Farmhouse Drop Cloth Gnome Two Ways and Easter DIYs

Use this free gnome pattern to make a drop cloth gnome two ways: make and adorable flour sack towel gnome or the sweetest farmhouse gnome with a floppy hat. I’m also sharing a few Easter decor DIYs including two shelf sitter signs and drop cloth carrots.

For this project, you will need a drop cloth, faux fur (or yarn) for the beard, a bead or wood ball for the nose, weight, and stuffing. This is a quick, no sew gnome pattern to put together and comes with a written tutorial, printable tutorial, and even a full gnome video tutorial.

Horizontal image of a close up of a farmhouse gnome made with drop cloth, faux fur, a tassel, and a burlap and leather patch in front of a white wood wall and a carrot sign.
Look at the detail you can get from using a working canvas like drop cloth – I love this rustic gnome!

No Sew Canvas Gnome Made from Drop Cloth

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I’ve been working on Spring displays for a while because I don’t really decorate for St. Patrick’s Day with anything other than a garland and gnome. This year, I decided to hit the hardware store for a drop cloth and work up a few pieces.

In the video tutorial for this farmhouse gnome, I give you a glimpse of a few of the projects I’ve made so far and will share a post showing how I created them in case you want to use up the rest of that drop cloth. I share a LOT of Christmas gnomes, free gnome patterns, garden gnomes, and more, so do stick around if you like the creatures.

Save or Pin This DIY Gnome for Later

In case you are standing in line at the grocery or need to wait until the season arrives, save this to an easy DIY projects pin board or share it on Facebook. It will be very easy to find it later if you’ve shared or saved it.

Vertical image of a simple, rustic gnome made with a canvas fabric with a free gnome pattern, faux fur, and a wood bead nose in front of wood background and tiered tray carrot sign.
Sometimes, the simple ones are just what a space needs and this guy is going to look great next to a dark wood dough bowl.

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Tips for Making a Farmhouse Drop Cloth Gnome Without Sewing

  • Use a detail tip glue gun. This precise machine will make this craft come together easily and I do recommend it.
  • Be sure to let the glue set and cool. For many projects, I would give you this advice but for this project, it’s is critical. Drop cloth is a heavy canvas and will need a strong, solid join to stay together.
  • The gnome nose can be anything you have on hand: a bead, a wood ball, a dowel cap, a nose made and baked with polymer clay, or even fabric stuffed with Poly Fill.
  • You don’t have to make the adorable farmhouse patch and badge, but if you do want to, any faux leather will work, not just the one I show in the video. The trick is actually in the pen, not the leather.
  • The pen I use is a white gel pen (these are the ones I use and highly recommend – they are the best ones I’ve ever found and please believe me when I say they are NOT all created equal).
  • I crack a joke in the video gnome tutorial, but I use flower brads from the scrapbooking / paper crafts section of the craft store for my patch. They kind of look like stars to me and would love to know if you think I pulled it off or not. :)
  • How to Make This a Gnome Sewing Project: this can also be a free sewing pattern for those who want to sew, but please note that you should use a jeans needle (100/16 or 100/18) when working with thick canvas such as this.
Square image close up showing a top down look of a drop cloth gnome in a farmhouse style with tassel and leather and burlap patch in front of a wood wall and a carrot shelf sitter sign.
This adorable rustic gnome features a farmhouse style and a lot of cute gnome personality.

How Do I Make a Rustic Gnome from Drop Cloth

Below are the written and printable step by step instructions. Please note there is no printable pattern, as each piece only requires measurements. As with most of my gnomes, I have created a full length video tutorial for this farmhouse drop cloth gnome here. While you’re there, please subscribe – it’s a fun channel.

Yield: 1 Gnome

Drop Cloth Gnome - Two Ways!

Square image close up showing a top down look of a drop cloth gnome in a farmhouse style with tassel and leather and burlap patch in front of a wood wall and a carrot shelf sitter sign.

