Cinco de Mayo Mexican Gnomes (DIY Crafts)

Learn techniques to make an adorable and festive Mexican Fiesta Gnome project.

Five DIY Cinco de Mayo gnomes.

Get into the holiday spirit by creating these Cinco de Mayo Mexican Gnomes.

Handmade gnomes have taken the DIY world by storm.

With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, it’s an ideal time to create your own festive gnome with a Mexican twist.

By adding traditional Mexican decor and bright colors to your design, you can create a unique and special craft that celebrates the rich history of Mexico.

This project is perfect for crafters of all skill levels.

Whether you’re an experienced artisan or just getting started, I know you will enjoy this project and have great results.


My talented friend and artist, Ruth Johnson, created these Cinco de Mayo gnomes and all of the handmade gnomes on my site.

For additional gnome crafts ideas, see all of her gnome creations here. Get tips and tricks to quickly learn to how to embellish all kinds of gnomes.

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Cinco de Mayo 2023

Cinco de Mayo is observed every year on May 5.

It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.

— Emiliano Zapata

What is Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday commemorating the Mexican Army’s win over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

The victory was a significant morale boost for the Mexican people.

As a result, it has become a symbol of Mexican national pride and celebrates its culture and heritage.

The holiday is observed in Mexico and has become a popular celebration in the United States.

It’s a time to celebrate diversity and honor Mexican culture and heritage.

Finally, it is an opportunity to recognize the vital role that Mexican Americans have played in shaping the United States.

On Cinco de Mayo, people come together to enjoy traditional food, music, and dance while learning more about Mexican history and culture.

They enjoy traditional foods such as tacos, enchiladas, and guacamole.

Whether you’re of Mexican descent or appreciate the rich traditions of Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a time to honor and embrace the diversity of our world.

Colors and Decorations of Mexico

Decorations are an essential part of Cinco de Mayo celebrations!

They often include vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and traditional Mexican symbols.

You will often find two popular decorations: papel picado (colorful tissue paper cutouts) and piñatas (brightly decorated containers filled with candy and toys).

Flags, banners, and balloons in the Mexican flag colors also adorn homes, businesses, and public spaces.

Also, traditional Mexican flowers such as marigolds and dahlias make up gorgeous floral arrangements.

These decorations add to Cinco de Mayo’s festive feel and help create a sense of community and cultural pride.

The colors that define the Cinco de Mayo holiday are red, green, and white.

These colors are prominently featured in the Mexican flag and have important cultural and historical meanings.

Red symbolizes the blood of the national heroes who fought for Mexican independence, green represents hope and the country’s agricultural wealth, and white represents purity and unity.

The colors appear in decor, clothing, accessories, and other celebrations.

How to Make Cinco de Mayo Gnomes

Ruth used the basic gnome pattern to create the Cinco De Mayo gnomes.

The free pattern is available by subscribing to the gnome newsletter.

She starts with the basic gnome body, then embellishes the gnome designs with all kinds of colorful Mexican-inspired trims.

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When you enter the library, look for the small photo of the gnomes.

Click the picture to open the PDF, then press the download icon. 

Download and print the pattern or any of the project downloads.

After you download and print the PDF, go back to the DIY Gnomes post and scroll down to the lower half of the post to read the gnome-making instructions.

Visit the DIY Gnome Posts Page for more imaginative gnome ideas, fabric choices, trims, and embellishments.

Trim your Mexican Fiesta Gnomes

You can make a gnome with simple materials, but how can you make your Cinco de Mayo gnome awesome? Decorate them!

There are many ways to add festive and colorful embellishments to your gnome.

First, consider using bright and bold colors such as red, green, and white, which are the colors of the Mexican flag.

Next, you can add a sombrero or a serape. Or, create a miniature piñata to hang from its arms.

Adding felt flowers in bright colors or papel picado cutouts to the gnome’s hat or body can also add a festive touch.

Finally, small props such as tiny cacti or maracas can add to Cinco de Mayo’s overall theme.

Ruth uses a variety of trims and props for her Fiesta Mexicano gnomes.

Most trims will adhere and stay put with just a little bit of hot glue.

Below are some of the craft supplies Ruth includes in her designs.

In addition, I included more ideas you can explore for yourself.

Mexican Trimming Ideas

Mexican-inspired and colored fabrics
Mexican blanket-looking fabrics
Colored felt
Fringed ribbons

Mini maracas
Small Mexican guitar
Mini straw sombrero
Colored-edged sombrero
Mariachi sequin sombrero
Straw western hat
Multicolor flower crown

Woven Serape sash
Chayo’s flowers
Pansy cornhusk flowers
Teresita flower stems
Wicker ball spiral dangler
Picado banner
Small clay pots
Mini donkey piñata

By incorporating these festive, bright colors, and traditional symbols of Mexican culture, you can create a unique DIY gnome that celebrates the spirit of the holiday!

Where to Buy Supplies

You can create and mimic these items by hand or purchase miniatures.

Look for supplies online at Mexican-themed retailers such as Amols and Leos Imports.

Also, shop at your local craft and hobby stores, for example, JoAnn Fabrics, Micheal’s, or Hobby Lobby.

Miniatures can be found in bead sections, doll or dollhouse making, paper products, or scrapbooking areas.

Look for novelty items at dollar stores or online at sites like Amazon, Oriental Trading Company, or Etsy.

Sometimes if Ruth can’t find the props she is looking for or they are too expensive, she makes her own!

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For more inspiration, see these Gnome Posts for tips and tricks to learn to make them yourself.

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With a little bit of creativity, you can transform a basic gnome into a festive Cinco de Mayo decoration!

Whether you make one gnome or a whole collection, this project is a great way to get into the spirit of Cinco de Mayo and add some fun and whimsy to your home decor.


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