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How to Make Easy DIY Macrame Gnome Christmas Ornaments

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Add some cozy charm to your holiday decor with these adorable macrame gnome ornaments! 

These little guys (and gals) are the perfect blend of whimsy and warmth, and they’re surprisingly easy to make.

Plus, they’re a great way to use up those scraps of yarn that have been cluttering up your craft stash.

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In this post, I’ll show you how to make your very own macrame gnome ornaments. I’ll walk you through the steps, from choosing your yarn to tying your knots (there are only a couple). 

Plus I’ll share some tips and tricks along the way! 

​Down below you’ll find the free tutorial, and there’s a video tutorial to follow as well.

Even if you’re a total macrame newbie, don’t worry – you can totally make these! By the time you’re done reading this post, you’ll be a gnome-making pro.

So grab a cup of cocoa, put on your favorite holiday tunes, and let’s get started on this fun and festive Christmas tree ornament project. 

Who knows, you might just end up with a whole adorable gnome ornament family by the time you’re done!

Supplies You’ll Need for these Easy DIY Gnome Ornaments

These cute gnome Christmas ornaments and a great project because you can use up a lot of scraps and recycle your toilet paper rolls!

A few weeks before you start making these, begin collecting your empty toilet paper rolls and set them aside.

You’ll also need some 10 to 12 inch long pieces of macrame string, and some random odds and ends of yarn for the hats.

For the noses, you’ll need a wooden bead that’s about 3/4″ across.

You can use a small wooden ball if you want, but if you want to add a mustache you’ll want to use a bead with holes to thread the mustache through.

Sometimes you can find wooden beads at the Dollar Tree around the Christmas season.

One of the best ways to customize these gnomes is by using different kinds of yarn or string for the hats.

Some of my favorite versions were the ones I did with chenille yarn and roving yarn.

But feel free to use whatever you have on hand!

Last year I made a set of macrame ornaments that featured a tassel gnome, and I used natural macrame rope and string for his hat and his beard which gave it a more minimalistic, Nordic look.

​It’s so much fun coming up with different ideas for your DIY gnomes!

Also, for these gnomes I was using up lots of scrap macrame cord. Which means I didn’t use any one specific cord, I just grabbed whatever was in my scrap bin.

If you don’t have any scrap cord on hand and want to purchase some, check out this post for my favorite places to buy macrame cord and supplies to see some great shops to get cord from.

Alright, let’s get started!  First, we’re going to make hats for our gnomes.

Video Tutorial for DIY Macrame Gnomes

Check out the video tutorial for these cute gnome ornaments over on my YouTube channel, and don’t forget to subscribe!

Making the Gnome’s Hat

Before we dive into all the different gnome patterns, let’s talk about how to make the hats since it’s the same for each ornament.

Supply List for the Gnome Hats

  • Empty toilet paper rolls
  • Assorted yarn, string, cord, etc.

Step 1: Cut t​he toilet paper rolls

Take one of your empty toilet paper rolls, flatten it down a bit and cut it in half.

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Then cut each half in to 3 equally sized rings.

6 rings made from one toilet paper roll

Now you have enough rings to make 6 gnome hats!

Step 2: Add yarn to the ring

Cut your yarn or cord into about 10 to 12 inch long pieces.

bundle of yarn for making the hat

If you’re using thinner yarn, 10″ should be fine.  For thicker yarn or cord you’ll want to make the pieces a little bit longer at around 12″ long.

​You have to cut a lot of yarn (especially if it’s finer yarn), so it’s a good idea to find something you can wrap it around to measure it out instead of measuring out each piece.

I used my small 24 peg knitting loom and just wrapped the yarn around it and then cut the whole bundle at once.

measuring out yarn to make the hat

The pieces ended up being a bit longer than 10″, so I had a little waste yarn, but I was OK with that.  

(I’m planning to fill clear glass ornaments filled with random off cuts of yarn and cord for my DIY Christmas tree this year!)

Once you get your yarn pieces cut, attach them to the cardboard ring with a lark’s head knot.

attaching the yarn to the cardboard ring with a lark's head knot

Continue attaching the yarn pieces until the whole cardboard ring is filled in.

attach all the yarn to a cardboard ring with lark's head knots

If you use thicker yarn, this will be a much quicker process!

Step 3: Tie off the hat

Hold all the yarn or cord together so it’s neat.  Then cut a short piece of yarn (or you can use a piece of twine) that’s about 6 inches long.

tie the hat together above the brim

Use that piece to tie around the whole bundle of cords about an inch away from the cardboard brim.  

Tie a double knot and either pull the ends of the tying cord up to match the other cord ends and trim them, or feed them down inside the hat with your yarn needle and trim off the excess.

Step 4: Shaping the pom pom at the top of the hat

Grab your scissors and trim the ends of the yarn to make a cute little pom pom shape at the top of the hat.

trim off the yarn at the top to make the pom pom

Done!

