DIY Christmas Gnome Garland Made From Thrift Store Finds

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This DIY Christmas Gnome garland was easy to make and I used items that I found at a thrift store to save on the cost of supplies. Win-Win!

I love projects that come together using things I already have on hand. Whenever I am shopping at thrift stores and yard sales, I pick up things that I know we will use at some point. A lot of our craft supplies come from thrift stores because I can usually find them there and the price is better than buying them in a craft store.

For this project, I did have to buy the {aff}  oval chips at Hobby Lobby, but I paid less than $2 for the bag because I used the 40% coupon. The other supplies were things I have picked up at thrift stores and yard sales over the years, but they can easily be found in any craft store.

I LOVE plaid. LOVE plaid. I always pick up plaid scarves when I see them at thrift stores and yard sales. I use them as tree skirts under smaller Christmas trees, I use them inside baskets and I have also folded a bunch of them and put them on shelves and inside the hutch in our living room. There is something about plaid at Christmas and winter that makes your home feel warm and cozy. I was thinking about this gnome garland project, but didn’t want to cut up any of the scarves I had, so I hit the thrift store and found this blue one that worked perfectly!  

Here is a video showing you how I put this garland together.

The {aff}  oval wood pieces were the perfect size to make these little gnomes and since I am not one that sews, a hot glue gun is my best friend when it comes to crafts like this.

This project can really come together with any fabric, any yarn or fur for the beards, a wood ball and/or pom-pom and some hot glue.  

To turn the gnomes into a garland, I just hot glued them to some raffia ribbon I had on hand (probably picked up at a yard sale or thrift store). 

You could make this garland out of so many things and have them fit any holiday theme you have.

Wouldn’t they be cute if their hats were cut from old bandannas? I have those. Might have to try that next year. 

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