DIY Christmas Tree Gnomes

Turn dollar store finds into adorable and easy Christmas tree gnomes! This is an easy craft you can make in less than 30 minutes using a hot glue gun.

Everyone will ooh and ahh over this unique style of DIY gnome for the holidays. This easy gnome even includes a step by step tree gnome video tutorial with alternate supplies so you can use what you have on hand.

Horizontal image of a Christmas tree gnome made using Dollar Tree supplies in front of a holiday display on wood table.
Create a gorgeous, easy, and inexpensive standing Christmas tree gnome this holiday.

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Easy Gnome Christmas Tree DIY

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I share new DIY Christmas gnomes starting in July (Christmas in July, of course) and make them all the way until the new year. I use my patterns to sew or hot glue the most adorable holiday gnome for Christmas decor.

This year, I came across a few of the dollar store mini holiday trees in my craft stash and thought I should whip up a Christmas tree gnome for next to our fireplace. And the best part is that most of the supplies are from the Dollar Tree.

For my International crafting friends, look at Dollarama (Canada) and Poundland (UK) for a few of these items. If you don’t have those near you, read through the supplies section – I will share a list of alternative ideas.

Vertical bright image of a standing Christmas tree gnome in boots made with Christmas trees from the Dollar Tree.
Head to the dollar store for the supplies you’ll need to make this adorable holiday gnome.

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Supplies to Make a Mini Gnome Christmas Tree

As I mentioned above, I’ll share each supply I used, where I got them, and the alternate version shared in the full-length video tutorial. Shop your craft stash first and see what you have that can be used.

  • 2 mini Christmas trees (Dollar Tree) – You can use garland ties, garland, or even a wreath you break apart.
  • 1 pack of garland ties (Dollar Tree) – They can be from anywhere and honestly, you could use everything above, as well.
  • 1 set of boot ornaments (Dollar Tree or craft stores) – Fillable boots are best and don’t be limited by ornaments. Resin or concrete boots from the garden section work just as well or better because they’re heavier.
  • 1 Santa Hat (Dollar Tree) – The dollar stores always have fleece scarves or baby blankets. To make a hat, just roll it into a cone and add some trim with faux fur, yarn, or Sherpa fleece.
  • 1 ping pong ball (Dollar Tree) – If you have a large pom pom, a wood ball or bead, or even a Christmas ornament, you can make a gnome nose for this holiday tree gnome.
  • Rocks or vase filler (Dollar Tree) – Because we secure the opening, you can substitute aquarium gravel or sand for the weight.
Supplies to create a standing Christmas tree gnome from the Dollar Tree on a white background.
There are two ways to make a Christmas tree gnome using supplies from the Dollar Tree.

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How to Make a Christmas Tree Gnome Using Boot Ornaments

If you’re new here, I make all gnomes and record the step by step process to share both here and on the YouTube channel. Follow along with either and let me know if you have any questions. Watch the detailed Christmas tree gnome video tutorial here on YouTube.

Below are the written instructions with images to help guide you in making this cute Dollar Tree Christmas gnome. Leave this page open and craft along with me.

If you prefer to print instructions and work from those, scroll down. Use the comments section if you have questions.

Standing Christmas gnome made with faux trees, a boot ornament, and a red Santa hat in front of a holiday background.
Create this fun Christmas tree gnome in boots in about 20 minutes.

Step 1: Poke a hole into the hollow boot ornaments and fill with small rocks or vase filler. Hot glue to secure them inside and hot glue them together (optional).

Crafter using a pair of scissors to poke a hole into Christmas boot ornaments to be used as gnome boots.
Create a hole and fill each boot with rocks and glue.
Crafter adding small rocks into holiday boot ornaments on white background.
Add weights to the boot ornaments to make the gnome stable.

ALTERNATE: If you are using Styrofoam® boot ornaments, leave this step until the end. You will need to mount the boots to a base when we’re done like I show for the alternative Christmas tree gnome in the video.

