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

by Jennifer
7 Materials
2 Hours

Every year I make new ornaments for myself, family and friends! Well this year I went gnome crazy and made several typesicon 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!!icon

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 yardicon .

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 righticon icon


Use any color you like/want and you could use most any fabric you want to for this particon 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. icon

The nose

I used little wood balls for the nosesicon ! I have used pom-poms for noses on gnomes also! Beads or gems could be used too, why not get creativeicon !! 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 moreicon !

First batch finished

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

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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  • Annise Annise on Dec 19, 2022

    So cute and I’m also loving gnomes ❤️

    • Jennifer Jennifer on Dec 20, 2022

      Thank you! Gnomes are very adorable and this one I made stays up all year! He has different hats for the season or holiday, this is his Christmas hat!👍️

  • Tiana Yoder Tiana Yoder on Sep 03, 2023

    I can't wait to try this gnome treat for my tree. Thank you for sharing.

    • Jennifer Jennifer on Sep 03, 2023

      Thank you🙂 Easy, and you can decorate more than the tree with these ornaments like making them hang in the windows, door, or cabinet knobs! Just a few other ideas😁