IT’S time to be festive – and these women have discovered a clever way to make sure your Christmas decorations don’t destroy your bank account.
We all know that the festive season can be stressful and especially hard on our finances – but going all out to decorate the house doesn’t necessarily mean we have to spend hundreds upon hundreds.
If you have any old socks just sitting in your drawer – and we know you do – this cheap Christmas trick might be for you!
And what better way to use up those worn out socks than to make cute Christmas gnomes!
Inspired by Scandinavian culture, these little fellows will turn your living room into a truly magical Winter Wonderland.
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To make your own family of Christmas gongs, you just need to follow a few steps, which include socks, scissors, some faux fur fabric, rice and some white rubber bands.
There are many ways to achieve the end result, but the easiest, we found, is to fill a cup – the bigger the better – with rice and then cover it with the sock (as if you were going to put it on your foot sit).
The tutorial we followed, posted by Karin Goodell, tells to then flip the cup over to pour all the rice into the sock and use a ribbon to tie it all together.
To give the gonk a more realistic appearance, it is also advised to plump it up a bit – just so that the goblin is not completely flat and lifeless.
The next step is to cut off the remaining sock – but be careful not to cut it too low because the rice will spill out; somewhere in the middle is the perfect place!
Once done, the tutorial shows how to make the nose for your cute boyfriend.
This is done by simply making your hand into a claw – as if you were going to pull something – and grabbing a small amount of rice in the middle of the gonk’s body.
Now the fun part – decorate the leprechaun with a festive outfit!
For this, just cut a Christmas patterned sock in half and pull it over the little man – it might ruin the nose, but you can easily fix it and make a new one later!
All dressed up, your Scandi partner is now ready for a hat!
Again, it’s simply a matter of pulling another sock over the head section and tying the toe section of it to give it the pom pom effect.
One final step before placing these adorable decorations all over your home is to take a small triangular section of the fur fabric and tuck it under the nose to give it a fluffy beard.
And that’s it!
If you’re feeling extra fancy, add some trinkets to the hat!
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