How to Make Gnome Ornaments With Pine Cones for the Christmas Tree

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2 Hours

Every year I make new ornaments for myself, family and friends! Well this year I went gnome crazy and made several types Some hang and some sit, all are adorable and inexpensive! I'll show y'all how easy it is to make these cute little gnome ornaments with simple materials and steps.

Pine cone Gnome ornaments

How cute are these and so easy to make!!

Clean and dry

I soak my cones in bleach water, drain after they start to close up, rinse with hot water then usually I let them air dry but in colder weather I will bake them at about 325 degrees until they reopen. I really don't like drying them in the oven because you must keep a good eye out on them so as not to burn, dry them out too much!

If you can't pick your own cones locally you can buy some but I'm not sure on prices or types. I have plenty of choices to pick from in my yard .

Selecting cones

This is a dry batch of several types on cones, just one of my buckets filled with cleaned cones.

Now I used Eastern white cones for these gnomes and the reason why is because they are long and thin rather than say Ponderosa cones which are big and fat. The long cone fit the look I wanted for these babies!

Starting the making of a hat

I made the felt hats first because I didn't think I was going to paint them but the more I looked at the cones, the more I wanted the cones to be more white and they are also many different sizes. It's not a "one size fits all" cones here, I mean really who started that because "one size fits all" is just plain not right


Use any color you like/want and you could use most any fabric you want to for this part Choices are a good thing!

Push pin step

I took the cone and rolled the felt around, made a very small mark with a push pin for a cutting point. It really does not have to be a perfect fit but close. Now after I made these I realized I could have made the hats after I painted them, it really didn't matter either way would work.

After I cut the felt at an angle I hot glued it together, only the hat I haven't glued the hat onto the cone yet. I also snipped the tip off.


I brush painted them all white with acrylic then used a spray glaze to seal them. You could use a spray paint if you like and I've also seen people dip the cone in paint. Let dry.

Back to the hat

While the cones were drying I cut up some nylon string, just a couple of inches long for hanging purposes. I also added the pom-poms to the top of the felt hats with hot glue.

Hook option

You could also use a hook. Just poke a small hole close to the top of the hat and slip the hook through.


I also added a little bit of stuffing to the hat to help keep it stiff. I have also seen people use wires and toothpicks but I didn't want something to poke out or poke someone. I then put the hat on and hot glued it to the cone under the hat.

The nose

I used little wood balls for the noses ! I have used pom-poms for noses on gnomes also! Beads or gems could be used too, why not get creative !! I'm pretty sure you can get all of the materials to make these at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, and many other places. Embellish the hats however you like, I left mine simple, sometimes less is more !

First batch finished

The first batch is almost gone  I've been giving them to neighbors and a few others! Spreading happiness !

A few more close ups!

This is also a great project to do with kids!

Like always love your comments and questions!!

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  • Lra23041233 Lra23041233 on Nov 07, 2021

    I glued a thin stick to back and planted them in various house plants.

    a chop stick would work. I slightly brushed a little white paint for their beards. For beards I unraveled some jute for beards. Mine are boxed up (Nov) so I dont have a picture.

    • Jennifer Jennifer on Nov 07, 2021

      You'll have to show them when you decorate for the holidays, they sound adorable! I made 2 Gnome tree toppers this week and a furry tree not made with pinecones but styrofoam cones😁 An angel gnome and a Santa gnome, plus I painted a "Red Truck" scene all for my goddaughters. The tree I made for my tree collection, it's soooo soft!!🤣

  • Mar29908838 Mar29908838 on Dec 01, 2021

    I love the creativity you used in creating different kinds of gnomes. I love them all and you've inspired me to create some myself! Thank you and very Happy Holidays to you and your family! Margo

    • Jennifer Jennifer on Dec 02, 2021

      Thank you very much🤗! I went trees crazy this year🤣 and created several types for gift giving and for my collection of trees! I made some new gnomes too