You can easily customize your gnome hats with different colors, thicknesses and textures of yarn or macrame cord.

I made a bunch of different ones using wool yarn, cotton yarn, roving yarn, chenille yarn and macrame cord scraps.  It’s a great way to use up odds and ends you have laying around your craft stash!

3 finished hats ready to go

Now you can set your cute little gnome hat aside and start making gnomes!

More Christmas Gnome Ornaments Hat Options

Another option is to use a piece of felt to create a cone-shaped gnome hat.

You’ll want to have your gnome done except the hat, so have the nose in place and all that.

You would just cut a wedge shape, kind of like a triangle with a rounded bottom, out of the felt.

Roll the triangle up into a cone.  If your felt has a right side and a wrong side, make sure the top of the felt sheet is facing out.

Hot glue the overlapping edges of the felt cone-shaped hat together to hold it closed.  

Once you get your gnome ready to go, thread the hanging cord from your gnome onto a large eye needle and feed it up through the cone shaped hat so it’s sticking out the top of the hat.

You can just add some hot glue to the inside bottom edge of the hat and press it down onto your gnomes head.  

I think a red hat made out of felt would be super cute for a Santa gnome!

Wood Ring Macrame Gnome Ornament

Supply List

  • 6 pieces of scrap macrame cord in about 10″ lengths (I recommend using 3, 4 or 5 mm for this)
  • 3/4″ wood bead or wood ball
  • 2″ wooden ring
  • scissors
  • comb
  • yarn needle
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • decorative twine, butchers twine or jute
  • any cute little Christmas decor accessories you want to add to the finished gnome

The first type of ornament we’re going to create is the simple wooden ring ornament.  These ones are easy to make and you can do several different things to customize them!

I’ll show you how to make a boy and girl version of this gnome, plus a couple other fun options, like how to add a mustache.

Wooden Ring Macrame Gnome Ornament Tutorial

Step 1: Attach beard or hair to wooden ring

Take one of your ​pieces of macrame cord and fold it in half.  Attach it to the wooden ring with a lark’s head knot.

bundle of cords next to a wooden ring

Repeat that with the remaining 5 pieces of cord.

attach the cords to the wooden ring

Step 2: Style the beard or hair

​Now you have to decide if this gnome will have a beard or braids.

For braids, divide the cords so there are 3 on one side and 3 on the other.

separate the cords into two sections

Braid the cords on each side to make pigtails.

braided option

Tie off each braid at the bottom with a piece of twine.  If you want you can tie a decorative bow in the twine, or just cut the excess off.

both braids completed

Trim the ends of the braids so it looks nice and neat.

cut the ends of the braids

For a beard, simply brush the cords out really well, then trim it into a nice, neat beard shape.

brush out the beard

Step 3: Attach the nose

For the braided version, separate the braids a bit so you can see the wooden ring in between them.

Put a dab of hot glue on the wooden ring in the center and glue the bead on with the hole facing down on the hot glue blob.

You want the bead to lean forward a bit so it sticks out like a nose.

For the bearded version, just glue the bead on top of the center of the beard, leaning forward slightly.  

Again, make sure the hole of the bead is facing right down onto the blob of glue.  The top hole will be hidden under the hat.

noses glued onto both gnomes

Step 4: Attach the hanging cord

​Cut a piece of twine for the hanging cord.  You want it to be long enough that it’ll stick up out of the hat for you to hang the ornament on the tree.  20″ should be about right.

Fold the cord in half, and attach it to the top of the wooden ring with a lark’s head knot.

attaching a hanging cord

Step 5: Attach the hat

​Grab one of your hats and now we’re going to attach it to our gnome.

Thread the ends of the hanging cord onto your yarn needle and insert it up inside the hat and bring it out right through the center of the pom pom.

pull the gnome up into the hat

Slide the hat down onto your gnomes head.  Then add a couple of dabs of hot glue to the wooden ring up inside and to the top of the nose that sits inside the hat.  

glue down the hat to the ring

Press the hat down and let the glue dry for a couple of seconds.

Tie an overhand knot in the top of the hanging cord above the gnome’s hat and cut off the excess hanging cord.

tie an overhand knot in the hanging cord

​Done!

finished boy and girl gnomes

​Mustache nose option

Another thing you can do with the nose is thread a short piece of macrame cord through the hole to be a mustache.

If you want to do that, go ahead and make your gnome through to step 5 without adding a nose.

Then thread the short piece of macrame cord through the wooden bead and hot glue the bead in place against the wooden ring and the hat.

Here are all 3 adorable finished gnomes!

