation. Finally, you may add any embellishments of your choice to personalize your gnome. All of these supplies can be easily found at your local craft store.
To bring everything together, you’ll need a hot glue gun, which will make the assembly process quick and easy. Here’s a complete supplies list:
- Heavy material for the base
- Hat material
- Yarn for the beard
- Bead for the nose
- Wood slice for the base
- Poly-Fil or other stuffing material
- Embellishments as desired
- Hot glue gun
1. Making the Body of No-Sew Gnomes:
To make the body of the no-sew gnome, you will start by taking your heavy material and hot gluing the bottom edge to create a type of bag or sac.
Next, hot glue the empty sac onto the wood slice base.
Once you have created the sac, fill it with dry beans about 3/4 of the way full.
To give your gnome some shape and softness, add some polyfill on top of the beans, but make sure to leave some material at the top for gluing.
When you are ready to glue the top edges, fold one edge down over the other and glue it flat with the hot glue gun.
This will create a neat and tidy finish for the bottom of your gnome’s body.
The beans and polyfill combination will give your gnome a sturdy and plush feel, making it the perfect base for the rest of the gnome to be built upon.
2. How to Make a Beard for No-Sew Gnomes:
To start creating the yarn beard for your no-sew gnomes, start by cutting five strands of yarn to an even length. It’s important to cut the yarn strands longer than you think you need, as you’ll want to be able to shape and trim the beard once it’s glued onto your gnome.
After cutting the yarn strands, lay them out flat and even. Next, take another long piece of yarn and tie the beard in half at the middle point. Smooth the ends of the long tied piece of yarn down so it becomes part of the beard.
The space created in the middle of the tied yarn provides a flat surface to wrap around the nose bead of your gnome. This will give the beard a more secure and stable attachment to the gnome’s face.
To make the beard for your no-sew gnome, start by gluing a large bead onto the middle of your gnome’s face, serving as the nose.
Next, take your first bundle of yarn and glue it onto the bead by placing the tied yarn bundle over the nose. To create a fuller beard, continue making more yarn bundles just like the first one.
Carefully glue each bundle onto the previous one, building up the beard until it reaches your desired length.
Remember to trim the yarn if necessary to shape the beard to your liking. With this simple process, you’ll be able to create a warm and cozy beard that brings your gnome to life!
The photo above showcases the first three steps of your no-sew gnome project.
It features the filled no-sew gnomes body securely attached to the base, complete with a charming nose and a cozy beard.
This image provides a glimpse into what your completed gnome will look like and serves as an inspiration for your own creation.
How to Make the Hat of Your No-Sew Gnomes:
In this next step, we’ll be creating the hat for your no-sew gnome. Begin by selecting a heavy material in the shape of a long rectangle.
Place the rectangle vertically, making sure that it is wide enough to wrap around the sides of the gnome body. Once you have the material in place, fold each side in to form a triangle-like shape.
To keep the material in place, you can use a paper clip to temporarily hold it.
Then, anchor the material in place by hot gluing it directly above the gnome’s nose. With these easy steps, your no-sew gnomes will start looking stylish and ready to take on the world with its new hat!
If you liked making the No-Sew Gnomes, you will probably like making my Mini-Gnomes!
Check out how to make these No-Sew Mini Gnomes that are so cute for décor here!
Now, it’s time to add some stuffing to the hat. If you’d like your hat to have a bent shape, you can achieve this by first adding some stuffing and then folding the hat over and securing it with hot glue.
Continue adding the remaining stuffing, carefully folding the pieces of material in the back and hot gluing them into place.
As you work, be sure to fold neatly and keep the material looking tidy. With this final step, your no-sew gnome hat will be complete and ready to top off your gnome in style!
The above photo presents a front and back view of my no-sew gnomes. For added character, I utilized wood pieces, buttons, and small floral pieces as embellishments.
Standing at approximately 8 inches tall, these no-sew gnomes offer endless possibilities for personalization.
Be sure to add embellishments to both sides to give your gnome even more personality.
I had a great time selling some of these gnomes at a Christmas vending event and I hope that you too will enjoy making these fun crafts. Good luck and have fun