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?