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How To Make A Woodland Gnome

Have you ever wished you had your very own Woodland Gnome? I know I have. So how about an easy peasy tutorial?

The Woodland Gnome...

Last year Finn was only 2 months old when Halloween rolled around. He was still so tiny and I was still so wrapped up in the overwhelming newness of being a mom that spending a bunch of time making him a costume seemed kind of silly. I got him a cute themed jimjam and called it a day.

This year I vowed it would be different! I also figured I really need to take advantage of these first couple of Halloweens before he starts having opinions on his costume.

What makes a gnome costume? The beauty of it is that much of it can be found in your closet. You’ll need:

-Long sleeved shirt
-cute shoes
-whatever gnome-ish accesories you can put together

-sewing needle
-embroidery floss
-fabric glue
-stiff red felt (12″x18″ sheets are perfect)
-polar fleece

For the hat, I simply rolled a piece of stiff red felt into a cone, glued it, and then reinforced it and added detail by blanket stitching all around the edges.

His tunic is very simple. I just used a t-shirt for measuring to cut the shoulder widths and the neck hole and kept it snug on him with a belt.

The mushroom detail I cut out of some scrap felt and glued together and then again used blanket stitch to edge it. The brown ric-rac is just glued on.

A Hint

He already had the black sweatpants, black long-sleeved shirt (I added the cute mushroom ribbon at the wrists with glue), and moccasins.

Add in a chopped down belt and the old case for a pair of binoculars and his transformation into woodland gnome was complete…

The Woodland Gnome...

Oh, but heed this warning: When taking your woodland gnome out on Halloween be very very careful. Zombies consider theirs to be the finest of all the brains.

Must Eat Baby Gnome Brains


  1. i do believe that this wins the cutest baby costume ever award.

    Posted on 11-Nov-10 at 7:53 am | Permalink
  2. Nana Pam

    WELCOME BACK TO YOUR BLOG!!! Finn, with your creativity, became a wonderful little gnome. And you forget to mention he achieved 1st prize at the festival in Rainier, Oregon…what a big deal that was! Too much!!!

    Posted on 12-Nov-10 at 5:13 pm | Permalink
  3. Wonderful costume! Great ideas on your blog, thank you for sharing!

    Posted on 23-Nov-10 at 8:33 am | Permalink
  4. Now that is adorable! And methinks the little gnome can come out on days other than Halloween. That’s the great thing about kids and costumes. :)

    Posted on 29-Nov-10 at 10:57 pm | Permalink
  5. Oh so cute, cheers from New Zealand, Marie

    Posted on 20-Dec-10 at 11:05 am | Permalink
  6. Oh my goodness, that is incredibly CUTE! 😉

    Posted on 10-Jun-11 at 5:49 am | Permalink
  7. Dee

    What a cute toddler in a cute costume!

    Posted on 20-Oct-11 at 1:23 pm | Permalink
  8. Hi-
    I just recently stumbled upon your blog and your shop. I love them both! My family and I are debating a move from south west Pennsylvania to somewhere in the Willamette Valley area of Oregon. We are fans of the whole homesteading life style and plan to take more of that up if and when we move. Right now we garden, have a small orchard and I craft as often as I can(mostly crochet and knitting). We want to get sheep(I’ve always wanted shetlands), goats, and chickens. I would also love to learn how to spin. I guess what my point is, do you have any suggestions? I would l love feedback on Oregon, homesteading or anything of the sort. I know you’re extremely busy, but you seemed like a great person to ask. If you have a chance and don’t mind you could email me or reply back.

    Thank you and well wishes.


    Posted on 17-Nov-11 at 5:56 pm | Permalink
  9. What a sweet child! :)

    Posted on 21-Feb-12 at 8:46 am | Permalink

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