A friend of mine, Rosemary, shared a video on Facebook of another person doing a tutorial of these cute Christmas gnomes. I went crazy! I knew that for sure this was one of those things that I was actually going to do, not just pin to my pinterest board and admire, right?
Here is the link to that tutorial video. It's very easy to follow. In fact, my husband and I both watched it separately and we didn't need to refer back to it while we were making them.
The next day my husband had the day off so we went to a few different dollar stores to find what we needed. The first dollar store didn't have the cones for the hats. I know in the video she said that you can use rolled card stock but we wanted to hats to be firm so we found the cones at the second store. Also, I sort of thought I'd end up going to Michael's or Joann Fabrics for the beard material because there was no way I was going to cut up felt and glue yarn on it or whatever that stuff was in the video. I felt like that was going to take too long. Also, I didn't want a bunch of glue strings either. But guess what? In the second dollar store they had a stack of fuzzy blankets for $3.99! There were several that were fuzzy white on both sides. Score! So I bought a blanket and have TONS left over for next year because yes, I plan to make them again! The blanket was a perfect alternative, and cost effective as well. You can see the blanket in the top right hand corner of the photo below.
I set up the table with all of our supplies:
Hubby hard at work. The cones we bought were perhaps a bit too big for our gnomes, but that was all that was available. A few gnomes in, he started cutting the cones in half to allow the hats to be floppy on top, because that's pretty cute.
Me pouring rice into the body base. That bowl of ice water next to me? I burned the heck out of my index finger not once but twice. It had two big blisters, swelled and was throbbing. It really put a kink into my mojo. Be careful of those hot glue guns, they aren't playing around! I was smiling and happy before that happened. lol
Our finished gnomes! We made a dozen of them and yep, it took a while for sure but it was a really fun activity for us and I have something to give away to people when I hand them their holiday cookie tray! Everybody gets a gnome!!!!