This adorable farmhouse style drop cloth gnome can be made two ways and is just the sweetest little addition to your decor. This entire project can be made with a hot glue gun - no sewing needed!

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • Drop Cloth
  • Faux Fur
  • Poly Pellets
  • Poly Fill
  • 1 inch Wood Ball (or Bead)
  • Burlap Ribbon
  • Faux Leather
  • White Gelly Roll Pen
  • Brads
  • Twine, Optional

Tools

  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Scissors and an Exacto Knife
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Needle and Embroidery Thread

Instructions

Drop Cloth Flour Sack Gnome Body

  1. Cut a body shape from the drop cloth at 8 inches wide by 10 inches high and a base circle 3 inches in diameter.Image showing step 1 of farmhouse gnome with drop cloth is to cut the free gnome pattern pieces.
  2. Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise (right sides together) and glue along the long edge. You can leave the top 1/2 inch unglued for easy fraying.Image showing crafter creating step 2 of the rustic drop cloth gnome which is to glue the long edges of the body gnome pattern.
  3. Add the circular base to the bottom of the glued body piece, securing it all the way around with glue. Let it set.Image showing step 3 of creating the drop cloth no sew gnome which is attaching the base of the body.
  4. Flip the entire body piece right-sides out and make sure it is secure before filling with one cup of Poly Pellets.Horizontal image showing step 4 of the gnome assembly which is to fill with one cup of poly pellets for weight.
  5. Add Poly Fill to the rest of the cylinder body, stopping when there is 1.5 inches left at the top.Image showing step 5 of the drop cloth gnome which is to fill the gnome body with stuffing and smooth it out.
  6. Use the embroidery thread and needle to create a running stitch 1.5 inches from the top all the way around. Pull tight and secure the opening with a few knots.Step 6 of the farmhouse flour sack gnome is to create a running stitch 1.5 inches from the top of the body.
  7. Use the Exacto knife to cut a piece of faux fur to your specifications or mine (3.5 inches wide by 2.5 inches high). If you are new to cutting fur, draw the shape on the back of the fur in marker or felt pen.Image showing an outline of the beard shape being cut out using an Exacto knife.
  8. Fold down the top 1/4 -1/2 inch of the beard to create a tailored look.Image showing a crafter's hands doing step 8 which is folding down the top edge of the beard and securing it with glue.
  9. Brush some fur up, split the center of the fur to the fabric backing, and add a generous amount of hot glue to affix the wood ball nose.Close up image showing step 9 of the drop cloth farmhouse gnome pattern which is to add a gnome nose to the gnome beard.
  10. Affix the gnome beard to the body, fray the top of the flour sack, and display. Or...Horizontal image showing a crafter doing step 10 which is securing the gnome beard to the front of the body and fraying the top gather of drop cloth.

Drop Cloth Gnome with Hat

  1. Cut a piece of drop cloth at 10.5 inches wide by 11 inches high. Fold together and cut a triangle starting 2 inches from the brim and all the way up to 1/4 inch shy of the fold.Image showing step 11 which is create a triangle hat using a 2 inch rise at the brim and a half inch table at the top fold.
  2. Create a twine tassel to affix and permanently place into the hat. Place the hat right sides together, open, insert the tassel (facing into the hat, tassel at the bottom), and glue in place on the hat's table point.Image showing a crafter using hot glue to affix the tassel to the table at the top of the gnome hat on the right sides of the fabric.
  3. Glue the long edges of the hat together and let the glue set before turning right-sides out.Image showing a crafter closing up the gnome hat with right sides together using a bead of hot glue along the long edge.
  4. Slip the hat onto the gnome, align the back seams, and glue in place.Image showing the hat being attached to the body after lining up the seams.
  5. On the front of the gnome, secure the hat to the top of the gnome's nose, taking care not to get any fur in the glue. Pull the hat down to the side and glue in place.Crafter affixing the front of the hat to the top of the gnome nose using hot glue.

