These Wooden Gnome Ornaments are so Easy and Cute!

If you want a super quick custom Christmas ornament, you have to make these easy wooden gnome ornaments. They’re so simple, but they look so cute on a farmhouse Christmas tree!

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Make these farmhouse Christmas ornament gnomes with the easy cut file for Cricut.

Wooden Gnome Ornaments

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are on a mission to make every kind of gnome ever though of. Seriously, I have made so many, I can’t even list them. But, for a farmhouse Christmas, I made these adorable wooden gnome ornaments.


They are so simple and fast to make. I made these easy wooden gnome ornaments in about 20 minutes. Basically, the paint dries and they’re done. Let’s get started.

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Tips to Make DIY gnome Ornaments

  • Click here to get the free cut file. This is free for personal use, but I would love it if you would share to Pinterest on your favorite farmhouse Christmas board. But, if you don’t have a cutting machine, you can still make these adorable DIY gnome ornaments. Just get your saw action going!
  • You can hang these on your Christmas tree or put them on a wreath. They’re very easy to make, so you could even do both! LOL!
  • To make the most fun farmhouse colors, mix a little black or grey with your primary colors. So, don’t just go with straight green. Add a little brown or black to it. That will tone down the brights and make it a little more farmhouse-ey (is that a word?). And the same with reds, yellows and oranges. 
  • Get a quality faux fur – check out my recommendations here. It really does make a HUGE difference in a quality gnome.
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How Do I Make Wooden Gnome Ornaments?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making a Christmas crafts playlist on YouTube, here is our wooden gnome ornaments video tutorial.

Yield: 4

Wooden Gnome Ornaments

easy wood ornament gnomes hanging on a christmas tree in front of a black background

If you want a super quick custom Christmas ornament, you have to make these easy wooden gnome ornaments. They're so simple, but they look so cute on a farmhouse Christmas tree!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5


  • 1 Sheet 12x12 Wood (3/32 thickness maximum for cutting machines)
  • Craft Paint:
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Black
  • Green
  • White
  • Grey Wood Stain
  • Wipe-on Polyurethane to Seal (optional)
  • Craft Fur, Mongolian Fur or any fur OR Ivory Craft Felt
  • Polymer Clay (for EACH gnome nose--you can alternatively use a ½-inch wooden bead per gnome):
  • 1 small, dime-sized portion of brown
  • 1 quarter-sized portion of white
  • Floral Wire
  • Ribbon or String
  • Printable Pattern


  • Sand Paper
  • Pencil
  • Cutting Machine (or Miter Saw or Table Saw)
  • Paintbrush
  • Exacto Knife or Scissors
  • Wire Cutter Pliers


  1. Start making your gnome noses by combining the brown and white polymer clay until a flesh-color is consistent throughout.
  2. Roll clay into 4 neat balls, making sure they are smooth all the way around.
  3. Bake in the oven per the polymer clay package directions. Allow to cool before touching. Set aside.
  4. Cut out triangles from printable pattern.
  5. Sand each piece of wood smooth.
  6. With a sheet of paper, sketch out where you want the hat and clothes to be on your gnomes. Be sure to leave a 1-inch space between the hat and clothes.
  7. Transfer locations of hat and clothes onto wood.
  8. Paint hats and bodies of each gnome as desired. photo collage tutorial of how to make wood gnome ornaments
  9. Allow paint to dry completely.
  10. Sand paint a little, making the wood look aged.
  11. Add a coat of grey wood stain and immediately wipe off, making the wood look more aged.
  12. Allow stain to dry completely.
  13. Sand again to further age the wood. photo tutorial of how to make wood gnomes
  14. Cut out the fur or the felt for beards, mustaches and eyebrows. photo collage tutorial of how to make wooden gnome ornaments
  15. Hot glue beards, mustaches and eyebrows in place.
  16. Hot glue noses in place above beard. photo tutorial of how to make wooden gnomes
  17. Enjoy!


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