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Festive Wood Gnome Christmas Decor

This wood gnome Christmas decor is so easy to make with surfaces from the craft store and your favorite holiday paint colors!

Skills Required: Beginner. You’ll mostly be painting, then sealing with Mod Podge. I also used a Cricut machine, but you can substitute with adhesive letters.

DIY Festive Wood Gnome Christmas Decor

Do you have those stores you can’t go into? Because I do. For me it changes based on what I’m hooked on in the moment, but lately it’s been Dollar Tree.

This isn’t permanent – instead it’s a moratorium, because I’ve been hitting their Crafter’s Square pretty hard these days.

I did a lot of Halloween crafts using their wood surfaces, and I didn’t even finish everything I had intended to make before the Christmas supplies came.

Faster than I could say “jingle bells,” the racks were stocked again and there was new Christmas wood I had to have. Not to mention, a ton of embellishments like stickers, ribbon, mini ornaments, and a bunch of other “stuff” I couldn’t leave without.

One of those items was a wood gnome. Yes, the same wood gnome that I used in this Christmas decor! I’m going to show you what I did to assemble this guy together with other supplies into a cute holiday craft.

Painted wood gnome for your Christmas decor

The large wood gift tag I already had in my stash from Michaels, and I also had the paints. The snowflake stickers were purchased as part of my Dollar Tree haul . . . and the rest just came together!

The wood surface came with a hole at the top, and I drilled a hole in the top of the gnome’s hat to give me the option to hang. But I like that I can display it by propping it up on a Christmas mantel as well!

Here’s what you’re going to need to start.

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Tips and Thoughts for This Project

Using a roller helps cover large areas with paint quickly. I bought my foam roller from Lowe’s.

If you use glitter paint, I highly recommend using a spouncer. A brush just moves the glitter particles around while a small foam spouncer makes it easier to “place” the paint.

DIY wood gnome gift tag for Christmas decor

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Wood Gnome Christmas Decor

Painted wood gnome for your Christmas decor

Learn how to make this DIY gnome wood Christmas decor using paint and Mod Podge! An easy and colorful project for the holiday.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Dry Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $10


  • Wood gift tag
  • Wood gnome shape
  • Craft paint - red, white, turquoise, aqua, skin tone
  • Folk Art Glitterific
  • Glitter snowflake stickers
  • Ribbon and white mini cord
  • Craft glue


  • Cricut with white vinyl (or adhesive letters)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Spouncer
  • Scissors


  1. Paint the wood tag with the color of your choice. Use a large brush or roller, do both sides, and let dry. Use smaller brushes to get into between the slats. Let dry completely.Painting the wood pallet with aqua paint
  2. Begin by painting the gnome. At first I didn't know what colors I wanted to paint my gnome, so I painted the whole thing white.Painting the gnome wood shape with white paint
  3. Use detail brushes and the colors of your choice to paint the gnome hat, nose, and pants. Let dry.Painting turquoise paint on the gnome legs and skin tones on the nose
  4. Seal the wood tag and gnome wood piece with Mod Podge. Let dry. Sealing the wood tag with Mod Podge
  5. Use a spouncer to apply the glitterific paint to the beard area. Let dry completely and touch up any areas, if desired.Applying glitterific to the gnome beard
  6. Use your Cricut to cut out the saying or holiday phrase of your choice.Printing out the Merry Christmas sticker on white vinyl
  7. Use the transfer tape to line up the decal on the hat. Smooth completely, then remove the transfer tape and make sure the decal is fully adhered.Smoothing the Merry Christmas sticker onto the gnome's hat
  8. Use the craft glue (or hot glue) to attach the gnome to the wood tag.
  9. Randomly add the snowflake stickers around the wood tag, as desired.Adding the snowflake stickers to the project
  10. Glue a length of white mini cord along the hat line to clean up the project. Tie a ribbon to the top if desired. Let dry before displaying.DIY wood gnome gift tag for Christmas decor

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