This Paper Bag Gnome Craft is the perfect winter craft for one very good reason. It makes me happy, and they made us laugh while making them. And there is nothing that warms a heart on a cold day better than a good laugh.
I am truly smitten with these winter gnomes. In fact, these days I’m just fond of paper bag crafts in general. There’s of course our Paper Bag Gnome Craft, but you really need to see our Paper Bag Dad Craft, Paper Bag Scarecrows, and our Paper Bag Reindeer are pretty cute, too.
For our Paper Bag Gnome Craft you will need brown paper lunch bags, acrylic paint in assorted winter colors, cardstock in the same colors as well as brown, white yarn, small googly eyes, markers, scissors, and glue.
Paper Bag Gnome Craft
- Paper bags
- Acrylic paint – blue, green, red, etc.
- Cardstock – same colors as paint
- White yarn
- Googly eyes, small
- Markers – white, silver, gold, etc.
- 1” circle punch (optional)
Begin by painting a paper bag.
Lift the flap on the bag and paint from under the flap down. Let dry.
Gather strands of white yarn, cut at random sizes. As a whole, they should be no longer than the length of the bag.
Lift the flap of the bag and apply a line of glue. Adhere the strands of yarn to the glue.
Once all the strands are in place, apply another line of glue to the top of the bag, sandwiching the strands of yarn in the middle and gluing the flap closed. Trim the yarn beard if needed.
Now, fold a sheet of cardstock in half. Glue the top/flap of the bag between the folded sheet of cardstock, leaving a strip of the bag showing. Trim away any excess off the side and cut into a triangle. Fold the top pointy flap down.
Either use the 1” circle punch or scissors to get a circle from the brown cardstock. Glue in the center of the bare strip for the nose, tucked just slightly under the hat and hanging off over the yarn. And glue googly eyes to both sides.
Finally, decorate the hat with a white or metallic marker.
Aren’t they fun?! Be sure to find more wonderful ways to spend a cold afternoon with more of our winter crafts at Our Kid Things!