Dollar Tree Santa Pillow (Pillow Gnome)

This Dollar Tree Santa pillow is made in about 10 minutes using fleece, a pillow, and a ping pong ball. Add on a pom pom and a piece of ribbon, and you have the cutest Dollar Tree Christmas DIY of the season!

There is no sewing required for this fun holiday craft idea so if you don’t want to sew, you don’t have to. It’s a great idea for a Christmas craft fair because it’s large but inexpensive and is easy to ship because it can be compacted in a small box.

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This adorable Santa or gnome can be made in about 10 minutes using dollar store materials!

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DIY Large Gnome or Santa Pillow

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Today, I was working on some holiday decor and my daughter asked for more “big stuff.” I thought about picking up one of those 6 foot nutcrackers and plopping that in her room, but quickly came to my senses.

We came across this fun pillow in the Dollar Tree plus section and I immediately grabbed it because I’ve used it on this Dollar Tree Grinch and this Dollar Store Gnome Tree Topper.

If you love this project but need to make a trip to the store, save this to a DIY Christmas craft pin board or share it to Facebook. Either way will make this fun Santa pillow easy to find when you’re ready to begin.

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This Dollar Tree Christmas Santa is too cute and so easy to make.

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Tips to Make a Large Dollar Tree Pillow Gnome

  • Any pillow shape will work, however, oval and round are going to be the easiest to work with.
  • I used a ribbon to decorate my Santa hat, but a thick, chunky yarn is also a great trim idea and is easy to find at craft stores.
  • If you want to add arms, attach them INSIDE the hat. This will allow you to breakdown the gnome from the pillow to use separately or just for easy storage.
  • A slouchy hat will work best for this Christmas gnome, as the item should remain soft and without wires. To create a standing hat, use interfacing to ‘stiffen’ the hat or reduce the height so that it stands without stuffing.

DIY Dollar Tree Santa Pillow Video Tutorial

If you’re a visual learner like I am, watch the Dollar Tree Santa Pillow video tutorial here. I’ll share the real-time step by step process to make this fun Christmas craft idea.

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Make a Santa or Christmas gnome with this quick and easy no sew tutorial.

Supplies to Make a DIY Santa Pillow

Below are the items I used to share how to make a pillow gnome with you today. Everything was from the Dollar Tree except the fleece.

If you want to pick up everything from the dollar store to make this cute Christmas Santa, look for the pre-made holiday hats. They come in plaid, red, and quite a few with a glitter option (I stay away from those).

  • Dollar Tree Shaggy Pillow (Dollar Tree Plus)
  • Dollar Tree Ping Pong Ball
  • Dollar Tree Baby Hat (pink) or Other Fabric
  • Embroidery Thread and Needle (or Rubber Band)
  • Fleece (or Dollar Tree Santa Hat)
  • Dollar Tree Pom Pom (Large)
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors and a Hot Glue Gun
Crafter showing supplies needed for Santa pillow.
This project is quick and only uses a few supplies.

RELATED READING: How to Make Mini Pillow Gnomes

How to Make This Santa or Gnome Pillow

Below is the written tutorial for each of the steps I used to create this large gnome DIY or pillow Santa. Keep this page open and follow along, using the comments for any questions.

If you prefer a printable tutorial of this Dollar Tree gnome without images, scroll to the bottom of this page. You can choose to print or save as a PDF.

First, wrap the ping pong ball in the baby hat (or other fabric). Tie off with a bit of thread or string and set aside.

Crafter using thread to create a gnome nose using a ping pong ball and baby hat.
Create the gnome nose by wrapping the ping pong ball in fabric or a Dollar Tree baby hat.

Lay the fleece out so that the stretch is on the horizontal plane. Wrap it around the pillow and overlap it by an inch (that is the width).

Crafter measuring fleece around a dollar store pillow.
Measure the width of the gnome hat by wrapping fleece around the pillow. Add a seam allowance.

For the height, it is your preference. You can cut a short, standing hat or a higher hat that the top flops over (my choice) at 16 inches high. To cut the hat, fold and pin the fleece together, cut a rise UP from the bottom edge 3 inches, and cut the triangle to the fold. Remove the pin.

Crafter using scissors to cut out a triangle gnome hat from red fleece.
Measure the height, create a rise, pin the material, and cut the folded fabric into a triangle.

Use hot glue to hem the base of the hat into a brim on the wrong side of the fabric.

Crafter gluing a small brim to the inside of a red, fleece gnome hat.
Create a small brim on the inside of the fleece.

Put the right sides of the fabric together and glue along the triangle edge, leaving the brim side open. Let the glue dry.

Crafter using a hot glue gun to close up the long edge of a Santa hat made from fleece.
Glue the gnome hat on the long, open edge and the rise to secure.

Trim the seam of the baby hat off and glue the fabric to the inside center of the gnome hat (opposite the seam). Glue the second layer down. Turn the hat right sides out.

Crafter using a cordless hot glue gun to glue on a ping pong ball gnome nose to the inside of a red fleece hat.
Secure the gnome nose to the inside of the hat using hot glue. Then flip, glue, and trim the excess from the inside.

Put the seam in the back and slip the hat onto the pillow. Add a ribbon around the bottom edge of the hat with hot glue.

Crafter using a hot glue gun to affix a ribbon trim around a gnome hat.
Add the ribbon trim to the gnome hat, if desired.

Use glue or sew on a pom pom to the tip. Display your giant gnome as a fun and festive holiday pillow!

Crafter cutting thread after attaching a pom pom to the tip of a Santa hat.
Add a pom pom to the hat using hot glue or sew it on using embroidery thread.

More Christmas Craft Ideas You Might Like

  • DIY Pillow Gnome – The original pillow gnome is SO easy to make and done in 15 minutes.
  • Mini Pillow Gnomes – If you need a dough bowl or display filler, whip up these very inexpensive and adorable gnomes.
  • Easy DIY Gnome Pillow – Have a great fabric or pre-made pillow cover? Make this cutie!

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This adorable Dollar Tree Christmas DIY idea is a quick way to add some festive fun.


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