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.
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.

  • Felted sweater scraps in Christmas colours, (see here how to felt wool sweaters) . No old sweaters, no worries! Just use thick red craft felt. If you are making small Norwegian Christmas gnomes like mine you literally only need scraps of felt.

  • 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

  • Silver craft bell for the hat

  • White craft glue

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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

  3. 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

  5. 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.



  7. 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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22 Responses

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

  2. I love how you made these charming gnomes – thank you for sharing!!

  3. 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!

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

  5. Super cute! Thx!

  6. These are crazy adorable!!! I love these. Beautiful job. I’m Pinning this to share!

    • Thank you so much. I love a bit of Scandinavia decor at Christmas 😊

  7. These are some of the cutest gnomes I’ve ever seen! High five for using reclaimed materials!

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    OMG I love these little guys. This is upcycling and holiday in one. This might be our x mas day craft! Thanks for the post!

  9. You are so talented and creative. I love these.

  10. These are a great family project, I can’t wait to try them! I’d love to see the same idea but dressed up for different holidays. Maybe a project for the future?

    • Thank you, they are very easy everyone should be able to make them.

  11. These look awesome and seem super easy indeed! I’ll try to have a go at them with my kids. It’ll give them a good excuse to make a mess…xx

    • They are easy enough for the kids to do and shouldn’t get too messy.

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