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Witch Paintbrush Gnome

This witch paintbrush gnome is one of the easiest Halloween gnome projects you can make! The best part is that all of the supplies are from the dollar store, which makes it an inexpensive craft perfect for tweens, teens and adults.

A witch's broom with buttons on it.

Gnomes are incredibly popular with every holiday, so this Halloween witch gnome is perfect for selling at craft fairs, too!

After an initial investment in some craft supplies, you can make each gnome for less than $2, leaving you a big increase in how much you can sell it for.

A person holding a witch hat with buttons.

This cute witch gnome is just one of our fun Halloween crafts and Dollar Tree crafts.

You will also like these witch crafts:

How to Make a Witch Paintbrush Gnome

All materials, other than paint, were purchased at the Dollar Tree.


  • 1 Jumbo Craft Stick
  • Wooden Paint Brush (I used a 2″ paintbrush; if you are making several, this multi-pack is actually cheaper per brush than what I paid)
  • Wooden Ball or Bead
  • Assorted Buttons
  • Ribbon
  • Acrylic Craft Paint (Orange, Black, Muted Light Green)
  • Hot Glue Gun or Craft Glue
  • Paintbrush (for painting)
  • Ruler
A craft kit with paint, glue, scissors, and paint brushes.


Step 1

Squeeze orange acrylic craft paint onto a paper plate. Then dip the entire bristle part of the paintbrush into the paint, making sure to cover the front and the sides.

Orange paint on a plate next to a brush.

Step 2

Measure and cut the jumbo craft stick to be 3.5” long. Cut the rounded ends off with scissors so that you have straight lines on the ends.

A ruler, paint brush, scissors and a ruler on a wooden table.

Step 3

Paint the rest of the paint brush, including the handle and the metal part above the bristles, as well as the jumbo craft stick, with black acrylic craft paint.

Allow to dry. If needed, apply a second coat.

A black paint brush and orange paint brush on a wooden table.

Step 4

Paint the wooden bead with a green acrylic craft paint. Allow to dry.

A bottle of green paint and a brush next to it.

Step 5

Glue the craft stick to the bottom edge of the paint brush across the place where the metal top meets the bristles to make the witch’s hat brim.

Then glue the wooden bead to the center of the gnome’s beard, just underneath the hat brim.

A glue gun and a brush next to each other.

Step 6

Glue a small piece of ribbon around the paint brush just above the hat brim.

A glue gun, scissors, and a broom.

Using the same ribbon (or a complimentary color), tie another piece in a bow. Then glue the bow to the top of the paint brush. Trim ends if necessary.

A witch's broom, scissors and glue.

Glue buttons in different shapes and colors to the paintbrush to add visual interest to the witch gnome.

A witch's broom with a glue gun and buttons.
A witch broom hanging on a wooden wall.

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white plate with orange paint and a paintbrush and a finished witch paintbrush gnome craft

See my YouTube video of how to make a Witch Paintbrush Gnome:

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