Check out how easy and inexpensive it is to make an adorable Dollar Store gnome with a mop head beard! In less than 20 minutes, you will add a whimsical Scandinavian gnome to your Christmas decor.
Head on over to the dollar store for your supplies and grab your glue gun for this cute Christmas gnome. This is a great Christmas craft idea to make with friends, so invite some over and let’s get started.
Dollar Store Gnome
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I love making Christmas gnomes. Perusing the Dollar Tree with the little one earlier today, I knew I could make a fun holiday gnome DIY using only materials from the Dollar Tree. In just a few minutes, I had all the items added to my cart and it was SO fun to put this cutie together.
And I know that there’s some kind of Scandinavian folklore involving Christmas porridge and farm animals that goes along with all these gnomes, but at the end of the day, you do not have to have read Viktor Rydberg to just straight-up enjoy making tomten.
Before you get your supplies ready, be sure to read this “sock gnome questions and answers list.” It will help you decide what you want your gnome to look like – there are just so many possibilities.
If you have yarn or faux fur on hand, you won’t even need everything on this list. You can substitute the fur or yarn for the mop from a dollar store (yes, a mop!). Let’s get started making our fun Nordic Dollar Store gnome.
DIY Christmas Gnome Tutorials
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Tips to Make a Dollar Tree Mop Head Beard Gnome
- I decided to make this Scandinavian gnome from the Dollar Tree as inexpensively as possible. I bought the mop, socks, filler, twine, AND the blush to color the nose at the dollar store. The socks were only $0.50 (watch for those two-for deals), so I was able to make a $5 gnome for a Christmas decoration!
- This holiday gnome can be a stand-alone addition to your decor (I love them on entryway tables or shelves) or you can add him to a tiered tray. Mantles and stocking shelves also make the perfect spot for a gnome.
- When you glue the beard on, use quite a bit of hot glue. The sock is stretchy and the mop is floppy so the hot glue is more likely to release if you don’t use enough along the edge.
- If your dollar store doesn’t have twine, you can grab a rubber band for the nose and just skip the twine around the red cap. But you do need SOMETHING to form the nose. Other ideas for gnome noses are: pompoms, wood balls or beads, ping pong balls, or even ones you make with clay or Model Magic® (also at the Dollar Tree).
- Here’s what I got so you know exactly what to look for. They do have ship-to-store so you could just order it now and be crafting later today…
- The dollar stores have great embellishments, so keep your eye out for mini signs, micro holiday lights, or even package tags!
How to Make this Dollar Store Gnome
Below is the written tutorial for this easy holiday gnome. If you learn best with video or would like to save it to a gnomes playlist, our dollar store gnome video tutorial is here. And if you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.
Mop Beard Gnome Tips
I have answered a lot of questions from readers and YouTube viewers, so I thought I’d add some notes here.
- unwrapping the mop’s ropes makes for a fuller, curlier beard but you can leave it as-is
- if you cannot find any mops at your dollar stores, try discount stores and ask for mop heads
- you can use any amount of the mop for the gnome’s beard
- mop beard gnomes are made with or without the mop’s plastic nub – you can tuck it down into the body of the gnome or cut the mop strands off and discard it
- you will likely have mop material leftover – make gnome ornaments like these or an entire gnome family (the mop heads also make great braids for girl gnomes)
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- Christmas Gnome Ornaments – Our most popular Scandinavian Christmas gnome tutorial by far, these little tomten are perfect for any Christmas tree!
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