I left the sack of pinecones in the kitchen, and look who came out to visit with our new pinecone friends!?
ORIGINALLY POSTED DECEMBER 11, 2011
I was walking through the garden with my wee Bloom this morning and heard a small rustling of leaves. Our attention was drawn down to the roots of a great pine tree.
Nestled among the roots, pine needles and fallen leaves were these two little fellows, doing their best disguise themselves among the pinecones.
If you would like to see some pine-cone gnomes in your garden, you'll want to find some smallish pinecones and 1-inch wooden beads with 3/8th inch holes like these.
As you can see, I made a simple pattern for the hats out of newsprint... These hats are about 2 1/2 inches high.
To help the little gnomes balance, you may want to cut some feet from matching felt and glue them to the bottoms of the pine-cones. One of my pine-cones was still a little wobbly so I reinforced the felt base with a piece of cardboard (and if your pine-cones are really wobbly, you can add some weight by gluing a penny to the base...)
Then glue your bead to the top of the pine-cone, glue the hat to the top of the wooden bead and mittens to the ends of the pipe-cleaner arms. Finally, if you wish, you can paint or draw little faces. For these gnomes I used colored pencils to draw the faces, and I think it worked out nicely. Don't you?Dear Readers: Did you know that, even if you "Like" we bloom here and/or Making Peg Dolls on Facebook, you may not be seeing updates and messages from me in your Facebook feed? Did you know that you might be missing tutorials for lovely, quick-to-whip-up gifts? Missing information about the upcoming blog tour? About book give-aways, and other give-aways?
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these are so adorable, and I'm especially glad I came upon this post just before Christmas :-)ReplyDelete
Cute! I know what we'll be dong with the pine cones we find on our nature walks this weekend. Thanks!ReplyDelete
You clever blossom! Always blooming. Your small Mr. Bloom and I have this in common - I cannot pass by on the sidewalk when there are fat, firm, magical pine cones strewn along the way, just begging to be taken home in bags. I dipped mine in microbeads. Nice, but nowhere as charming as what yours turned into.ReplyDelete
These are the very cutest pine cone gnomes!ReplyDelete
Beautiful, thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
Mark Lipinski just shared this tutorial today and I have to agree with him, these are adorable.ReplyDelete
Thanks for letting me know!Delete