My children and I get very bored over the holidays and things can easily go haywire at a moment’s notice, so to keep everyone on track, I keep boxes of projects that I can pull out and put in the middle of the table and seat them quietly all round to focus their attention on their own creative spirit. I keep a few boxes of sock projects on hand and one of my favorites is the DIY Sock Gnome. This is such a cute, fun project, everyone from old to young love it. You get started by simply filling a sock with rice and tie it off, then squeeze the top part together, making a head for the adorable Christmas Gnome. I first started by cutting my sock in half and filling it with rice, I used about 2 cups of rice. You can use Poly-Pellets from JoAnn’s or Michael’s Craft Store for about $6.00. If you are worried about Weevils, you can freeze your rice for about 24 hours beforehand.
Then you just secure the top with a rubber band then make a nose with another rubber band forming nostrils. Small ponytail rubber bands are best.
I bought some small fur pieces from JoAnn’s and cut a small 3 x 3 square out of it, then cut a small U shape in the top middle to fit under the nose.
Then I just added a fuffy, plush, decorative sock to the top t serve as a hat. You can further decorate the hat with candy canes or flowers or whatever strikes your fancy. This is a great project for kids and adults alike.