Watermelon Gnome

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By General Craft Contributor Michelle

Welcome summer with this sweet gnome to decorate your home!

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

To begin, cut a strip of dark green felt that is wide enough to cover about halfway up the cone.  Glue the strip in place.

Cut a small triangle of fake fur for the beard, making sure that the pile of the fur points down towards the bottom point of the triangle.  I find a good method for cutting the long pile fur is using nice, sharp scissors, and cutting the fur from the backside.  Take small snips with the point of the scissors along the backig fabric, so you’re cutting at the base of the fur, rather than trying to cut through the mass of it from the front.  Pull excess fur from the edges of the beard before you glue it in place.

Glue the beard in place along the top of the green felt band.

Glue the wood bead along the top edge of the beard, in the middle.

Roll the red felt into a cone the size that you want the hat to be.  Cut the excess felt along the bottom edge, and side.  The piece of felt will open up in to a tall triangle.  Round the bottom edge into a gentle curve.

Re-roll the cone shape, and use hot glue to secure the edge.

Put the hat over the top of the cone, and pull down to cover the top edge of the beard, and to rest scrunched up over the top of the bead nose.  Glue as needed to hold in place.

Cut another strip of felt out of the dark green, to make the “rind” hat band.  Mine is about 2-inches wide.  Glue around the base of the hat.

Cut varying widths of light green felt to make stripes on your watermelon rind hat band.  Use hot glue to adhere the stripes.

Cut small, teardrop shaped seeds from the black felt, and adhere them to the red part of the hat with hot glue.

Part the top layers of the beard at the nose, and fashion your gnome a fine moustache by gently rolling the ends between your fingers.

Now proudly put your sweet fellow on display to welcome summer to your home!

Happy Crafting!

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