Tiered Tray Gnome Pillows for Christmas Decor

Using a Dollar Tree placemat, make these tiered tray gnome pillows for Christmas or any time of year. These easy holiday gnome accents will be perfect on a tray or tucked into a holiday display.

Included in this free gnome tutorial, I will give you options to create a hanging gnome pillow, perfect for a wreath or door hanger. Grab a glue gun, some scraps, and let’s get started.

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Make this cute little tiered tray gnome with scraps and a placemat.

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Making your own Christmas gnomes and gnome crafts are a great way to get into the holiday spirit, create trendy gifts, and even to decorate your home. There are a lot of DIY gnome tutorials here and it’s fun to look through all the pictures to get inspiration!

Before you go through those (it’s okay to open that in a new tab to look at later), I want to share this fun craft with you. I found a Buffalo check placemat (yes, only ONE) at the Dollar Tree the other day and knew I could turn it into a few projects. This set of pillows is one.

Although I am making three items from this placemat, you can use the entire thing to make a throw pillow cover with a gnome on it, too. In neutrals or classic holiday colors, it would be a perfect addition to a rustic modern or farmhouse style.

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Make a hanging tiered tray gnome pillow for holiday displays, Christmas decor, and even for seasonal wreaths.

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Tips for Making Tiered Tray Mini Pillows

  • If you have fabric on hand (or your dollar store doesn’t have any placemats), use a fabric with at least two layers or one with a thicker weight. A brushed felt, fleece, or flannel are good options.
  • In this craft, I used two types of faux fur: Mongolian Fur in white for the red hat gnome and a gorgeous Tibetan fox I got here for the gray hat gnome. Choosing a quality faux fur can make your DIY projects look very high end.
  • More gnome beard material ideas are yarn, wool roving, raffia, macrame cord, or (dare I say it?), cut up stuffed animals from the dollar store. Just don’t let the kids see you doing that…
  • For my tiered tray pillows, I used 1/2 inch wood beads for the gnome noses but you can use wool balls, wood rounds, fabric stuffed with poly stuffing, or even pompoms. Use what you have on hand.
  • To style the a tiered tray with these, pair them with a small planter filled with greenery, a few Christmas ornaments, and maybe a fun holiday mini sign like these.

How to Make a Tiered Tray Gnome Pillow with a Hot Glue Gun

Square image of a close up red hat gnome pillow made for Christmas tiered tray decor.
This little gnome pillow is the perfect addition to a Christmas tiered tray.

Below is the written and printable tutorial for this easy Christmas gnome craft. If you’re a visual learner or want to see the extras, watch the gnome pillow video tutorial here on the YouTube channel.

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Yield: 2-3 Pillows

Tiered Tray Gnome Pillows

Square image of a close up red hat gnome pillow made for Christmas tiered tray decor.

These adorable gnome pillows for tiered trays are the perfect use for a fabric placemat from the Dollar Tree. Create two to three cute holiday gnomes using this easy to follow no-sew gnome tutorial.

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5


  • Fabric Placemat
  • Fleece or Felt Scraps for Hat
  • Scrap of Faux Fur for Beard
  • Wood Bead for Nose
  • Poly-Fil
  • Optional, Embroidery Thread
  • Optional, Button Accent


  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Optional, Needle


  1. Fold the placemat horizontally to the size desired for the tiered tray pillows. Cut vertically and cut in half to form two pieces. Crafter showing how to fold and cut the placemat to create pillow shape.
  2. Fold one piece right sides together and glue up the sides (leave the top open). Allow to dry and turn the pillow right-sides out and poke out the corners with scissors or a pencil. Set aside. Crafter using a glue gun after placing right sides together and glue two of the three open sides.
  3. Cut a gnome beard in a small triangle shape (size it to your pillow). Take care to cut the fabric backing only (refer to the video tutorial if you are new to working with fur). Crafter using an Xacto knife to cut a triangle gnome beard from faux fur.
  4. Glue or sew on the nose to the beard in the top center. I sewed the nose on because tiered trays get knocked around a lot in my house, but you can glue the nose to the fur beard, as well. Crafter sewing a wood bead onto a fur beard to create a gnome nose.
  5. Measure the fleece for the hat to your desired height and cut a rectangle. The width will be cut to where the fleece can wrap around the sides of the beard. Glue the brim of the hat to the top of the nose. Crafter cutting the gnome hat from a rectangle of red fleece.
  6. Trim the hat, starting at the center aligned with the nose, into a triangle. Wrap the edges around the back of the beard and secure the hat to the fabric backing. Crafter gluing the gnome hat to the beard and wrapping around the edges.
  7. Glue down the completed gnome to the pillow along the beard's fabric backing and one side of the hat to the tip. Crafter gluing the gnome beard to the tiered tray pillow and only gluing one side of the gnome hat down.
  8. Fill the hat with a small amount of Poly-Fil stuffing and glue down the other side of the gnome hat. Crafter stuffing the gnome hat with filling and gluing down other side of gnome hat.
  9. Stuff the gnome pillow with Poly-Fill and glue up the top edge. See notes for optional steps. Crafter using a detail tip glue gun after stuffing the gnome pillow to glue the top edge to close.


Optional Step: fold under and secure the sides of the hat to the back of the fabric for a more finished look. This is shown in the video.

Optional Step: add a twine hanger to the stuffed pillow before closing the edge in step 10 above.

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More Tiered Tray Decor Crafts You Might Like

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  • 10-Minute Santa Gnome (with a Slouchy Hat)! – Everyone loves the hat on this cute Christmas gnome and he’s perfectly sized for a tiered tray.
  • Gnome Pillow Cover – If you need another gnome pillow project, follow Cara with the Inspired Workshop’s tutorial for a cutie.

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