3 finished gnomes

Tassel Gnome Ornament

Supply List

  • 10″ long pieces of scrap cotton macrame string (enough to make a 1″ thick tassel)
  • 3/4″ wood bead
  • decorative twine, butchers twine or jute
  • scissors
  • comb
  • yarn needle
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • any cute little Christmas decor accessories you want to add to the finished gnome

Tassel Gnome Ornament Tutorial

Step 1: Making the tassel

Take your bundle of 10″ long piece of macrame string and hold them all together.

bundle of cords for making the tassel gnome

You can use really any size of macrame string for this.  If you’re using smaller cord like 3 mm, you’ll need more pieces.  If you’re using a chunkier cord you’ll need less.

You can also mix and match different sizes, as long as their all single strand string it should work fine.

(If you use macrame rope you’ll get a wavy bearded gnome, which is fine too.)

Grab a piece of twine that’s about 20″ long.  Use it to tie the bundle of cords together right in the center.

tie the bundle in the middle with a piece of twine

If you’re making the gnome with braids, keep the two sides separate and brush them both out.

two sides of the tassel gnome brushed out

​Separate each side into 3 sections and braid them.  Tie the braid off with a small piece of twine.

braiding the tassel gnomes hair

Trim the ends of the pigtails so they’re neat.

trimming off the ends of the braids

For the bearded gnome, hold both sides together to make one tassel and brush it out really well.

brush out the tassel

Step 2: Adding the nose – option 1

First let me show you the no glue option. 

This only works for the bearded gnome.  For the braided one you’ll want to use option 2.

Take a short piece of butcher twine or a few strands of your macrame string.  

tie on a bead for the nose

Thread it through the wooden bead, and tie it to a small section of the tassel on the front.

tying on the wooden bead for the gnome nose

Cut off the excess cord from the knot.  The knot will be on the inside of the tassel so you won’t see it.

nose tied on

Adding the nose – option 2

The other option for adding the nose is just hot gluing it to the tassel, but you’ll want to wait until after you’ve attached the hat if you want to go that route.

Step 3: Adding the hat

Thread the hanging cord onto your yarn needle and feed it up through your gnome’s hat.

insert the yarn needle into the hat

Pull the gnome beard or hair tassel up into the hat.  Tie an overhand knot in the top of the hanging cord and cut off the excess.

pull the gnome up into the hat

​If you are gluing the nose in place instead of tying it on, go ahead and do that now.

You want to make the nose go slightly up under the hat and this time I recommend making it so the holes are on either side.

If you want to, you can add a short piece of macrame string through the nose holes for a mustache!

For the braided version, glue the nose right in the middle of the braids, but be careful the glue doesn’t come through and burn you.

gluing the nose in place

Done!

3 finished tassel gnomes

Roving Gnome Ornament

I have to admit, this gnome is one of my favorites!  The roving makes the beard or hair so nice and fluffy.

Plus it’s super fast and easy to make.

Supply List

  • 3/4″ wood bead
  • 10 to 12 inch strips of wool roving – color depends on if you want white beards, brown, or whatever color you like!  I did white, brown and gray.
  • scissors
  • comb
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • decorative twine, butchers twine or jute
  • any cute little Christmas decor accessories you want to add to the finished gnome

Roving Gnome Ornament Tutorial

Step 1: Make the roving tassel

Take a 10 or 12 inch section of roving and lay it on your desk.

Note: If you want to make the roving shorter, pull it apart with your hands.  Don’t cut it with scissors!

pulling the wool roving apart

It’ll look much nicer and have a tapered end that way.

Grab a piece of twine that’s about 20″ long and center it under the roving.  Tie the roving right in the center with the twine.

tying the roving in the center

Pigtail Gnome

If you want to do the pigtail version, keep the two sides separate and we’re going to make pigtails.

I decided to do twists for this instead of braids, but you can do either option.

To do the twists, divide each side into two sections and twist them in one direction. 

separating the roving into two sections
twisting the roving

Then twist the two twisted up sections together going the opposite direction.

twisting the two strands of roving together

Tie them off at the end and do the same with the other side.

tying off the roving twists

Beard Gnome

If you want to do a bearded gnome, just hold all the roving together like a tassel.

Smooth it out with your fingers so the gnome’s beard looks nice and cohesive.

making the beard out of the grey roving

Step 2: Add the hat

Thread the hanging cord onto your yarn needle and feed it up through the hat.

Tie an overhand knot in the end of the hanging cord and cut off the excess.

Step 3: Add the nose

Use hot glue to attach your gnome nose to the roving and inside the front of the hat.

adding the bead to the gray roving gnome

Make it so the holes are facing left and right.

For the pigtail gnome, carefully glue it to the center where the pigtails meet and then up inside the hat.

gluing the wooden bead nose to the gnome

If you want to add a mustache to your gnome, thread a short piece of roving through the holes of the bead.

making the gnome nose

Done!

finished roving gnomes

In Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed making these cute macrame gnome ornaments!

If you make some of these, please share a pic over on Instagram and tag me @marchingnorth so I can take a look. I love seeing all of your awesome creations!

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