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Lucky DIY St. Patrick’s Day Gnomes

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today I am sharing how to make some super adorable DIY St. Patrick’s Day gnomes! These little gnomes can be whipped up in no time using simple and inexpensive craft materials. If you are looking for an easy and fun St. Patrick’s Day craft activity, today is your lucky day!


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As you will notice I made two different sizes of gnomes. The taller one was made from a styrofoam cone and the smaller one was made using a wooden thread spool and a styrofoam ball. Both gnomes are quick and easy to make.


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I shared how to make a styrofoam cone gnome in my Easy To Love DIY Valentine Gnomes post. You can refer back to that tutorial if you would like to make the taller gnome. The process is the same except that you will use orange fur and green felt instead of pink fur and pink felt.



I think the thread spool gnomes are just a little easier so I decided to make another one this morning. I am using the same process as my Easy as Magic DIY Nordic Christmas Gnomes which just so happened to be my most popular blog post of 2018!


DIY St. Patrick’s Day Gnome Materials List:

Glue Gun


 Lime Green and Green Felt

Orange Fab Lab Craft Fur  (or similar craft fur.) I purchased mine from JoAnn Fabric.

Shamrock Stickers from Dollar Tree

Plaid Craft Ribbon (optional) from JoAnn Fabric

Medium Wooden Thread Spool ( I used Woodpile brand from Hobby Lobby)

1/2 ” Wooden Round Ball ( I used Woodpile brand from Hobby Lobby)

Styrofoam Ball

Floral Wire



How to make an easy DIY Gnome

Create a hat template by cutting out a 7 x 7 triangle shape with a glue tab as shown. (Please disregard my uneven cutting!)  Use the template to cut the hat shape out of the felt.  Then cut out a rectangular strip of felt to glue around the spool (torso).




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Glue a piece of floral wire down the longest side of the hat. The wire will allow you to bend the hat into whimsical shapes.



How to make a DIY Leprechaun Gnome orange beard gnome Nordic gnome Scandinavian gnomeRoll the felt into a cone hat shape and hot glue the seam.



Easy DIY Gnome using styrofoam ball and thread spool

Hot glue the rectangular piece of felt around the spool. The beard will cover the seam. Then hot glue the styrofoam ball on top.



DIY Gnome for St. Patricks

Place the hat on top of the styrofoam, pulling the hat about half way down. This will help you gauge how to cut the beard. The beard is going to cover up all the ball in the front and will extend down to the “ground” in front of the gnome.



DIY St. Patricks Day Gnome using styrofoam ball, felt, orange fur and a thread spool

Cut a triangular shape of fur and glue it to the front of the styrofoam ball. The beard will lay better if you also tack the sides down to the torso with a dab of hot glue.



Replace the hat and pull it down just to the top of the beard. The hat will be a little longer in the back which will completely cover the styrofoam ball.



I forgot to take a picture when I glued the nose on today, so here is a picture from my DIY Valentine’s Day Gnomes post.  Simply hot glue a 1/2″ wooden ball right in the center and directly under the hat for the nose.



St. Patrick's Day Gnomes DIY thread spool gnome styrofoam cone gnome How to make a Scandinavian gnome for St. Patrick's Day vignette with gold coinsI ended up dressing up the spool gnome’s hat by hot gluing some cute green plaid ribbon around the edge of the hat. I used a couple of shamrock stickers to dress up the hats too. This morning I styled up this quick vignette with my new gnomes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.



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Today  I styled up this quick vignette with my new gnomes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.This week the daffodils started blooming so I wanted to share a few with you. I recently found this antique daffodils “Good Luck” post card at an antiques shop for .50. I love it!



Back when I first saw Nordic gnomes hit the shelves in all the retail stores I never imagined I would fall for them. I really was just curious if I could come up with a DIY gnomes tutorial for Christmas, but after I made the gnomes I was smitten! I have really enjoyed making them and I have a few different gnome ideas that I will be sharing on the blog.  I hope you are enjoying my gnome tutuorials. If you make any gnomes I would love to hear from you!

Thanks for visiting today!  Have a lucky (blessed) St. Patrick’s Day!






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  • Reply Larissa

    Amber oh my goodness these little gnomes are darling!!!☘️????☘️???? I MUST make some with Delaine! He would love this!!

    March 17, 2019 at 6:16 pm
  • Reply Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    I just love all of the gnomes you’ve made, Amber…so cute! Pinning!

    March 17, 2019 at 6:52 pm
  • Reply lisa

    I am smitten with these little guys too!! Love your idea of making them so easy. I can’t wait to use your way of making the hat , since I always struggle on that part. Thank you again for the great inspirations!!!

    January 20, 2020 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Crissy

    These turned out so well, Amber! Just adorable! I’m sharing these little guys on my FB page this weekend. (Love how fast the site is now, by the way!) Hugs, Crissy

    February 13, 2020 at 10:24 am
  • Reply Cecilia

    These are so fun, Amber! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm–pinned!

    February 17, 2020 at 3:55 pm
  • Reply Marie

    These St Paddy day gnomes are ADORABLE, Amber! Love those orange beards. Pinned

    February 18, 2020 at 10:32 am
  • Reply Rachelle

    Amber, I have the giggles looking at your little gnomes – gosh they are cute! The whole vignette for st. Paddy’s day is adorable

    February 18, 2020 at 8:28 pm
  • Reply Roseann Hampton

    Such cute decor for St. Patrick’s Day! I’m going to use this as one of my features this Saturday at the Snickerdoodle Link Party!

    February 20, 2020 at 5:32 pm
  • Reply Marilyn Lesniak

    Sorry I am late! I have been running behind this making memories! Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

    February 26, 2020 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply Beverly

    I just love these gnomes. I want to make some for myself. Congratulations, you are being featured at Over The Moon Linky Party. I hope to see you there. @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

    March 1, 2020 at 4:55 pm
  • Reply Jenna

    So adorable, I love their orange beards!!

    March 2, 2021 at 8:49 am
  • Reply Barbara Chapman

    Amber, they really are THE CUTEST!!! I just had a pinkspiration idea with your Valentine’s gnome… Think “flowers”. ;)’ I can use my recycled bottles for bases and heads! Look for that soon…

    Happy to feature your very creative gnomes at this week’s Share Your Style #295. <3

    Big spring hugs,
    Barb 🙂

    March 10, 2021 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply Linda Primmer

    Amber your sweet little red haired leprechaun are so cute. What a lovely project. I am happy to feature these cuties on Sunday at Love Your Creativity.

    March 14, 2021 at 1:59 pm
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