Handmade Ornaments - Pincone Gnome. - The Magic Onions

Handmade Ornaments – Pincone Gnome.

We made the most delightful little ornaments for our Christmas tree today… Pine Cone Gnomes. Little by little, we are adding our magic to our handmade ornament collection. In the Waldorf spirit, we try to use natural materials that we find around us. We take a basket on every walk and collect wonderful natural treasures to turn into our own Christmas treasures. It is enchanting to watch the wonder on little faces as they use what they have collected to make a handmade Christmas.

handmade pine cone gnome Christmas ornament
To make our gnomes we needed;

* pine cones
* round balls for heads (found at craft stores – or if you can’t wait for a trip to the craft store, use an acorn!)
* White wool (yarn will work too)
* a hot glue gun
* ribbon

supplies needed to make a pine cone gnome Christmas ornament
Drill a hole through the head.

If you are using an acorn, separate the cap from the acorn and drill a hole through the cap.

Thread a loop of ribbon through the hole.

acorn and pine cone Christmas decorations
And the head.

Use your hot glue gun to stick hair onto the heads. We decided that the bigger pine cone gnome would be a granny and the smaller acorn gnome would be a grampa.

For the acorn head, we stuck the hair into the cap and then the cap back onto the acorn.

For Grampa Gnome, we rolled a little wool in the palm of our hands to make a snowy white beard. We stuck the beard onto his pine cone.

handmade acorn and pine cone Waldorf Christmas ornament
Then we stuck his head onto his white beard and Viola! He came to life.

Pine cone Grandmother gnome Christmas ornament
We stuck Granny’s head onto her pine cone and she joined Grampa Gnome on our chandelier, waiting for their spots on our Christmas tree.

handmade Waldorf Christmas ornaments
They are very merry little grandparent gnomes. We love their pine cone bodies and when the sunlight twinkles on the chandelier, they catch little rainbows in their snowy white hair.

Merry blessings and magic,

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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. aaah…
    we made some woodland elves last year out of natural supplies – I’ll have to remember to link them on Friday. :)
    So, so fun.

  2. very cute

  3. totally delightful!

  4. Adorable! Thanks for sharing such a sweet idea.

  5. Adorable! I’m sure we’ll make some too.

  6. i love your gnomes! so sweet and festive!
    have a lovely week

  7. Love them!They may be appearing on my blog soon :)

  8. Very cute :)

  9. What an amazing and not to mention beautiful idea. Never would’ve thought about using a pinecone to make an ornament. Might have to try that. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Oh I LOVE these! I am so inspired now :) Here in Australia trees are shedding very different sorts of pods and cones but I’m going to carve out some time for foraging to see what I can make. Your new decorations are so perfect with the beeswax dangles too!

  11. I love them! These are going on our christmas-winter-decorations-list!

  12. Such a great idea…we too are slowly creating a hand made Christmas.

  13. How wonderful. That brings back memories from my childhood, where most of our ornaments were handmade.

  14. This DIY has been featured on my blog @ http://missjoysornaments.co

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