Adorable Reindeer Gnome Ornament

This reindeer gnome ornament is a show-stopping, easy Christmas craft you can make in less than 10 minutes! Use what you have on hand and turn this into a scrap-buster holiday DIY.

To create this gnome ornament idea, follow along with the step by step written and video tutorials. This is SO easy and fun for the holidays.

Horizontal image of a reindeer ornament with red hat on a flocked Christmas tree with red and white ornaments.
From gifts and packages to trees wreaths, this reindeer gnome ornament is a fun Christmas DIY.

Gnome Ornament DIY

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I have been making gnome ornaments for years. From the most popular DIY gnome ornament on the Internet to quick and easy gnome Dollar Tree ornaments, I like to challenge myself each year.

I use these for ornaments, of course, but also use them as gnome package tags, to tie onto wine bottle bags as hostess gifts, and anything else I can tie them onto. I’ve used them in wreaths, swags, accents to Christmas decorations, and even as end decor for custom farmhouse bead DIYs. My point is that you have many ways to use these, so let’s get started.

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Tips for Making This Ornament Gnome

Starting with an ornament base is easiest, but is NOT necessary. I’ll share a few alternatives and tricks for making this easy holiday craft.

  • The reindeer photo ornament is in stock year after year at Joann craft stores in their hanging ornament section AND in the holiday crafts areas.
  • If you cannot find the ornament, you can use a wood round or even a cardboard circle.
  • For antlers on a DIY ornament, use brown craft foam – it will last year after year and keep its shape better than cardboard or card stock. You can also use any cotton fabric with a stiffener (bonding or insert) or buckram / canvas.
  • Use yarn (brushed out or as-is) as an option to the faux fur.
  • If using faux fur, cut the fabric backing only. I like to use an X-Acto knife or blade for this and show you how to cut faux fur in this quick tutorial.
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This Christmas gnome ornament with a reindeer theme makes a perfect gift tag!

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Supplies for This Easy Holiday Ornament Craft Idea

Below are the items I used, however, check what you have on hand. Always check the remnants bin (and clearance sections) at the craft stores. They are perfect for small crafts like these.

  • ornament (see tips above for ideas)
  • fleece
  • wood bead or wood ball (can use a pompom, too)
  • faux fur (can replace with yarn)
  • twine or string for hanging
  • decorations (I used ribbon and greenery)
  • hot glue, scissors and X-Acto knife
Crafter holding a reindeer gnome ornament next to craft supplies.
Gather up some simple supplies to create your own holiday reindeer gnome.

RELATED READING: How to Make a Gnome Beard

Instructions to Build a Reindeer Gnome Ornament

Keep this page open and use the images and instructions below to follow along with the written tutorial. For a printable version without images, scroll to the bottom of this post.

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Step 1: Create a Gnome Hat

Wrap the fleece around the base at the widest part of the gnome body (the photo portion). To measure the width, add about 1.5 inches onto the width of the widest part of the “body” of the ornament to allow for overlap. Make it at least 6 inches tall.

Crafter measuring the width of fleece needed for a gnome ornament.
Measure and cut gnome hat.

Step 2: Make a Brim

To create a brim for the easy gnome hat, I turned up the bottom on the wrong side of the fabric (the back) about 1/2 inch. You could add a yarn, ribbon, or even sew a trim accent on yours.

Crafter using a hot glue gun to glue a red fleece fabric brim on a gnome hat.
Add brim to hat for the gnome.

Step 3: Add an Ornament Hanger

Because the original hanger will be too short, remove it and cut a piece of baker’s twine (or string) about 18 inches long. Create a loop, push it through the hanger opening, and pull the ends through that loop. Leave it untied and determine the length later.

Crafter tying on a long piece of bakers twine for an ornament hanger.
Add an ornament hanger.

Step 4: Create Initial Cut for the Reindeer Antlers

Cut a slit into the fleece where the antlers meet the body of the ornament. We will use this to push one side of the antlers through.

Crafter cutting into a red fleece fabric to make a gnome hat for a reindeer.
Cut into the fleece hat for the reindeer antlers.

Step 5: Cut Other Side

Once the first side has been pushed through, position the hat and cut the other side. Pull the antler through so that both are now protruding from the hat.

Crafter placing a gnome hat through antlers a reindeer ornament made of wood.
Add gnome hat over reindeer antlers.

Step 6: Assemble Gnome Hat Base

Fold over the hat around the back and trim any excess fabric to leave a 1/2 inch hangover. Glue the back of the hat straight, leaving the top inch un-glued for tying and scrunching.

