How to Make a Grinch Gnome

Are you trying to get into the spirit of Christmas this season? How about crafting something unique and fun for your front yard or home decor? If so, why not create a Grinch gnome? Just looking at one can bring joy with its bright colors and unmistakable charm. Plus, it’s easy enough even if you have no experience in craft making.

How to Make a Grinch Gnome

We’ll provide tips on how to make a Grinch gnome in this blog post – along with giving some creative ideas on the perfect place for him or her in your holiday decorations! Let’s get started!

Materials Needed

  1. Styrofoam cone or a gnome body form
  2. Green fur fabric (about half a yard)
  3. Red and white felt
  4. 4. White faux fur fabric
  5. Craft glue or hot glue gun
  6. Scissors
  7. Black pompoms or buttons for the eyes
  8. Yellow fleece or felt for the eyebrows
  9. Small jingle bells for the hat
  10. A small terra cotta pot or a gnome hat
  11. Green and red acrylic paint
  12. Paintbrush

Step-by-step Guidelines on How to Make a Grinch Gnome

Step 1: Create the Gnome Body

Start by cutting a strip of green fur fabric that is about twice as wide as your gnome body form. Wrap it around the form, securing it in place with craft glue or a hot glue gun. Cut off any excess fabric at the bottom and top of the form so that it is even with the edges. This will be the Grinch’s body. Creating the body form is a simple process, and you can adjust it to fit your desired size.

Step 2: Make the Hat

Using Red and White Felt

Using red and white felt, cut out a rectangle for the hat that is about double the height of your gnome body form. Fold one of the short ends over to create a brim for the hat. Then, fold the entire rectangle in half and glue the edges together to create a cone shape. Place a small amount of craft glue or hot glue on top of the hat and attach jingle bells for added decoration.

Step 3: Add Facial Features

Using black pompoms or buttons, attach them to the front of your gnome body form using craft glue or a hot glue gun for the eyes. Cut out two long, thin triangles from the yellow fleece or felt fabric for the eyebrows and attach them above the eyes with glue. Adding these features will give your Grinch gnome a playful and mischievous expression.

Step 4: Create the Nose

To make the Grinch’s iconic nose, take a small amount of white faux fur fabric and shape it into a ball. Attach it with glue to the center of the gnome’s face, just below the eyes. This step may require some patience and precision, but it will give your Grinch gnome a complete look. Make sure to hold the nose in place for a few moments to allow the glue to set.

Step 5: Paint the Terra Cotta Pot

To create a festive base for your Grinch gnome, paint the terra cotta pot with green and red acrylic paint. You can get creative and add different designs or patterns, such as stripes or polka dots. Allow the paint to completely dry before moving on to the next step.

Step 6: Assemble Your Grinch Gnome

Once all of your pieces are ready, it’s time to put them together! First, place the gnome body on top of the terra cotta pot, securing it in place with glue if needed. Next, place the hat on top of the gnome’s head, making sure it fits snugly. Finally, glue the nose onto the face and let your Grinch gnome sit for a few minutes to ensure everything is secure.

Top of the Terra Cotta Pot

Following these simple steps, you now have a unique and eye-catching Grinch gnome to add to your holiday decor. But don’t stop there – you can use this same technique to create different variations of gnomes, such as Santa or Mrs. Claus. Get creative and see what other characters you can come up with!

Additional Tips and Tricks to Make a Grinch Gnome

  1. Give your Grinch gnome some character by adding accessories such as a mini Santa hat or a candy cane.
  2. To make the Grinch’s signature frown, use black felt to create eyebrows and glue them above the fur beard.
  3. If you’re feeling adventurous, try making multiple-sized Grinch gnomes to create a whimsical family of mischievous characters.
  4. Use different shades of green felt or fabric to create a variety of Grinch gnomes, each with their own unique personality.
  5. Don’t be afraid to get creative and make your own variations of the Grinch gnome, such as a female version of one wearing different festive outfits for different occasions.
  6. Use materials such as bells and jingle balls to add some jingles to your Grinch gnome’s outfit.
  7. If you want a taller Grinch gnome, use a wooden dowel or skewer as the base instead of a cone.
  8. Instead of using traditional Christmas colors, play around with different color combinations for your Grinch gnome, such as purple and teal or pink and silver.
  9. Use hot glue or fabric glue to ensure that your Grinch gnome’s accessories, such as the fur beard and hat, stay in place.

Following these tips and tricks will not only help you make a unique and whimsical Grinch gnome but also allow you to personalize it and make it your own. Have fun with the process and let your imagination run wild! Happy crafting!

Where to Display Your Grinch Gnome

  1. Place them on your front porch or entryway to welcome guests and add a touch of holiday cheer.
  2. Set them up on a fireplace mantel next to other holiday decorations for a festive display.
  3. Use them as table centerpieces for a fun and whimsical touch to your holiday dinner party.
  4. Have them peeking out from behind Christmas trees or plants for an unexpected surprise.
  5. Place them in your yard, surrounded by other colorful decorations, to create a festive winter wonderland.
Peeking Out From Behind Christmas Trees

No matter where you decide to display your Grinch gnome, it’s sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face. So gather your materials and start crafting – you’ll have a one-of-a-kind decoration that will surely become a staple in your holiday decor for years to come! Remember, the most important thing is to have fun and let your creativity shine. Happy decorating!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Grinch Gnome?

A Grinch gnome is a fun and festive holiday decoration inspired by the iconic Dr. Seuss character, the Grinch. These gnomes are typically made with faux fur, felt, and other craft materials and can be customized in various ways to create a unique look. They are a popular addition to holiday decor and can also make for great DIY gifts.

How Do You Make a Grinch Gnome?

 Basic Craft Supplies Such as Faux Fur

To make a Grinch gnome, you will need some basic craft supplies such as faux fur, felt, scissors, glue gun, and stuffing. There are many different tutorials and patterns available online to guide you through the process. Some key steps include cutting out the felt pieces for the hat and face details, sewing or gluing the hat together and attaching the faux fur for the beard. The final step is to stuff and shape the gnome’s body and attach the hat and face details.

Can I Customize My Grinch Gnome?

Absolutely! One of the best things about making a Grinch gnome is that you can get creative with your customization. Some ideas include using different colors of faux fur or adding embellishments like glitter, pom-poms, and ribbons. You can also change up the size and shape of your gnome to make it truly unique.

Do I Need Any Special Skills to Make a Grinch Gnome?

No, you do not need any special skills to make a Grinch gnome. As long as you have some basic crafting experience and the necessary supplies, you should be able to successfully create a Grinch gnome. There are also many beginner-friendly tutorials available online that provide step-by-step instructions.

Are Grinch Gnomes Just for Christmas?

While Grinch gnomes are commonly associated with Christmas, they can also make for fun and festive decorations for other holidays such as Halloween or even year-round decor. Some people also make Grinch gnomes for other occasions like birthdays or as gifts for friends and family. Ultimately, it’s up to you how and when you want to display your Grinch gnome!


All in all, knowing how to make a Grinch gnome can be a fun and creative way to add some holiday spirit to your home. With endless possibilities for customization, these gnomes are a great project for crafters of all levels. So gather your supplies, follow a tutorial, and get ready to spread some Grinchy cheer! So why not give it a try and create your very own Grinch gnome this holiday season? Make sure to share your creations with us and happy crafting!

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Jennifer Branett

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