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Tiny Treasures- Frost Gnomes and Giveaway

Frost Gnomes are the third project in a seasonal series of  little, quick-to-make gifts we so often need for the holidays. For planned or last minute occasions, for tooth fairies, pocket ladies, and winter fairs; for classmates, neighbour’s and host’s children; for advent calenders and stockings! Tiny treasures that can be made with a small amount of materials and a small amount of time- 20 minutes or less!

We love making these tiny frost gnomes, to adorn a gift, slip into a stocking or even hide in the forest or garden for someone small to find. They are made in icy, crystal colors of wool felt, and have a Swarovski crystal atop their cap. They fit happily in a pocket or purse and are lovely for little stories in the car, in line at the grocery store, or on holiday visits.


small amounts of wool felt in icy colors. Shown here are pastel blue, lavender, lilac and ecru, all from BearDance Crafts.

wooden peg person 1 11/16″ tall x 5/8″ base, available at Stockade, Woodworks Ltd., Caseys Wood Products, or most local craft stores.

sewing needle and threads to match felt


a small length of mohair yarn (about 16 inches) or wool locks

optional: Swarovski crystal or glittery crystal bead

Frost Gnome Pattern Pieces

Apply a small amount of glue over the body. Wrap the tunic around the body and sew up the back of the tunic using whip or blanket stitch. Sew around the neck of the tunic using running stitch. Pull tight to gather the tunic around the neck.

Sew across the top of the cape using running stitch. Leave long ends on both sides to tie the cape securely around the neck.

Apply glue around the back of the head and a little under the chin. Wrap the mohair yarn around the head- higher at the back and under the chin at the front.

Sew the crystal or bead to the tip of the hat. Fold the hat in half and sew up the back using blanket stitch.

Apply a ring of glue around the inside rim of the hat. Slip the hat onto the Frost Gnome’s head until it is in just the right position. If he gets any glue on his face, gently wash it off before it dries. A clean frost gnome is a happy frost gnome!  Allow the glue to dry for at least one hour (ideally 6-12 hours) before play.

Watch for more in our Tiny Treasures series- we’ll be featuring at least one new tutorial each week until Christmas,  including wooden castle blocks, wool painting boards, and poppy pod people, plus other small and simple natural gift making inspirations.

Enjoy our earlier tutorials in this series:  Tiny Toadstools, Rainbow Rocks


Bear Dance Crafts is giving away a collection of 5 holiday craft kits from Atelier Pippilotta to one lucky Living Crafts blog visitor.
Included in the giveaway are the kits: Little Star Child, Three Little Angels, Little Winter Hut, Three Holly Children and Three Little Light Bearer’s.

These are such sweet kits- to make yourself for your loved ones, or as a perfect crafty gift for a creative friend.
Please leave a comment by Thursday, December 8th, sharing your favorite holiday decoration, to be entered in the draw.

Use the comments section below the full tutorial post, rather than the individual picture of the giveaway- Thanks, and Good Luck!


Posted by Fiona Duthie on Dec 5, 2011 12:48 PM | 247 Comments

247 Responses to “Tiny Treasures- Frost Gnomes and Giveaway”

  1. Meghan says:

    My son and I love to make angel ornaments for Christmas by sticking feathers into wooden beads and gluing wings onto them. Love the little treasures you’re giving away – thanks!

  2. Lovely! Some of the cutest gnomes I have seen!

  3. Lil says:

    These are adorable. Their creation will provide a wonderful opportunity for connecting with my child. They will also adorn an otherwise sparsely decorated tree this year. Finally, they will be treasures that stir wonderful memories for years to come. Sincerely, me,

  4. christine says:

    I think my favorite would be salt dough ornaments and pine cone ornaments that I did as enjoyed decorating as a child and now enjoy making with my children.

    • Gaynell says:

      I totally forgot about salt dough ornaments! I loved making these when I was a child! Thanks for the reminder Christine!

      • Stephanie says:

        You know what else is fun and smells delicious? Applesauce and cinnamon ornaments! Just mix equal portions (or enough to get the texture right) of ground cinnamon and applesauce, pat or roll flat, and cut with cookie cutters.

  5. Christine says:

    Oh my goodness – too cute! I love these little gnomes, and can’t wait to try to make one with my little girl. Thanks for the tutorial!

  6. Kath Grahn says:

    Oh what GREAT tutorials. Thanks for the giveaway these would be great to do with my girls and use on our nature table. My favourite holiday decoration is paper snowflakes because my soon to be 4 year old really gets excited at doing them herself and I love watching her face as she opens them up- it really is a craft that youngsters enjoy by themselves and we love to hang them over the nature table..

  7. Elizabeth says:

    These are so adorable..I think I must have been born that size once…I feel a connection!!! they would look lovely in a winter fairy garden pot..we make gardens in containers and place minature things or people in them and they are so cute…Merry Christmas..this is my all time favorite magazine..and my first time blogging!!!

  8. Sue says:

    OMG – those little fellows have such character! Maybe I’ll win the giveaway . .

