10-Minute Doorstop Santa Gnome Made With a Plastic Jug

9 Materials
10 Minutes

This cute Santa gnome is a fun and easy Christmas gnome craft for adults and teens. With his hat flopped over, this little guy stands about 18 inches tall. Let's get started!

DIY Santa doorstop gnome

10-Minute Santa Doorstop Gnome by Craftidly.com

Tools and materials for the DIY project

1. Weigh down the jug

Grab a plastic 1-gallon water (or milk jug) to make this cute Christmas gnome. Add rice or small rocks to the jug to give it weight to use as a doorstop!

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Gluing the fabric to the jug

2. Glue the fabric to the jug

I found this plaid fleece scarf at Dollar Tree. It was the perfect size to cover my water jug, but any fleece fabric will work. Just cut your scarf or fabric to size and hot-glued it along the seam to the jug.

Filling the Santa gnome hat

3. Fill the Santa gnome hat

Next, you'll need to fill a Santa hat with a little Poly-Fil stuffing. As an extra step, I chose to cut off the white faux fur at the bottom of my hat so the white beard on my gnome would stand out better.

Making the gnome beard

4. Make the gnome beard

Cut a wide triangle of faux fur with an X-ACTO knife to make a beard. Do not use scissors to cut the beard, as this will cut the fur along the edges giving it a flowing beard look.

For more details and to link to the faux fur I used, head over to my blog!

Putting the gnome together

5. Assemble the gnome

Hot glue the beard to the jug where you want it, then the hat, and a nose to finish.

Doorstop Santa gnome

Doorstop Santa gnome

They say gnomes are a symbol of good luck. I don't know about that, but this little guy certainly brings a whole lot of holiday cheer with him!

What do you think of this simple Christmas gnome craft? Let me know in the comments below.

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  • Carol Rose Buley Carol Rose Buley on Nov 28, 2021


    where you find small ornaments and I don’t see any dollars tree stores.

  • Michelle Lindsay Gilbert Michelle Lindsay Gilbert on Oct 22, 2022

    I’d love to see someone make a nativity (or mini nativity) with milk jugs!

  • Kathy Kathy on Nov 11, 2023

    how did you cut the fur for the beard? can you better expain

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  • Lana Lana on Nov 13, 2023

    Love it!! Will make one or two with my grandson..

  • CaliGal CaliGal on Nov 18, 2023

    I really like this project, wouldn’t it be cute to make a lil gnome family. Not necessarily for a door stop but more for a lil gnome vignette. Four slightly different sizes and patterns. I think I’m gonna try this out. Thanks for the inspiration 🎄

    • Craftidly | Dawn Stewart Craftidly | Dawn Stewart on Nov 18, 2023

      That's a great idea. Someone mentioned using a 1/2 gallon jug size to make smaller ones. I like your idea with different patterns!