DIY Beach Gnome Wall Hanging

Using a Dollar Tree ice cream sign, you can make this adorable beach gnome wall hanging in under 10 minutes. The Shore Living collection accents make this one easy and cute nautical gnome DIY.

You will need faux fur, fabric for the hat and a hot glue gun to get started. I had a lot of fun making this summer Dollar Tree craft idea and I hope you love it.

Horizontal image of a close up detail of a beach gnome wall hanging made with Dollar Tree sign, blue fur beard, twine, and starfish garland.
The details make this nautical gnome DIY a fun and easy craft for summer.

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Nautical Gnome Wall Hanging

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, scouring the Dollar Tree for craft supplies has become a bit of a game for me. I’ll stop in once every couple of weeks to see if I can add to my ever-growing craft stash.

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This week, I was amazed to discover the most adorable finds in the Shore Living collection. Immediately, I fell in love with the starfish wood bead garland and knew exactly what I wanted to use it on. After picking up the ice cream in their summer signs collection, I set to work.

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If you want to pop on into your dollar store to check their collection, I get it. Save this summer gnome idea to a summer DIY pin board or share it to Facebook so you can easily find it when you’re ready to begin.

Vertical image of a gnome wall piece with gray and white hat and blue beard in front of light wood with driftwood pieces and text which reads ruffles and rain boots at bottom left.
This easy 10 minute DIY project is a perfect beach gnome accent for walls or bookcases.

Tips for Making This Beach Gnome Wall Art

  • If you do not have faux fur, you can get it from Amazon, a craft store, or even where they sell swatches for only a couple of dollars. This blue faux fur piece was only $3 and I thought it would make a cute gnome for the summer.
  • If you can’t find an ice cream cone sign, this project will work using a rectangle sign. Changes will be to cut the hat without the seam allowance using pinking shears or with the seam allowance and tuck it in behind.
  • Sea shells, starfish, and seahorses would all be really cute additions to the tip of the hat or hanging off the side.
  • Use burlap and twine for a fun beach bum combination. How cute would that be?
  • If you do not want to use faux fur, pick up a cotton mop head from the dollar store. Remove the strands from the plastic joiner before gluing them onto the gnome.
  • The stuffing for the hat is optional on this home decor piece; I happened to have some on my table from a leftover project. If you love the look of a poofy hat but don’t have fill, use the inside of a stuffed animal or pillow.
Square close up image of a nautical beach gnome wall hanging made with a gray and white striped hat, blue beard, and starfish garland from the Dollar Tree.
This 10 minute gnome craft is a quick and easy beach craft for the summer.

How to Make This Beach Gnome Decor

Below is the written and printable tutorial for this easy summer craft idea using Dollar Tree supplies. You can watch the full length beach gnome wall hanging tutorial here on YouTube and see the other fun projects I whipped up, too! Previews below…

Yield: 1 Gnome

Beach Gnome Nautical Wall Hanging

Square close up image of a nautical beach gnome wall hanging made with a gray and white striped hat, blue beard, and starfish garland from the Dollar Tree.

This adorable beach gnome wall hanging uses the Dollar Tree Shore Living collection to create a sweet, summer decor piece using fabric, fur, and small accents.

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $7


  • Dollar Tree Ice Cream Cone Sign
  • Fabric for Hat (I used cotton)
  • Faux Fur (I used a blue swatch)
  • Wood Bead for Nose
  • Dollar Tree Starfish Garland
  • White Paint, optional
  • Poly-Fill, optional


  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Scissors and X-acto Craft Knife
  • Sharpie and Pencil


  1. Paint the front of the ice cream cone sign white and dry (optional). You can use the back, as well.Crafter painting an ice cream sign with white gesso acrylic paint.
  2. Trace the bottom of the ice cream cone sign onto the back of the fur with Sharpie or pen. Cut out with the X-acto knife.Crafter cutting blue faux fur with an X-acto knife on a light gray silicone background.
  3. Trace the top of the ice cream cone sign onto the back of the fabric using pencil and a light touch, remembering to account for the hem for the brim of the hat. Add a 3/4 inch line around the outside of the trace and cut out.Crafter drawing a border on the traced gnome hat fabric with a pencil.
  4. Glue on the fur beard using the hot glue gun.Crafter using a small glue gun to affix blue faux fur to a gnome wall hanging shaped like an ice cream.
  5. Hem the bottom of the hat about 1/2 inch with the glue gun.Crafter hemming a gnome hat with a glue gun.
  6. Cut 1/2 inch slits into the border section of the hat all the way around.Crafter using silver scissors to cut slits into a gnome hat to adhere to the all hanging.
  7. Secure the tabs to the top 2 inches of the hat by using the hot glue gun on the back side. Stuff with Poly-Fill (if using) before moving on. Glue the next few inches and stuff, repeating until you reach the brim.Crafter gluing fabric to a gnome using a small glue gun.
  8. Glue on the nose by parting the fur to the fabric backing and affixing with hot glue.Crafter gluing a wood bead to a beac gnome with blue faux fur and a gray and white striped hat on a light gray background..
  9. Glue down the rest of the hat brim and decorate with the garland and twine border. Stuff the rest of the hat, glue the front down, and add a twine hanger to the back.Crafter gluing twine trim to the outside of the beach gnome decor piece on a gray background.


If you do not have faux fur, use the cotton mop head from the Dollar Tree for a gnome beard.

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More Dollar Tree Nautical Decor Crafts

When I came across the Shore Living collection, I couldn’t pass it up. Here are a few other items I show how to make in the video tutorial.

Mermaid Shelf Sitter

I made this using the mermaid tags by gluing all three together, adding a bit of paint, and using a couple of leftover garland beads to make it stand.

Vertical image of a mermaid tail shelf sitter on a light wood background with driftwood pieces scattered and in a glass jar with cork top.
Make this rustic, weathered mermaid tail shelf sitter for tiered trays using a single tag set from the dollar store.

Starfish Shelf Sitter and Tiered Tray Sign

To make this fun tiered tray sign, I picked up an angled tray from the Dollar Tree and painted it. The inside rim was painted white and the bottom of the tray painted a dark gray. I glued on a starfish to the center, a couple of wood block game pieces to the back, and this was ready.

Vertical image close up of starfish tiered tray shelf sitter sign in front of a light wood background.
Make this easy starfish shelf sitter sign with a little paint, an angled tray, and this gorgeous, detailed starfish.

Mini Planter Using Rub-On Transfers

Another quick craft from the Dollar Tree is this mini planter accented with a bit of paint and rub-on transfers. I painted the outside white, the bottom and inside gray, and then put two of the inexpensive nautical shell rub-on transfers on either side.

Vertical close up image of a mini planter with lamb's ear greenery and a shell rub on transfer on a light wood background with driftwood pieces and farmhouse beads.
Make a mini nautical planter pot for a tiered tray or bookcase using supplies from the Dollar Tree.

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This easy DIY can be accented as you like but be sure to check out those Dollar Tree garlands.

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