A decorated candle is placed in the centre of the dancing gnomes and may be used as the meal time candle during the birthday week.
Of course they could be used for any family celebration. We made them at craft group a couple of weeks ago and they were a real hit - it was our biggest turn out so far this year.
Although I haven't changed her pattern I have altered its construction; Monica used hot glue for the head beads and hats. I have securely stitched the heads which I think mades it sturdier and a little safer for when little fingers pull at it...
3 x pipe cleaners
Keeping your needle and thread slip; the needle back in under the 'wrist' to the inside. Then carefully catch just the inside layer of felt and loop your needle over the middle of the pipe cleaner and then take it across to the other side.
Get one of the larger 'head' beads and slip it down over your needle then very firmly secure the head bead in place with several strong stitches -NOTE only bring the loops down over the outside (back of the head) so the face is clear.