If you’re looking for a unique way to decorate Easter eggs, these gnome Easter eggs are so fun! Learn how in this step-by-step video tutorial!
Gnomes are my favorite. I love that you can use them in your decor for any holiday (they’re just festive little guys, really), but I think they’re especially great in spring crafts.
I’ve actually had all the supplies to make gnomes for awhile now, but then I just barely had the idea to turn craft Easter eggs into little miniature gnomes.
And. They’re. Adorable.
I hope you love them. You’re about to see just how easy they are to make! You’ll have an entire gnome family in no time!
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What You Need to Make Gnome Easter Eggs
- plastic craft Easter eggs: I found mine on sale at Michael’s, white or colored both work
- felt for the hat: I prefer thicker or stiff felt, but if you use the regular/floppy felt then you may also want a small amount of polyfill stuffing (more on this later)
- fur for the beard: you can find pre-cut fur at the craft store near the felt or chenille stems, but buying it by the yard is usually a lot cheaper–I bought 1/4 yard of white fur (and some of brown) from Hobby Lobby
- various trim and other decorations you want to use for the hat
- something for a nose: I found 3/8″ furniture buttons at Hobby lobby in the wood section and they worked perfectly!
- a hot glue gun: you’ll want a glue gun with a fine detail tip and good control, I’ve been loving my Surebonder glue gun (I bought the Lynn Lilly version of this glue gun direct from Surebonder because the colors are adorable!)
- gnome hat template: either download and print the template below, or use my template in Cricut Design Space if you want to use your Cricut
How to Make Gnome Easter Eggs
I put together a video tutorial because sometimes it’s just so much easier to explain in a video (but you can also keep scrolling for the written version).
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How to Make the Gnome’s Hat
If you’re cutting by hand:
Print the template at 100% scale. The template has a 1 inch test square you can measure after printing to make sure you printed it correctly.
There are 3 different hat sizes: short, medium, and tall (I used medium and tall–I thought the small ended up looking more like a party hat than a gnome hat…but I left it just in case). Cut out the hat(s) you want to use, trace them with a disappearing fabric marker onto your felt, and cut them out.
(The template also includes an optional flower decoration that I used on one of the hats, feel free to cut that out from felt as well.)
If you’re using your Cricut:
Head to my template/project in Cricut Design Space. Again, there are 3 different hat sizes and an optional flower decoration.
Load your rotary blade into your *Cricut Maker. Mount your felt onto a FabricGrip mat. (If you want to know the most amazing Cricut hack to protect your mat from felt, line it with a sheet of transfer paper, sticky side up, before mounting your felt! When the transfer paper has lost its stickiness or is too cut up to use anymore, replace it with another sheet—way better than ruining your mat with all the felt fibers!)
Set your base material in Design Space to the type of felt you’re cutting, and then press Go. (If you set the material to stiff felt, it’ll have you use the fine point blade. I personally prefer the rotary cutter, though, so I set it to acrylic felt each time. Just personal preference.)
*If you don’t have a Cricut Maker, I think there are still ways you can cut felt with the Cricut Explore…but you could also just have your Explore cut out the template on cardstock and use either the pieces or the cutout as a template to then trace onto felt.
I LOVE love my applicator and remover set anytime I’m working with fabric or felt with my Cricut! The brayer is great for rolling anything onto a mat, and the remover/tweezer tool is great for carefully removing pieces without damaging your mat with the oils from your hands.
Once your hat is cut out, fold it to form a cone shape and carefully hot glue it a little bit at a time. My glue gun is a high temperature glue gun, but the glue seems to dry and cool fairly quickly, which is nice. If yours doesn’t, be very careful not to burn yourself!
As you’re gluing, try to keep the base of the hat lined up straight. Press the felt together until it stays, but make sure you’re not accidentally gluing the back of the hat to the front of the hat because hot glue tends to seep out sometimes. If it does, just separate it before the glue dries completely.
When you get to the tip of the hat, I’ve found it slightly easier if you apply the glue to the outer flap. But either way, it’s still kind of tricky so you may just have to play with it a bit. If you mess up, let the hot glue dry, and use scissors to carefully cut it off the felt and then try gluing it again.
When you’re done, if you have any hot glue spillage (I think that’s a word), again, let it dry, and cut it off with scissors.
How to Make the Gnome’s Beard
If you’ve never cut fur before, you’re actually going to cut it from the back, only cutting the rough backing part, not the actual fur hairs. This keeps your fur in tact and reduces mess (though, you’ll probably still end up with fur on your craft table and clothes—just one more reason why I keep a lint roller in my craft room).
Roughly measure the width of your egg to see how wide to cut the beard—I cut mine about 1.5“ wide.
You can cut your beard as short or as long as you want, I’ve found that between 1 and 1.5” high is good. Clean up the edges by pulling away any stray hairs. And feel free to trim the bottom of your beard if needed.
How to Assemble Your Gnome Easter Egg
Before gluing anything to your egg, check to see if your egg has seams (if you’re using a plastic craft egg). This may or may not matter to you (especially since most of the egg is going to be covered anyway), but I just like to keep the seams on either side of the gnome’s face.
Apply a strip of hot glue to the top of the beard and press it to the front of the egg. Make sure you’re placing the beard high enough that the hat will be able to overlap it slightly.
Add a second strip of glue to the bottom of the beard and press it to the egg.
If you used non-stiff felt for your hat, stuff it with some polyfill stuffing (a wooden chopstick helps to push it to the tip–this is another of my random useful things I keep in my craft room). This will help the hat to stand up so it doesn’t collapse. Remember that you need to leave room at the opening for the egg–don’t overfill the hat. If you used thicker or stiff felt, you shouldn’t need to use polyfill but you’re welcome to if you think your hat needs it.
Apply glue to the inside of the hat and place it on the egg, overlapping the beard. While doing this, check that the hat is straight up and down on the egg (look at it from the sides and also the front–it’s easy to get crooked).
Next, glue on any trim or decorations you want to add to the hat. If you’re using trim, start from the back of the hat so your ends meet at the back.
You can add felt decorations, flowers, buttons, sequins, or anything else you want. I hand-cut a small carrot from orange and green felt for this gnome’s hat.
Finally, glue on the nose just under the hat and center it in the middle of the beard. (I left my wooden buttons as they are, but feel free to paint them if you want.)
DIY Gnome Easter Eggs
And there you go! The cutest gnome Easter eggs ever! This is a great, no-dye option for decorating Easter eggs.
My toddler got very excited when he noticed my gnomes on my craft table the morning after I finished them. But…playing with them will have to wait until next year, because he’s very much still in an “exploring with my mouth and teeth” phase and there will be absolutely no sacrificial gnomes this Easter. 😜
If you make these, I’d love to see them! Tag me @aubreeoriginals on Instagram or leave a comment below. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!