DIY Gnome Ideas Using Dollar Tree Yarn

4 Materials
25 Minutes

Gnomes are selling out at craft fairs this year! But how about we make some easy ones for our Christmas trees or small display flocked trees? Dollar Tree has just come out with some yarn that is PERFECT for gnome beards and the strands look braided almost! Read on to learn how to make these adorable ornaments.

I just love how they look like winter wizards using wood cutouts and Pom poms from Dollar Tree. This is a super simple method to create gnomes that people from Facebook and Pinterest swear by. But the yarn and scrapbook paper are my own personal touch as I’ve seen most people create the gnome beards with fur.

I used a witch’s hat and ghost wooden cutout - both sold when Dollar Tree’s Halloween decor is out on the shelves. They serve as a great base but if you can’t find these exact ones, I would search for them on Amazon.

I start by tracing and cutting out some scrapbook paper for the hat using the witch hat wooden cutout. This beautiful green plaid scrapbook paper can be found at Hobby Lobby.

Glue the scrapbook paper you traced and cut out to the wooden hat cutout. I used an Elmer’s craft bond glue stick for this but you could also use Mod Podge for a quicker hold. I laid this under some heavy books for a few minutes to ensure it would hold.

Next, I took Dollar Tree’s white fuzzy yarn and wrapped it around my four fingers so it would be long enough to cover the bottom of the ghost cutout.

Now, glue the doubled up yarn strands to the ghost wood cutout to cover up the bottom half and leave his eyes free. When you’re done gluing it down, there will be loops on the bottom you’ll need to cut open to stretch out the beard.

Once you’ve cut all the loops open and stretched out the beard to cover up the bottom half, the beard starts to form and looks like this. Trim it to your liking! Give it an angled cut, or leave it messy - it’s up to you!

Next, hot glue down the nose using a medium sized wood half bead! If you can’t find them in stores, here’s where I found them online.

Hot glue the witch’s hat to go right above the gnome’s wooden nose so that it covers up the ghost’s eyes and you’re almost done!

After securing the witch’s hat, hot glue a white Pom Pom or whatever color Pom Pom you want to use to the very end of the witch’s pointed hat. This ties the whole look together!

Last but not least, secure a loop of string together or jute twine, and hot glue it near the top of the hat. This will turn your gnome into an ornament for hanging on tree. These gnomes practically weigh nothing!

If you’d like to see a video tutorial of this gnome and others, check out my YouTube channel, The Crafty Quinn, and this craft’s video linked here!

Here’s some other gnome options using the gray Dollar Tree yarn.

And here’s a freestanding gnome I created from a Dollar Tree gnome wood cutout as well. All can be found in my gnome DIY video on my YouTube channel, The Crafty Quinn.

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Suggested materials:
  • Yarn   (Dollar Tree)
  • Wood cutouts   (Dollar Tree)
  • Scrapbook paper   (Hobby Lobby)
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