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.
Festive Christmas Gnome Pillow DIY
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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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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
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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More Tiered Tray Decor Crafts You Might Like
- Tiered Tray Gnome – This Christmas gnome project is quick, fun, and even comes with a reversible hat!
- Christmas Gnome with Arms and Legs – This adorable gnome is the most popular gnome body style on the Internet because it comes out perfect EVERY TIME. You can sew or glue this gnome pattern.
- 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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