Make This Easy July 4th Gnome from Dollar Tree Supplies in Minutes!

I love this adorable July 4th gnome from dollar store supplies. It’s quick and easy. Plus, it’s just too cute not to boop that nose!

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This easy Dollar Tree July 4th gnome is a quick and easy nisse that you can have done in about 20 minutes.

July 4th Gnome from Dollar Store Supplies

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we just love a little bit of a challenge – and a patriotic gnome. So, when I hit up the Dollar Tree this week and realized we were only a couple of weeks out from July 4th, I knew what I had to do.


This easy and fast July 4th gnome from dollar store supplies is such an adorable little nisser, you’ll be sad you don’t plan to leave him out all year long. He’s JUST SO CUTE!

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So, grab your hot glue gun and let’s get started.

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Tips to Make a July 4th Dollar Tree Gnome

  • To make any gnome quickly, like with baking, grab all of your supplies and lay them out on your work surface, including all of the tools you plan to use. I always waste a ton of time when I’m not prepared before I start stuffing a sock and getting all crafty.
  • Let’s get real about the most fun part of a gnome – those fluffy, gorgeous gnome beards. Typically, I reach for a luxe faux fur. But, to be honest, Dollar Tree isn’t rife with lush fur options. Ever. That being said, you can just get creative with what they do have! I found a furry pillow that had a beard-ish texture in NAVY (woohoo!) at my store. So, look around, grab anything that is passable for a beard – maybe a fluffy sock, a mop–or dusters!
  • My plan was to make this as a no-sew gnome, but the truth is that you could make this exact same gnome by sewing. So, whichever is easiest for you, grab your tools and have at it.
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How Do I Make this July 4th Gnome from Dollar Tree Supplies?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making a playlist of DIY gnome tutorials, check out the full Dollar Tree 4th of July gnome tutorial here on YouTube.

Yield: 1 July 4th Gnome

July 4th Gnome from Dollar Store Supplies

4th of july sock gnome from dollar store supplies

You're going to love how easy it is to make a customized July 4th gnome from dollar store supplies - and you'll hate having to put him up when the season is over.

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $10


  • 1 Women's Sock
  • 1 July 4th Balloon Weight with Spray
  • 1 Sheer Red, White, and Blue Scarf
  • 1 Blue Fuzzy Pillow
  • 1 1/2-inch Wood Bead or Ball (or other nose)
  • 2 1/4-inch Wood Beads or Balls (or other hands)
  • 1 Mini Clip-on Chalkboard


  • Scissors
  • Wire Cutters
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • White Acrylic Paint Pen or Chalk Pen


  1. Remove the plastic wrap from the bottom of the balloon weight. Using the wire cutters, remove the spray from the balloon weight. Tuck the heavy concrete bottom of the balloon weight into the bottom of your sock.
  2. Cut open the top of your pillow and fill the sock 3/4 full of the pillow stuffing. Pack this in tightly, making the transition from the weight to the stuffing as smooth as possible. Tie off the top of the sock using the twist-tie from the balloon weight, then hot glue the sock closed. Allow the hot glue to cool completely.
  3. Fold the sheer scarf over onto itself. Cut a folded piece about 10-inches by 12-inches. Starting about 3-4 inches from the bottom (the 10-inch wide side), cut the folded piece of scarf into a triangle. Hot glue the cut edges together, keeping the fabric in the triangle shape. in-process step of cutting fabric to make a dollar store gnome for july 4th
  4. Fold the triangle scarf shape in half, then hot glue the edges together, creating a hat shape. Set aside to allow the hot glue to cool completely.
  5. Using the stuffed sock to gauge the size you need, cut a large rectangle of the fuzzy pillow exterior. Trim the fabric to fit the sock body and hot glue it in place, wrapping it around the sock completely.
  6. Tuck the hat down onto the top of the gnome body with the rear seam of the hat lining up with the rear seam of the body, determining where you want the nose to sit. Part the fur to the fabric backing and add a generous amount of hot glue, then place the nose on top, holding it in place until the hot glue cools completely. in-process step of gluing a nose onto a form to make a dollar tree july 4th gnome
  7. Pull the hat down over the nose in a cute wrinkle and hot glue it in place. Additionally, hot glue the tip of the hat down where you'd like it to sit, if desired.
  8. Cut two large rectangles of doubled-over sheer scarf fabric, about 6-inches by 8 inches each. Roll each of these rectangles onto themselves, folding the raw ends over and hot glue hemming them in place. These will serve as the arms.
  9. Tuck a wooden ball onto the end of each arm as a hand, then tuck the open end of each arm up under the hat on either side of the gnome's face. Hot glue them in place under the hat.
  10. Wrap an arm around the accessories and hot glue them in place. For accessories I used the spray from the balloon weight and a mini chalkboard sign painted with "pop" using an acrylic paint pen. If necessary, cut a hole in the side of the gnome's beard and into the sock, if necessary, to hold the accessories up alongside the gnome's body.
  11. Then it's time to display your gnome with your farmhouse decor! photo collage tutorial of how to make a july 4th gnome from dollar store supplies


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