Crafter using hot glue to seal the back of a red gnome hat on a white background.
Secure the hat to the gnome ornament.

Step 7: Create a Gnome Beard

Cut the backing fabric of the fur into a triangle shape the width of your ornament body (from side to side). Cut the height of the fur triangle from just under the brim of the hat to below the ornament body and glue the beard to the ornament.

Crafters hands gluing faux fur on a gnome ornament on white background.
Cut faux fur gnome beard and attach.

Step 8: Finish the Hat Assembly

Glue the hat to the ornament near the antlers and around the back, securing it in place and tie up the top of the hat with matching twine from the hanger.

Crafter tying the top of a gnome hat.
Tie off top of gnome hat.

Step 9: Gnome Nose

Glue the wood bead to the underside of the hat. It should sit on top of the gnome beard.

Crafter gluing on a small wood bead to the brim of a red fleece gnome hat.
Add gnome nose to the ornament.

Step 10: Create a Faux Fur Pompom

Cut a smallish (1 inch) piece of fur and glue down each corner point to the center. This will create a fur pom pom to glue to the top of the hat (I put mine in front).

Crafter gluing on a fur pompom to the top of a red gnome hat made of fleece.
Add pompom to gnome hat.

Step 11: Decorate the Reindeer Gnome Ornament

Tie a small ribbon bow and glue to the center of the hat in the middle of each antler and add greenery pieces to either side. It’s time to hang your cute gnome ornament on the Christmas tree.

Crafter gluing on greenery and a bow to a finished gnome ornament with reindeer antlers.
Decorate ornament with Christmas greenery and bow.

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  • Adorable Gnomes for Christmas (No Sew) – Find some Scandinavian inspired fabric and use a hot glue gun to create these beautiful holiday gnomes.
  • Reindeer Gnome DIY – These are one of my favorite all-time holiday gnomes I’ve put together. I even share two ways to make them.
  • Reindeer Gnome Garland – Oh, this is a fun one to make for a themed holiday. Look at their tiny little antlers!

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This easy ornament is perfect to use up fur scraps and small holiday greenery.
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Reindeer Gnome Ornament

Square close up image of a reindeer gnome ornament with a red hat and white beard.

A pre-made ornament from the craft store is the base for this quick reindeer gnome ornament made in under 10 minutes. This is a great gnome craft for a way to use faux fur scraps from other projects, too. Learn how to cut the gnome hat around the antlers and the rest is easy going.

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2

Materials

  • Reindeer Gnome Base
  • Fabric for Hat (Fleece or a Stretchy Fabric)
  • Faux Fur Scrap
  • 1/4 inch Wood Bead or Ball
  • Twine Cord (for Hanging)
  • Ribbon
  • Small Greenery Decoration

Tools

  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto Knife or Box Cutter (for fur)

Instructions

  1. Cut a rectangle of fleece for the gnome hat. To measure the width, add about 1.5 inches onto the width of the widest part of the "body" of the ornament. Make it at least 6 inches tall.
  2. Hot glue a brim along one long edge of the hat piece, folding the bottom 1/4 inch up on the wrong side of the fabric to create a tailored look.
  3. Remove the ornament hanger and add a piece of twine in its place (I cut mine to 18 inches, but if you're creating a package tag, cut to 12-15).
  4. Cut a small slit into the fleece where the antlers meet the body of the ornament. We will use this to push the antlers through.
  5. Slip on the hat over the antlers and measure the other side. Make a small cut in the gnome hat the same way and slip the other antler through.
  6. Trim excess fabric so you have only about a 1/2 inch hangover. Glue the back of the hat straight, leaving the top inch un-glued for scrunching.
  7. Cut the backing fabric of the fur into a triangle shape the width of your ornament body from side to side. Cut the height of the fur triangle from just under the brim of the hat to below the ornament body. Glue to the ornament.
  8. Glue the hat to the ornament near the antlers and around the back, securing it in place and tie up the top of the hat with matching twine from the hanger.
  9. Add the wood bead under the brim of the hat and over the fur in the center of the ornament to create the gnome nose.
  10. Cut a small (1 inch) piece of fur and glue down each point to the center to create a fur pom pom to glue to the top of the hat (in front).
  11. Tie a small ribbon bow and glue to the center of the hat in the middle of each antler. Add greenery pieces underneath to either side and it's time to hang your cute gnome ornament!

Notes

Craft stores often have these photo ornaments in the kid's or ornament sections.

You can easily create a reindeer ornament by glueing cardboard or foam antlers to a wood round ornament.

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