Monday, November 9, 2020

Festive Gnome Treat Jar


Christmas Gnomes continues to be one of the hottest trends this holiday season! They are everywhere - looking so adorable and cute! And they are the perfect addition to any festive holiday decor!

While you might not be able to host a regular family get-together this year due to the pandemic, you can make your at-home celebration feel extra special with a few decorative touches - especially those handmade like this festive gnome treat jar. And the best part, you probably have everything you need in your craft room and elsewhere in your home to make one.

Welcome to our monthly blog challenge! Every month a group of blogging friends participate in a challenge hop. This month it's a Craft Room De-stash Challenge!  I love this challenge since you don't have to run out and buy the materials you need to make a project - just use what you already have! Sounds like fun, right!

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The festive gnome treat jar is handmade including a cone-shaped hat made out of poster board covered with a dollar store plaid neck wrap and trimmed with a jumbo chenille stem - made to fit around a glass jar. It's completely made out of items from my stash! The gnome measures about 16 inches tall which includes a jar with an air-tight lid so you can easily store your favorite holiday treats.

Materials Used to Make:

How to Make a Cone Shape Gnome Hat:

My method to make this cone shape is a bit unconventional, but easy to do. Begin by laying a sheet of poster board on your work surface. I always keep lots of poster boards in my stash to use in my photo ops! You can get them 2 for $1 at the Dollar Tree!

Starting near a corner on the poster board paper, place the jar down sideways and begin rolling the paper into a cone shape. Use the top of the jar (lid) to determine the size of the opening as you roll the poster board tightly around it.

Once you have the cone shape, mark a line for the edge using a pencil and cut off the excess paper. 

Continue holding the cone together tightly .  .  .
while you add glue along the edge to close.
Once the edge is sealed, trim the bottom .  .  .
to adjust the fit on the jar. Measure around the bottom of the cone and cut an even line around.
How to Cover the Cone Hat: I picked up an infinity neck scarf from the Dollar Tree at the end of summer when they were just getting their fall items in. I got it because of the plaid design, thinking I could use it for a future project like this one. Plaid is hot right now! Since the neck scarf  was not wide enough to cover the cone .  .  .
I opened up the seam and draped the fabric over the cone matching the design lines. Then, pinned it together - close to the cone shape.
Once the fabric was pinned nice and tight to the cone, the excess fabric was cut off.  Next, sew the fabric together along the line of the pins and turn inside out when finish.
Then, place the stitched fabric over the cone shape poster board, cutting off excess fabric on the bottom. Glue the fabric to the bottom of the cone to seal.
And finally, place the cone hat over the jar for fit. How cool does this look!
Next, measure a scrap of faux fur (leftover from a Christmas stockings diy last year) for the beard around the base of the hat to the bottom of the jar. Separate the fibers of the fur to cut out.  
Then glue beard on cone .  .  .

along the bottom edges.
It's beginning to look like a gnome!
Attach the chenille stem around the base of the hat for trim and center the wood ball under the trim for the nose.
Looks perfect to show off your favorite holiday treats!

Great for gift giving, too!
Be sure to fill it with yummy sweets .  .  .
or use it for fun decorations!
Perfect to hold tasty treats or give as a gift for family & friends!

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  1. Since my husband has a long beard, I absolutely LOVE gnomes! Yours is so cute! Thank you for the step by step instructions. Pinning and sharing on FB -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    1. Thanks, Marci! That sounds adorable - to have your own personal gnome! How cute is that!

  2. I just love your gnome so much! He's so cute and love that he's a treat jar. Thank you so much for sharing and wonderful hopping with you. - Chas @chascrazycreations

    1. Thanks, Chas! You can make so many types of gnomes for just about anything!

  3. Your gnome is the cutest! What a great idea for a candy jar- my kids would love this and I do to.

  4. Not sure if my comment went through or if it went through too soon, so trying again. How cute is this? It's adorable, Gail and a very creative way to make a gnome for a treat jar!

  5. OH my goodness; he is just darling!! What a fun treat jar. Pinned.

    1. Thanks, Joanne! I like that you can make so many different looking gnomes to top treat jars!

  6. I love this for a gift item. And I have so much many themes. Pinned to my gnome fairy board.

    1. Yes, there are so many possibilities for different seasons or themes! I'll have to take a look at your gnome fairy board! Thanks!

  7. Your gnome is the cutest! I love his beard, the fur trim around his hat, and the pinecones and berries. This is so cute! Even the jar is cute! Pinning! This would be a great gift or great to set a desk at work. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!!!

    1. Thanks, T'onna! Yes, it would be an awesome gift to make and give!

  8. Que buena idea de reciclaje, te ha quedado maravilloso!! !

  9. Absolutely adorable, Gail! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's, you are being featured on my blog Tuesday evening.

  10. He is just so cute, what a lovely gift idea, everyone would love to receive one of these right?

  11. Gail, such a darling gnome and so craft and inexpensive. I am happy to feature your cute gnome on Sunday at Love Your Creativity.


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