Today I have two different ways to show you how to make a sock gnome quick and easy. I’ve written about them before so you probably already know about my love of gnomes. Let’s get started learning how to make gnomes with socks!
I’ve seen a lot of blogs showing how to make gnomes from old socks or new socks and they usually involve a sock gnome pattern, but I found I didn’t need to cut or sew the socks when making sock gnomes.
I have a sewing machine but I don’t like to drag it out too often so this is a no-sew sock gnomes DIY!
DIY Christmas sock gnomes are super popular but don’t forget about all of the other seasons that you can make gnomes for to add to your home decor. I have a couple of sock gnome photos for you below to get you inspired!
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As a shopping tip, I like to add each item to my cart as I read through a post then review my cart before checking out. There’s nothing worse than getting all of your supplies in the mail and realizing you forgot something!
A lot of these supplies can be found on Amazon or in other craft stores like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s Craft Stores. If you’re an Amazon shopper, here’s a link to my favorite gnome making supplies.
How To Make A Sock Gnome Hat
For the sock gnome hat, I didn’t cut or sew the sock at all. I used these fuzzy socks and they worked great. I started by rolling the floral wire at the end as pictured below. This is just so the wire doesn’t poke through the sock.
I fed the wire through the sock all of the way to the toe and then stuffed the sock about 3/4 of the way full with polyfill. I squeezed the sock into the gnome hat shape that I wanted.
How To Make A Gnome Beard
Regardless of which method you use, mason jar or rice (more about that later), you’re going to need to cut a gnome beard. I found some pretty faux gnome fur online and I bought several colors. I’m going to make some cute gnomes for every season.
For the beard, I measured from one side of the gnome body to the other and made a mark on the back of the faux fur. Then I measured how long I wanted the beard and also made a mark on the back. I drew a triangle and then cut the triangle shape.
There’s a trick to this part so keep reading.
The trick for cutting gnome faux fur is to slide your scissors between the fur and the backing so you’re really only cutting the backing and not the front of the fur at all.
If you can’t slide your scissors under the backing, lay the fur face down (backing side up) on a cutting board and use a razor knife to gently cut out the triangle without going all the way through to the fur.
How to Make A Gnome Body With Socks
To make DIY sock gnomes the traditional way, you’ll fill a sock with rice to make the body. There’s an easy way to do this.
Fill a tall cup with rice and stretch the sock all the way down over the entire cup. Turn the cup upside down. Slide the cup out and you have a sock filled with rice. This is a lot easier than trying to pour rice into the sock.
Tie off the top of the sock using a rubber band or pipe cleaner. Some people cut the excess sock off and then secure the top with glue. I just stuffed the excess sock up into the hat and it worked fine.
Just be sure to secure the sock tightly so the body doesn’t lose its shape. You want a nice firm body that will stand on its own.
Make sure to store rice gnomes in plastic containers to keep mice or other pests from eating them. (another reason I love mason jar gnomes)
Gnome Nose Ideas
I used a wood bead for a gnome nose, but you can also use a pom pom or cut a circle of fabric and stuff it using polyfill then close it up with a gathering stitch. You could also use a large button or any other round item you have at home.
I love the large wooden beads the most and I use these for other crafts as well so they’re nice to have extras around.
How To Easy Make Mason Jar Gnomes – DIY
DIY mason jar gnomes are so easy to make and you can decorate them for any season. I also made a salt shaker gnome so you can really use any stable container that you have around the house.
One of the mason jars I had at home didn’t have a lid, so I just cut a piece of contact paper and stuck it to the top. This is just to keep the hat stuffing from falling down into the jar. You could probably even glue a piece of paper on top for a lid or use a scrap of fabric and a rubber band.
If you’re making a mason jar gnome, glue the beard directly to the jar, just below the lid or rim of the jar. Glue the nose also just below the rim of the jar. Then pull the hat down over the lid. You can glue the hat on if you’d like but I don’t so I can just change the sock color for each season.
One small shoebox container works well to store the hats for your DIY holiday sock gnomes.
How To Make A Light Up Gnome
As I was making the mason jar gnome, I got the idea to put some fairly lights inside. I found a small battery-operated set of fairy lights to use. I’m not sure how long the batteries will last, so I’ll only turn them on when guests are over.
I’m going to make some light-up Christmas gnomes as well.
How To Assemble A Sock Gnome
If you’re making the mason jar gnome, glue the beard first, then glue the nose on top of the beard and hold the nose in place until completely dry. I used quite a bit of glue here.
Pull the sock hat over the lid of the jar.
If you’re making a rice sock gnome body, I recommend gluing the nose on the sock body first. Then tuck your beard up under the nose and glue in place. Slide the sock hat down over the body to the top of the nose and secure the hat with hot glue.
You can accessorize DIY gnomes for any season. I’ve made pom poms to tie to the end of the hats and also cut different shapes of fabric to accessorize the hats for each season. Here are some gnomes I’ve made that will hopefully inspire you to make several holiday gnomes this year!
DIY Halloween Gnome
For the Halloween gnome DIY, I just cut two bats from felt. I used an additional piece of the floral wire to bend to the shape of the bat wings and glued it between the two pieces of felt. Now the wings are bendable and I can shape them. I got the bat pattern from Canva.