This Clay Pot Snowman Gnome is a Great Terra Cotta Pot Gnome Craft!

Such a simple gnome craft, but the end result of this clay pot snowman gnome is just so precious and perfect for Christmas decor!

no-sew snowman gnome craft from a pot
This fast and fun no-sew clay pot snowman gnome is a fun Christmas gnome craft anyone can make in minutes.

Clay Pot Snowman Gnome

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I have always wanted a little snowman gnome but haven’t found the right design. But this week, I came up with the most adorable design, I just couldn’t wait for the holidays to catch up with me! I had to break out my craft supplies to make this clay pot snowman gnome even if the weather is still warm! LOL!


Fast and easy to make, this little terra cotta pot gnome craft is perfect for a little touch of winter on your entry table or in a farmhouse tiered tray. The hat is ridiculously easy and the assembly? No-brainer. You’ll have a whole family of snowpeople in just a few mintues. Grab your clay pots and let’s get started.

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Tips to Make a Terra Cotta Pot Gnome Craft

  • I used one of these 4-inch terra cotta pots. But, to be honest, the size of the pot doesn’t really matter. You could make itty-bitty mini terra cotta pot gnome snowmen (people) with those little 1-inch pots or you could make a giant guy for the porch – stop everything, I think I have to go make another gnome!
  • Because I wanted to make this DIY gnome craft as simple as possible, I used chenille wire for the legs and arms with just painted-on buttons on his belly. But, if you wanted to go a little further down the rabbit hole and had a few more minutes to spare than I did, you could find some real tiny buttons, sticks that are perfect and get just a little more “real”. Not that a clay pot gnome snowman is real, but you know what I mean.
  • I’m feeling a little obsessed with this little terra cotta pot gnome craft right now, but I do think that if I made another, I’d make a little girl gnome to go with this one. If you’d like to do the same, you can make braids instead of a mustache with this easy video tutorial of how to make braids for a gnome girl here. It’s just a little quick bit of the video, but it walks you through everything you need to know.
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How Do I Make this Clay Pot Snowman Gnome?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.

Yield: 1 Terra Cotta Pot Gnome Craft

Clay Pot Snowman Gnome

clay pot snowman gnome craft

With all the supplies coming from the Dollar Tree (for the most-part), this easy clay pot snowman gnome is a great way to kick-off your holiday crafting this year!

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


  • 1 - 4-inch Terra Cotta Pot
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Orange Acrylic Paint
  • Small Amount of Fleece Buffalo Check Fabric (I used an infinity scarf from Dollar Tree)
  • 2 - 1/2-inch Wood Beads (feet)
  • 1 - 1-inch Wood Bead (nose)
  • 1 White Chenille Wires for Legs (or thin rope)
  • 1 Brown Chenille Wires for Arms
  • Twine or Embroidery Thread (to secure hat)
  • White Faux Fur


  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • Wire Cutter, optional
  • Razor Blade or Craft Knife
  • Black Paint Pen


  1. Paint the pot exterior with the white paint and allow it to dry completely. This may require multiple coats to get good coverage. in-process step of painting a pot to make a terra cotta pot gnome snowman craft
  2. Paint the larger wood bead orange for the nose and allow it to dry completely.
  3. Wrap the fabric around your hat, about where you want the hat to sit, then add 1-inch of width to the fabric to allow for hemming. Cut the fabric into a rectangle at this width.
  4. Flip the long edge of your fabric up by 1/4-inch and hot glue hem it to make the brim of the hat.
  5. Fold the fabric in half right-side to right-side and hot glue hem the edge. This will form a cylinder to make the hat with. Allow the hot glue to cool completely.
  6. Make the legs by cutting the white chenille wire in half then threading a bead onto one of these half- white chenille wires, then twisting the end of the wire up and around onto itself to keep the bead from coming off, securing with hot glue if desired. Repeat for the other leg.
  7. Position the other end of the white chenille wire on the inside of the pot, where you want the legs to sit and hot glue them in place.
  8. Turn the hat cylinder right-side out and gather the top of the hat (the side opposite the brim). Tie the gather in place with the twine or embroidery thread and secure with hot glue. photo collage tutorial of how to make a clay pot snowman gnome
  9. Cut your faux fur in to TWO 2-inch wide by 1/2-inch tall pieces by flipping it over and, using the razor blade or craft knife, cutting through the faux fur's fabric backing only.
  10. Hot glue one piece of the faux fur onto the terra cotta pot just above where you want the hat brim to sit, then add a line of hot glue to the top edge of the faux fur you just glued to the pot and place the second piece of faux fur right on top of that first layer. Allow the hot glue to cool completely.
  11. Split the faux fur in the middle, all the way down to the fabric backing to fully expose the belly of the gnome/pot. Using the black paint pen, draw on three buttons in a vertical line down the belly middle. Allow the paint to dry completely.
  12. Fit the hat down over the top of the pot, tucking it just over the top edge of the faux fur.
  13. Hot glue the orange wood bead to the mustache, where the fur is split to the fabric backing. Allow the hot glue to cool completely.
  14. Tuck the hat down over the nose and hot glue the brim in place with a cute little wrinkle right on top of the nose. in-process step of adding a nose under a hat to make a diy snowman terra cotta pot craft
  15. Pull the hat down in the back and hot glue it in place, leaving the sides of the hat open for now.
  16. To make the arms, cut the brown chenille wire in half, then shape one end into two small twists to be the snowman's hand, repeating with the other half for the other arm/hand. Hot glue these on either side of the gnome, tucked up under the edge of the hat. Then get ready to enjoy him because he's done! photo collage tutorial of how to make a clay pot gnome snowman


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