This easy tiered tray gnome comes together in under an hour and can be assembled using a hot glue gun or a sewing machine. It has oodles of extras like gnome booties, a reversible hat and more.
For this quick Spring gnome, I used a pair of flannels (purchase at Joann’s) and bit of felt for the gnome boots. The best part of this mini gnome is that he can literally fit anywhere!
DIY Tiered Tray Mini Gnome Tutorial
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots®, there are a lot of places for small bits of decor. I decorate quite simply but love to change things up frequently, hence my love for tiered trays, dough bowls, and all things “easy.”
When it comes to tiered trays, however, sometimes we are limited in what we can put on each shelf because we don’t always get to make our own sizing. Psst: if you want to, you can see how I make this DIY tiered tray with metal bins or this DIY wood slat tiered tray (so pretty).
So this week, I whipped up this adorable spring gnome DIY with one of the most popular Ruffles and Rain Boots gnome patterns: the Icelandic Lovey. He can be sewn or made with a hot glue gun – let’s get started.
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RELATED READING: 4th Of July Firecracker Gnome DIY (Same Pattern)
Tips for Making This No Sew Small Gnome with Legs
- You will need the Icelandic Lovey Gnome pattern for this and it’s fun to go beyond a simple sock gnome for something which is going to be on display. It’s a versatile pattern for an easy DIY gnome which even includes a tutorial for a reversible hat!
- Flannel, fleece, and cotton fabrics work perfectly with this pattern. I’ve even shared minky and burlap hats for the Lovey pattern (tons of inspiration here on the Icelandic Lovey Gnome playlist on YouTube).
- The pattern includes a reversible hat, so keep the pattern out and make a couple of hats for the holiday seasons. They are very quick to make!
- Mongolian faux fur (long, 2.5-3 inch pile), short fur (1.5 inch pile), or yarn will all be great options for the gnome beards.
- Ideas for gnome noses include wood beads or rounds, baked polymer clay pieces, air dry clay gnome noses, knit or nylon fabric stuffed with fill, pom poms, or even felted wool balls. You have quite a few options.
- The dart system used in both the sewn and no sew versions of the gnome body pattern base is optional. For this tiered tray gnome, I did not use the darts and love the way it came out.
- I am asked A LOT about this glue gun because it is a precision tip and works perfectly for gnome-making and crafts which require detailed work.
RELATED READING: DIY Christmas Gnome with a Reversible Hat (Same Pattern)
Instructions to Make This Mini Gnome
Below are the written (and printable) instructions for this adorable gnome DIY. If you are a visual learner, the full length tiered tray gnome video tutorial is here on YouTube. While you’re there, please subscribe – we have a lot of fun.
More Gnomes Made with This Pattern
- 4th of July Gnome with Firecracker – I love this little guy’s minky hat and firecracker-toting sloped back. It’s just the most festive little thing.
- Mini Scarecrow Gnome with Adorable Burlap Hat – He’s one of my favorites because that hat is a work of art!
- Simple Farmhouse Gnome – Sometimes, a simple, easy gnome is just what you need for an hour of crafting.
- Reversible Hat Tiered Tray Gnome – This little gnome DIY is perfect to help you move through the seasons. Make a few of these reversible gnome hats and you will make your decorating so easy.
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