Scarecrow Gnome Craft for Fall

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You’ll want to display this adorable Scarecrow Gnome Craft all autumn long!

We used a mop from The Dollar Store to create this scarecrow gnome’s beard. If crafting this scarecrow gnome with younger kids and would like to skip the step that includes painting the mop yellow, I’d recommend using yellow yarn instead.

All of our scarecrow gnome’s details were bought at The Dollar Tree. Feel free to switch out the flowers, ribbons, and button for things you already have at home!

We used a glue gun to put our gnome together quickly. You can use craft glue instead, if working with younger kids, or if you simply prefer craft glue.

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Scarecrow Gnome Craft for Fall


  • Jumbo Craft Sticks
  • Cotton Mop Head
  • Wooden Ball or Bead
  • Brown Buttons
  • Orange Gingham Ribbon
  • Silk Sunflower
  • Natural Jute Twine
  • Craft Paint in Gold, Light Brown, Medium Brown
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks or Craft Glue
  • Gallon Zipper Bag
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Ruler


Cut approximately 30 individual strings from the cotton mop head with scissors. Get them damp under running water, squeeze the excess water out and place the strings in a gallon zipper bag.

Squeeze gold craft paint into the bag, then zip it closed.

Squish the paint into the cotton mop strings until they are all coated. 

Turn out the gold mop strings onto a piece of aluminum foil, line up straight, and set aside to dry.

The paint will stiffen the mop strings, so make sure they are straight during the drying process.

To create the hat, measure six jumbo craft sticks to four-inches long, and then cut with scissors.

Using scissors, trim additional jumbo craft sticks to the width of the six craft sticks that make up the hat. Glue the trimmed stick across the back of the hat to hold the craft sticks together.

Flip the hat over and attach one full craft stick to the base as the hat brim.

Basecoat the entire hat with light brown craft paint. Let dry, and apply a second coat, if necessary.

Dry brush medium brown craft paint in a cross-hatch pattern to resemble burlap. Let dry.

Flip the hat over and attach 15 cotton mop head strings along the base of the bottom wooden craft stick with the glue of your choice. 

Attach 15 additional cotton mop head strings on a second layer with glue.

Glue the wooden ball to the top center of the scarecrow’s beard. 

To finish, tie green gingham ribbon in a bow and glue a sunflower to the center.

Attach the flowered bow to the scarecrow’s hat with glue.

Cut a scrap of orange gingham ribbon in a square, glue it to the hat, and draw stitches with a black marker.

Thread natural jute twine through a brown button, tie with a knot and glue to the scarecrow’s hat to finish.

Enjoy your adorable scarecrow gnome all season long! Attach a magnet to the back for a super cute refrigerator decoration. Or, glue a loop of fishing string to the back and hang the scarecrow gnome from a window.

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