Make a Home Patch

  1. Cut a small piece of burlap ribbon and fray the edges. Cut a smaller piece of black faux leather to fit inside the burlap, with edge all around.Image showing step 16 which is to cut a leather patch to fit inside the cut burlap patch.
  2. Use the white Gelly pen to write "home" on the faux leather and let dry.A crafter showing Step 17 of the farmhouse gnome which is to write or use a cutting machine to add permanent vinyl to the patch.
  3. Use the Exacto knife to create a hole on either side of the word and insert a brad. Glue the leather to the burlap and the burlap to the gnome's hat.The last step of the farmhouse rustic gnome is to add the leather patch to the burlap and affix to the gnome hat.

Notes

If sewing the drop cloth, use a canvas needle (100/16 or 100/18).

For the flour sack gnome, stop at step 10.

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More Easter Drop Cloth Crafts

Shared in this Easter drop cloth crafts video tutorial, I created a few pieces to go along with this guy. Most are made with drop cloth and all are made with the same materials we use on this farmhouse gnome.

Drop Cloth Carrots DIY

These are such a cute dough bowl filler or tiered tray accent and are done in just a few minutes.

  1. Cut two triangles at 6 inches and 8 inches at their widest (the top) and their tallest points (the height).
  2. Fold right-sides together, hot glue along the long edge, press together, and let the glue set before turning right-sides out.
  3. Fold down the top 1/2 inch, add a running stitch with needle and thread, and stuff with Poly-Fill. Add glue and greenery, pull tight, and cut off strings after securing.
Vertical image of drop cloth carrots with boxwood greenery on a wood and white table background with small gnome and text which reads ruffles and rain boots.
These drop cloth carrots are an easy no sew DIY for Easter decor.

HOP Shelf Sitter Sign

This adorable HOP tiered tray sign is a great way to use up any small signs from Dollar Tree or the Target Dollar Spot. I love tucking these into displays, onto tiered trays, or even in book cases.

  1. Remove any paint or decoration from a small wood block. Add paint accents (you can see how I added dimension to mine using Waverly chalk paint in Elephant.
  2. Cut a portion of 2 inch wide burlap ribbon (fray the edges) and a smaller piece of the faux leather (both used on this gnome).
  3. Use a white gelly roll pen (or a cutting machine and permanent vinyl) to write out the word, “HOP” on the faux leather and let dry. Poke four holes on all corners, add brads, and then glue to the burlap ribbon.
  4. Create a small four loop bow, glue on the “HOP” patch and bow, and it’s done.
Vertical image of a HOP shelf sitter sign made in a farmhouse style with distressed wood, black and white loop bow, and a HOP leather and burlap patch in front of a rustic gnome and white wood background with text which reads ruffles and rain boots.
This hop sign is done in just minutes and is too cute for words with that farmhouse patch style HOP.

DIY Drop Cloth Carrot Sign and Shelf Sitter

This is my favorite project from all of the add-ons! I love how easy and simple a small pop of color can bring to the canvas carrots.

  1. Remove the image and backing from a Dollar Tree beaded square hanging sign. Remove the beads and set aside for a different project.
  2. Cover the image and backing with drop cloth and place back into the Dollar Tree frame.
  3. Cut two triangles of drop cloth (4″ and 5.5″). Roll and glue them together so they are conical (show two ways in the video).
  4. Paint the carrots with a light watercolor wash of burnt sienna paint (watered down) and let dry. Stuff with poly fill, fold down the top edge, and add greenery to the opening at top and secure with glue.
  5. Glue the carrots and greenery to the canvas and display.
Vertical split image of a carrot shelf sitter sign made in the farmhouse style with drop cloth, paint, and greenery placed in front of a white wood background.
This is one of my favorite projects because it is 3-dimensional and adds a pop of subdued color to neutral decor.

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Split vertical image of a close up of a gnome nose and beard and a farmhouse leather and burlap patch with text which reads free pattern farmhouse no sew gnome.
This adorable gnome is made using drop cloth and couldn’t be cuter if he tried!

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