DIY Mini Gnome Planters with Dollar Tree Supplies

Make these adorable mini gnome planters with real or faux plants using supplies from the Dollar Tree. These gnomes are perfect for the patio, a sunny window, or to add a bit of whimsy to your desk.

For this easy Dollar Tree craft, you will need vases or jars, succulents, ribbon, wood beads for noses, and something for a beard. Keep reading for ideas on supplies and how to put together this fun spring and summer gnome DIY.

Horizontal image close up of two succulent gnomes in front of a cork background made with real plants, dollar tree supplies, Spanish moss, and faux fur ribbon.
These adorable succulent min gnome planters are a perfect afternoon craft.

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Dollar Tree Gnome Planter Craft

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I love whipping up ideas for easy crafts. This past holiday season, I had a LOT of gifts to make and my daughter and I set up an assembly for some mini gnome planters. I picked up nearly everything from the Dollar Tree which made it easy and inexpensive!

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Before you run out to the store, however, check your craft stash for ribbon, yarn, raffia – anything you can use for a beard. I used a fur ribbon and Spanish moss, but you might have something on hand that will work. For noses, I chose to use wood beads, but a few more ideas are pony beads, rounds you make from polymer or air dry clay, and even pompoms. Read through my supplies below and then check yours.

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Two mini succulent gnomes with Spanish moss and fur beards in front of a cork background with text which reads DIY dollar tree gnome planters.
These two cute Spring gnomes can be made in just a few minutes using supplies you might already have on hand.

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Tips for Making Gnome Planters (Inside or Outside)

  • I made most of ours for inside on my kitchen window or outside under the covered portion of our back deck. To make these outdoor gnomes, use an outdoor fabric for the ribbon (just fold down the top and bottom and glue). Spanish or green moss would make for great beards.
  • If you have fur on hand or want to pick it up from the craft store, use it. I had someone send me a roll of faux fur ribbon so I wanted to try and work with that.
  • A few more ideas for beard materials: colorful moss, raffia, yarn (brushed or left as-is), or cotton mop heads.
  • If you want to use faux succulents or other plants in your jars and vases, go for it. If it doesn’t come with soil and you want that look, get some Model Magic or air dry clay and form it to fit the vase or jar. Let it dry and then paint it before securing it to the rock base.
  • Speaking of the rock base… You do not have to use the Dollar Tree rocks like I did. Other options include glass bead vase filler, aquarium gravel, wadded coir, or moss – use anything that matches your home decor (or outdoor decor).

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Square close up image of a Spanish moss gnome planter and a succulent gnome with a fur beard in front of a cork back ground on a white table.
These gnome planters make great gifts and can be customized for any decor.

How to Make Gnome Planters with Succulents

Below is the written and printable tutorial for the gnome planters I made. Each process has a step-by-step image, however, I also have a short, detailed DIY gnome planters video tutorial here on YouTube. While you’re there, be sure to subscribe – we have a lot of fun.

Yield: 2 Gnome Planters

Mini Gnome Planters DIY

Square close up image of a Spanish moss gnome planter and a succulent gnome with a fur beard in front of a cork back ground on a white table.

Choose one or both of these adorable mini gnome planter styles for a quick afternoon craft. Use what you have on hand for these spring gnomes and decorate a window ledge, patio table, or your desk.

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $10


  • Glass Jars (Hanging Mason and Small Vase)
  • Decorative Rocks
  • Soil (if using live plants)
  • Succulents or Plants of YouR Choice
  • Ribbon (2 inch Burlap and 3 inch Buffalo Check)
  • 4 inch Faux Fur Ribbon (or faux fur)
  • Spanish Moss
  • Sheet Moss (Green)
  • Small Wood Beads or Balls


  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Finger Guards or Silicone Spatula
  • Scissors
  • Cutting Mat


Prepare and Plant

  1. Clean jars and add 1.5 inches of decorative rock to the bottom of each.Crafter putting decorative rock vase filler into Dollar Tree vase with small succulent in screen.
  2. Plant the succulents using soil and proper planting techniques for your choice of greenery.Crafter's hands planting a small succulent into a hanging mason jar vase with scattered soil on white background.

Burlap and Fur Gnome Planter 

  1. Cut a strip or two of sheet moss to cover the top inch and affix with glue.Hands gluing strips of sheet moss to the top of a hanging mason jar planter.
  2. Add the burlap ribbon to the mason jar and affix with glue gun and glue sticks in the front so the beard will hide the join.Crafter gluing a strip of burlap ribbon around a gnome planter with a small green cutting mat in the image.
  3. Cut a piece of the ribbon fur into a v-shape as wide as the ribbon and as tall as you would like the gnome beard to be (I covered the entire front). Affix with glue.Small green cutting mat with white fur ribbon being cut with an Exacto knife into a gnome beard.

Buffalo Check and Spanish Moss Gnome Planter

  1. Add the Buffalo Check ribbon to the vase and glue in front to hide the join under the gnome beard.Crafter gluing on a 3 inch Buffalo check ribbon to the outside of a Dollar Tree vase with a small succulent.
  2. Take a large chunk of moss and glue it directly to the vase with a generous amount of hot glue at the top, middle, bottom and sides. Be sure to protect your fingers. Add more until the beard is the desired size.Spanish moss is glued to the front of the gnome planter with hot glue.
  3. Use the scissors to trim up the edges of the beard.Crafter with scissors cutting the Spanish moss to shape it into a gnome beard for the planter.

For Both Planters

  1. Affix a small wood ball to each beard for the gnome nose and display!Crafter attaching a small wood ball with hot glue to a gnome beard with a green cutting mat in the image.


Use any live or faux plant for this project, as long as it is sized for the container you choose.

The Dollar Tree has some amazing glass options, so check there after you see what you might have on hand already.

Other ideas for gnome beards are: colorful moss, raffia, yarn (brushed or left as-is), and cotton mop heads.

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More Spring Gnome DIY and Crafts You Might Like

  • DIY Plaster Gnomes – The molds make these the easiest gnome craft to do and you can have fun painting them for indoor or outdoor use!
  • Succulent Gnome – This is a wow-worthy craft and adorable gnome to display all year round (and it’s perfect for tiered trays).
  • Spring Gnome Painting DIY – If you have some paint on hand, Kristie with Love My Little Cottage show you how.
  • Flower Pot (or Pot Head) Gnomes – These have become a Facebook sensation! I love that everyone is making easy gnomes these because I get to see all of them. :)

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Aren’t these gnome planters easy and adorable?

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