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How to Make an Absolutely Adorable No-Sew Patriotic Gnome

This Patriotic Gnome is an easy-to-make 4th of July decoration.

The best part, you can make this cute craft DIY gnome in less than 30 minutes!

Adorable Patriotic Gnome with a fluffy yarn bear and a body made from a sock sitting on an outdoor porch railing holding an American Flag

I have been wanting to make an adorable gnome for each holiday since my Christmas Gnome was so simple and cute but I wanted this one to be a bit different.

No mop head gnome beard to celebrate Independence Day. Instead, I used yarn I found on clearance at Michael’s and I love how fluffy and full it turned out. I have a simple tutorial for the gnome beard in the directions below.

The supplies used were easy to find locally. I’ve included links for some of the products for ordering online.

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Alternatives and Tips for Making this Patriotic Gnome

  • I used both a foam cone and a sock for the gnome body but you can forgo the sock if you would like. Adding Poly-Pellets to the sock based will fill out the little gnome booty! Also, doll beads conform to the surface the gnome is sitting on and it stays in place a little better than just a plain foam cone does.
  • Wide ribbon with wire edges were used for the arms and legs but you could use grosgrain ribbon as well. The stiffness of the wire edged ribbon makes posing the gnome easier. Floral wire could be placed in the center of a fabric ribbon tube as an alternative.
  • A mop head can be used for the gnome beard instead of yarn and I have a tutorial for that here.
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How-To: The Gnome Making Process

Overhead view of supplies used to make a Patriotic Gnome with a sock and a foam cone

Supplies Used to Make This Patriotic Gnome

White Floral Decorative Foam Cone – 6.9 inches x 2.9 inches from Dollar Tree

Patriotic Sock (only one of a pair needed) purchased from Walmart Men’s Department

Wooden Ball with one flat side or a wooden bead – Hobby Lobby

Crafter’s Twine or several strands of embroidery floss

Doll Beads i.e. Poly Pellets or dried rice

Red Striped Ribbon with wired edge (Michael’s)

Blue Star Striped Ribbon with wired edge (Michael’s)

Fluffy Yarn – Bernat Sheepy Yarn (available on at Michael’s – I purchased it on clearance for $2.99)

Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Hot Glue Gun Silicone Mat (not necessary but so handy!)

Sharp Scissors

Gather your supplies and let’s get busy!

How to Make a Patriotic Gnome

Collage of Patriotic Sock being cut out to make a patriotic gnome

First, cut the sock separating the foot part from the ankle covering.

Collage of sock being filled with doll beads and attached to a foam cone - the body of a patriotic gnome

Fill the bottom portion of the sock with approximately one cup of doll beads or dried rice. Place on bottom of cone pulling the stock up as high as it will go.

Glue sock in place onto foam cone. A thin line of hot glue along the top of the sock will do the trick.

Overhead view of a yarn beard for a patriotic gnome

Next, we’ll make the yarn beard. We’ll be using a technique very similar to the one I used to make this boho wall hanging.

Cut two lengths of twine long enough to go around the cone at it’s widest point and add a few inches to allow for adjustments and to tie the ends together.

Cut at least 24 pieces of yarn each 14 inches long. The yarn will be too long but we are going to trim it up when we’re all finished, so, longer works better than too short.

Attach 10 pieces of yarn to the twine using a Lark’s head knot (an explanation of this technique can be found here).

Attach 14 pieces of yarn to the second piece of twine using the same technique as above.

The gnome beard will have two layers – this is what makes it so full!

Front view of a double yarn beard for a patriotic gnome

Tie the bottom “beard” onto the gnome body (this is the twine with 14 pieces of yarn) and then attach the remaining string of yarn about 1 inch above the bottom beard.

Wooden gnome nose being glued in place on a patriotic gnome directly above a yarn beard

Directly above the top row of beard, hot glue the gnome nose in place.

Patriotic Gnome close up of cute little face

Add the remaining sock to the top of the cone pulling down to the nose.

Patriotic sock used as a hat for a patriotic gnome

Fold in the cut edge of the top of the sock and tie with twine. Arrange it to the side of the gnome head.

You could also add a pom pom or star to the tip of the gnome hat for an extra oomph of star spangled cheer!

Now, for the gnome legs, arms, and hands.

