This Dollar Tree Light-up Gnome Santa is an Adorable and Quick Craft

You can make this Dollar Tree light-up gnome Santa in just a few minutes – a great glowing gnome craft fast! LOL!

glowing belly santa gnome
So fast and incredibly cute, this Dollar Tree light up gnome Santa is just about as adorable as it can get.

Light-up Gnome Santa

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I love making gnomes, no matter if they’re super high-end sewn gnomes or the most inexpensive gnomes I can make from Dollar Tree materials – they’re each a unique challenge. The best part about this gnome? It was half-made for me, all I had to do was basically give it a “glow up!” Get it? LOL!


In all seriousness, this is such a quick and easy craft, you’ll be amazed. Grab your craft knife and let’s get started.

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Tips to Make a Santa Gnome from Dollar Tree Supplies

  • If you prefer a larger nose, you can use a larger wood round. But be careful not to go too oversized, because the material for the body is not very absorbent and won’t bond with the glue very strongly. So you will want to find a nose that’s very light, even if it is larger than the wood bead I selected.
  • To cut your beard, take care to flip the fur over, exposing the fabric side and cutting the fabric only with a craft knife or razor blade. This will keep from cutting the fur and will give you that long, luscious look.
  • Want to give your gnome a little different hat style? Try a sock instead of the Santa hat! you’ll have a little glowing belly gnome with a sock hat for a whole different look!
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How Do I Make this Dollar Tree Light-up Gnome Santa?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.

Yield: 1 Glowing Gnome Santa Claus

Dollar Tree Light-up Gnome Santa

dollar tree gnome with lights

Fast, fun and ridiculously cute, this Dollar Tree light-up gnome Santa is one of my favorite gnome crafts this season!

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5


  • Light up Santa
  • White Craft Fur
  • Christmas hat
  • Mop Strand
  • Wooden Bead


  • Scissors
  • Craft knife or razor blade
  • Hot glue gun & glue


  1. Remove all of the felt decorations on the light up Santa.
  2. Cut the tip of the Santa hat to desired size, about 6-inches. You can discard the larger portion of the hat - you will only need the tip of this gnome craft.
  3. Estimate how long you would like the beard to be by placing the craft fur on the Santa body. Cut the craft fur by turning it over and using the craft knife or razor blade to cut the fabric backing of the fur.
  4. Affix the craft fur onto the gnome Santa body using hot glue.
  5. Add the wooden bead to the top of the beard.
  6. Trim Santa hat if needed and affix to the top of the gnome using hot glue.
  7. Add a strand of mop to trim the hat then get ready to display your gnome because he's done! photo collage tutorial of Dollar Tree light up gnome santa


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