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.
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Gnome Treat Jar DIY
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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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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.
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
- wood ball or pom pom for a gnome nose
- scissors and an X-Acto knife
- glue gun and glue sticks
- optional: decorations and stiff felt (for stand up details like the bunny ears)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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