Step 2: Unfold two of the Dollar Tree Christmas trees and fluff them up only on one side. Unscrew the bottom connector and discard it and the 3 stand pieces.

Crafter spreading out the branches on the Dollar Tree Christmas trees.
Fluff out two trees to opposite sides to be used as the gnome body.

ALTERNATE: If you are using the cone and garland ties method, cover the cone in green felt. Fold each tie in half, bend the folded portion to 90 degrees, and glue the folded portion to the cone.

Step 3: Place the two trees flat-sides together, and secure with garland ties in the open spaces.

Crafter tying two mini trees together using Dollar Tree garland ties.
Secure the two trees together with garland ties (or zip ties).

ALTERNATE: Place two short dowels into the base of the cone and press into the boot ornaments.

Step 4: Place each tree bottom into a boot opening and secure with glue. Glue a small rock into the opening to prevent shifting.

Crafter using a hot glue gun to stabilize the legs of a Christmas tree gnome.
Secure the tree stems into each boot.

ALTERNATE: Glue the boot ornaments to a wood round or plaque for stability.

Step 5: Secure a Santa hat along the outside edge seam to reduce the size of the hat opening. Bend down the top branches and set the hat atop the tree.

Crafter using hot glue to secure the brim of a Santa hat to be used for a Christmas tree gnome.
Secure a Santa hat along a seam to reduce the size.

ALTERNATE: Cut down a mini tree skirt to form a cone and glue in place. Add a pompom to the gnome hat.

Step 6: Glue on a ping pong ball to the underside hat brim as a gnome nose and, optionally, color it with blush.

Crafter gluing a ping pong ball to a Dollar Tree Christmas tree gnome DIY.
Secure a ping pong to the underside of the Santa hat to create a gnome nose.

Holiday Tree Gnome Video Tutorial

There are a few parts of the DIY dollar store gnome tutorial that will be easily described by showing you versus writing it out. I encourage you to watch the entire gnome video tutorial using the mini Christmas trees here on YouTube or below.

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Vertical split image of a Christmas tree gnome made with Dollar Tree supplies.
This fun holiday craft idea using dollar store staples to make a beautiful standing Christmas tree gnome.
Yield: 1 Christmas Gnome

Christmas Tree Gnome in Boots

Standing Christmas gnome made with faux trees, a boot ornament, and a red Santa hat in front of a holiday background.

This Dollar Tree Christmas tree gnome in boots takes just about 20 minutes to make and is done with simple supplies and a hot glue gun. Head over to the dollar store and pick up a few basic Christmas supplies to get started on this easy holiday gnome decor idea demonstrated by Sarah with Ruffles and Rain Boots.

Active Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $7

Materials

  • 2 x Dollar Tree Christmas trees (green)
  • Dollar Tree Garland Pack (will have left over)
  • Dollar Tree Santa Hat
  • Dollar Tree Ping Pong Ball (or Other Gnome Nose)
  • Dollar Tree Rocks (Vase Filler)
  • Boot Ornament
  • Optional, Blush and Brush

Tools

  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Poke a hole into the hollow Santa boots and fill with small rocks or vase filler. Hot glue to secure them inside and hot glue them together (optional). Remove the hang tags or hangers.
  2. Unfold two of the Dollar Tree Christmas trees and fluff them up all directed to one side. Unscrew the bottom connector and discard it along with the 3 stand pieces.
  3. Place the two trees flat-sides together, and secure with garland ties in the open spaces.
  4. Place each tree bottom into a boot opening and secure with glue. Glue a small rock into the opening to prevent shifting.
  5. Secure a Santa hat along the outside edge seam to reduce the size of the hat opening. Bend down the top branches and set the hat atop the tree.
  6. Glue on a ping pong ball as a nose and, optionally, color it with blush.

Notes

As shown in the Christmas tree gnome video tutorial, you can use a Dollar Tree 6.9 inch foam cone and their garland ties to create a similar look.

Another idea for a hat is to use a Dollar Tree mini tree skirt, cut it to size, and add a pom pom.

If you cannot find the miniature trees, look for an artificial tree to break apart.

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