Make Autumn Gnomes - The Magic Onions

Make Autumn Gnomes

Please meet the Autumn Gnomes… aren’t they sweet little fellows? For those of you who want to make some too, here is a tutorial on how to make these sweet little Autumn Gnomes from peg people, felt and a couple of wee felted acorns.

Kitty was my helper. She chose three gorgeous Autumn colors from my plentiful stack of wool felt. If you want to buy some for yourself, you can find a great selection from one of my Magic Sponsors, A Child’s Dream Come True.

First, we made the little cloak. Kitty took a piece of white paper and cut it into just the right sized rectangle to measure all around the peg dolls body. Then, she held her ‘template’ on the piece of felt and cut around the edges. She then used the hot glue gun to stick the cloak onto her doll. Of course, for a neater doll, you can sew the cloak together and then stick it onto the peg doll… but, Kitty was in a mood to play and wanted her doll faster than sewing would allow… hot glue worked just fine.

Now for the little gnome hat. We cut out a triangle, making sure it was just the right length to fit over the peg dolls head when glued together.

Then, using the hot glue gun again, we glued the two other edges of the triangle together and, when the glue was dried, trimmed off the ‘globby’ bits with a pair of sharp scissors.

We put a dab of glue onto the inside of the hat and stuck it onto the gnomes head.

Isn’t he a cutie!

Kitty then chose three of the smallest little acorn caps she could find in my stash and glued colorful felt balls into them to make tiny felted acorns.

And then we stuck the acorns onto our Autumn Gnomes.

Three little mischief makers they are!

Both Kitty and Teddy are enthralled! They love these gorgeous little gnomes made with their very own hands.

Have you added some new crafted goodies to your Autumn nature table too?

If you want to learn how to make these felted acorns, at last I’ve succumbed to popular demand and offer Felted Acorn Kits in my shop, The Magic Onions. See the lovely colors you can choose from.


There are lots of other crafting kits available too in The Magic Onions Shop.

Happy Fall crafting.

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. Que hermosos, muy bonitos y creativos.
    So beautifuls,
    creative craft I love it!

  2. So Sweet and simple! I love the idea of just gluing seasonal items like felted acorns onto the front. Such a quick and kid-friendly idea!

  3. So cute!! I love them!

  4. We love gnome here too, you can never have enough! And I really like the acorns on the front, very festive!
    ~ joey ~

  5. I made acorn people with some big acorns as hats and some sycamore seeds as wings, they are hit :). Now I’m working on some peg people witches for Halloween :)

  6. These are really sweet! I especially like how they each have their own little acorns.

    • Thank you, Anette… I found them in Teddy’s lunch bag this afternoon… apparently they went to school today :-)

  7. We are just getting to the end of putting everything in our mouths phase (those wretched 2 year old molars..) and hopefully I can make some gnome cuteness. Thanks for the easy tutorial!

  8. I loved the post. I’m wondering if I can have my toddler students make them.

  9. kathleen babbitt says:

    these are so cute. I thought when I saw the children playing with them that it would make a great game of tic tac toe or checkers you just need more gnomes! great idea

  10. These are adorable! I can also see a few Santa helpers, just add mini cany canes and change the colors to red, white green.

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