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Dollar Tree Halloween Gnome Wreath

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This DIY Dollar Tree Halloween gnome wreath costs about $7 and is one of the easiest and cutest gnome wreaths ever!

Everywhere I go, people shout at me, “Gnome oar! Gnome oar! Gnome oar!”

At the gas station, in the grocery store, strolling down the beach, and outside on my front lawn, a chorus of “Gnome oar” follows me wherever I go.

It seems my legions of adoring and screaming fans want me to make a nautical-themed gnome! Perhaps in a boat – maybe a rowboat?

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I can picture him now: gray, salt-rimed beard blowing in the westerly breeze as he rows an old dingy across the fjord to find a big-nosed babe to keep him company on those long and chilly autumn Nordic nights.

Yes, gnome oar indeed! Rowing and rowing into the wind, oars dipping rhythmically into the silent sea, and…

Sorry, what was that?

They’re not saying “gnome oar?”

They’re saying what, now?

Oh!

Oh, my…

Well I say “tough noogies!” to the gnome-deniers and naysayers! As long as these lungs draw breath and these chubby fingers are able to squeeze the trigger on a glue gun, I’ll keep pumping out gnomes every fall and winter.

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Now, before we get to this simple and spectacular Halloween gnome wreath, I’ve got some clutter to clear off my front lawn…

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Dollar Tree Halloween Gnome Wreath VIDEO Tutorial

Watch our short video below for an overview of our Dollar Tree Halloween gnome wreath before you read the detailed step-by-step tutorial.

Dollar Tree Halloween Gnome Wreath Tutorial

Step 1 – Prepare the frame

I didn’t need the Boo or the buckle, so I tore them off and tossed them. For other wreaths, I pulled off the tinsel. You could if you want to, but it won’t show under the fabric I used for the hat. On a side note, I feel like Dollar Tree could sell this exact same hat as a pilgrim hat if they just omit the Boo. I remember dressing up as a pilgrim in grammar school. Gotta love those tricorn hats!

man peeling boo letters from witch hat

Step 2 – Make the gnome hat

To give the gnome’s hat a better shape, I cut off the ends of the witch hat.

man cutting a tinsel witch hat

We debated making the gnome’s hat from creepy cloth, but this black felt from Dollar Tree won out in the end. On another side note, I never thought I’d be debated the proper Dollar Tree material to use to make a hat for a Halloween gnome wreath at age 50. Most men my age wear stifling wool suits and demand increased productivity of their underlings. I play with hot glue and make people laugh.

Who’s got the better job?

man holding fat quarter of black fabric

A laid the felt on the hat frame to get a sense of how much I’d need.

man putting black fabric on tinsel witch hat

After trimming the excess, I put some hot glue on the underside of the felt.

man gluing black fabric on tinsel witch hat

Then I wrapped it over and around the bottom bottom edge. Normally I make a hat brim by rolling the fabric over on itself a few times, but in this case, I’m making the brim from creepy cloth, so that step wasn’t necessary.

man gluing black fabric on tinsel witch hat

I flipped it over and glued down the corners.

man gluing black fabric on tinsel witch hat

Then I glued the rest of the fabric to the frame.

man gluing black fabric on tinsel witch hat
man gluing black fabric on tinsel witch hat

I trimmed the excess fabric that had bunched near the top.

man gluing black fabric on tinsel witch hat

And then I glued the loose ends.

man gluing black fabric on tinsel witch hat

I present to you – a boring black hat that no witch, wizard or Halloween gnome would be caught dead wearing. Fortunately, it would be boring for long.

man making a halloween gnome wreath

Step 3 – Make the gnome beard

For the beard, I used two Dollar Tree Halloween trees. These are what Charlie Brown would have if he ever put up a tree for Halloween. They even match his sweater!

man holding two dollar tree halloween trees

I bent all the stems over to one side.

man holding a halloween tree

Then I joined the two mirrored halves together.

man making dollar tree halloween gnome wreath

Step 4 – Attach the beard to the hat

I flipped the beard over the placed it on the back of the hat.

man making a gnome beard

Then I secured it in place with a bunch of hot glue.

man gluing gnome beard to witch hat
man gluing gnome beard to witch hat

After gluing, I felt like there was a lot of torque on the glue joints, so I reinforced them with zip ties.

man zip tying beard to halloween gnome wreath

I secured the two beard halves together by twisting the ends.

man making a halloween gnome beard

Step 5 – Make the brim

For the brim, I rolled up some black creepy cloth and glued it on.

halloween gnome wreath beard
man gluing creepy cloth on a halloween gnome wreath
man gluing creepy cloth on a halloween gnome wreath

Step 6 – Add a nose

I used our go-to gnome nose – a 2-inch split wood ball.

man gluing a nose onto a halloween gnome wreath
man gluing a nose onto a halloween gnome wreath
man making a halloween gnome wreath

I put a small dot of glue on top of the nose and stuck the creepy cloth to it.

working on gnome hat

Step 7 – Embellish the hat

A Dollar Tree bat clip provided some color.

making gnome hat

And a black skull sunflower was the perfect touch for the tip of the hat. After cutting off the back of a small plastic Dollar Tree skull, I glued it to the center of a black sunflower from a Dollar Tree Halloween floral pick.

making gnome hat
making gnome hat

I glue the skullflower to the tip of the hat.

gluing a skull on a gnome hat

As a final touch, I draped some gray creepy cloth across the middle of the hat. and glued it in place.

gluing creepy cloth on a gnome hat
gluing creepy cloth on a gnome hat
DIY Dollar Tree Halloween Gnome Wreath - TheNavagePatch.com

Here he is – our Halloween gnome wreath!

DIY Dollar Tree Halloween Gnome Wreath - TheNavagePatch.com
DIY Dollar Tree Halloween Gnome Wreath - TheNavagePatch.com
DIY Dollar Tree Halloween Gnome Wreath - TheNavagePatch.com
DIY Dollar Tree Halloween Gnome Wreath - TheNavagePatch.com




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8 Comments

  1. I for one say bring on the gnomes. My favorites were those tabletop Christmas ones with the plaid hats. I am partial to the Nordic gnomes with sweater hats, but all cute.

    1. Ah, yes, the lighted gnomes we did last year were awesome! I’m sure we’ll have more as the Christmas season approaches. Or is it already here? I can’t tell anymore. 😀

  2. Gnome naysayers?! Good Lord, what is this world coming to?? 😖 I love this little guy! He’s perfect for those lower-key Halloweeners, or those whose neighbours are easily freaked out … like mine. Your creativity makes me tingle, Mr. Greg! Stop it … I like it! 😁