How to Make a Gnome Paper Bag Puppet

If you love making puppets with your kids, this paper bag gnome will be right up your street. My how to make a gnome paper bag puppet craft provides a step-by-step guide with images to help you recreate your own gnome or gonk!

Paper Bag Gnome Puppet

Gnomes are everywhere and their popularity has gone through the roof recently. My children love admiring gnome statues every time we go to our local garden centre.

My daughter, in particular always comments on my cute gnome crafts. We made a Halloween gnome recently and my Fall gnome craft is adorable

We love making crafts that we can use for story telling, my Three Little Pigs craft and Little Muffett craft provided great opportunities for my children to recite the story and the nursery rhyme. Puppets are one such craft idea that can be used to tell a story; they really incite a kid’s brain. 

What do you need to make this Paper Bag Gnome Puppet

The majority of my easy crafts do not require lots of materials. I want them to be affordable and accessible for everyone. Most the supplies can actually be bought in bulk and used for many of my other craft ideas. 

You will need:-

  • Colored craft papers
  • Pencil – to trace the template
  • Craft glue
  • Sharpie or gel pen
  • Paper bag

Please find my printable template below:-

Gnome Puppet Template

Variations of this Gnome Paper Bag Puppet

How can you change up this gnome puppet craft? Maybe you might want to make lots of them and make them look different.

The easiest way to do this is to change the color of their outfits, hair etc. You could make an entire family of gnomes.

Why not try out some of my other easy puppet crafts!

How to make a Gnome Puppet from a Paper Bag

My printable Gnome paper bag puppet craft instructions can be found at the bottom of this post. This paper bag gnome craft step by step can be completed by kids of any age.

Younger children will need their parent’s help! 

Step 1:

Select different colored craft papers for the gnome puppet. The template includes the following patterns- head, hat, hat border, beard, moustache, nose, gloves (or hands), and sleeves. Trace the template patterns on the selected craft papers and cut out the traced pattern. 

You can select any color you wish for the different parts. My selections can be seen below.

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Step 2:

Attach the hat border along the bottom side of the hat cut-out. Glue a few layers of cardstock papers on the backside of the nose cut-out; this will give the nose a 3d look.

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Step 3:

Attach the beard cut-out on the bottom side of the head cut-out.

Step 4:

Attach the nose and the moustache cut-outs on the head cut-out, slightly above the beard pattern.

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Step 5:

Attach the hat pattern on the top side of the head pattern.

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Step 6:

Select a paper bag or craft your own customized paper bag using brown paper or craft paper. Prepare a piece of paper (the gnome’s clothes) to cover a side of the paper bag.

Step 7:

Attach the hand cut-outs to the sleeves. Attach the shoe cut-outs on the bottom side of the clothes cut-out and attach the sleeve patterns on both sides of it. Your paper bag gnome should look as below. 

paper bag gnome puppet craft instructions

Step 8:

Attach the prepared body pattern of the gnome on either side of the paper bag. Keep in mind that the closed end of the paper bag will be the top side of the paper bag gnome puppet. Use a sharpie to draw the face of the papercraft gnome figure.

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Step 9:

Flatten the bottom part of the paper bag with the front side and attach the head pattern on the bottom side of the bag to complete the puppet craft.

diy paper bag gnome puppet

Will you give these one of the fabulous gnome names out there?! How about Gnorm the gnome? If you make more than one you may want to name them. You could use them for your own play!

If you love everything gnome, why not try some of my other ideas. You can make a Gnome Christmas ornament or why not send Birthday greetings with my DIY Gnome Birthday card craft

Please find my paper bag gnome printable craft instructions below

Paper Bag Gnome Puppet

How to Make a Gnome Paper Bag Puppet

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If you love making puppets with your kids, this paper bag gnome will be right up your street. My how to make a gnome paper bag puppet craft provides a step-by-step guide with images to help you recreate your own gnome or gonk!

Materials

  • • Colored craft papers
  • • Pencil – to trace the template
  • • Craft glue
  • • Sharpie or gel pen
  • • Paper bag

Instructions

Step 1:

Select different colored craft papers for the gnome puppet.

The template includes the following patterns- head, hat, hat
border, beard, moustache, nose, gloves (or hands), and sleeves.

Trace the template patterns on the selected craft papers and cut out the traced pattern.

Step 2:

Attach the hat border along the bottom side of the hat cutout. Glue a few layers of cardstock papers on the backside of the nose cutout; this will give the nose a 3d look.

Step 3:

Attach the beard cutout on the bottom side of the head cutout.

Step 4:

Attach the nose and the moustache cutouts on the head cutout, slightly above the beard pattern.

Step 5:

Attach the hat pattern on the top side of the head pattern.

Step 6:

Select a paper bag or craft your own customized paper bag using brown paper or craft paper. Prepare a piece of paper (the gnome’s clothes) to cover a side of the paper bag.

Step 7:

Attach the hand cutouts with the sleeves.
Attach the shoe cutouts on the bottom side of the clothe cutout and attach the sleeve patterns on both sides of it.

Step 8:

Attach the prepared body pattern of the gnome on either side of the paper bag. Keep in mind that the closed end of the
paper bag will be the top side of the paper bag gnome puppet. Use a sharpie to draw the face of the papercraft gnome figure.

Step 9:

Flatten the bottom part of the paper bag with the front side and attach the head pattern on the bottom side of the bag to complete the puppet craft.



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