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Paper Gnomes For Christmas

Paper gnomes are adorable Christmas decorations that bring instant joy to people of all ages. These easy-to-make holiday helpers are fun, inexpensive, and will add a whimsical touch when placed around your home!
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Course: DIY Craft
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gnomes
Author: Kim


  • Cardstock
  • White beads
  • Gluestick
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Glitter pen
  • Scissors
  • Marking Pen


  • Cardstock in two desired colors for the gnome body and hat- 1 sheet each ( you can make a number of them with this)
  • White cardstock for the beard
  • White beads for the nose
  • Gluestick (or you may use any glue you like)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glitter pen
  • Scissors
  • Marking Pen


Instructions for the Gnome Hat

  • Use a circular lid of approximately 14cm in diameter to cut a circle from the card stock for the hat.
  • Fold it in half to get a semicircle. Fold it again in quarters.
  • Cut a quarter of the circle along the crease formed.
  • Mark 0.5cm from one of the straight edges by a straight line and cut off the corners.
  • Fold along the marked line and apply glue along the fold.
  • Fold the other straight edge over and glue it to form a cone. This is your gnome hat.

Instructions for the Gnome Body

  • Cut a rectangular piece 8cm long and 2.5cm wide. Mark a line 0.5cm from one of the short edges to apply the glue.
  • Apply the glue on the marked edge. Fold the other short edge over and glue it to form the gnome body.

Instructions for the gnome Beard

  • Cut a rectangular piece, 21cm long and 3cm wide from the white cardstock. Here again mark a line 0.5cm from one of the long edges.
  • Cut 0.5cm wide fringes along the entire piece, leaving the marked upper edge intact.
  • Use your pen to curl the fringes inwards
  • Take the gnome body and apply glue along the upper edge of the beard. Starting with one end of the beard, wrap it around the gnome body a few times till you reach the other end of the beard.
  • Your gnome body with the beard will look like this. Apply glue along the upper edge to attach the hat.
  • Place the hat firmly above it to secure.
  • Glue the bead just under the hat using your glue gun and your paper gnome is ready!