diy gnome ornament project

Easy DIY Gnome Ornament (recycling project)

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This cute DIY Gnome Ornament is a great recycling project. These cute little gnomes are made from Mio water-enhancer containers. They are the perfect size for our miniature gnomes. One of the great things about these little gnomes is that since they are a recycling project, they are cheap to make too.

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In this post, I share the list of recommended craft room tools needed, the supplies list, instructions to make a DIY gnome ornament and some helpful tips to get the best results.

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Craft Room Tools Needed

  • Hot Glue Gun and glue
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle – large enough to thread, ribbon or thin wire.

Supplies List

  • Baby mittens – fleece lined (one pair for each gnome)
  • mini pom pom
  • Mio water enhancer container (empty)
  • faux fur (3-inch wide triangle – large enough to go across the bottle)
  • small button or wood ball (for the nose)
  • wire or ribbon for hanging. (optional)
  • Pinch of poly-fil or cotton ball.
  • small piece of yarn or string

**Links below to purchase supplies online.

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How to make a DIY Gnome Ornament -Video Tutorial

Helpful Tips and FAQs

What can I use if I don’t have Mio containers?

The Mio water flavour enhancer containers are a perfect shape and size, but you can use another brand of a similar shape and size, such as Nestea, Tang, Country time etc.

Picking the right mittens

The best mittens are those that are stretchy, and fleece lined. Baby mittens do not have any thumbs, so they are perfect. . A solid colour or pattern that covers the entire mitten is best. If using mittens with patterns, keep in mind that the pattern will need to look straight on the Mio container.

If making more than one gnome ornament, add some cuteness by switching around the patterns between the different ornaments.

Substitutes for Baby Mittens

Baby mittens are the optimum size but there are alternatives. Baby socks, and even stretchy dog booties. This is a great opportunity to use up those mismatched pairs of socks.

Add a pick for flower arrangements instead of an ornament hanger.

If you like the DIY Gnome Ornament but would like to use them in other Christmas decor pieces, you can make them without adding the hanger. To make a flower pick, poke a hole in the bottom of the container, and insert a wooden skewer the desired length, secured with hot glue. When adding the mitten, you can easily poke the pointy end of the skewer through the knitted bottom. Add a little glue or Dritz Fray Check around the skewer to keep it from running.

Adding other embellishments

Add any other embellishments that you like. Buttons, sequins or snowflakes are all cute ideas to dress up your gnome.

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How to make a DIY Gnome Ornament

1- Make sure that the container is empty and the inside is dry. Any drops of water enhancer may stain your fabric.

2 – Optional Step. – Open the lid and add some glue around the hole and close the lid. Wipe any excess glue off of the outside of the container. This just keeps it from opening later if handled by admirers.

3 – Insert the container into the baby mitten and secure it with hot glue. (an elastic can help keep it secure while the glue is drying) Trim around the top, where the hat will go, making sure it is not loose and secured around the point of the container.

4 – Pull the fleece lining out of the second mitten. Cut some of it off, leaving enough for the hat brim.. Tie the mitten just above the center with a piece of embroidery floss, string or yarn. (as in the image) to make a mini toque.

5 – Cut the top of the hat off (above where you tied the string). Trim the bulk of it off.

6 – Sew a small jump ring to the top of the toque where the ornament hanger will be.

7 – Place a bit of poly-fil or cotton ball into the togue to make the hat shape.

8 – Place the hat piece onto the container to determine the beard’s location.

8 – The beard should be a triangle shape (as pictured) and cut a notch on one side. (for the nose)

9 – Glue the faux fur beard into place, making sure the small notch is where the nose will be.

10 – Glue on the button or wood ball above the fur in the area of the notch, making the gnome nose. Adjust the fur around the nose, making sure it sits snuggly in the fur.

11 – Glue the hat in place.

12 – Add the mini pom-pom onto the hat, using hot glue or a needle and thread.

13 – Fold the hat down slightly, and secure it with glue, so it looks like the hat is slightly folder over.

14 – Let the glue dry thoroughly before hanging.

15 – Show off your DIY Gnome Ornament.

Making the Gnome Body

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Steps to make a DIY Gnome Ornament

Making the Hat

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Putting the Gnome Together

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Where to buy DIY Gnome Ornament supplies.

Many, if not all, of these supplies can be found in your local dollar store. If you plan on making multiples, it may be cheaper to order bulk online. With the exception of the mittens, my DIY Gnome Ornaments are all made using leftover bits from other craft projects.

Baby sized mittens can often be found in thrift stores for less than one dollar per pair.

Supplies Links

Click on the links to check pricing or purchase supplies for your DIY Gnome Ornament project.

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Printable DIY Gnome Ornament instructions

DIY Mini Gnome Ornament

Easy to make recycling project that uses up water enhancer containers.
Yield: 1

Equipment

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Needle and Thread

Materials

  • 1 Mio Water enhancer container (clean and empty)
  • 1 pair Baby Mittens
  • 1 mini pom-pom
  • 3 inch wide triangle of faux fur
  • 1 small wood ball or mini button
  • 1 small Jump ring

Instructions

  • Open the lid and add some glue around the hole and close the lid. Wipe any excess glue off of the outside of the container.
  • Place the container in one of the mittens and secure it with hot glue, making sure the mitten fits snuggly onto the container.
  • Trim around the top, where the hat will go, making sure it is not loose and secured around the point of the container.

Making the hat

  • Pull out the fleece lining and cut off about half (leaving enough to be the brim) portion.
  • Tie the mitten just above the middle with a piece of string. This will form the shape of the hat. Check it for size and then trim off any bulk.
  • Sew on a small jump ring near the top of the hat, where the ornament hanger will go.
  • Place a bit of poly-fil or cotton ball into the togue to make the hat shape.
  • Place the hat piece onto the container to determine the beard’s location.
  • Cut a notch in the triangle shape of faux fur (as pictured)
  • Glue the faux fur beard into place, making sure the small notch is where the nose will be.
  • Glue on the button nose above the fur in the area of the notch, making sure it sits snuggly in the fur.
  • Glue the hat in place.
  • Add the mini pom-pom onto the hat, using hot glue or a needle and thread.
  • Fold the hat over slightly and secure it with hot glue.
  •  Let the glue dry thoroughly before hanging
  • Add ribbon, thread or an ornament hook through the jump ring and hang up.

These cute DIY ornaments are a great project for older kids. They also are a fantastic craft sale item that are inexpensive to make and are popular with all ages.

I hope you enjoy making these easy DIY Gnome ornaments. They are just the cutest!

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