Grinch Gnome Made of Yarn and Cardboard

Make a decoration in the form of a Grinch gnome for the Christmas tree! All you need is a piece of cardboard, some felt, yarn pom-poms and cotton balls. This is a wonderful DIY for kids that you can make after watching “The Grinch who Stole Christmas”.

“The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” is one of my favorite holiday fairy tales. I watch it every year, and tears always come to my eyes at a turning point in history:

And then what happened? So, in Woville, they say that the Grinch’s little heart grew three sizes that day. But then the true meaning of Christmas dawned on me, and the Grinch gained the power of ten Grinches plus two.

Make our Grinch a gnome after watching The Grinch

I thought it would be fun to make a Grinch craft after watching the holiday edition with the kids this Christmas.

At first I thought it would be fun to make these transparent glass ornaments with the image of the Grinch, but the face was a little difficult to do right, so I had to come up with something simpler for the kids.

After a bit of reflection, I decided to change the process that we used to make our dwarf jewelry a couple of years ago, and I must say, I was delighted with the results.

Take a look at our charming decoration in the form of a Grinch and a gnome.

I like it so much!

Our Grinch gnome is easy to prepare, requires a minimum of consumables and is so cute that your heart can grow by 3 sizes today.


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cardboard (we used a cereal box)
pencil and scissors
made of red felt (or fabric, or paint)
green yarn
pom-poms (one white, one green)
cotton swab
white glue and glue gun
thread for hanging

How to make a decoration in the form of a Grinch gnome

Draw a sketch and cut out the cardboard base.

On a sheet of thin cardboard (we used a cereal box), draw a triangle 3.5 inches wide at the base and 5 inches high.
At the top of the triangle, draw a pair of sharp curves to one side for the dangling tip of your Grinch’s hat.
Cut out your cardboard hat.

Glue the cardboard hat to the felt.

Apply a thin layer of white glue to the cardboard and press it tightly against a large piece of red felt.
Note: Instead of felt, you can use red cloth, paper or paint.
Trim off excess felt.

Turn it sideways to yourself and cut off the excess felt.
Cut the green yarn for the beard.

You will need approximately 100 strands of yarn measuring 5 x 5 inches (or 50 strands of 10 inches folded in half).
Wrap the yarn loosely around your arm about 50 times. Make an incision to detach the ball of yarn, and then cut through all the loops once. This will give you about 50 10-inch strands of yarn.
Attach the beard to the hat

Place the Grinch hat in front of you with the cardboard side up. Fold this handful of 10-inch threads in half and use a glue gun to attach them along the bottom edge of the cardboard.

Trim to align the ends.
advice: When working with hot glue, always keep a bowl of ice water nearby.

Add a white trim to the hat.

Mash a couple of cotton balls and glue them along the base of the Grinch hat.

Add pom-poms.

Glue the white pompom to the pointed tip of the Grinch hat.
Glue the nose with a green pompom in the center of the decoration just below the base of the Grinch hat.
Add a felt heart.

Cut a small heart out of your red felt and glue it to the Grinch’s beard.

Add a loop for hanging.

Cut a piece of green yarn or green metallic thread. Tie the ends with a knot and attach to the back of the decoration with hot glue.

Hang your Grinch gnome in a prominent place on the Christmas tree so that it reminds you of the true meaning of Christmas every time you see it.

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