Have we met? I’m Kirby and I LOVE Christmas crafts! I make biscuits, I make gingerbread houses, I make clothing!! So now that we’ve met, have you met a little Nisse (Danish/Norwegian) or Tomte (Swedish)? They’re adorable Nordic creatures associated with Winter Solstice and Christmas. I’m obsessed with them!
For hundreds of years the Nisse were depicted as little farmer-like gnomes who watched over farms in Scandinavia. Traditionally angry little guys with long beards, they loved to be left a bowl of porridge on Christmas night and if you didn’t, be ware their temper and vengeance. Now they’re associated with Christmas and go around handing out presents much like Santa… and they still love a bowl of porridge.
In the lead up to Christmas this year I saw some little Norwegian Nisse in a shop and decided to go home and make some for myself. I had been wanting to make some felt ornaments and these little gnomes are the cutest things around, so I chose them as my subject.
It was really simple that I did it in front of the tv (unfortunately watching a Bruce Willis film and not something Christmassy). I cut a triangle/conical shape out of felt and sewed on some stars with regular thread. After that I sewed up the ends to make it into a cone. Using grey wool for the beards I created a tassel by wrapping the wool around a book and cutting one end to make it scraggly. Then a small piece of brown felt rolled up and sewn into a ball to make the little bulbous nose. I glued the beard and nose into the hat with some tacky craft glue and voila! Done!
These little guys are so easy and cute. I could make a million!
This year I might have to leave a little bowl of porridge for the Nisse next to Santa’s gingerbread biscuits.