Make a 4th of July Gnome Shelf Sitter Sign

This 4th of July gnome shelf sitter sign is an easy craft project to add patriotic flair to your summer decor without a ton of work. Use scraps to make this DIY gnome for a tiered tray, bookcase, or display for a gnome sweet gnome.

If you have a scrap of faux fur lying around, gather up a scrap of fabric and something for a gnome nose. This Independence Day craft is done in about 5 minutes, so grab your glue gun and let’s get started.

Mini gnome sign DIY in front of a white tobacco basket with ice cream plush with a light wood background and farmhouse beads.
Make this easy 4th of July gnome decor to place in a tray, an entryway or even to tuck into a hostess gift.

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DIY Gnome Shelf Sitter Sign for Summer Decor

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I’m always looking for easy ways to add a bit of fun to my decor. I don’t go overboard and change my decor a lot during the summer months, but I like to add a bit of the old red, white, and blue where I can.

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This usually means I create a 4th of July tiered tray or pop something into a few key areas in my home: a bookcase, the entryway, and the front door. I’ve shared quite a few DIY projects over the years but I have to say, this little gnome sign is one of the easiest, by far!

I made this one using a 3 inch square sign, but you can make it bigger for a door sign, wall decor, or even make it on a mason jar! You can see how I did that here with the gnome cookie jar DIY I made a couple of years ago.

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This adorable gnome sign for the fourth of July is made in just 5 minutes.

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Tips for Making an Easy Shelf Sitter Sign

  • Use those weird fabric scraps you have gathered, even if they’re not “4th of July” themed. If you watch the video, you can see I’m using a wonky fabric scrap for the hat.
  • Faux fur is the most expensive craft supply when making gnomes or stuffed animals. I save each and every scrap I cut off, no matter how small.
  • If your fur scraps are all too small to fit your gnome sign, don’t worry. Watch this video on how to piece together fur.
  • On this gnome sign, I used a tiny heart button I’ve had in my stash for I-can’t-believe-how-long-I-held-onto-that. Sometimes it pays off to hoard those craft supplies… That said, a little wooden star from the dollar store, a starburst button, or even a pompom would look great for the gnome hat’s accent.
  • If you don’t have any on hand, you can skip the Poly-Fil and use fabric scraps to stuff the gnome hat.
Square image of a blue star gnome sign made for Independence Day sitting against a white tobacco basket and farmhouse beads with a light wood background.
This 4th of July craft idea is too cute for a tiered tray!

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Instructions for This 5 Minute Gnome Craft

Below are the supplies and written instructions for this quick gnome DIY. If you’re a visual learner, watch the 4th of July gnome shelf sitter video tutorial here on YouTube.

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4th of July Gnome Shelf Sitter Sign

Square image of a blue star gnome sign made for Independence Day sitting against a white tobacco basket and farmhouse beads with a light wood background.

This adorable gnome shelf sitter sign takes 5 minutes and adds a subtle touch of patriotic decor to your home. The best part is that it uses up scraps of fur and fabric!

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3


  • Small Wood Block or Sign
  • Fabric Scrap for Hat
  • Faux Fur Scrap for Beard
  • Wood Bead for Nose
  • Button or Hat Accessory
  • Poly-Fil, Optional


  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Scissors or Pinking Shears
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Sandpaper or Sanding Block Optional
  • Paint, Optional


  1. Roughly measure the size hat you will need so that the hat's tip can come together and bend over. Cut with pinking shears or scissors. Crafter measuring a scrap of blue and white star fabric for a gnome hat.
  2. Use the X-Acto knife to cut the faux fur into a strip as wide as the hat base. Crater cutting the faux fur with an X-acto knife to create a gnome beard.
  3. Glue the fur to the wood block. Crafter showing to glue the faux fur fabric to the wood block sign.
  4. Glue on the nose and secure the base of the hat over it and the width of the fur. Crafter attaching the gnome nose and hat base to the sign.
  5. Glue together the tip of the hat, glue down one side of the hat, and stuff with Poly-Fil, if using. Crafter stuffing the gnome hat with Poly-Fil stuffing.
  6. Secure the other side of the hat, glue down the tip of the hat, and add a button or other accent. Crafter gluing down the gnome hat and adding a small red heart button as an embellishment.


I used a wood block and sandpaper to remove the writing.

Piece together fur scraps if you don't have a wide enough piece.

A star or pompom would make great gnome hat decorations.

Paint the outside of the block to coordinate with your fabric or decor.

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More Easy 4th of July Craft Ideas

If you watch the video tutorial here, you’ll see how I created the following projects using just a few items I had on hand in my craft stash.

American Flag Tiered Tray Pillow

In the video tutorial, I share how to make the EASIEST tiered tray pillow for the 4th of July. Use rectangles of fabric, a hot glue gun, and a bit of stuffing to make these in any shape! You have to see how cute this is.

July 4th Mini Rolling Pins

These mini rolling pins for the 4th are so easy to make and can be changed easily. Learn how to make these Independence Day mini rolling pins here.

Vertical image of three paper covered farmhouse rolling pins for Independence Day decor on white wood with boxwood greenery.
For a fun farmhouse style, choose rustic or weathered scrapbook papers for the mini rolling pins.

4th of July Dough Bowl Balls

Watch the video and learn to make these fun dimensional pieces. Gather up Styrofoam® balls and 1/2 inch strips of ticking stripe and whip up a few of these to tuck into dough bowls, buckets, book cases, and tiered trays.

DIY US Cork Flag

A frame, some paint, and corks are all you really need to whip up this cork flag craft. Get the full supplies list and tutorial for this easy project.

Vertical image of a US flag made with corks on white wood table with red, white, and blue berry sprigs.
This Americana style craft can be made in neutrals for a year-round farmhouse display, too.

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Make this 5 minute gnome sign for a tiered tray, a hostess gift, or just to add a little patriotic decor to a bookcase.

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