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Feb 15, 2021


O’Henry the Holiday Gnome

I have always wanted a Gnome that I could leave up all year long and and Decorate for each Holiday. I finally figured it out and I am so excited!!! I want to introduce, “O’Henry” to all of you!!! I love him so much, and he is the cutest Gnome I have ever made.

Materials you will need:

  1. One Orange Playground Cone from Dollar Tree (Don’t mind mine, my Dog Ollie chewed it.) Hahahahahaha, crazy Dog!!!

  2. White Spray Paint

  3. Mop Head from Dollar Tree

  4. Black and White “Ticking Stripe” Fabric

  5. Jute String

  6. Braided Rope

  7. Large Wooden Bead

  8. Lite Mocha Apple Barrel Paint (Not pictured)

  9. Paint Brush, Scissors & Glue Gun

  10. Different Holiday decorations

  11. Safety pin (Not Pictured)

The first thing I did was paint the Orange play ground cone with white spray paint. I painted both the outside and inside. Make sure it is good and covered. Let that completely dry.

Next I glued the mop head to the top of the cone. I used a lot of Hot Glue to secure it. I don’t want it going anywhere!!!!

Now, let’s make the Hat. I used black and white ticking stripe fabric for my hat. I laid the fabric, right sides together, and took my glue gun and used that to seal the edges together.

Once the glue was dry, I turned the hat right side out. Then I took a piece of Jute String and tied the top of the hat closed.

Once that was done, I took a piece of braided rope and secured that with hot glue, all the way around the bottom of the Hat.

I then took some polyfil and filled the hat about halfway up. (I don’t have this pictured.) Then I took the hat and secured it to the top of the Gnome. I used hot glue for this. Once the hat was glued I took the top of the Hat and folded it down, using hot glue to keep it in place. I then added a cute jute flower to the end of the hat.

After the hat was in place, I painted the large wooden bead with Lite Mocha (Apple Barrel) paint. Once it was dry I added a wad of Hot Glue to the back to keep it in place. It is very important to glue it down right under the hat brim. This makes it look more realistic.

Your Gnome is almost done. The very last step is to find little embellishments for the HAT. I will be changing mine for every Holiday and Season. I am going to use a Safety Pin to add them to the hat. I think it gives it a Farmhouse feel. My Gnome is sporting a darling Shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day. I almost forgot to tell you that I took each mop string and unraveled it to make the beard look really full.

I hope you will all try to make this GNOME. I named mine O’Henry and I couldn’t love him more. He is definitely HOLLY APPROVED!!!!!!!!


My name is Holly, and I am the co-owner of Doing what we Love with Holly & Renee. I was born and raised in Utah and I love the beauties of this state. I am a mother to 2 wonderful children (who both are married), a wife to an amazing husband, and a Grandma to the cutest little girl on earth.

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