Red and white striped wire edged ribbon and blue star wire edged ribbon

Cut two 7 inch pieces of the red and white striped ribbon.

Collage of red and white striped ribbon used to make patriotic gnome legs

Fold into thirds and glue in place. Bend the legs about 1/2 inch in from the bottom and use twine to create ankles.

Bottom of patriotic gnome with legs being attached

Turn the gnome over and glue the legs to the bottom then glue the arms in place as shown in the photo.

Side view of patriotic gnome with arms being attached

Cut two 4 inch pieces of the blue star ribbon. Fold into thirds and glue in place.

leather scrap with mitten hands drawn on it for patriotic gnome

Use a scrap piece of leather or felt to draw two small mittens and cut out.

close up view of wire arms on patriotic gnome

Glue in place at the end of each arm.

Double layer yarn bear for patriotic gnome

Trim up the Patriotic Gnomes Beard either straight across or at a slight angle.

DIY Patriotic Gnome holding an American Flag and Sitting on a wooden porch railing

And there you have it! A simple to make Patriotic Sock Gnome.

Back view of patriotic gnome holding an American Flag looking at an old glory DIY American Flag front door wreath

And here’s a quick view from behind…I love how he’s “looking” at the American Flag Wreath on the front door! (You can get the tutorial for the Old Glory Wreath here.)

I don’t have a large enough tiered tray but I think he would look super cute sitting on one along with some cute patriotic themed Knick knacks.

Cute little patriotic sock gnome sitting on a railing holding an American Flag
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Adorable Patriotic Gnome holding an American Flag
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How To Make a Gnome

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

DIY patriotic gnome made with a sock and a foam cone from the dollar store. Add a simple to make yarn beard and a few extras and your adorable gnome is ready to display for Independence Day (the 4th of July), Memorial Day and all summer long. Perfect Patriotic Decor.

Materials

  • Foam Cone - 6.9 inches x 2.9 inches from Dollar Tree
  • Patriotic Sock (only one of a pair needed) purchased from Walmart Men's Department
  • Wooden Ball with one flat side - Hobby Lobby
  • Crafter's Twine
  • Doll Beads i.e. Poly Pellets or dried rice
  • Red Striped Ribbon with wired edges
  • Blue Star Striped Ribbon with wired edges
  • Fluffy Yarn - Bernat Sheepy

Tools

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Scissors

Instructions

Gather your supplies and let's get busy!

First, cut the sock separating the foot part from the ankle covering.

Fill the bottom portion of the sock with approximately one cup of doll beads or dried rice. Place on bottom of cone pulling the stock up as high as it will go.

Glue sock in place onto foam cone.

Next, we'll make the yarn beard. We'll be using a technique very similar to the one I used to make this boho wall hanging.

Cut two lengths of twine long enough to go around the cone at it's widest point and add a few inches to allow for adjustments and to tie the ends together.

Cut at least 24 pieces of yarn each 14 inches long. The yarn will be too long but we are going to trim it up when we're all finished, so, longer works better than too short.

Attach 10 pieces of yarn to the twine using a Lark's knot (an explanation of this technique can be found here).

Attach 14 pieces of yarn to the second piece of twine using the same technique as above.

The gnome beard will have two layers - this is what makes it so full!

Tie the bottom "beard" onto the gnome body (this is the twine with 14 pieces of yarn) and then attach the remaining string of yarn about 1 inch above the bottom beard.

Directly above the top row of bear, hot glue the gnome nose in place.

Add the remaining sock to the top of the cone pulling down to the nose. Fold in the cut edge of the top of the sock and tie with twine. Arrange it to the side of the gnome head.

Now, for the legs, arms, and hands.

Cut two 7 inch pieces of the red and white striped ribbon. Fold into thirds and glue in place. Bend the legs about 1/2 inch in from the bottom and use twine to create ankles.

Cut two 4 inch pieces of the blue star ribbon. Fold into thirds and glue in place.

Turn the gnome over and glue the legs to the bottom then glue the arms in place as shown in the photo.

Use a scrap piece of leather or felt to draw two small mittens and cut out. Glue in place at the end of each arm.

Trim up the gnome's beard either straight across or at a slight angle.

And there you have it! A simple to make Patriotic Sock Gnome.

Did you try this?

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