Are you ready to go “gnome” for the holidays? Because I have a super cute papercraft project that you’re definitely going to want to get started on right away. So, get your cardstock, and grab your glue gun—it’s time to make the cutest little Christmas gnome this side of the Mississippi!
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Watch a short video of me putting this project together on Instagram.
I was really excited about all the little tree details I added to the front layer of this guy’s beard; but, when it came time to cut, my Cricut did struggle a bit with them. I ended up having to set the machine to “cardstock for intricate cuts” in order for it to come out okay. So, if you don’t want to risk it, or you are using finicky material, I’ve included a file with a simplified version of that piece in the download.
- Hot Glue
- Precision Craft Glue or a Gluestick
- Foam Tape (optional)
- Decorative Ribbon (optional)
- Bone Folder (optional)
- A Cutting Machine or X-ACTO knife
- My Free Template
How to Make It
1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the pieces for your Christmas gnome.
Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending them through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.
Assembling the Hat
2. Start by layering all of the triangle pieces onto the light blue, fan-shaped piece. Use the score lines as guides.
Fold along the score lines, and attach the long edge tab to the inside.
Finish by attaching the octagon piece to the bottom tabs.
Assembling the Body
3. Take your four body pieces and fold them along the score lines. Use the small tabs on the rectangular side pieces to attach them to the curved edge of the front/back pieces. Attach everything together so that you form a cube-like shape with two slightly curved sides.
4. Take your three beard pieces and layer them together like so. I used foam tape between the 2nd and 3rd layers for a little bit of extra depth.
Attaching it all Together
5. Glue the two little gnome feet to the front/bottom of the body. Next, attach the beard. Finally, attach the hat to the top, and the nose to the front edge of the hat.
6. Add some decorative ribbon or other finishing touches to make your gnome even more festive and unique!
I know that there are a lot of gnome decorations out there, and I really wanted this guy to stand out. So, when I had the idea to turn his beard into a festive Christmas scene, I just knew that I had to make it happen! And, after spending so much time designing the beard, I hadn’t really planned to do much with the hat. But, then I had the idea to create a sweater pattern overlay, and, well, I just had to do that too!
I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other Christmas freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy making this cute Christmas gnome character! I hope you have as much fun putting him together as I did. Be sure to share your festive results with me on Instagram!
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