Easy DIY Gnome Treat Container

If you have a well-stocked craft room, check your supplies and make this adorable gnome treat container DIY. It’s easy to customize in any color or for any holiday or occasion.

You will need felt, a jar (plastic is recommended), a scrap of fur, and a piece of ribbon to make this adorable gnome jar DIY. This easy project has a free tutorial, video instruction, and tips on sizing to any container.

Horizontal image of a gnome treat jar made with felt, fur, and faux flowers on Spring background.
This gnome treat jar is a beautiful way to give candy, money, or small gifts.

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Gnome Treat Jar DIY

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I’ve been making gnome candy holder DIY projects for years – ever since my little one started preschool… My, where has the time gone?

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After moving from Washington state to Texas, I justified packing and taking the majority of my abundant craft supply horde stash by stating publicly I would use it. And this is another in the Use It or Lose It series. I made a gnome jar for Easter and an adorable Christmas gnome candy treat holder, too.

This is a quick project but be sure to read through the tips before starting. The felt you choose can make a pretty big difference.

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Can you believe this gnome treat container comes together in 10 minutes!?

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Tips for Making This Easy Gnome Container Project

  • Use premium felt to avoid seeing hot glue trails. Some of the thinner felt will show them. If all you have is the thinner felt, use a trim along the brim of the hat to hide it.
  • Use ribbon around one half inch thick – any thinner and it will be tugging and any thicker bunches when pulling the hat closed.
  • I have used faux fur for my treat jars. If you’re new to working with it, I have a quick and easy tutorial on how to cut faux fur.
  • Options for beard materials aside from faux fur include brushed out yarn, moss, cotton mop heads from the dollar store, and even raffia.
  • Options for gnome noses are wood balls, wood beads, pompoms, jingle bells, and even fabric stuffed with filling.
Square close up image of a gnome treat container made with pink felt, blue ribbon, blue flowers, and a white beard.
This gnome treat holder is one of my favorite DIY projects this year.

Materials and Supplies Needed to Make This DIY Gnome

Below are detailed instructions for the creation of this easy craft idea. If you are a visual learner, watch the full gnome treat container video tutorial here. While you’re there, subscribe – we have a lot of fun.

  • a small jar (I used one from the Dollar Tree)
  • felt (premium)
  • faux fur
  • ribbon
  • wood ball or pom pom for a gnome nose
  • scissors and an X-Acto knife
  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • ruler
  • optional: decorations and stiff felt (for stand up details like the bunny ears)
Supplies needed for a simple gnome treat holder for any holiday.
Supplies needed for this gnome treat holder are easy to find.

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Switch It Up

Use what you have in your craft room to create a birthday treat jar, Christmas gnome treat jar, or one for any other occasion! Below, you can see how I created this Christmas gnome candy jar with the same method.


Step By Step Instructions for Gnome Treat Container

Below I will go through each step of the process but remember I have a full video tutorial for an Easter bunny gnome treat container DIY here. While you’re there, be sure to subscribe.

Leave this page open and follow each step below, using the comments section if you have any questions. To print this tutorial, scroll down to the end of this page.

First, remove labels and the jar lid. To determine the hat width, cut a rectangle that fits around the jar, adding a one inch overlap. The hat’s height should be about 5.5 inches, so my measurement was 10 inches wide by 5.5 inches high.

Crafter using a ruler to measure the gnome hat to determine width.
The width will vary for the jar you’re using but be sure to add an inch.

Next, determine whether you want to cover the jar. I opted to cover it on the Easter bunny gnome jar by wrapping it in the same felt I used for the hat. Secure it with glue, if using.

Crafter gluing a felt wrap to a treat jar.
The optional step of covering the jar just gives this gnome treat holder something extra.

Cut a gnome beard from the faux fur using the X-Acto knife. If you’re new to cutting faux fur, draw on the fabric backing to ensure your cut is the shape you want. I used a V-shape that was 3 inches wide by 3 inches tall.

Glue it to the jar. Note: I covered the seam of the felt on the jar with mine so the back of the jar would be smooth for the bunny tail.

Crafter adding a white faux fur gnome beard to a treat container.
I chose to cover the seam with my beard because I wanted to add a tail in the back.

Split the fur to the fabric backing in the beard center. Glue on the gnome nose 3/4 to 1 inch down from the top edge of the fur. This will leave room for the hat to cover the beard’s upper edge.

Crafter gluing on a wood ball to a bunny gnome treat holder.
Be sure to glue the gnome nose to the fabric backing of the fur for the best possible hold.

Fold down the one of the hat’s long edges about 1 inch. Cut small 1/4 inch slits along the fold, starting and ending about one inch away from either edge.

