Rollin’ with the Gnomies

How adorable are these pom pom gnome ornaments?! Designer Krista had so much fun bringing this concept to life. She was inspired by gnome/elf characters in traditional Scandinavian and Nordic folklore — the tonttu of  Finland, the tomte of Sweden and the nisse of Norway. These miniature mythical sprites are meant to serve as protectors for the home or farmstead, though they have a tendency to stir up some good-natured mischief every now and then. Channel some legendary charm and craft up a few of these characters to keep watch over your own home this holiday season!




  1. Gather the tools and materials listed above.
  2. Make pom poms using an extra small pom pom maker and white acrylic yarn. Trim the edges.
  3. Cut hats out of the felt according to the pattern.
  4. Use white embroidery floss to embroider the hats according to our embroidery guide. A washable/air dry fabric marker is helpful for drawing on your design as a guide for stitching. For a child friendly version, use fabric paint for the details.
  5. Roll the hat into a cone and glue the edge closed.
  6. Thread about 10” of baker’s twine onto a needle. Pull the needle through the inside and out the top of the hat, then through the middle of a small felt ball. Leave enough twine for a loop to hang and go back through the middle of the pom.
  7. Thread the twine back into the hat and knot the ends together.
  8. Pull the loop so that the felt ball sits on top of the hat and the knot is inside the tip of the hat.
  9. Glue the inside rim of the hat and press it onto the yarn pom pom. Glue a small wooden bead nose just under the rim of the hat.


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