  9. Nancy says:

    My favorite holiday decoration is the ornament my daughter made of Mother Mary (silk and felt) laying in a milkweed pod and I would be thrilled to win these tiny treasurers!

  10. Glenda says:

    Just made a set of these a few weeks ago. Would love to have the kit to make more. They are charming.

  11. ida says:

    this looks so fun!
    our favourite decoration is the angel that goes on top our tree. She is one that I was given as a child by our neighbour back then, Dalov Ipcar.

  12. Jacky says:

    These are adorable, and make lovely tree ornaments as well!

  13. Gaynell says:

    Love these sweet little angels and star children, etc.! I just made one of the rainbow rocks this morning with a friend! Easy and fun and very rewarding! I can’t wait for my little girl to get this in her stocking! My favorite holiday decoration is definitely our nativity scene and a close second would be anything made with greens! Happy holidays everyone!

  14. paola says:

    que lindos

  15. Elaine says:

    So adorable, would love to make these with my kids. Our favorite holiday decoration is the nativity.

  16. Such sweet kits! My kids are crazy little crafters and would LOVE to make these!

  17. Jojoma says:

    Thank you for the continuous inspiration. My favourite ornament is a wooden black labrador with a Christmas bow, which was given to us when our dog Guy was still here on earth. I feel sad, yet warm, when I see him on our tree. Peace, jo

  18. Emily says:

    Great giveaway! I love the tutorials.

  19. Karen Smith says:

    Great craft kits! I could imagine making some of these for my Waldorf kindergarten class for birthday gifts! Lovely!

  20. katie says:

    So darling! Tehy remind me of decorations we had when I was a little girl! So many memories… thank you!

  21. Susan says:

    These little gnomes are so sweet and easy to make. I am making one for each of the little ones in my preschool. Thanks so much for sharing! Merry Christmas Blessings to all.

  22. I love the little star children. Time to make some for stocking stuffers!

  23. Tami says:

    It’s hard to pick just one favorite decoration! I love the homemade ones most of all. We try to make an ornament together every year, and this year we will make some garland too. These kits are beautiful. Thank you for the chance!

  24. Jodie says:

    My three daughters and I collected on a journey to my parent’s house in Alberta, pine cones from a pine tree, that was planted over 20 years ago in my old backyard. We called it the hope tree because it was so small when first planted, but now it is enormous. These pine cones hang on ribbons on our Christmas tree every year to have those far away close to us.

  25. Stephanie says:

    My favorite holiday decoration is a fresh evergreen wreath made by some local gals here in Fayetteville, AR!

  26. Nancye says:

    So sweet. Gnomes are so great for winter.

  27. Charity Hendrickson says:

    I love theses kits. I teach at a Waldrof school and the gnomes are alive everywhere. My children would love these! Thank you!

  28. Nicole says:

    Would love the kits of the Frost Gnomes – so sweet, thank you!

  29. Robin says:

    Yum yum, extra yum!!!!

    Me and my daughter would eat these up!!! Love it!

  30. Carla says:

    I often have trouble with the beards, but I really like the way you’ve used a fluffy yarn. I’m going to try this next time :) thanks, Carla

  31. Cheryl says:

    These kits are great. Very easy instructions.

  32. I enjoy stringing garlands of popcorn and cranberries on our tree each year. They have a second life as snacks for the birds and such after we take our tree down for the year and store out outside until bonfire night.

    I do have some treasures from when I was a child, pinecone crafts we made as kids and a few handblown glass ornaments passed down from mom… I love them all so much and the living history they hold.

  33. debby hodges says:

    these are cute too (just saw the great pinecone gnomes) – I love all hand-made items!!

  34. crazyestonian says:

    My favorite are the fairy lights. They make an otherwise dark season full of light and magic.

  35. Hallie says:

    That little winter hut has been on my wish list for some time now!!! Oh how I would love to win that!!!!

  36. Anna says:

    What fun kits. I’ve never made any of those before.

  37. I love the colored lights, i have them on every wall in my house and porch. they are soooooo cheerful. one year i just put white ones around the big picture window for the rest of the year – all year. great night lights

  38. Sandy says:

    I can’t wait to try these. Maybe these will be our ornament gift to family.

  39. Petra says:

    What lovely kits! I’d love to make them for my seasonable table.

  40. m buhalis says:

    Such a sweet little gnome!

  41. Lisa says:

    The crafty kits are adorable! What great winter fun for the family!

  42. Sue N. says:

    When my daughter was one we collected pine cones and put glue on them and rolled them in glitter. Those are still my favorites even today!

  43. Tamara says:

    Hmmm . . . time for a trip to British Columbia. Sounds like so many fun and crafty things going on. The kits are beautiful but the cute little faces make them enchanting. Thank you for sharing.

  44. Jean Regan says:

    These tiny friends make my heart sing- the child in me is back- thank you for sharing them.

  45. Brandy says:

    Thank you for sharing the pattern and for the giveaway. The kits all look wonderful!

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