How to… make Christmas Elves (from Pine Cones or Gumnuts)

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I love Autumn and I love Christmas – especial DIY Christmas Ornaments! And I love that the two come together… Today I have our “Christmas Elf Babies” – some from Australia and some from our local park. I know we still in October, but I collected some gumnuts from Australia MONTHS ago and recently my son found some mini pine cones in our local park. And I knew a craft I had to make. Some of you may have seen the gumnut octopuses and although I made those in honour of my Australian friends… I did want today’s craft to be for everyone. So you get to choose: Christmas Ornamental Elf Babies made from gumnuts or pine cones!

Pinecone Babies/ Pinecone Elves for the Christmas Tree. Turn mini pinecones and GUM NUTS into Christmas Tree Ornaments. Just adorable #gumnuts #pinecones #ornaments First published in Oct 2011

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Pine Cone Elves – Materials:

  • A wooden bead,
  • a gumnut/ mini pine cone,
  • felt scraps,
  • ribbon scraps,
  • hot glue gun or wood glue,
  • brush & paint

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If you are using wood glue.. there is a certain amount of “sitting there and holding the bits until dries” to do.. that is what is so amazing about hot glue guns – everything sets so quickly!

Pine Cone Elves – How To:

christmas gumnut craft

1) Cut a triangle of felt and a felt flower (easiest way, is to cut a circle, then nip it 8 times & round the “nipped parts into petals”)

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2) Cut a length of ribbon, a little hole in the two pieces of felt – in triangle – cut the hole close ish to the long side of the trianle, in the circle, cut it at the centre. Thread and tie a knot. Then using a hot glue gun, glue the triangle on, the bead to the flower the flower to the gum nut. Add a little extra glue to help the petals face down a little. Add a ribbon around the centre of the gumnut.

3) Paint on eyes and mouth. Don’t use a pen, as the ink will run into the grain of the wooden bead. A biro MAY work.. test first!

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4) Make lots of elf babies. These are our Australian elf babies.

Pinecone Babies/ Pinecone Elves for the Christmas Tree. Turn mini pinecones and GUM NUTS into Christmas Tree Ornaments. Just adorable #gumnuts #pinecones #ornaments

5) For the pine cone elf babies, do exactly the same, just use a mini pine cone. I flatened it a bit frist to help the bead nestle nicely.

Pinecone Babies/ Pinecone Elves for the Christmas Tree. Turn mini pinecones and GUM NUTS into Christmas Tree Ornaments. Just adorable #gumnuts #pinecones #ornaments

It was my first go with the hot glue gun.. so you can see the glue a little.. but all in all I am in love with my new babies!

Here is last year’s Christmas Felt Ornament if you fancy more ideas:

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Want MORE Christmas Ornament ideas?! Check out:

handmade christmas tree ornaments

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