A gnome made of a rosemary tree with a hat and mittens. The tree is planted in a metal pot with white trees on it and is sitting on a metal chair.

Sustainable Giving: Rosemary Tree Gnomes

Scandinavian gnomes have edged into holiday décor in a big way over the past few years. This season, they’re literally everywhere, standing silent and inscrutable on mantles, side tables and stair landings. They’re undeniably sweet, but we wonder what they’re thinking under the low-slung hat and beard…
 

What we do know is that according to folklore stemming from the late 1800s, gnomes are little helpers, looking after homes and performing small acts of kindness. It’s also said that they can become cantankerous if not properly respected and cared for, performing tricks like hiding things around the house. Warning noted. Over time, the legendary role of the gnome evolved to include a gifting role over the holidays.
 

We’re honouring the gnome this year with an easy and fun gifting idea designed to last. This gnome is crafted from an edible rosemary tree you can use throughout the holidays and beyond, provided you care for the plant. If you care for your rosemary plant and keep it pruned, it will keep its tree shape, though its inclination is to spread out into a bushy shrub.
 

We’re making these and leaving them on our neighbours’ doorsteps as a sweet edible décor item to be shared and enjoyed.

Materials

Method

Step 1

Gnome hat: Cut a triangle shape 15” wide x 15” high from your fabric. Use your scissors to cut a slight curve along the bottom edge of the hat. Fold fabric in half, with the right side (the side with the most vibrant pattern) of the pattern on the inside of the folded triangle. If you’re using felt, both sides will be the same, so fold any way you like. Thread your needle and hem the curved bottom edge of the hat (about ¼”). Sew the straight edges together, then turn the hat right-side out.

 

Step 2

Trim and fluff your rosemary bush, removing any dead leaves. Arrange the hat (seam at the back) over the top of the tree, gently tugging it down over the leaves as far as it will go.


Step 3

Place the pom-pom nose directly beneath the bottom edge of the hat. When you’re happy with the placement, use the glue gun to glue the nose in place.
 

Step 4

Using scraps from your fabric, cut 2 mitten shapes. If you’re using felt, you can cut both mittens at once and reverse them. If you’re using other fabric, you’ll want to cut them one at a time to make sure the thumbs are in the correct position, with the vibrant side of the fabric facing outward.
 

Step 5

Place your gnome in a festive pot and sneak it onto your neighbour’s porch with a sweet note.

 

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