Easy Tiered Tray Gnome – Small Gnome Pattern

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!

Horizontal image close up of a mini gnome for tiered trays with a bee and hexagon fabric hat sitting next to farmhouse beads and a copper vase with succulent.
You can make a beautiful tiered tray gnome easily and with simple fabrics you probably have on hand.

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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.”

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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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Vertical image of a tiered tray gnome made with bee flannel fabric sitting on a wood background with succulent behind.
This beautiful gnome has a fun design and is perfectly fun-sized.

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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)

Close up of Spring mini gnome with legs made with bee fabric sitting next to a copper jar with a trailing succulent.
This adorable gnome DIY is a quick afternoon craft.

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.

Yield: 1 Gnome

Tiered Tray Bee Gnome DIY

Close up of Spring mini gnome with legs made with bee fabric sitting next to a copper jar with a trailing succulent.

This adorable tiered tray gnome is the perfect size to bring a lot of personality to a small space for each holiday or season. It's a fun way to add a pop of color or use up a beautiful fabric to match your decor.

Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5


  • Icelandic Lovey Gnome Pattern (here)
  • Felt or Fabric (contrasting color for the booties)
  • Flannel Fabric (2 colors or patterns)
  • Mongolian Fur (or other beard material)
  • 1/2 Inch Wood Ball (or other nose)
  • 1/2 Cup Poly Pellets
  • Poly Fill
  • Floral Wire (any guage)


  • Sewing Machine and/or Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Scissors and X-Acto
  • Pins or Clips
  • Optional, Funnel


  1. Cut the body, base, boots, and hat pieces from the following fabrics: hat and boot bottoms fabric 1, body and base fabric 2, and boot leg fabric 3. Sew per the pattern instructions.Horizontal image showing step one in creating a tiered tray gnome which is to hem the flannel fabric.
  2. Add the poly pellets to the gnome body.Crafter showing how to use a funnel to add poly pellets to the gnome body for weight.
  3. Stuff the body with enough Poly Fill that the shape bounces back when squeezed.A crafter's hands showing how to stuff the gnome body full of poly fill so that it bounces back.
  4. Twist the floral wire and bend each end (to protect from pokes or snags). Place it into the gnome body and secure it in the channel.Step 4 in creating a tiered tray gnome is to twist floral wire and place it into the back seam of the gnome body for a bendable hat.
  5. Sew or use hot glue to secure the body opening.Crafter using hot glue to make the gnome body from flannel fabric.
  6. Draw a U-shape onto the back of the fur and cut it out using an X-Acto knife. Be sure to cut only the fabric backing of the fur.Learn how to cut faux fur by using a razor or Xacto knife on the fabric backing only.
  7. Stuff the booties up to the ankle turn.Crafting using poly fill to stuff into the gnome boots for the gnome legs.
  8. Glue on the gnome beard )or hand sew it on) so that the hat covers the top and sides.Glue gun and hot glue is being used to attach a white fur beard to a gnome body.
  9. Split the fur to the fabric backing, add a generous portion of hot glue, and affix the gnome nose.Close up of crafter showing how to affix a gnome nose to the beard so it is secure.
  10. Cut off 1/2 inch of the leg and fold in the top edges. Secure down with glue, making a flat portion of felt.Crafter gluing the top edge of the gnome boot down.
  11. Glue the gnome boots onto the body on either side of the beard.Crafter gluing black felt gnome booties to the gnome body.
  12. Slip on the hat. Choose to secure it or keep it lose and display your adorable DIY gnome!A flannel bee gnome hat being slipped onto the mini gnome body pattern assembled and ready for display.


The Icelandic Lovey gnome pattern has quite a few extras not used in this inspiration.

Use any pliable fabric for this gnome - the body and hat will have a cool bend in them.

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Use a hot glue gun or a sewing machine to make this easy tiered tray gnome for any season or holiday.

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