There is a special kind of magic that radiates from a handmade felt Christmas Ornament… it is like the effort and love that went into making it is shining forth from it’s own heart.
Making ornaments has become a Christmas tradition in our home and I treasure the time I spend with my children as we create together. When I was 21, I spent a Christmas in an Austrian home. They had such a beautiful Christmas tree, decorated from top to bottom with handmade ornaments. There was an ornament I remember on that tree that was even more beautiful than all the rest. It was a pine cone gnome… quite the sweetest thing I had ever seen. My children and I have made one just as I remember it and each time I look at him, memories of that wintery white Christmas in Austria come flooding back.
Pine Cone Gnome Christmas Ornament
Materials and Tools required to make our Pine Cone Gnome Ornament
- A small pine cone for his body (foraged from nature)
- One white, 1- inch, felt ball for his head (found at craft stores or on Etsy.com. A 1- inch wooden ball will work just as well)
- One red, half-an-inch, felt ball for his pom pom on his hat
- Two white, half-an-inch, felt balls for his hands
- A piece of green wool felt for his hat and scarf (found at craft stores or on Etsy.com or you can use a felted sweater)
- Green thread and a needle
- A tiny button for his scarf (found at craft stores)
- Glue (a hot glue gun works the best but any glue will work with a little added patience)
We will make the sweet little hat first. Cut the green wool felt into a triangle. Each side of the triangle should be about 3 inches long.
With your needle and thread, sew two sides of the triangle together. When the two sides are sewn together, flip the little hat inside-out to hide the thread.
To finish off his hat, take the red felt ball that will become his pom pom. Before we stick it onto the green felt hat, we want to make a thread loop from it so that our little gnome can hang on the tree. With your needle and thread, pass the thread up through the center of the red ball and again down through the center, knotting it where the two loose ends of thread meet and leaving a hanging loop at the top. Add a bit of glue to the bottom end of the red pom pom and stick it onto his green hat.
Add a bit of glue to the inside of his green felt hat and stick it onto the larger 1-inch white felt ball that is his head.
Use your glue to stick the head onto the base of the pine cone. Your gnome has a body!
He needs a scarf. Cut a narrow length in the shape of a scarf from the scraps of the green wool felt left over from his hat, about 5 inches long, and drape it cozily around his neck. Dab a little glue in the spot where the two ends of the scarf cross over at the front of your gnome (or you can sew it together)
My son Teddy held it tightly in place while the glue dried.
We glued the tiny button right in the middle of the scarf. Then, we glued the two small white felt balls on the sides of the pine cone for his hands and there he is… the cutest little Austrian pine cone gnome for your Christmas tree. He is sure to delight!
If you know you might have trouble finding the materials you need to make this little pine cone gnome, you can purchase the kit (complete with everything you’ll need) from my shop here –> Christmas Ornament Kits
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Please welcome Magic Sponsor Franziska today.
Franziska, who is a Simplicity Parenting Group Leader, has written a very sweet storybook called Charlie & Noel – An Advent Calendar Book. It is a perfect bedtime read for our kids this time of year. 25 Short chapters, one for every day of Advent and at the end of each Advent chapter, you’ll find discussion starters and ideas for additional activities. Join in the Advent journey with the people you love most and travel thoughtfully through this wonderful season together.
Franziska is giving away two copies of her book to two lucky winners. Details at the end of the post. But before we get to that, here are a few questions Franziska answered for me so that we can get to know her a little better:
Donni: Tell us about the beginnings of your business.
Franziska : When I was growing up, my family would gather (almost) every night of Advent, light a candle, read a story, and sing a song. I loved those evenings. I LOVED them throughout grade school, loved them in middle school, and kind of tolerated them in high school. But they were always there. A deeply grounded tradition.
I wanted to establish this kind of tradition for my kids, too. And pretty soon, I stumbled into the first road block. I couldn’t find any Advent books. Sure, there are devotionals and craft guides, but there are no stories. And because I couldn’t find one, I decided to write one. I wrote it for my girls. And when it was done, I wanted to share it with all the families out there, too.”
Donni : Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?
Franziska : “Stories never really end…even if the books like to pretend they do. Stories always go on. They don’t end on the last page, any more than they begin on the first page.” ― Cornelia Funke
Donni : How are your children incorporated into your business?
Franziska : I wouldn’t tell stories if it wasn’t for my children. Since becoming a mother four years ago, I tell stories. However, I looked more into the healing aspects for storytelling when some big life changes happened and my daughter responded which major sleep issues. A new baby arrived. We moved four states away. Huge changes – and hard to grasp for a little one. We tried so many things regarding sleeping, I stopped counting. Nothing worked. Trying to understand what was going on, it became very apparent that she suffered from separation anxiety. So I started to develop stories to help her make sense of what was going on in her life. And I never stopped telling stories. Some because of their healing powers. Some for their (subtle) messages. Some just for fun.
Donni : If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be?
Franziska : Marketing!
Donni : What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Franziska : Herbal tea.
Donni : Here are the links to check out Franziska’s sites :
Now for the Giveaway. 2 Winners will be randomly chosen on Wednesday 27th November. Good luck!
Giveaway winners are Michelle and Daniella – I have sent you emails with info to connect with Franziska. Congrats and enjoy!
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