Monday, November 21, 2016

Santa Gnome Ornament DIY

Easy to make Gnomes using a cork as a base.

A Tomte, Nisse or Tomtenisse (Sweden), Nisse (Norway and Denmark) or Tonttu (Finland) is a mythological creature from Scandinavian folklore which is typically associated with the winter solstice and the Christmas season. It is generally described as being no taller than three feet, having a long white beard, and wearing a conical or knit cap in red or some other bright color.  The tomte / nisse will deliver gifts at the door, in accordance with the modern-day tradition of Santa Claus.  He usually lives in the forest and travels to homes on a sled with reindeer, but they don't fly.  It's tradition to leave him some porridge with butter as a thanks for his visit.

They often have an appearance similar to a garden gnome and are believed to guard your home and family, protecting them from misfortune, particularly at night, when everyone is asleep. If you take good care of a Tomte, he will protect you and watch over your family!

You'll need:
Wine Corks
Red Felt
White Yarn
Wooden Ball - 3/8"
Decorative Accents

5 yards of yarn folded over until it is about 6" long
I used Yarn Bee Fleece Lite yarn from Hobby Lobby
Tie a piece of yarn around the center of the yarn and make a knot.
Glue the middle of the yarn onto the top of the cork with hot glue.
This is a pdf pattern for the hat - 2 hats fit on half of a 8 1/2 X 11" sheet of paper
Cut the hat out of felt and glue the hanger to the inside of the hat.  Glue the edges together to fit over the yarn and the cork.
Let the yarn hang down over the cork, put hot glue on the bottom edge of the hat and place the hat over the yarn.
You'll need to trim the beard - you can leave it long all around or cut the back a little shorter so it's not quite so shaggy.
Glue the nose and decorations with hot glue.

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