It’s TP craft time…making lil gnomes. Blogmas day 6

 Been a couple months since I have done a TP craft. I am sure there are plenty of you out there that still have a stash of these somewhere.Remember the mad rush to buy up as many rolls as possible? Don’t think we will ever forget that part to this crazy year of 2020.

You can use any paper tube, doesn’t have to be toilet paper rolls. This is pretty easy too, and doesn’t take a lot of time to make.

Supplies needed:

Empty TP roll

Red, gray, white, black felt.

Fabric scraps.



Pom poms

Pipe cleaners

Wooden beads (noses)

Faux fur (beards)

Small holiday embellishments like tiny pine cones (optional)

Step 1. Cut scraps of felt into square shapes tp wrap around your rolls. You can add several layers for added detail. This is what will be the outfit part of your gnomes.

Step 2. After you have decided on the design of your outfit glue around TP. I used tacky glue but a hot glue gun makes things faster.

Step 3. Cut out a triangle from your faux fur and glue to top of TP. If you have an exacto knife use that and try to cut through back of faux fur fabric without disturbing or cutting the front where the fur is.

Step 4. Make little hats using scrap fabrics or felt. Cut two triangles out and sew up the sides inside out. Sew a small strip of faux fur trim to bottom of your hat (optional) then turn right side out.

Second style of hat.

Sew some faux trim to a rectangle of fabric.

Fold over and sew up open side inside out.

Turn right side out and tie off top. You can glue a tiny pom pom to top or leave plain. With these hats you can also use tacky glue to put them together of you don’t like sewing.

Make arms by taking a pipe cleaner and cutting that in half, then wrap it with some felt and glue to the backs of your gnome bodies.

Once your hats are finished then glue then to top of your TP bodies. For the gnome noses you can use a pom pom, or a wooden bead like I did.

Glue nose between beard and hat. Now you have a cute little Swedish Tomte gnome to add to your holiday decor.

I have had these gnomes in my holiday decor for years but now they are all the rage it seems. If you can’t get out to buy your own remember you can make just about anything if you set your mind to it. Also saves you money this way and as always, it is better for our planet. Happy decorating everyone.

22 Comments Add yours

  1. Brin says:

    Wow they look really cute! I really somehow forgot about these little guys this year😂 But this looks super fun to do! XX

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    1. Thank you, they will look adorable with your Christmas decorations.

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  2. simplywendi says:

    oh my goodness, those are too precious!

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    1. Thank you Ruth. Hope you and your family are having a beautiful Christmas season.

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  3. Liz says:

    They are really nice and has others have already said adorable.

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  4. ourcrossings says:

    These are really cute gnoms! There’s just something magical about sitting down with the Christmas music playing , a festive treat to eat and a holiday project that you love working on. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 😀 Aiva

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    1. Thank you Aiva, have fun being creative and drink lots of hot cocoa for me. I will be making my yearly Gingerbread house this week. I am no expert but it is tradition here in our house and everyone loves eating it on Christmas eve.

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  5. Carla Lee says:

    These little guys are so stinkin’ cute!!!

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    1. Thank you. So easy to make too.


  6. Omgosh! So super cute!!! Love love this!💕

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    1. Thank you Laura. I’m using him in a little glass bowl I picked up and I added bottle top trees with lights. It looks super cute.


      1. Darling!!!! I’m going to be saving all the time rolls now! When my husband starts looking at my tp roll stash and me like I’ve gone crazy….I’m blaming you! 🤣 What a great project to do with my grandkids!

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      2. That is too funny. Paper egg cartons are fun too. I used to make turtles. raccoons and I think crabs with egg cartons. It was so long ago but kids loved creating all kinds of critters with those paper egg cartons.


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