Bring the fun of your spring garden indoors with gnome characters! These toys are crafted from all-natural wood and each one is fitted with a colorful felt hat. Personalize one pocket-sized friend or a whole family—they're sure to inspire years of pretend play.

gnome Easter eggs
JANELLE JONES

These decorated eggs were featured in our Gnome Garden Easter Basket. To trace and cut a cone hat perfectly fitted to your gnome, first measure the egg's diameter and multiply that number by 2. (We used 2-1/2-by-1-3/4 inch eggs, so we measured a 2.6-inch circle to shape into hats.)

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What you need

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How to do it

Part 1

gnome Easter eggs
Step 1

Trace a circle onto felt using a chalk pencil; cut out. (Tip: Use a compass for a perfect circle. Otherwise, a wide-mouth jar or mug works for a template too.)

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gnome Easter eggs
Step 2

Draw a line of symmetry and cut to the center of the felt circle.

gnome easter eggs
Step 3

Shape the felt circle into a cone as shown; use craft glue to secure the overlapping flap.

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gnome Easter eggs
Step 4

Cover wooden egg in 1 to 2 coats of craft paint; let dry completely.

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gnome Easter eggs
Step 5

Fit egg with a felt hat, securing into place with hot glue if desired. (Note: You can also leave them loose-fitting for a quick wardrobe change to mix and match differently colored hats.)

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