I LOVE This Easy Max from the Grinch Gnome from a Sock!

Last year I made an adorable Grinch sock gnome, but he was missing something. He was missing a Max from the Grinch gnome – a simple dog sock gnome with a reindeer twist.

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This easy Max from the Grinch gnome is so quick and simple to make, but too cute not spend time just admiring!

Max from the Grinch Gnome

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we have the most fun making the most ridiculous things. From Nordic gnomes to zombie tomte, there are going to be a lot of silly things you see here if you stick around. One of my favorite was my Grinch sock gnome. So simple and easy to make, but really adorable. But he was, well, lonely. So I made his sidekick to go along with him!


You can make this fun Max from the Grinch gnome in suck a quick 15-minutes, it’s definitely worth making. And if you’re planning a fantastic Grinch tiered tray, this is the BEST addition. If you’re ready to make a Grinch Max gnome, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make Grinch Max Gnome

  • Making this adorable Grinch Max gnome is very simple. I used some of my favorite brown faux fur with a high pile. I found it at my local craft store, along with so many other options for gnome beards!
  • I made this Max gnome as a no-sew gnome by using hot glue to make all of the hems I needed, but. if you were so inclined, you could certainly use a sewing machine. I’d like to note that attaching the fur is largely dependent on hot glue. So, even if you were to want to sew the body, be ready to work with some hot glue anyway.
  • If you’re not a big-time gnome maker and have never cut faux fur previously, please just put down your scissors and take a second. I made a fun video here showing you how to properly and easily cut faux fur. For a quick reminder for anyone whose done it before: just flip the fur over fuzzy-side down then cut the fabric backing only using an Exacto knife or razor blade, then gently pull the piece away.
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How Do I Make this Max from the Grinch Gnome?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re more of a visual learner, you can check out my video tutorial here for how to make this fun holiday tomte!

Yield: 1 Max from the Grinch Gnome

Max from the Grinch Gnome

easy max gnome inspired by the grinch movie

This Max from the Grinch gnome comes together so fast. You can have it done and ready to put in a Grinch tiered tray in 15 minutes!

Prep Time 6 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $4


  • 1 Adult-Sized Sock
  • 1 Faux Antler
  • Scraps Red, Black and Pink Craft Felt
  • 1 Pickle Jar Lid or Wide-Mouth Mason Jar Lid
  • 1 Gold Bell
  • 2 Light Brown 1/4 inch Pom Poms
  • 1/4-inch Red Ribbon (about 18 inches)
  • Floral Wire
  • Brown Mongolian Fur
  • 1-2 cups Polyfill Beads
  • Small Amount of Polyfill


  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • Wire Cutters


  1. Start by making your gnome body by placing the jar lid into the bottom of the sock, positioning it in the toe of the sock as squarely as possible. Follow by filling the sock, on top of the jar lid, with the polyfill beads. Finish filling the sock with an additional 1-2 cups (or so) of polyfill, about up to the ankle of the sock, lightly packed. Tie the sock closed and cut off the excess sock fabric. Hot glue the knot of the sock closed.
  2. Cut a large rectangle of faux fur large enough to cover the entire sock body from tip to toe and front to back.
  3. With the hot glue, attach the faux fur to the sock, covering the knot and all of the sock. You may have excess faux fur, which you can trim off to better make the fur fit around the sock.
  4. Cut a length of red craft felt about 3/4-inches wide and long enough to wrap around the lid portion of the sock toe. Hot glue this length of craft felt to the bottom of the gnome, creating a collar for Max.
  5. Thread the floral wire through the top of the gnome, working the floral wire through the faux fur and the sock, then back out about 2 inches from the entry point. photo collage tutorial of how to make a max grinch gnome
  6. Place the faux antler in the middle of the floral wire then, using the wire cutters, twist the wire around the antler, securing it in place.
  7. Using the ribbon, hot glue it in place wrapped around the whole gnome body, then tying it in a bow on top of the antler, hiding the floral wire.
  8. Hot glue the two pom poms onto the front of the gnome side-by-side, creating a muzzle.
  9. Cut a tiny heart out of the black craft fur and attach it to the end of the muzzle creating a nose.
  10. Cut a very tiny pink craft felt "u" shape, then use the pencil to draw a line down the middle. Hot glue this to the bottom of the muzzle, making a tongue.
  11. Hot glue a bell on to the front of the red craft felt collar and enjoy! photo collage tutorial of how to make a gnome max dog from the grinch


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  1. So I am in love with this little Max puppy. But please tell me where you got the faux antler. You said the total craft only cost you about $4, but the only ones I’m finding are like $20-$30 for a set. I would love to even buy them thru a link you provide to give you the sale. Please help!! This is so cute and I want to make it without it costing an arm and a leg! 😍

    1. Rachel, I’m so glad you like him!! I picked up the antler at a craft store (Michael’s here in the States) from the wreath pick section. The section had a TON of different picks for the holidays recently added and one was that antler (it was on sale and with a coupon was only a dollar!). I don’t have a link online for that one. Do you have a Michael’s or Joann’s nearby?