Christmas Gnomes

11 Materials
1 Hour

I love Christmas Gnomes. There is just something about these faceless characters with the big noses that make me smile every time I see them. So much so I wanted to make my own. I'm not talking little tiny sock ones, I wanted something big. So in the middle of the night when I do my best thinking it came to me. Tomatoe cages! Yes you heard me. The rest as they say is history. This project is so easy you can make them in an afternoon and everything you need can be purchased from your Dollar store.

So here are the supplies you will need to get going on your gnome. Tomato cage, one grey fleece blanket, grey fluffy socks, small kids red mittens, self adhesive Velcro, long Santa hat, Santa head with beard, large styrofoam ball, flesh colored paint, scissors and some plastic bags.

Take your fleece blanket and cut in half, it is easier to work with. Stand your tomato cage upside down and take your blanket and wrap around to measure. Cut to desired length.

Once cut, lie tomato cage on its side and cut your self adhesive Velcro the length of the blanket. Remove backing from one side and press along edge of blanket. Remove backing from the other side of Velcro and wrap blanket around to meet the other side. Press together firmly. Set aside.

Take your fluffy socks and using plastic bags stuff your socks leaving about an inch from the top unstuffed. Take your red mittens and put over the stuffed toe of the socks. Repeat steps with other sock. You now have two arms.

Take a needle and thread and attach your arms to the body.

Next you are going to paint your styrofoam ball flesh color. Once dry take a piece of wire about 3 inches long and stick into styrofoam ball.

Next you are going to cut a small slit in your blanket and stick your wire through the whole. Wrap wire around the tomato cage to secure.

Next you are going to take your Santa hat and stuff with plastic bags. Once stuffed place your hat on your tomato cage and pull down as far as it will go. Now you are going to take the Santa head with the beard and stuff up inside the hat so that all you can see is the beard. Arrange around the nose.

You should now have your own cute , not so little Christmas gnome. I made 3 out of one blanket. You can change the color of the arms by using different color socks and mitts.

Here they are in my front yard. As you can see I stuffed my hats differently for each one. I also had a smaller tomato cage so one is smaller than the other two.

Here is my other little one.

Here they are all together. Aren't they cute? I love how these turned out. I smile every time I see them as does everyone who walks past my front yard.

Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
29 Of The Best DIY Mirror Projects Ever Made
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
30 Unusual & Helpful Gardening Tips You'll Want To Know
30 Fun Ways To Keep Your Home Organized
18 Fun Ways To Add Glitter To Your Home Decor
17 Faux Brick Ideas For Your Home
15 Pieces Of Furniture That DIYers Built From Scratch
The Easiest Ways to Grow a Bumper Crop of Tomatoes
15 Affordable DIY Projects You Can Do Right Now!
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
15 Kitchen Updates Under $20
31 Super Cute & Easy DIY Ideas For Your Kitchen
30 Creative Ways To Repurpose Baking Pans

Have a question about this project?

3 of 18 questions
  • Marybeth
    on Nov 24, 2019

    I've been seeing every sort of homemade gnome all over the place lately and have to say yours are my favorite!! They're so fun. Great job

  • Cathy Lee
    on Nov 24, 2019

    What else could the beard be made from, not able to find the santa head? Sooo cute😊

    • Pamela
      on Nov 30, 2019

      Santa heads are at your local dollar general stores

  • Carol Bellinger
    on Dec 17, 2019

    OMG i am in love with Gnomes this year too,,, I love these,, great job,, i am doing this for sure

Join the conversation

4 of 259 comments
  • Sand357
    on Jan 7, 2020

    Absolutely adorable !! Thank you for posting your project & idea's ! Your gnomes are simply stunning !! Made me smile too ! Had to make one for ourselves. Could not find the nice Santa beard like you found so used really thick bulky white yard instead....just had to comb it out to get it a bit fluffy. Also didn't have a round Styrofoam ball for his nose so went with panty hose & stuffing instead. Your instructions & pictures are spot on .... thank you so much for your creative idea. We call our guy "Gustav" and he made us smile everyday thru the holidays.

  • JoAnn
    on Mar 2, 2020

    I love this!!!

Your comment...