Check out how easy and inexpensive it is to make an adorable Dollar Store gnome! In less than 20 minutes, you will add a whimsical Scandinavian gnome to your Christmas decor.
Dollar Store Gnome
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I love making Christmas gnomes. Perusing the Dollar Store with the little one earlier today, I knew I could make a fun holiday cutie with materials from the Dollar Store! 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.
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Tips to Make a dollar store gnome with a mop beard
- I decided to make this Swedish gnome from the dollar store as inexpensive as possible. I bought the mop, socks, beans, twine, AND the blush to color the nose at the dollar store. The socks were only $0.50, 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 gnome hangout. Just make sure to get him out before Christmas Eve so he can properly celebrate the winter solstice. Or something like that.
- When you glue the beard on, use ample 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 bottom edge–or top edge, as it were.
- 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. So keep that in mind.
- 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…
- If you want to use a wooden bead or clay creation for the gnome nose, use one which is just under 2-inches so it really stands out.
How Do I Make this Dollar Store Gnome?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial for this easy holiday tomte. 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 with Mop beard family
- 1 White Sock
- 1 Fuzzy Black Sock
- 1 Fuzzy Red Sock
- Dollar Store Plastic Bag
- 1 Bag Beans
- Mop Head
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Fill the white sock with beans. You will need 2 cups of beans but only fill it about 1/2 way. Do not close the sock yet. Cut off a 6-inch long section of twine.
- Cut off the top quarter of the white sock. Ball up this small portion of the sock off and stuff it inside the gnome, where you'd like the nose to be.
- With the 6-inch length of twine, tie this small ball of sock in place. This will leave the twine showing, but we're going to cover it.
- Fill the white sock so that the nose stands out proudly and there's a little stuffing left over the top of the nose for a head. If you run out of beans that's ok, just use a bag from the dollar store. Keep in mind you will need at least one bag for the hat.
- Tie off the top of the white sock and add a little hot glue to the knot to keep it tied.
- With the blush, color the nose pink.
- Cut the top 1/4 off the black sock (set aside and keep). Work the gnome inside the black sock. This sock is the gnome's clothes. Hot glue the black sock in place.
- Cut about half of the mop head threads off the mop head. Hot glue them in place on the 1/4 section of the black sock you cut off. Un-wind the threads of the mop head yarn and make the beard more fluffy.
- Work the small section of black sock up onto the gnome, glue additional beard pieces onto it, getting the beard as snug around the bottom of the nose as possible. Hot glue it all in place.
- Cut the top 1/4 of the red sock off. Stuff a plastic bag into the red sock. Put the red sock onto the top of the gnome, tucking it around the back of the gnome, hot gluing it in place.
- Wrap the twine around the top of the red hat, tying it in place.
- Proudly display this fun Dollar Store gnome!
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