Decorative Gnomes

No matter what the season, gnomes can add a whimsical touch to our home decor. Here’s a quick, inexpensive, and very easy way to make your own decorative gnomes that are perfect for fall.

Image contains a gnome made from a terracotta pot, yarn, felt, and a wooden bead.

How to Make Decorative Gnomes

There are no special skills required to create these gnomes, and you only need a few basic supplies. Grab the materials below, and let’s get started!


  • small terracotta pot
  • white, brown, or grey yarn
  • wooden bead
  • ribbon or twine
  • felt (optional)
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks


Create and attach the hanger to the pot.

Cut a piece of ribbon or twine that’s at least 6” long. Fold it in half to form a loop, and tie a knot at the bottom. Thread the loop through the drainage hole in the base of the pot, leaving the knot on the inside.

Image contains Amy’s hand holding a small terracotta pot with a piece of ribbon threaded through the hole in the base.
Create a pom pom from white or grey yarn. This will be the beard.

Cut a 6” piece of yarn and set it aside. Wrap yarn around your hand 40-50 times. The more you wrap, the larger and more full your beard will be. Carefully slide it off your hand and lay it on the table. Wrap the 6” piece around the center of the looped yarn and tie it tightly. On each side, you’ll have a series of loops. Insert your scissors and cut through the center of the loops to form the pom pom.

Image is a collage of four photos showing the process of making a pom pom from yarn, as described in the written instructions.
Glue the pom pom inside the pot.

Holding the center strings, gently push all of the cut yarn pieces in one direction. Place hot glue around the inside rim of the pot and attach the pom pom to form the beard.

Image contains Amy’s hand holding a small terracotta pot with a black and white checkered ribbon through the bottom and a white pom pom glued inside.
Add a wooden bead nose.

Personally, I think the larger the nose, the cuter the gnome, but you can choose whatever size bead you like best.

Image contains Amy’s hand holding a gnome made from a terracotta pot, yarn, and a wooden bead. A glue gun sits in the background on a wooden desk.
Add small felt details to the hat.

For fall, I cut two tiny felt leaf shapes, and glued them to the rim of the pot. You can customize these for any season or holiday, adding things like a heart, holly leaves/berries, a flower, etc. My Surebonder glue gun has a detail tip that makes it really easy to work on tiny projects like this one.

Image contains Amy’s hand holding a cordless glue gun, ready to attach felt leaves to the terracotta pot gnome.

Now your gnome is ready to display! Whether you create just one or a whole gnome family, this project is sure to bring a smile.

Image contains a gnome made from a terracotta pot, yarn, felt, and a wooden bead. Large pink and orange flowers are on the wall behind it.

Crafting Tips

  • I used terracotta pots that were about 1 1/2”. You can create larger or smaller gnomes by changing the size of the pot/hat.
  • To create a longer beard, wrap the yarn around something larger than than your hand (like a small book) when forming the pom pom.
  • Feel free to paint the pot in any way you like to further customize your gnome.
Image contains a gnome made from yarn, a wooden bead, a terracotta pot, and felt. It hangs in front of a faux plant in a brown vase.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where did the gnome trend come from?

Gnomes, or “nisse,” are mythological creatures from Nordic folklore. They are usually described as short in stature, with long white beards and conical hats. Although they are often associated with winter, their adorable appearance has gained them year-round popularity.

What ages is this craft intended for?

This project can be enjoyed by crafters of all ages, provided that young children are supervised/assisted while using the hot glue gun.

How much does this craft cost?

The terracotta pots are usually around $1, and most of us probably have yarn, ribbon, and wooden beads around the house already, so it’s a very inexpensive project to make.

More Fall Projects

If you enjoyed this craft, be sure to check out these other fall project ideas.

If you try making your own decorative gnomes, or any of these fall projects, I’d love to see your photos so we can all be inspired. Make sure you’re part of the Amy Latta & Friends Facebook Group so you can share your latest creations. See you there!

Decorative Gnomes

These cute little gnome crafts will add a whimsical flair to your seasonal home decor.
Author: Amy Latta


  • scissors
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks


  • small terracotta pot
  • small wooden bead
  • yarn
  • felt (optional)


  • Form a loop of ribbon and thread it through the hole in the bottom of the pot to create a hanger.
  • Create a pom-pom by wrapping yarn around your hand, tying in the center, and cutting the loops.
  • Glue the pom-pom inside the terracotta pot.
  • Glue on a wooden bead nose.
  • Cut tiny felt leaves and glue to the brim of the hat.

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