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For Valentine's Day: Gnome Sweet Gnome

Gnome Sweet Gnome

Total Time Needed: 30 Minutes or less

These cuties are a cinch to mass-produce, and each gnome sweetens the deal with a chocolate kiss under its colorful hat. Plus, as one reader told us, "Anything with glitter or googly eyes is always a hit."



3-inch-diameter can

4-inch square of felt


Nontoxic glue such as Kid's Choice

Paper clip

Chocolate kiss

2 (7-mm) googly eyes, adhesive-backed or not

Pen or marker

3/4-inch office dot sticker


Gnome Sweet Gnome Valentine - Step 1

1. Create a 3-inch circle of felt by pressing the bottom of the can into the felt and cutting along the impression it leaves. Cut the circle into quarters.

Gnome Sweet Gnome Valentine - Step 2

2. To form the hat, run a thin line of glue along a straight edge of one felt quarter and press it to the other straight edge. Use a paper clip to hold the edges in place. When the glue is dry, remove the clip. Save the other quarters to make hats for more gnomes.

3. Glue the hat in place on the kiss, then stick or glue on the eyes. (Tip: You won't need much glue. We used a toothpick to apply the eye glue.) Allow the glue to dry. Use a pen or marker to write on a dot sticker and press it to the bottom of the kiss.