Learn how to make a Dollar Tree Santa Gnome with a cotton mop head and some jumbo craft sticks. This jolly old soul is the perfect front door hanger to keep a watchful eye on all the merriment this Christmas. It’s a fun way to spend some quality time with your kids while making a craft that brings a beloved holiday character to life.
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Craft Stick and Mop Santa Gnome
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Here's what you need to make a Santa Gnome
- Craft Sticks, Jumbo – Dollar Tree
- Cotton Mop Head – Dollar Tree
- Wooden Ball or Bead – Dollar Tree
- Pom Poms, White Tinsel – Dollar Tree
- Americana Acrylic Craft Paint, Country Red – DecoArt
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks – Dollar Tree
- Natural Jute Twine – Dollar Tree
- Scissors – I love my Fiskars!
- Basecoat Paintbrush Set – DecoArt
Here's how to create a Popsicle Stick Santa Gnome
To begin the Dollar Tree Popsicle Stick Santa Gnome, gather all supplies. Cut approximately 30 individual strings from the cotton mop head with scissors.
To create the Santa hat, make a triangle with three jumbo craft sticks on your work surface, and secure at the corners with a glue gun and glue sticks.
TIP: You can use liquid craft glue for this project, but you will have to wait for it to dry.
Dry fit additional jumbo craft sticks along the length of the triangle and mark with a pencil.
Trim the ends of the jumbo craft sticks with scissors.
Attach the trimmed jumbo craft sticks to the back of the Santa hat with a glue gun and glue sticks.
Basecoat the entire Santa hat with red acrylic craft paint. Let dry, and apply a second coat, if necessary. I love Americana Acrylics from DecoArt because they have one-coat coverage on most surfaces.
Attach large white tinsel pom poms to the bottom edge of the Santa hat with a glue gun and glue sticks.
Flip the Santa hat over and attach 15 cotton mop head strings along the base of the bottom wooden craft stick with a glue gun and glue sticks. Glue 15 additional cotton mop strings on a second layer. Trim the ends of the mop beard with scissors.
Glue the wooden ball to the top center of Santa’s beard, just under the hat brim. Attach a jumbo white tinsel pom pom to the top of Santa’s hat with a glue gun and glue sticks.
Measure and cut a 12” length of natural jute twine. To finish the Santa Gnome, flip Santa over and attach the ends of the twine to the right and left side of the hat with a glue gun and glue sticks.
Quick and Easy Dollar Tree Santa Mope Gnome
Create this festive Santa Mop Gnome to decorate your home this Christmas. Your friends and family will never know how easy this trendy craft was to make. Hang on the front door or gate to greet all of your guests this holiday season with this jolly old elf!
Additional Dollar Tree Christmas Crafts
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