If you follow along with the blog then you know I’ve done Gnomes for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween. Carrying on the series today I bring you Mardi Gras Gnomes. These little Gnomes are perfect for decorating for Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday.
For the Mardi Gras gnomes the socks I used I found at Party City. But you Can also find some socks on Amazon. The longer the sock the longer the hat on the gnome will be.
First cut the sock right at the heal. The top of the sock will be the hat and the bottom of the sock will be the body. The bottom is what you will fill with rice.
Fill the foot end of the sock with rice. Get the sock full but not full to the brim. Then stitch across the top of the sock to seal the rice in. Hot glue the extra material to the back of the sock.
MATERIALS NEED FOR Mardi Gras GNOMES:
- two socks – one for each gnome
- rice – for filling the body
- sewing thread
- sewing machine
- faux fur
- hot glue
- wood ball for nose
Once the two bodies are filled and hot glued then your ready for the next step. Take the top part of the sock. Flip it inside out and stitch in a V shape. Cut off excess. This will make the point of the hat.
I like to stitch the V first then go back and cut the edges off beyond the stitching. This allows for a cleaner cut and better looking V shape when the gnome hat is turned right side in.
Take the body and set it onto the faux fur color you would like to use. We use faux fur from the fabric store and get it with coupons. However, you can pick up crafting fur and it will look the same. The idea is the longer the faux fur the better looking the beard.
Cut the faux fur to an angle of the beard you’d like but be sure that the fur wraps completely around your gnome body. This will need to be hot glued in place and can be slightly trimmed after. You can see this method in the Harry Potter Christmas Gnome post.
For The Beard:
Make sure that the bead is longer than the body for the best effect. The long beard allows trimming and for it to hang over ledges that you may sit the gnome on. Hot glue the beard together in the back. Take the hat sock and pull it over the beard and body.
For the Nose and Hat:
This will create the hat and cover the meeting place of the beard in the back. Hot glue the hat in place both front and back along with the sides. After the hat is hot glued into place take your wood nose and glue it to the front of the gnome. I leave the nose natural colored however, you can paint the nose any color you would like.
Do this for process for each gnome that you would like to create. You can add jazz instruments to the gnomes. You may also set it with beads and mardi gras masks when displaying the gnomes for Mardi Gras season or Fat Tuesday.