These cute gnome ornaments made out of pine cones are a fun holiday craft

Looking for a fun, last-minute holiday craft? Pine cones are a natural fit with the holiday season, and this super-cute craft from Craftpod uses them to create miniature people aka “pine-cone folk.”

The U.K.-based craft subscription box shared the tutorial for the project on their blog, and the result is both festive and adorable.

To make your own, you’ll need some pine cones, felt, thread and beads. It just requires a few simple tools, including scissors and a hot glue gun.

Check out the finished craft as posted to Craftpod’s Instagram page:


The finished pine-cone folk make perfect ornaments, as shown in the photo, but I also think they’d look right at home on your mantel or wherever your Elf on the Shelf ends up. You can get the full tutorial here.

Better Homes & Gardens shared their take on a similar craft, and they call their version “pinecone gnome ornaments.” While Craftpod’s “pine-cone folk” went for a colorful look, these gnomes keep it monochromatic with matching white hats and beards.

The magazine pointed out that gnome-themed Christmas decor has been gaining in popularity. Indeed, a search for the #gnomefortheholidays hashtag yields over 8,000 results. Not too shabby!

Look up #pineconecrafts on Instagram and you’ll get more than 2,500 results, which shows these attractive natural materials are also pretty popular.

Take a gander at these whimsical pine-cone Christmas trees, posted to Instagram by Arteria, a Los Angeles-based arts-and-crafts school and supply store:

Pine cones also make beautiful additions to wreaths, as evidenced by this shot of a colorful pine cone-based wreath, posted to Instagram by @rachelmoffatt13:

This simple mason jar snow globe with a pine cone inside, as shown by, would make for a fun homemade gift:

Are you making any pine-cone crafts this holiday season?