Simple Lavender Gnome

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About: I am a Graphic Designer by trade and a passionate crafter, tinkerer, and inventor at heart

Spring is finally here! As I sat at home watching all the lovely flowers (and weeds) taking root in my garden, I was inspired to bring some of that tranquility to my desk at work. Like most, all my attempts to keep a plant alive at work have failed. Instead I opted to make a tiny 'desk' gnome that would bring me countless days of lavender scented joy.

**The design for these gnomes was influence by the adorable world of scandinavian christmas gnomes. If you have never had the honor of being introduced to them, you are missing out!

Step 1: Supplies

  • 1qty - 6" diameter fabric circle
  • 1qty - 2"x2" felt triangle. Can be made from a 2" x2" square cut diagonally
  • 1qty - 1.5" x1.5" fur square
  • 1qty - 2"x3" sack filled with 3tbs of lavender ( or 2tbs of rice)
  • 1qty - 0.5" wooden ball
  • 2qty - small elastic bands
  • Glue Gun

Optional:

  • 2qty - glue dots

Step 2: Making the Body

  • Place the lavender sack in the center of the fabric circle
  • Collect the edges of the fabric up towards the top of the sack until all edges are collected together
  • Secure with a rubber band

Step 3: Attaching the Beard

  • Place the fur square diagonally on one side of the body
  • Secure at the top with a rubber band

Step 4: Making the Hat

  • Fold the long edge of the triangle over to meet the center point
  • Place a small line (0.25") of hot glue along the top edge of the piece you just folded
  • Fold the other edge of the triangle over to create a point and press to secure the glue bond
  • Apply hot glue along the rest of the edge
  • Fold the remainder of the other edge over and press to secure the glue bond
  • Trim along the bottom of the hat to create a smooth and round edge

Step 5: Attaching the Hat to the Body

  • Place a glue dot or dab of hot glue on the inside of the back of the hat (where the seam is).
  • Place the hat on the body to cover the rubber band closures, such that the smooth front side of the hat is above the fur beard.
  • Press to secure the glue bond on the back of the gnome hat

Step 6: Attaching the Nose

  • Place a glue dot or dab of hot glue on one side of the wooden ball
  • Place the wooden ball on the gnome's beard, just below the edge of the hat
  • Press to secure the glue bond

Step 7: You Did It!

Congratulations, you have created your very own tiny lavender Gnome. Place it on your desk, in a sock drawer or anywhere else in your life that you could use a little more calming lavender and garden cheer.

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    Italiankiwiblog

    2 months ago on Step 7

    This guy is really cute! My garden has lots of lavender in it. I'll wait until the end of Summer when the flowers start to dry out and make some of these.

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    Elaina MItaliankiwiblog

    Reply 2 months ago

    What a wonderful thought!! It's my dream to have lavender bushes in our garden someday. Must smell wonderful where you are :)

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    ItaliankiwiblogElaina M

    Reply 2 months ago

    It does in the Summer! In the hills behind us, there are huge lavender fields that use the flowers commercially for making fragrances, so lavender grows very easily here.

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    jannie.lloyd

    2 months ago

    Fab idea. Lovely clear instructable. Must get the grandkids to make some of these.

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    Elaina Mjannie.lloyd

    Reply 2 months ago

    Thank you Jannie! I'm working on trying to be a better communicator - and where else is that more important than when you're trying to explain how to do something! I appreciate the ode of confidence and I am happy to hear that you felt the instructions were clear! Would love to know if you ended up making one with your grandkids :)

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    jannie.lloydElaina M

    Reply 2 months ago

    Thank you. I haven't made any yet but am gathering materials so we can do them when the kids come over for the summer holidays - I live in central, very rural, France, they live in UK, so I only get to see them once a year.

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    Cliffsclips

    2 months ago

    That is so cool, a wee family would look the part in most people's gnome ;op Thank you for sharing.

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    Elaina MCliffsclips

    Reply 2 months ago

    Hahahaha! Thank you - I'm loving the gnome humor!

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    TeddiB

    2 months ago

    This is adorable! If the fragrance start to fade or with the rice, you could add a few drops of oil on the backside. I agree it's a good project for kids with supervision. Perhaps end of the school year teachers gifts came to mind!

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    Elaina MTeddiB

    Reply 2 months ago

    What a great idea TeddiB ! There are so many wonderful smells that aren't ideal packing material in their natural/dried states for this project. Now I can enjoy them through essential oils. Thank for sharing! Also I agree, and would suggest when building these with kids, that an adult makes the hat. I can imagine that being a tricky things for a little one's fingers to do with a hot glue gun :S

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    JJmadigan

    2 months ago

    Adorable! I have one of these gnomes at home (w/o lavender, sadly), and I named him "Benedict Cucumber-patch". Yeah, I'm weird. XD

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    Elaina MJJmadigan

    Reply 2 months ago

    That is hilarious and fantastic!!! Thank you for sharing your weirdness.... now I have to name my little guy too!!

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    Elaina Mjennifercassada

    Reply 2 months ago

    Thank you Jennifer. I've been trying to pull back on the complexity of craft projects I'm working on. It's been fun to streamline and work on things that only take an hour or so of my day. I'm happy to be stretching those making muscles again and I am so glad you approve of this little guy :)

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    jessyratfink

    3 months ago

    eeeeeee!! How cute. I need to make a couple of these buddies to go in my plants :D

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    Elaina Mjessyratfink

    Reply 2 months ago

    Thanks Jessy! What a lovely garden they'll get to live in :)