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12 Days of Christmas 2021 – Handmade Gonks

There’s something super cute about all the little gonks around at Christmas! I adore the little gnomes, and wanted to have a go at making some easy handmade gonks of my own.


I wanted to make something a little different, and keep it as simple and easy as possible! These are so versatile, and of course could very easily be altered to create a whole host of festive characters!

What are Gonks?

Inspired by Nordic imps, these little gnomes, or gonks; are super cute, very on trend Scandi decorations. They’re available almost everywhere, and in a range of styles, with different levels of detail.

Nordic gonk in grey
Image from Decor Inspiration

What I Used:

  • Felt sheets
  • Cotton wool pads
  • Christmas bauble
  • Pom-Poms
  • Cardstock
  • Glue
  • Scissors
What I used to make Gonks, felt cotton and a Christmas bauble

Handmade Gonks

I wanted to try and keep it simple making my own little guys, and so I started with some felt cones. The felt I had in my stash is fairly stiff and I didn’t need to use anything else. If you have thinner, less rigid fabric, you could easily start with some card, and then wrap that in the felt to begin with.

I filled my hat with wadded cotton, and a christmas bauble, just to give me something to glue onto, in the case of the larger 2. The small one, I just filled with cotton. I then fluffed up the cotton pad to make a beard. gluing it under the edge of the hat on both sides with a little pulled down in the middle.

For more Christmas craft ideas, check out how I made an easy Christmas Stocking here.

I then made some bodies; making different sized bodies to go with my different sized hats, My aim was to be able to snugly fit the hat over the tube. Rolling cardstock into a tube shape, I changed the heights as well as the width of the tube to make each gnome unique. I then covered this in felt, adding a little pom-pom nose.

Handmade Gonks in three sizes

Some ric-rac trim around the hats added a little extra detail. I was quite tempted to add some little felt “feet” to the bottoms of the tube, but I decided they looked fine as they are.

Finished Handmade Gonks

This trio were so quick and easy to make, and a great quick Christmas craft idea! What do you think?

Remember I’m sharing a range of other festive goings on over on Instagram, if you’re not following me already! Do come on over and check it out. Also of course, there are LOTS of festive ideas throughout the blog.

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2 thoughts on “12 Days of Christmas 2021 – Handmade Gonks

  1. Awww, these are so cute! I love gonks so I definitely want to have a go at this. Hopefully, I’ve got the right materials in 🙂

    1. Haha thank you! I just wanted to have a go, and genuinely used things I had around!
      Hope you share with me if you make some!

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