Christmas is fast on its way and my kids are already in the full swing of wanting to make winter projects. They’re also still in love with playing outside in the crisp fall air because the snow hasn’t started sticking around yet, but we all know it will soon. Until then, they’re adoring all the leaves and forest things that can be found on the lawn around this time of year. They always have the most fun crafting when there are unconventional supplies and more than one thing they love in one place, so we started brainstorming ways that we could help them make fun winter things using nature pieces they can gather outside. That’s how we found ourselves making these cute pine cone and wood slice gnomes together! We were so happy with the finished piece that we decided to make another one so we could outline the process for other people who want to learn how they’re done as well.
Check out these step by step instructions, complete with photos! If you’re more of a video tutorials mind of person, scroll to the bottom of this post to find one of those instead of a written guide.
For this project, you’ll need:
- Blue batik paper
- A wooden disc
- A spun cotton ball
- Pink paint
- A paintbrush
- Red and black felt
- Pipe cleaners (blue, white, and orange)
- Hot glue
- A dotting tool
Gather your materials!
Poke your dotting tool into your spun cotton ball and then use your paintbrush to paint the entire thing light pink. Set it aside to dry. Set it aside to dry.
Cut a piece about two inches long off your blue pipe cleaner. Turn the ends of this new piece inward, making each one look like a curl. Then bend the piece in half, not creased sharply into a V-shape but more arced into a U-shape. This piece will be your gnome’s hands and arms.
Cut what’s left of your original piece in half. Curl one end of each of these pieces inwards again, creating more of a spiral now than just a curl but leaving the other end of each piece straight. These will be your gnome’s legs and feet.