A few years ago we created these adorable pom-pom gnome ornaments and they quickly became one of our most popular projects! Now that Christmas is over, we thought it would be fun to craft some new gnomes for the next holiday coming up. Designed by Krista, these Valentine’s Day DIY gnomes are a beginner-friendly craft project — perfect for those who are still learning their stitches.
To get started on this project, check out our tools and materials list below. Then download the pattern and tutorial at the end of the post.
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These Valentine’s Day DIY gnomes make such cute decor, or you can gift them to a loved one! To make these felt gnomes, you will need to know how to do a blanket stitch, running stitch, and whip stitch. If you need a refresher on these stitches, make sure to check out our embroidery guide for tutorials. Or, if you want a no-sew version of this DIY gnome that would also be easy for kids to make, you can always use glue instead of sewing your pieces together.
Crafting tips: We used chunky yarn for the hair but you can also substitute faux fur or roving wool.
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- Cricut Maker or Silhouette Cameo 4 (optional)
- Low-Temp Hot Glue Gun or Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue (for a kid-friendly version/no sewing required)
- Craft Scissors
- Embroidery Needle
- Straight Pins
- Wooden Skewer or Stuffing Tool
- Lia Griffith’s Wool Blend Felt — Ruby, Crimson, Blush, and Oyster
- Embroidery Floss — Very Dark Shell Pink (221), Christmas Red (321), Ultra Light Dusty Rose (963), and Light Mocha Brown (3782)
- Stuffie Puff — Fiber Fill
- Chunky White Yarn
- Wooden Beads — 10mm
- Scrap Chipboard or Thin Cardboard
How to Make Valentine’s Day DIY Gnomes
- Gather your craft tools and materials. Then download our DIY gnome pattern below.
- Cut out felt according to pattern using a Cricut Maker (optional) or scissors. Cut out circles for the base of the gnomes out of thin cardboard and a rectangular piece of cardboard that’s about 3.5″ wide to use as a guide for making the hair.
- Blanket stitch the straight edge of the body using two strands of matching floss to make an open cone shape.
- Blanket stitch on the round bottom, sliding the circle cardboard piece inside before stitching closed.
Full tutorial available for members to download below.
Love these little gnomes? Check out all of our Valentine’s Day projects. Or explore all of our felt crafts. For more craft ideas and inspiration, join us on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and YouTube.