Alyssa loves creating unique decor items from everyday household materials. She is a wife and mom who drinks copious amounts of coffee.
How to Make a Crow Gnome (Halloween Craft Idea)
I love Halloween and one of my favorite things to do is create unique craft pieces to display as part of my décor. This year I wanted to make my own crow and I decided a crow gnome would be the perfect addition to my home. Repurposing a few old items, I was able to create an adorable gnome. I think I might keep him out all year round!
To make your own, follow along with the steps below. Feel free to swap out items and customize the piece to your own taste.
- An old container (I used a Parmesan container)
- Flexible cardboard (I used a 7Up box)
- An old black sweater or black fabric
- A metal hook (I used a hook closure from old bathing suit top)
- An old black stuffed animal
- Metal BBs or something else to use as weight
- Hot glue gun
- Scotch tape
1. Clean and dry your container.
2. Cut your old sweater open and lay your container on top. Fold the fabric up and over the top to get an idea of how much you'll need. You want to be able to fold the sweater all the way around the container and tuck it into the top, leaving folds on either side to mimic wings.
3. Once you know how much you'll need, cut your rectangle shape of fabric and set the excess aside.
4. Once again, fold the fabric around the container and tuck it into the top, securing it with hot glue.
5. Working quickly, push a few pumps of hot glue into your container and then pour enough BB's to coat the bottom for weight. Finish with a few extra pumps of hot glue. Set your container aside.
6. Take your rectangle-shaped cardboard and begin to roll it into a cone shape, starting at one corner, and using your container as a guide. This will be your hat.
7. Once you have your cone to the appropriate size, place a piece of tape to hold it together. Then use your hot glue to secure the cone.
8. Wrap a piece of your fabric around the cardboard cone and secure with hot glue. Allow to cool and dry.
9. Cut open your animal or pillow. Set stuffing aside for use in a future project.
10. Lay the black fur on your container to get an idea of how much you'll need for your beard. Cut the piece you'll need and set the excess aside.
11. Secure the fur to your container using hot glue.
12. Place your hat on top of your container. Figure out where you want your metal beak to go. Once you have your spot, remove the hat and secure the metal with hot glue.
13. Once the glue is all dry, display your crow gnome as part of your Halloween décor.
© 2021 Alyssa
Alyssa (author) from Ohio on September 30, 2021:
Thank you Liza! Happy decorating!
Liza from USA on September 30, 2021:
Alyssa, this is a great DIY project for Halloween by repurposing old items. I like doing that! I see you already started putting the Halloween decoration. I haven't started anything yet. I will put up fall decor then Halloween. Thanks for the idea!