Needle Felted Gnome Ornaments Tutorial

November 12, 2010  |  Dolls, Needle Felted, Toys, Tutorials, Waldorf

Needle felted gnome ornaments

  This tutorial shows how to make these simple gnomes for imaginative play or to use as holiday ornaments. With a little variation, you can make Santa Clauses as well!  

  

Materials: felting needles, sponge for felting surface
wool: peach (face)
red (hat)
brown (pants) 
white (hair)
 blue (shirt)
black (eyes) optional for Waldorf style
core wool or fiber-fill (base shape)
sewing thread (for wrapping core wool or fiber fill to make base shape)
red embroidery thread (for hanging)
embroidery needle

 Note: After felting small piece (eyes, nose, tip of hat) roll them between your fingers or hands to smooth them, then felt them onto the doll.    

   

1. Wrap a handful of wool (using one of the base colors: brown, blue, white or red) or poly fiber-fill with thread to form the base shape (cone) of the doll.    

   

2. Base shape: wrap the base with brown wool (over the thread bound base), felt till firm.   

   

3. Add strips of wool in the other three base colors: blue, white and red. Felt till firm.   

   

4. Wrap more red wool onto the red end of the base shape. Felt till firm and pointy.   

   

Four colored, felted base.   

   

5. Felt on a small circle of peach wool for the face. Place the circle between the white and red layers of color.   

   

Placement for the face.  

   

6. Felt a small piece of white wool on the botton of the face for the beard.   

   

7. Roll the shape between your palms to smooth it.   

   

8. Roll a small piece of peach wool for the nose, felt till firm.   

   

   

   

9. Place the rolled wool onto the face, use a medium felting needle to felt down. (Optional for true Waldorf style)   

   

10. Felt on tiny peach circles for ears and tiny black dots for eyes. (Optional for true Waldorf style).   

   

   

11. Felt curly white wool onto the strip of white around the head and bead. Make sure to felt white wool (curly or not) between the face and the ears.

Ready, Set, PLAY!

  

12. For hanging ornaments, sew red embroidery thread through the ends of the hats, tie making a circle.




24 Comments


  1. Thank you. I can’t wait to try these!

  2. These guys are really great. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Inspiration.

  3. These are adorable!! Thank you!!

  4. The gnomes are great. It just made my day to open this link and find the tutorial for these cute little fellas! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thanks! I’m glad you like the gnomes. They’re so easy to make and I think a little addicting! Have fun, Happy Holidays!
    Laura

  6. What a fabulous tutorial! Thank you so much. These are the cutest gnomes I’ve ever seen!

  7. With pleasure! Laura

  8. These are the sweetest little guys…oh, I love them so much! Thanks for sharing this wonderful tutorial and happy holidays!

  9. I’ve never worked with wool in this way! I’m going to look for a class! What fun! Thanks for your generosity – your tutorial is wonderful! From an Illinois girl – all the best!

  10. I’m so glad you like them! Happy Holidays! Laura

  11. Needle felting is a really fun, addicting way to make things! Where in Illinois, we lived in Chicago for 11 years. Happy Holidays! Laura

  12. These are totally awesome! I love how each one is unique. Thanks for the tute. I’ll be linking on Facebook.

  13. So very cute! You make it look so easy.

  14. Hi Kimara, I’m glad you like the tutorial! See you on Facebook, Happy Holidays! Laura

  15. Hi Julia, Thanks, that’s nice to hear. Happy Holidays! Laura

  16. This is such a fantastic tutorial and really easy to follow – thanks so much! I have made one myself and added it on to my blog – hope you like it!

  17. These gnomes are so cute. You write great tutorials. They are easy to understand – and the techniques are nicely photographed.

  18. Hello! I just found this tutorial and am very anxious to try it! I’m brand new to needle felting so I’m wondering how much wool is needed for one of these so I know how much to purchase. Thanks much!!

  19. Hi! This is a fun, cute and easy tutorial. You can e-mail me if you have any questions about it! Each gnome is about 4-6 oz. The bulk of wool is in the base shape (long oval). I started my gnomes with a brown oval (because a lot of the pants are brown), so you could use about 2 to 2.5 oz. of brown, 1.5 oz. of red, 1/2 oz. of blue and 1/2 oz. and a pinch of black or 2 seed beads for the eyes. If you’re starting to needle felt, you might want to buy a little more wool than this to play around with. Good luck and I’d love to see a photo when your gnomes are finished:)

    Sincerely,
    Laura

  20. Lol, so cute! The step-by-step photo description are so much fun since I can slowly see how the gnome is shaping up. Ok, now that is just wonderful! My new flower project for the weekend! Thanks and Happy Holidays :)

  21. Have fun with the gnomes and happy holidays to you too:)

  22. Love them, and I know just the person to make them for, so one of my Christmas gifts sorted!

  23. These are so great! Would you consider selling them? I’m a big fan of unique, handmade tree ornaments. Compliments and thanks.

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