DIY Dollar Tree Gnome Ornaments

While cleaning the craft room, I took a break to make these Dollar Tree gnome ornaments. In this tutorial, I used shower curtain rings, a mop head, and a few other dollar store finds to create these easy Christmas macrame ornaments.

Create the basic ornament in just a couple of minutes and embellishment and decorate with all those wonderful holiday accents. Keep reading for a written, printable, and full gnome ornaments DIY video tutorial.

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This fun Dollar Tree Christmas DIY is perfect for a quick afternoon craft.

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Shower Curtain Ring Gnome Ornaments

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I have been working through a TON of craft supplies because we are moving from Seattle, Washington to Austin, Texas. Aside from the insane temperature change, I have been preparing myself for better craft room organization.

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In my attempts to make my overly-stocked craft room “easily shoppable,” I sorted out some Dollar Tree items and came across the shower curtain rings. Can I remember why I bought them? You bet! I knew exactly what to make first with them.

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This cute gnome ornament uses a lark’s head knot, curtain ring, and mop head to come together.

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Tips for Making These Dollar Tree Ornaments

  • Be sure to glue the rings closed before adding on the hat. It will help everything to stay in place.
  • If you have felt, you can roll or fold a gnome hat instead of using the mittens or socks. Just be sure to round out the bottom of a triangle (think how a piece of cut pie is shaped).
  • You can use the hot glue gun to secure each lark’s head knot, however, I didn’t find it necessary.
  • Although I used a wooden bead for the gnome nose, you can use a pompom, a felted wool ball, polymer clay or Model Magic® formed into noses – anything you’d like!
  • Decorative embellishments like mini lights, tinsel garland, wooden stars, bells, or Santa faces are usually available at the dollar stores, too.
  • These little gnome ornaments are perfect package ties. Tie on a piece of card stock or a gift tag to the hanging string or glue it to the hat for a personalized piece.
  • The dollar store cotton mop heads do not brush out well. If you want a very fluffy beard, use yarn and a cat comb to add a lot of volume.
Red hat gnome ornament made from a curtain ring hanging on copper vase with greenery in front of light wood background.
Create an adorable ornament or package tag using curtain rings, a mitten, and a mop head.

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How to Make Shower Curtain Ring Gnome Ornaments

Below is the written and printable tutorial for these Dollar Tree ornaments. If you’re a visual learner or want additional tips while making these, watch the full length curtain ring gnome ornaments tutorial here on YouTube.

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Yield: 2 Ornaments

Shower Curtain Ring Gnome Ornaments

Red hat gnome ornament made from a curtain ring hanging on copper vase with greenery in front of light wood background.

These adorable gnomes are made using Dollar Tree shower curtain rings. Grab a mitten or a sock set and a mop and you can craft these adorable Christmas gnomes to be used as ornaments or package toppers.

Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3


  • Fuzzy Sock and/or Mitten Set
  • Mop Head (Cotton)
  • 2 Shower Curtain Rings
  • Wood Bead or Pompom for Nose
  • Thread or Twine for Hanging
  • Optional, Pompom


  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery Needle


  1. Cut 5 strands from the cotton mop (aka cotton rope) and divide into two sections each for a total of 10 sets. Crafter showing how to create a gnome beard with a mop by pulling apart strands.
  2. Use a lark's head knot to add 5 of the mop strands to the shower curtain ring. Start at the bottom of the ring (opposite the opening). Fold the strand in half and loop the folded end under the ring. Put the ends through the strand opening, capturing the ring. Please see the video for instruction. Crafter showing how to use a lark's head knot to create a gnome beard using a mop.
  3. Glue the curtain ring opening closed and add the remaining 5 strands of cotton rope. Crafter using a detail tip glue gun to secure the curtain ring shut to use as the ornament base.
  4. Turn the mitten inside out, cut off the thumb, and glue the opening shut. As shown in the video, you can also cut the top of the mitten into a point or leave it as-is. Note: if you are using a sock, cut it just below the heel and hem the bottom portion you cut. Turn the gnome hat right sides out and glue a pompom to the tip of the hat. Optional: glue down the glued edge of the mitten. Crafter using scissors to remove the thumb from a mitten.
  5. Slip the hat over the ring and mop strands, pulling it down over the highest knot up the ring. Glue one side of the mitten or sock to the cotton strands to hold it in place. Crafter pulling the hat over the top knot and glueing down the side.
  6. Affix the nose in the center of the bottom of the ring with hot glue and then glue down the gnome hat to the nose and the other side of the ring. Glue the gnome nose to the ring in the center.
  7. Use an embroidery needle and thread to string twine under the ring (in the back only) or at the top of each ornament. Crafter showing how to use a needle and twine to create a hanger for a gnome ornament.


I used both a mitten and a sock in the video tutorial to show how to make adjustments for what you can find or might have on hand already.

Don't throw away the thumb of the mitten - turn it into a gnome package tie or mini ornament!

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More Dollar Tree Gnome Ideas You Might Like

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  • Dollar Tree Gnome Tree Toppers – Grab a tinsel tree and have the most fun ripping it apart and turning it into this elegant gnome for the holidays.
  • Mop Head Beard Gnome DIY – Whip up festive and fun gnome decor using the same mop head as you’ve used on this project. Let’s get our money’s worth!
  • Done for You Gnome Ornaments – I love these and bought two sets to decorate a mini tree in my craft room.

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Create an entire series of these cute easy macrame gnome ornaments using a mop head, mittens, and socks.

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