Indoor DIY Garden Gnome

Indoor DIY Garden Gnome

Create your own garden gnome for indoor decorating with this cute tutorial.

Indoor DIY Garden Gnome
Indoor DIY Garden Gnome
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Create your own garden gnome for your indoor garden or mantel with this darling tutorial. With the help of a foam ball, felt, and a few other basic craft materials, this precious gnome is yours for the making. This is an easy craft project and perfect for the garden if you prefer gnomes to fairies! Get in touch with your whimsical side when you make this sweet project. If you love crafting with felt, this is a great project to try. You can even make him with the kids, just be sure to help them with the quilt pins for the gnome's face! Have fun deciding where to display him at home.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsFelt, Styrofoam

Primary TechniqueGeneral Crafts

Difficulty LevelEasy

Materials List

  • 1" Smoothfoam ball
  • Classic felt cuts (your choice of color)
  • Fur yarn - white
  • Toothpicks
  • Quilt pins - large red; 2 small black


  1.  Cut a 2" x 9" strip of felt.  Roll tightly then secure end with lo-temp glue.

  2. Insert a toothpick into the ball to use as a handle, then glue fur yarn around the center for hair and beard.  Add as much as you like, then trim as needed. Insert the toothpick into the center of the rolled felt (body) and secure with glue.  Push the red quilt pin into the center of the ball for a nose and the 2 black quilt pins will be the eyes.  If the quilt pin is long and comes thru to the opposite side, trim with wire cutters. 

  3. To make a long, skinny hat, roll a 3" wide strip of felt into a cone shape.  Glue then trim into shape.  Secure to the head with 1 or 2 small pins, or glue.  Glue a white pom pom to the tip of the hat.

  4. To make the arms, roll felt (about 3" long) around a piece of cord.  Glue along the edge to secure, then glue the center to the back of the body.  Trim if necessary.

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