Crafter using scissors and a ruler to measure cuts in a gnome hat for a ribbon.
These cuts do not have to be perfect – we are going to scrunch them all up.

Run the ribbon through the hat. Start on the outside and end on the inside (note: this isn’t critical but it makes the hat assembly smoother).

Crafter threading ribbon through a gnome hat.
Thread the ribbon to create the cinch for the gnome hat.

Test fit the hat over the jar and the gnome’s nose to identify where to glue it shut. Use hot glue to glue up the back seam (bottom to top).

Crafter gluing the seam for a simple gnome hat pattern.
Glue up the entire back seam, from edge to edge.

OPTIONAL BUNNY GNOME ADDITIONS: If you’re making a bunny gnome for Easter, cut two ear shapes from the hat felt scraps and two smaller ear shapes from the stiff felt. Then, slip on the hat and measure the placement of the ears and cut a small slit to tuck and glue in each ear.

Optional step is to glue on bunny ears to the treat jar.
These ears are too cute and are simple to make.

Additionally, create a bunny tail. Cut one inch of faux fur and glue the corner points in. Press it together, roll it between your hands to fluff, and trim before gluing to the back of the jar.

Optional step is to add a faux fur pompom tail for the bunny gnome.
This optional step of creating a pompom tail for the bunny is super easy.

Pull the hat onto the gnome jar body and secure the back and sides to join them. Add glue to the inside of the hat over the nose, if desired.

Crafter gluing a gnome hat to the body for a gnome treat holder.
Be sure to secure the hat well so everything stays together with the tugging.

Decorate the gnome to fit your theme, fill it with candy or gifts, and pull tight. Tie it in a bow and it’s time for gifting!

Crafter tying a bow onto a completed gnome treat container made with felt.
Add a little bow to the gnome hat for that something extra.

More Easy Craft Ideas To Try

  • Make a Gnome Cookie Jar – Use any large canister to create this adorable gnome DIY.
  • Clay Gnome Jar Topper – If you have a bit of clay on hand, use it to make this fun and easy afternoon craft.
  • Decoupage Gnome Jars – Have an old mason jar? Give it a quick and fun makeover with a napkin and turn it into a gift or decor piece.

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This gnome treat holder is going to bring all the oohs and ahhs.
Yield: 1 Gnome Treat Jar

Easy Gnome Treat Container

Square close up image of a gnome treat container made with pink felt, blue ribbon, blue flowers, and a white beard.

Head to the dollar store to pick up a jar you can use to make this adorable gnome treat container. This easy craft project is done in about 10 minutes with felt, leftover ribbon scraps, a bit of faux fur, and a wood ball. Make this adorable gnome DIY for any holiday, occasion, or theme and watch the smiles as they open the hat to get the goodies.

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $4


  • 1 Jar or Container
  • Felt Sheet (I used premium felt 9x12 inch sheet)
  • Faux Fur (small 3 inch square for the gnome beard)
  • 18-20 inches ribbon
  • Wood Ball, Pompom or Other Gnome Nose
  • Optional: Stiff Felt Scraps (for bunny ears)
  • Optional: Decorations (flowers, accessories)


  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • X-Acto Knife


Basic Gnome Jar

  1. Measure around the jar (below the lid portion) and add one inch to the width. Cut a rectangle of felt that width and 5.5 inches high (mine was 10 x 5.5).
  2. Optional: cover the jar in the same felt by wrapping and gluing the felt directly to the jar under the lid portion or leave it as-is.
  3. Cut a V-shape beard 3 inches wide by 3 inches tall (at its highest point) using the X-Acto knife. Glue the beard to the jar (I covered the seam) just under the lid bands.
  4. Split the fur to the fabric-backing and glue on the wood ball one inch from the top of the felt and beard edge.
  5. Fold down the long side of the hat piece one inch and cut small one quarter inch slits from one side to another. Start and end the cuts about one inch in from the edges.
  6. Run the ribbon through the slits in the hat.
  7. Test fit the hat and glue up the back seam so that it fits over the top of the nose.
  8. Once the hat is assembled, glue the bottom inside of the hat to the jar to secure it well.
  9. Decorate, fill with candy or gifts, and pull the ribbon tight to close.

Bunny Gnome Add-Ons

  1. Cut ear shapes from the primary felt and smaller ear shapes from the stiff felt and then glue the smaller onto the larger. Cut small slits in the hat and glue in the ears. Decorate the middle, if desired.
  2. Cut a 1 x 1 inch square of faux fur for a bunny tail. Take each corner on the fabric-side of the fur and glue each corner to the center. Roll the pompom in your hands to fluff, trim, and glue onto the back of the jar.


If making many of these at once, do all like-tasks together to reduce time.

These gnome treat containers can be made for any holiday or occassion by varying the felt color, ribbon, or accessories.

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