This Tiny Tiered Tray Gnome is Made from Scraps and So Cute!

You can make this tiny tiered tray gnome in just a few minutes, to go with your farmhouse decor! Plus it’s an easy gnome made from scraps, so it’s a fun scrap-buster project.

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Such a fun scrap-buster project, this tiny tiered tray gnome is a great farmhouse gnome!

Tiny Tiered Tray Gnome

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we have so much fun in the craft room, coming up with new and different things – but that does leave me with a ton of scraps. Yay for me that I hang onto some of those so I had a few little things to make this tiny tiered tray gnome in just a few minutes!


He’s short, but stable and has a great amount of character, which is exactly what makes him perfect for a farmhouse tiered tray gnome. So, grab your scrap bin and let’s get started.

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Tips to Make a Gnome from Scraps

  • First things first, you have to be a bit of a craft-hoarder and keep some scraps around. I know, terrible, right? But that’s what’s necessary. I mean, really, you don’t have to use scraps, but this is a great scrap-busting project. So, scrounge and find some of your favorite discarded bits to make this gnome.
  • I love using basically anything for a gnome’s nose. But for this gnome, I used a wood bead like these. I have a whole jar of them and they make great noses because they’re consistent in color and size, so you can rely on them just looking “right” when you grab one.
  • One of my favorite things about gnomes is the beautiful flowy beards. Even for a little tiny gnome like this, the beard material you use can mean the difference between a shoddy looking pile of scraps vs. a professional-looking gnome you could sell. So, use your favorite faux fur, even with a scrap project like this one.
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How Do I Make this Tiny Tiered Tray Gnome?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. The full video tutorial for this tiny gnome is here on YouTube.

Yield: 1 Tiny Tiered Tray Gnome

Tiny Tiered Tray Gnome

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This adorable tiny tiered tray gnome is a quick-work project AND it's an epic scrap-buster. I love it when a plan comes together to make a great farmhouse gnome!

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2


  • Base Shape (2-inch Wooden Heart Sticker or Wood Round)
  • White Chalk Paint
  • Body Shape (Wrapping Paper Roll Tube or Wine Cork or Wood Dowel)
  • Pebbles or Small Rocks (or Other Filler), optional
  • White Mongolian Fur
  • Beige Fleece Scraps
  • 3/4-inch Wood Ball (or Other Nose Shape)


  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Razor Blade or Craft Knife
  • Ruler


  1. Start by identifying all of your supplies. Since we're working with scraps, you want to start by finding all your pieces before getting too far down the road.
  2. Once you've decided on your supplies and removed any unnecessary bits like stickers, etc., paint the base shape (I used a heart sticker) with the white chalk paint and allow it to dry completely. Apply a second coat and allow to dry, if desired.
  3. Cut your body shape (I used a cardboard tube) to a height of about 4-inches and paint it with the white chalk paint. Allow the paint to dry completely and repeat if desired.
  4. Hot glue the body shape to the center of the base shape. If you using a cardboard tube like I did, add a fair amount of hot glue to the inside of the cardboard tube followed by a small handful of pebbles. Add more hot glue, then add a second layer of pebbles, repeating until the cardboard tube is filled. Add a bit of hot glue to the top of the topmost layer of pebbles to keep them from falling out.
  5. Measure your beard width and length by wrapping your fur around the body shape. Once you have the shape in mind, cut it out using your razor or craft knife by flipping the faux fur over and cutting only the fabric backing. Wrap the cut beard shape around the body shape and hot glue it in place.
  6. If you would like to make a mustache, cut a second piece of faux fur about 2-inches long by 1/4-inch wide. Split the faux fur down the center and finger-brush it to either side. Hot glue the fabric backing to the top of the beard.
  7. Part the faux fur of the mustache, all the way to the fabric backing and hot glue the nose to the fabric backing.
  8. To make the hat, cut a piece of fleece wide enough to wrap around the body shape, plus at least 1/2-inch (to allow for a 1/4-inch seam allowance on each side) and long enough to allow for a hat that slouches, so about twice the height of your gnome's body shape.
  9. Make the nose wrinkle by folding up the fabric in the center of your hat fleece piece on the bottom side by 1/4-inch and hot gluing it in place. Fold the fleece fabric piece in half, right-side to right-side, then glue the two sides together on the bottom 2-3 -inches of the hat. photo collage tutorial of how to make a tiny tiered tray gnome
  10. Position your ruler at the top of this hot glue hem and identify the triangle shape for your hat's peak. Cut along this line. Hot glue hem the two sides of the hat together, then allow the hot glue to cool completely.
  11. Flip the hat right side out, using a pencil or end of a paintbrush to turn the tip out.
  12. Tuck the hat over your gnome's head, hot gluing it over the nose to create a little wrinkle. Pull the hat low in the back, to open up the face, and hot glue it in place to the gnome's body (not to the fur, that will just pull away). Position your hat in the slouched position desired and hot glue the slouch in place.
  13. Add embellishments such as buttons as I did, if desired, then enjoy your little gnome because he's ready! photo collage tutorial of how to make a farmhouse gnome for a tiered tray


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