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Super Easy to Make Cute Norwegian Christmas Gnomes

Cute Upcycled Norwegian Christmas Gnomes in 10 Minutes

I made these Norwegian Christmas Gnomes (Nisse) not just because my husband is part Norwegian, but also because they are so cute and easy to make. Along with red hearts, you will see these Christmas gnomes decorating Nordic homes over the festive season.

This Christmas craft ticked a lot of boxes for me, it was ridiculously quick and easy, cost almost next to nothing to make and is a super cute decoration.

In fact, these Norwegian Christmas Gnomes are so cute I decided to make a whole family of them. They will sit proudly on my mantle along with all my other Christmas decorations.

I made these Christmas gnomes small enough to sit on my mantle. But I think they would look really good scaled up in size. You could use logs instead of branches to do this.

There are some cute vintage pictures of Gnome with this free Scandinavian Christmas Card collection.

10 minute Norwegian Christmas Gnomes

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What you need to make Norwegian Christmas Gnomes

    • A branch you will need one of a diameter of at least 2.5cm. The main thing is that when you cut the branch to a height between 8-10cm it will easily stand upright on its end. As I already mentioned though you can go as big as you like with this craft.
    • Faux sheepskin/fur. I used the corner of an old faux sheepskin waistcoat I had. You can buy scraps of faux fur fabric in craft shops or eBay.
    • Cream felt balls for the nose or a wooden bead would work just as well
  • White craft glue

what you need to make gnomes 2 s

How to Make A Norwegian Christmas Gnome

    1. The first thing you are going to need to do is to saw your branch to the height you would like your Christmas gnome ornament. The bottom of the cut branch needs to be flat so that it stands up on its own. The top will need to be sawn at roughly a 45 degree angle. As I was making 3 Christmas gnomes at a time I cut the branch into 3 bits all slightly different lengths between 8-12cm approximatley.

Swan branches for Norwegian gnomes

    1. Next, make the felt cap. To do this simply cut the sweater felt into a tall triangle the base of which is the same circumference as the cut branch. Fold the felt piece longways and stitch the sides together to form a cap. Stitch a silver bell to the pointed top of the felt cap.

Gnome felt cap with bell

    1. Next put the cap on to the top of the branch. Then stick the felt (or wood bead) nose onto the flat face using craft glue.

    1. Finally, add the beard to the Christmas gnome by cutting a triangle of faux fur and glueing it to the branch.

Norwegian Christmas Gnome

That’s it, this craft is so easy it’s a great one to get the kids to make. If they can’t sew they can always glue the felt cap.

I love to have 3 of these Norwegian Christmas Gnomes displayed together, like one happy Nordic family!

Easy DIY upcycled Christmas Norwegian Gnomes

Trio of Norwegian Christmas gnomes

If you liked these gnomes you should check out my Christmas elf. Or all my other upcycled and repurposed Christmas crafts.

10 minute Norwegian Christmas Gnomes
10 minute Norwegian Christmas Gnomes

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Monday 21st of December 2020

You have the best upcycling ideas .. especially god denim and felted sweaters ! Mary .. in Canada

Claire Armstrong

Monday 21st of December 2020

Aww, thank you Mary that is very kind of you to say so. Merry Christmas.

Rosie (@greenrosielife)

Wednesday 21st of November 2018

Oh I absolutely adore these. They are so simple yet look fabulous. A lovely post to add to #goinggreen. Thank you.

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 21st of November 2018

They are one of my new favs too!


Friday 16th of November 2018

I love how you made these charming gnomes - thank you for sharing!!

Claire Armstrong

Friday 16th of November 2018

Thank you. They do look cute on my mantle.


Friday 16th of November 2018

These are so cute!! Thank you for sharing this project at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be featuring it at tonight's party and pinning too! Hugs, Kerryanne

Claire Armstrong

Friday 16th of November 2018

Thank you so much for the feature!


Monday 12th of November 2018

These are adorable, Claire! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

Claire Armstrong

Monday 12th of November 2018

Thank you, Cecilia.

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