Learn how to make a cute snowman gnome mason jars using paint, paper and faux fur! Free PDF pattern and SVG cut file to help you get started!
Hello Crafty Friends! It’s the 8th day of my series “12 Days of Holiday Crafts” and I’m sharing a fun tutorial for making cute snowman gnome mason jars!
Earlier this year, I created two mason jar crafts that inspired these snowman gnomes. My St. Patrick’s Day Gnome Planters and my Easter Bunny Mason Jars. They were so cute to display for the holidays that I have been waiting to make a Christmas version. I chose to make snowman gnomes because I knew they’d be adorable – and work well with a top hat!
These snowman gnome jars can be used so many different ways! Make them into vases or planters as I did with my other versions or use them to gift sweet treats, small gifts or to hold peppermint sticks and candy at your desk.
The gnome jars are simple to make and I am sharing free files to create the cute paper top hat. Make it by hand using my free printable pattern or use your cutting machine and my free SVG cut file!
How to Make Snowman Gnome Mason Jars
- Free PDF pattern and SVG cut file – Grab the free file by filling out the purple form at the end of this post.
- Mason jar – I used 16oz glass canning jars. The diameter of the opening at the top was 2.5″. You can also use plastic mason jars if crafting with kids as long as the flowers aren’t too heavy :)
- White and orange acrylic paint
- 1″ Wooden beads
- White Faux fur – I recommend using a small faux fur sheet if you can find it
- Black cardstock
- Decorative cardstock for hat band
- Hat decorations – cute red fabric flowers, wooden snowflake beads etc.
- Tiny Black BSuttons
- 1/4″ Scor-Tape or another strong double-sided tape or glue.
- Hot Glue
- If using the SVG – Cricut Cutting Machine, Standard cutting mat and Cricut Tools
Paint the Mason Jars and Gnome Noses
Start by painting a mason jar white. You can use acrylic paint, chalk paint or spray paint. I used what I had on hand which was white patio paint. It took me about 2 coats of paint to get the opaque color. Paint a wooden bead orange using acrylic paint.
Making the Gnome Hat
Use the free printable PDF pattern or SVG cut file to cut out the four pieces needed to make the hat. You can get the free files by filling out the purple form at the end of this post. I used my Cricut Explore to cut out the pieces.
Place the brim of the hat on the jar. It may take a little gentle nudging to get it over the ridges of the jar, but then it will just fall into place and rest at the top of the jar. The brim is kept separate from the rest of the hat so you can remove the top hat portion if you need to.
Adhere the decorative strip of paper along the bottom of the black piece of paper. I used Scor-Tape, a strong double-sided adhesive, to adhere the pieces together.
Wrap the top hat around the jar and mark where it should be adhered, then use double-sided tape or your favorite adhesive to form the top hat. I made my hats just loose enough so they could easily slide on and off the jar.
Cutting the Beard
Use the beard template to cut a beard for your gnome. Trace the template on the wrong side of the fur using a pen or marker.
Cut the fur using a sharp scissors from the back side, just cutting through the back layer of fabric. Once you get started you can just slide your scissors in against the fabric backing and cut it out without needing to cut through the fur as well. This will keep the fur on the front of the beard looking natural.
When I made my St. Patrick’s Day Gnome Jars earlier this year, I haven’t used faux fur in years and made a few mistakes remembering the best way to cut it. So hopefully you can learn from the mistakes I made!
First I cut it from the front side – as soon as I saw what it looked like I remembered, nope, that’s not how you cut fur! The second time I cut my beard I cut it along the top of my faux fur sheet and the staple markings from the packaging were visible – oops! Thankfully third time was a charm :)
Use hot glue to adhere the beard along the top of the jar.
Adding the Nose and Hat!
Finally, use hot glue to add a cute wooden bead to the top of the beard to act as the gnome nose! Then add the top hat back on! I added a couple cute embellishments to my hats including a red fabric flower that reminded me of a poinsettia and little wooden snowflake. You can also use a bit of hot glue to add two tiny black buttons on the front of the gnome’s beard.
The cute snowman gnome jars are finished!
I’ll be back tomorrow with the next day in my series “12 Days of Holiday Crafts”!
Get the Free Snowman Gnome Files!
Fill out the purple form below with your first name and email address! The free file will be sent straight to your inbox! If you have already filled out the form below, don’t worry – you won’t be added to my list twice! This freebie is for personal use only. I hope you enjoy crafting something special. Please let me know if you have any questions :)