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DIY Gnome Scarecrow Wreath

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This gnome scarecrow wreath wants nothing more than to hang out on your door and look adorable this fall, and he only costs about $10 to make!

After our recent fall gnome wreath post, we had a few people ask us about making a scarecrow wreath. As luck would have it, we were already planning to make one – just not in the way they may have been expecting. Handan is still steaming full speed ahead on the Gnometown Express, so of course the scarecrow wreath she had in mind would have a big round nose and a hat pulled over his eyes. If you can dream it, my babes can gnomeify it.

Now, as far as wreaths go, this one isn’t the traditional shape. But it doesn’t have to be, does it? Not in America! Reader and commenter extraordinaire Jay from Australia recently observed:

I’ve learned several things about you Yanks over the years…and one is how much y’all LOVE a wreath. Christmas, fall, Easter, summer, 4th of July, ALL wreathable. And I’ve learned so much about wreaths, like, how they don’t have to be wreath-shaped! That was the biggest shocker to me. You still call these wreaths? Imagine!
Jay from Australia

How right he is! Not only do we have a thriving and vibrant wreath culture unrivaled by any other country on earth, but we also have the absolute and unalienable freedom to hang whatever we damn well please on our doors and call it a wreath!

I was going to make a joke about hanging underwear on your door and calling it a wreath. But this is America, so of course it’s already been done. Apparently panty wreaths are a thing, though you may not find them on too many front doors.

Anyway, our gnome scarecrow wreath is entirely wholesome, and suitable for hanging on any door. So let’s jump right in and see how you can make this fun little guy for your door this fall. He’s super easy to make and will only cost about $10 to make!

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Our original plan was to make this gnome scarecrow wreath on a Dollar Tree tinsel hat frame as we did for the fall gnome wreath. Handan and I have been searching Dollar Trees all over Florida (literally from the panhandle to Miami) since the beginning of July, but we’ve yet to find a witch tinsel hat in stock. So instead of waiting, we made our scarecrow wreath with Dollar Tree foam board. This wreath can be made on foam board, cardboard (not waterproof, so hang accordingly), Styrofoam, wood or any Dollar Tree tinsel hat you may have on hand or find in stores.

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How to Make a Gnome Scarecrow Wreath

Step 1 – Cut the foam board

I centered a dinner plate on the foam board and then traced a near-half circle with a pencil.

man tracing a circle onto foam board with dinner plate

Then I used a piece of cardboard as a straightedge to draw two lines on either side up to the top middle of the foam board.

man marking foam board to make a wreath

I cut out the wreath form with an X-Acto knife.

man cutting a scarecrow wreath form from foam board

The shape I was going for was like an ice cream cone, but not the good kind you’d get at Ben and Jerry’s, where the ice cream is piled high.

man cutting a scarecrow wreath form from foam board

Nah, I was after a shape like the scrawny kind of cone you’d get from a cut-rate Good Humor man – one measly scoop crammed deep into the cone so only part of it peeks above the rim. The kind of ice cream cone that demands to be bitten, not licked.

gnome scarecrow wreath form on a table

Step 2 – Ready the skirts

I used two of these hula skirts for this wreath. We found they looked better if we first crumpled them up after opening.

man holding a hula skirt package

Step 3 – Make the beard

Starting at the bottom of the inverted one-scoop ice cream cone, I measured out a bit of skirt as shown below.

man making the beard for a scarecrow gnome wreath

Then I cut the piece.

man making the beard for a scarecrow gnome wreath

I ran a line of hot glue along the top…

man making the beard for a scarecrow gnome wreath

…and then I pressed it into place.

man making the beard for a scarecrow gnome wreath

I repeated those steps 4 more times, moving up a bit each time – that was enough fill the ice cream part of my ice cream cone.

man making the beard for a scarecrow gnome wreath
man making the beard for a scarecrow gnome wreath
man making the beard for a scarecrow gnome wreath
man making the beard for a scarecrow gnome wreath

