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Make this Adorable Mason Jar Lid Gnome Ornament in Minutes!

I needed a cute Christmas tree gnome ornament for my farmhouse Christmas tree this year, so I made this adorable mason jar lid gnome ornament. It’s fun, cute, and the easiest DIY tomte tutorial ever!

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Mason Jar Lid Gnome Ornament

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are all about the farmhouse Christmas tree this year. I got this idea in my head of all these little gnomes, buffalo check ornaments, and just a series of wood rounds…maybe some woodland creatures. And it’s gorgeous. So I started by making this adorable mason jar lid gnome ornament.


This is a super fast DIY tomte tutorial. You can literally have it done in 20 minutes (or way less) from the moment you decide until you’re hanging it on the Christmas tree. If you’re ready to get a Christmas tree gnome ornament made for your tree, well, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make a Christmas Tree Gnome Ornament

  • This mason jar lid gnome ornament is super small. So, when you’re making your nose (or finding a wood bead to be your gnome nose), you need to go small. Now go smaller. Yeah, once more, make it smaller. I literally had to remake my clay nose multiple times until I go it small enough.
  • Click here to get your free printable pattern for this adorable Christmas tree gnome ornament. I mean, you can make it without a pattern, if you want, but why, when there’s a pattern handy?!
  • If you’ve never cut Mongolian fur before, don’t grab your scissors. You’ll cut through all of the fur and be really sad because it won’t be long and fluffy. Grab an Exacto knife instead. Then flip the fur over (I know, it’s counter-intuitive, but do it). Then, using the knife, cut through the fabric portion of the fur. I have a quick video tutorial to learn how to cut faux fur here.
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How Do I Make this Gnome Ornament?

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

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Mason Jar Lid Gnome Ornament

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I needed a cute Christmas tree gnome ornament for my farmhouse Christmas tree this year, so I made this adorable mason jar lid gnome ornament. It's fun, cute, and the easiest DIY tomte tutorial ever!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Estimated Cost $1


  • Tiny amount of Polyfill
  • Polymer Clay (for gnome nose):
  • 1 small, 1/16 dime-sized portion of brown
  • 1/8 dime-sized portions of white
  • ¼ yd Buffalo Check Fabric
  • Mason Jar Lid and Ring
  • 4-5 inch long Black Ribbon
  • Printable Template/Pattern
  • Mongolian Fur in Brown


  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • Scissors
  • Exacto Knife (to cut the fur)
  • Wax Paper
  • Oven


  1. Start making your gnome nose by combining the brown and white polymer clay until a flesh-color is consistent throughout. 
  2. Roll the clay into a neat ball, making sure it’s smooth all the way around.
  3. Bake in the oven per the polymer clay package directions. Allow to cool before touching. Set aside.
  4. Cut out the following:
  5. 1 hat from printable pattern in buffalo check fabric
  6. 1 circle back from printable pattern in buffalo check fabric
  7. 1 beard from printable pattern from mongolian fur, using the exacto knife to cut only the backing, not the fur itself.
  8. 1 very tiny rectangle from mongolian fur, parted, to be a mustache
  9. To assemble the gnome: 
  10. Hot glue the ends of the ribbon on top of each other, then onto the back (the outside) of the mason jar lid.
  11. Hot glue the circle back of buffalo check fabric onto the back (the outside) of your mason jar lid.
  12. Place the ring onto the lid, with the inside of the lid pointing outward, and hot glue in place. photo tutorial of how to make a mason jar lid gnome ornament
  13. Hot glue beard to the lowest point possible on the front side (inside) of the mason jar lid.
  14. Hot glue mustache in place on the topmost part of the beard.
  15. Hot glue nose on top of the mustache. photo collage tutorial of how to make a gnome ornament from a jar lid
  16. Set hat on top of gnome body, tucking the top edge of the beard into the hat and wrinkling hat down on nose and hot glue hat in place in that wrinkle onto the nose. Also hot glue the top and one side of the hat down, but leave one side loose.
  17. Place a very small amount of polyfill between the mason jar lid and the hat cutout, making the hat look full.
  18. Hot glue the remaining open side of the hat to the mason jar.
  19. Enjoy!


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