Meet the Christmas gnomes. Left to right: Papa G, Mama G, Kiddo G, and Baby G. Kiddo’s hat is just a teensy bit too large, but it’s Papa’s old hat, and Kiddo can’t wait to grow into it. Aren’t they cute? They’re round, fluffy, and just a wee bit bouncy!
Make one or more—these guys are a great gift idea! With magnets on their feet, they are simply adorable as jar toppers. (Looking for homemade gift ideas in a jar? Click here.) They also might like to hop on your refrigerator or filing cabinet! Who knows what other mischievous things these gnomes might get into…
What’s red and white and round all over? A fuzzy, felt peppermint! This peppermint can be an ornament on your Christmas tree, a decoration on a wreath, or a festive embellishment for your home. Use it as an appliqué for a holiday pillow or scale it up and turn the mint into a pillow itself! This fun craft is great for kiddos and grown-ups alike. Use red and white felt for a traditional mint, or use green and white to make a spearmint.
I was inspired to make these cookies while experimenting with the reverse appliqué technique. Originally, I planned to knit or crochet the middle layer and have an unexpected texture peeking through the cutout. As I was making several of these, I wanted to make a variety of shapes and provide an easier option for those who may not want to knit. Therefore, I used felt in the main directions and knitting in the alternate directions.
Before we jump into this craft, I want to say “Thanks!” to Kristi for submitting this recipe. I tested the recipe and can now say it’s elf-approved. (Have a craft or blog idea you want to share? Contact us here.)
These dough ornaments are easy to make and fun for the whole family. For our American readers, this would be a simple and festive project to do while the whole family is together for Thanksgiving. You can imprint anything you like in the dough: each family members’ fingerprint and the year, handprint, paw print, or anything with texture (bumpy glass, lace, beads, pine needles, stamps, etc.).
What are gingerbread men made of? Of sugar and spice and everything nice! Of felt and fluff and decorative stuff! While this cute cookie ornament isn’t made of sugar and spices like his edible counterparts, he’s still a crowd pleaser! Make this gingerbread man to adorn your Christmas tree or give him as a gift.
Have a friend who has a sweet tooth? Make several of these deliciously cute doughnuts or cupcakes and package them in a pastry box for a unique gift idea. By the time you’re done making this cute ornament, you might just want a real doughnut, too.
Calling all cat lovers! This little feline is so cute! It is house trained, loves people (and elves), and isn’t the least bit shy. Make it for yourself or give it to a loved one—what a special homemade gift! I used thread and buttons that I had on hand, so feel free to make material substitutions as you see fit.
Felt hearts are a common decoration in Nordic countries, so today I’m making a few of these heart ornaments. Remember when I made those Swedish Woven Hearts? Well, these ones are puffy, felt hearts that you hang on your tree, give several as a gift, or use to decorate a Christmas package.
These little pups will definitely brighten any dog lover’s day. These felt ornaments are a bit less involved than my other felt ornaments, such as the basset hound. I used glue to attach many of the pieces rather than sewing, which makes it a fun craft for kids! I used hot glue, but you can substitute felt glue if you want to make it more kid-friendly. I included two puppy patterns in the template for your crafting pleasure. Have fun making some!
Have any of your loved ones welcomed a precious baby this year? Then this little ornament—reminiscent of a baby block—will make a great handmade gift! (Great for baby showers, too.) Make one or many; you could even spell out the baby’s name and use as nursery décor.