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The Recycled Gnome

ISBN: 9781643436487
Binding: Paperback
Author: Lynn Hjelmen
Photographer: Heather Hanson
Pages: 94
Trim: 7.5 x 9.5 inches
Published: 01/24/2023

Finally, a book on how to make gnomes! Are you interested in learning how to make Tomtes, unique Scandinavian gnomes, from recycled sweaters? The Recycled Gnome is a book that shares the history of the Swedish Tomte as well as step by step instructions with hundreds of photos to make a variety of gnomes from up cycled materials. The gnomes are 12" tall, made with minimal sewing, wired and hot glued together. Directions include adding a unique, simple base that makes these gnomes sturdy and different from other handcrafted gnomes. These gnomes have been a sellout at craft fairs. Make gnomes with materials you probably already have: cardboard, sweaters, pillows and sheets. Once you make one, you will be hooked!


Lynn Hjelmen has always had an interest in researching her Scandinavian roots. After 34 years of teaching, she is enjoying retirement. Two of her hobbies, crafting and shopping at thrift stores, brought about the creation of The Recycled Gnome. She lives in Minnesota with her husband. More of the author's work can be seen on her facebook page, facebook/GnomesbyHjelmen.

The Recycled Gnome
The Recycled Gnome