Scandinavian Tomte Christmas Elf Ornament

10 Minutes
I've always loved Swedish style--especially at Christmas! And I've wanted to make some tomte Christmas ornaments (a tomte is kind of like a cross between a mischievous gnome and a Christmas elf) for years. I finally got around to it this year!
Materials were easy to find: round and oblong wooden beads, some red and green craft paint, flesh tone Sculpey clay, fabric, and some wool roving. I found the wool roving at a specialty yarn store, but you know, I'm thinking you could probably pull apart some cotton balls and get the same look.
Roll the Sculpey clay into little round balls for the noses, and bake according to package directions. Glue the round (head) bead to the oblong (body) wooden bead. Paint the body if you want to. No need to paint a face; the tomte's face is always covered up by the hat and beard.
Cut a small triangle of fabric or felt to make the hat. Pull off a small length of wool roving for the beard, and glue it to the head. Attach the cone hat and glue the nose in place.
On this scale, cotton fabric was much easier to work with than the felt, but the felt was incredibly cute and classic looking. Tough call which I'd recommend. Hang your adorable little tomte ornaments on a tree, or...
Use them as gift toppers to make a present extra special! It's like two presents in one!
Nikki Wills
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