How to Make a Sock Gnome in 3-Minutes

If you want to know how to make a sock gnome in 3-minutes, this tutorial is going to take you from zero to done just that fast.

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This is the fastest gnome tutorial – learn how to make a sock gnome in 3-minutes!

How to Make a Sock Gnome In 3-Minutes

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love making gnomes. They’re an easy and fun distraction, but more than that, they’re great gifts, they’re simple, and they bring a sense of accomplishment when you make something adorable that you can give or even sell! Sometimes, though, you want to challenge yourself – see just how crazy you can get with your passion. And for me, the question was: “just how fast can you make a gnome?”


It started with the moment I realized, while not even trying, I made a gnome in 10 minutes. I felt emboldened. If I moved quick, what could I do. A five minute gnome was created by my hands. And that was good, but what if I REALLY pushed myself. That’s how I figured how how to make a sock gnome in 3-minutes. This ride is amazing, but fast, so let’s get started.

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Tips to Make a Fast Sock Gnome

  • If you want to make a fast gnome, you’ve got to have ALL of your supplies ready and on hand. Don’t leave the stuffing in the package in the closet. Get it out, get it set next your craft table. Every. Last. Supply.
  • Let’s talk about gnome noses. While I typically use wood beads like these, I decided to do something different this time, making the nose from the sock. I know this is absolutely unorthodox for my typical, but it’s a good method and perfect for a first time gnome-maker.
  • If you’re a bit concerned about trying to make a sock gnome because of the beard’s material, don’t worry, I know that fluffy faux fur can be intimidating. I have a method that will help anyone, even a first time gnome-maker, cut a beautiful, long beard super fast. Just put the fur face-down on your cutting surface and, using either a razor or craft knife, cut just the fabric backing. Then you just pull the cut beard away, separating the fur gently. From there, it’s just a matter of gluing it on your gnome!
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Fastest Way to Make a Sock Gnome (3 Minutes)

Below is the written tutorial for this cute Christmas gnome but don’t be limited by this style – you can change up the socks and decorations to fit any holiday, decor, or occasion.

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Yield: 1 Sock Gnome

How to Make a Sock Gnome in 3-Minutes

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If you want to know how to make a sock gnome in 3-Minutes - the fastest you can possibly make one; this is the tutorial to do just that!

Prep Time 3 minutes
Active Time 3 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3


  • 1 White Men's Sock
  • 1 Fluffy Men's Sock
  • Rubber Band
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Ribbon
  • Small Amount of Polyfill
  • 1-2 cups Polybeads
  • Blush
  • Small Amount of Mongolian Fur


  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • Razor Blade or Craft Knife


  1. Fill the gnome: Fit your white sock over the container of the polybeads and pour them into the toe of the sock. Remove the sock from the container. Stuff 2 cups of polyfill into the white sock on top of the polybeads and tie tight knot to close the sock.
  2. Make the nose: Pinch a bit of the sock and fill between your thumb and forefinger, tying off this pinched up area to make a nose. Dust the nose with a little blush.
  3. Give the gnome a beard: Cut a beard shape from the faux fur by flipping it over and cutting a large 'u' shape. Hot glue this on below the nose.
  4. Give the gnome a hat: Tuck the fuzzy sock over the top of the gnome, pulling it down low over the nose and hot glue this in place. To cover the heel of the sock if it's a different color than the rest, you can pull the sock down and hot glue a wrinkle in place. Then tie a ribbon around the base of the sock's toe where the color changes to make it look like a pom pom. Then enjoy! photo collage tutorial of how to make a sock gnome in 3 minutes


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  1. love the gnomes. Made some from a wooden broom handle they turned out better then I thought they would .Think I’ll put on my tree . J.T.