How To Make The Cutest No-Sew DIY Gnome

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Learn how to make a no-sew DIY gnome using just a few basic craft supplies. It can be made for under $5 in less than 30 minutes!

Hello! Michelle here from Our Crafty Mom sharing the cutest no-sew gnome made with a dollar store fuzzy sock.

You can use this basic DIY gnome tutorial to make any color combination that you like. Make a gnome to go with your home decor that you can use all year long or make holiday gnomes for any occasion.

diy gnome pin image

Once you see how easy this gnome is to make you will want to make several! They are a budget-friendly craft too.

How to Make A dIY Gnome

Gather your supplies and let’s get ready to make a sweet little DIY gnome.

What you need: 

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Craft Tools: 

Supplies: 

supplies for DIY gnome

DIY Gnome Craft Tips:

Fill the sock

The easiest way to make a gnome is to use a bag of beans. I used northern beans from the dollar store.

bag of beans with sock for gnome

You can also use rice, but I have read about little critters getting in with rice, so I prefer beans.

putting beans in sock for gnome

You don’t even have to take the beans out of the bag, just put the entire bag into the sock.

tying off top of sock

Tie off the top of the sock with an elastic. You can have fun with the design of the sock you use. They have so many different styles and colors.

Cut the gnome fur

There is an important tip for cutting gnome fur. You want to use a craft knife to slice just the fabric backing of the fur.

If you cut it with scissors straight across, the fur will look unnatural.

white faux fur cut for gnome

You want the end of the fur to have long natural ends as shown below:

cut faux fur for gnome

Once the fur is cut, run a bead of hot glue along the top to attach it to the sock body.

gluing gnome fur to body

Cut off the top of the sock above the elastic. Set aside as we will use this later.

Cut the Felt Hat

Now it’s time to make the gnome hat. Felt works great for this! Use any color that you like.

folding felt for gnome hat

Fold the felt in a triangle shape and cut off the bottom for the base of the hat.

making gnome hat

To make the hat bendable hot glue a pipe cleaner along the edge of the hat. This gives you versatility with how the hat will stand.

gluing pipe cleaner to gnome hat

Glue the hat shut with hot glue and bend it however you like. You can fold it over so it is more of a slouchy hat, or leave it nice and tall.

Add a Pompom

Remember that piece of sock I told you to set aside? That will be used as a pompom.

pompom from sock

Just hot glue it to form a ball and secure it to the top of the hat. So cute!

Secure the nose

The last step is to add a nose just under the hat. I love to use wood beads, but you can also use a pompom or even a piece of the sock.

gluing gnome nose

That’s all there is to it! An adorable little gnome made for under $5. You can’t beat that.

red felt hat gnome with blue background

Think of the color combinations and holiday gnomes you can make with this super simple DIY tutorial. Let us know if you give this craft a try.

red hat gnome with white beard
diy gnome with red hat
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How to Make a DIY Gnome

Let me show you how to make a super cute DIY gnome from a fuzzy sock.
Prep Time15 mins
Work Time12 mins
Total Time27 mins
Keyword: diy gnome, no sew
Author: Michelle James
Cost: $5

Equipment

Supplies

  • Felt
  • Rubber Band
  • Fuzzy Socks
  • Bag of Beans
  • Faux Fur
  • Wood Bead

Instructions

  • Place the enite bag of beans into one of the socks.
  • Tie an elastic around the top of the sock to close it shut.
  • Cut the faux fur into an oval shape with a craft knife.
  • Hot glue the fur to the gnome body. Cut off the top of the sock above the elastic. Set aside.
  • Make the hat using a square of felt. Fold it into a triangle to create a pointy hat.
  • Hot glue a pipe cleaner along the edge of the hat and glue it shut.
  • Create a pompom using the leftover sock. Just form into a ball and glue it to the top of the hat.
  • Glue a wood bead under the hat for the nose.
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diy gnome with red hat

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