Step 4 – Add a nose

I used a 2 inch split wood ball for the nose and attached it with hot glue.

man gluing a nose to a gnome scarecrow wreath
man making the beard for a scarecrow gnome wreath

Step 5 – Make a hat

You can use any fabric scrap you like for the hat. We found perfect candidates at Dollar Tree. Crafter’s Square has all sorts of fabric scraps that are perfect for the job.

making a gnome hat

I folded the bottom edge of the fabric over on itself 3 times to form the brim of our gnome scarecrow’s hat.

man making the beard for a scarecrow gnome wreath

Then I ran a line of hot glue along the edge to secure the brim.

making a gnome hat

I placed the fabric onto the wreath form.

man making a gnome scarecrow wreath

Then I glued the brim to the beard.

making a gnome scarecrow wreath hat
making a gnome scarecrow wreath hat

Next, I flipped the wreath over and glued the ends of the brim to the back of the foam board.

making a gnome scarecrow wreath hat

Without pulling too hard, I gathered the loose material up top and tied it off with a small rubber band.

making a gnome scarecrow wreath hat
making a gnome scarecrow wreath hat

Then I trimmed off some of the excess material.

making a gnome scarecrow wreath hat
making a gnome scarecrow wreath hat

In the back, I glued down the loose edges, but i didn’t pull the fabric tight. We want the hat to be a little loose and baggy.

making a gnome scarecrow wreath hat

For an embellishment, I took a wood flower from this Dollar Tree wall decor.

making a gnome scarecrow wreath hat
making a gnome scarecrow wreath hat
making a gnome scarecrow wreath hat

As a final step, I covered the rubber band with a piece of rough twine.

making a gnome scarecrow wreath hat

I put some hot glue on the knot and then trimmed the ends.

making a gnome scarecrow wreath hat
making a gnome scarecrow wreath hat

And that’s all there is to it!

This project was our first start-to-finish Covid craft. We’re not letting anything stand in our way of fall and Halloween, lol! The making wasn’t too bad, but hoooo-eeeee, the writing was tough! Covid and concentration mix like oil and water! 🤧🥱😂

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19 Comments

  1. Wow! This is so cute! You’ve really jumped on the gnome making bandwagon with all of your awesome gnomes! Just when I thought there was not another way to make one, you come up this adorable scarecrow! One of my favorites! I think I would have left more of the fabric at the top of the hat and shredded it into strips for a more harried look, though! Any way, you guys are so inspiring! Now I know what to do with the two bags of luau skirts I got at the Dollar Tree earlier this summer! Thanks!

      1. And/or trim a little of the beard and hot glue that into the top of the hat – stuffing’ popping out, you know!

  2. I love this. How did you hang it though? Our new house has very tall double glass doors and I’ve been trying to figure out how I’m going to hang holiday wreaths. My wreath hanger isn’t long enough. Did you use an adhesive hook of some sort?
    Anyway, keep the gnomes coming. There’s gnome such thing as too many. lol

    1. Thank you, Marguerite! We used Command Strips – super easy! If you make it on one of those DT tinsel hat wreaths, you can hang it on a hook. 🙂

  3. How do you hang the gnome on the door? You didn’t show any sort of hanging device and I would assume you would not use the rubber band/twine to hang the gnome.

  4. So darn stinkin’ cute! I feel a strong need to braid his moustache like a dwarf 🤣 Maybe a patch of another bit of raggedy fabric on his hat? I had a gnome-idea myself the other day! Christmas gnomes where their hat is the tree! 🎄 You’re amassing a small gnome army at this rate! I hope Handan has some ideas for Halloween gnomes 🧙‍♀️

  5. Anyone else think this reminds them of Cousin Itt? 😀I think I will add a bit of clothing, jeans or shirt, peaking around his beard.

  6. This is really cute. I’m loving all the Gnome projects. Thanks for the detailed instructions. Are you and Handan feeling better?

    1. Thanks, Vicki! Handan has been negative for two days, but mine is still hanging on. Hopefully by tomorrow I’ll be negative, too! 🙂