The perfect garden gnome never existed until these gnomes with flower pot hats decided that, instead of planting, they’d plant themselves! Learn how to make spring and Christmas gnomes in flower pot hats.
My original pot head gnomes have become so popular, they’re all over Pinterest, Facebook, and being made on YouTube by other creators. Join in and create these flower gnomes with this easy DIY gnome tutorial.
Gnomes with Flower Pot Hats
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we adore all the antics gnomes can get into – they’re just so silly! And nothing is more fun than making a new one for the new season. Even better when they’re perfect for gifting, too! These adorable tomte are definitely up to a good time with those flower pot hats and big, pretty flowers.
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Christmas Clay Pot Gnomes
These cute Christmas gnomes with clay pot hats are a great way to use those dollar store socks. This was one on a list of fun and easy Christmas crafts we created last year to add to our holiday decor. Watch the full Christmas pot head gnome video tutorial.
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You can change the paint color, ankle socks, wood beads, and accessories to create any themed gnome. I wanted to create and show a different style: a sitting pot head gnome with feet. Watch the beehive pot head gnome video tutorial to see how the cute feet were created!
Mother’s Day Flower Pot Gnome
They’re super easy to make and would be a perfect Mother’s Day gnome gift. Choose Mom or Grandma’s favorite colors or patterns, grab your pots and socks, and let’s get started.
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Tips to Make This Easy Sock Gnome
First, try not to overthink this. You’re putting a flower pot on a gnome’s head. :) The gnome body is basically going to be all but covered up with the flower pot and beard, so I opted to create a sock gnome.
One of the best parts about making gnomes is their noses. I generally like to make little gnome noses with anything round and nearby that fits that specific gnome. Though I often use a wooden ball or a polymer clay gnome nose I made, you can find so many things that work. My go-to are wood balls like these (and the seller is FABULOUS).
If the idea of making gnomes gives you some anxiety because of the faux fur beard, don’t worry. Even if you’ve never touched a gnome before, you can still get a flowy, lush beard without any issues. Many have used my quick video tutorial on how to cut faux fur gnomes beards and now make them look so tailored.
I got almost everything I needed to make this gnome at my local Dollar Tree. That said, most craft stores also have all of these items.
So simple and fast, these DIY gnomes with flower pot hats are a quick and fun craft that you can make in just a few minutes. Makes for perfect Mother's Day gnomes...hint hint...
Active Time20 minutes
Additional Time10 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Acrylic Paint in White, Pink, and Blue
1 - 3-inch Terra Cotta Pot
1 - 2 1/4-inch Terra Cotta Pot
2 Children's Ankle Socks
2 - Wood Rounds (that fit inside each pot used)
1 - 1-inch Wood Ball
1 - 3/4-inch Wood ball
Small Amount of Poly-Fill
Small Amount of Mongolian Fur (or other faux fur)
White Embroidery Thread
Patterned Cotton Fabric
Small Amount of Dark Craft Felt
4 Faux Floral Lambs Ear Leaves
Hot Glue Gun & Glue
3-inch Circle Template (I used a lid)
Iron (I used my EasyPress Mini)
Needle & Thread
Paint both of the pots with the white acrylic paint and set aside to dry completely.
Combining a small amount of the white and pink paint, and the white and blue paint, make a more pastel version of your colorful paint options. Paint each pot one color, with the exception of the bottom of the pot (the top of the hat). Paint the top of the hat with the paint straight from the bottle to add a little contrast and depth. Allow this coat of paint to dry completely. Add a second coat of paint, if desired, and allow this coat to dry completely.
Place one of the wood rounds into the toe of one of the children's ankle sock, working it all the way down so there are no wrinkles. Follow by adding about 1/2 cup of Poly-Beads to the sock and finish by adding about 2 cups of Poly-Fill to the sock. Work the Poly-Fill down and around the Poly-Beads to ensure that they will not show and that the body is solid. Test-fit the hat to make sure that the filled sock, with the wood ball nose, will fit before proceeding. Tie the sock off with the embroidery thread and repeat test-fitting the hat. I did not care for where the hat sat on my gnome, so rather than tearing up what I had done, I simply cut the loose sock above the thread in half and tied the two pieces of sock top into a knot. This lifted the hat just a bit to where I felt it looked best.
Cut the Mongolian fur for your beard. You will want a piece that is long enough to cover your sock body, plus about 1/2-inch overlapping the hat, as well as wrap all the way around. To do this, you can lay the gnome on the fabric backing of the faux fur and approximate the shape and size of the beard you need. Using a craft knife or razor blade, cut the faux fur fabric backing only and gently pull the beard from the remainder portion of the fur. You may want to comb the fur to give it a more clean look. Once cut, hot glue the beard to the sock body.
Attach the nose by splitting the faux fur down the middle of the front, all the way to the fabric backing. Then hot glue the wood ball in place, about 1/2-inch from the top of the beard.
Trim the faux fur in the back of the gnome to ensure that the hat will adhere to the sock, not the faux fur, then pull the hat (pot) down over the gnome, tucking the nose up under the rim of the hat (pot).
Hot glue the sock and nose to the inside of the hat (pot) by adding a generous amount of glue to about the mid-line of the nose, up to the top of the sock, then pressing the hat down over this. You may want to push your fingers into the back of the sock to further press the front of the sock into the pot side.
Hot glue the back of the hat (pot) in place on the back of the gnome, tucking the sock body up into the pot, adding a generous amount of glue, then pressing the back of the pot into the sock to secure it.
Make the flower by tracing 6 3-inch circles on the back of your cotton fabric, then cutting them out with the pinking shears to reduce fraying. Fold each of the circles in half and iron them flat. Then fold the half-circles in half again, making a 1/4 circle, and iron them flat.
Using a running stitch, sew along the pinking-shear-cut side of the 1/4 circles of fabric, going in from the back to start the stitch, then going out the back for the last stitch on each petal. DO NOT TIE THE PETALS OFF. Continue using the same needle and thread, working in a continuous running stitch to add all of the petals together onto one thread. Once all 6 petals of the flower are on the thread, pull the two ends together and knot them together tightly, securing the flower petals in a neat ring. Shape the petals and trim the thread ends.
Cut a small circle of dark felt, just wide enough to cover the opening in the center of the flower petals and glue this to the back side of the flower's opening. Repeat, cutting a small circle of dark felt, just wide enough to cover the opening of the flower petals and glue this to the front side of the flower's opening.
Hot glue the flower to the front of the pot, just off-center, so it's jaunty and fun. Add two faux floral lambs ear leaves behind the flower, with hot glue on the stems.
Repeat to make the second gnome and then they are ready to display!
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Hi there, I’m Sarah. I’m a crafty gal and always have at least 14 projects going at once. I am a crafter, designer, and pattern maker and share my creations here and over at the Ruffles and Rain Boots® shop.
Thanks again for a great tutorial!! I enjoy your pleasant voice so very much during the entire demonstration.