Gnome Paper Plate Craft Peek-a-Boo – Free Printable!

This adorable gnome paper plate craft makes a fun peek-a-boo puppet for the kids! You only need a few simple supplies for this easy kid’s craft idea, so let’s get started.

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Let’s Make an Adorable Paper Plate Gnome Puppet

This is a fun craft for a rainy afternoon because it can be done in stages. My daughter and I got the idea for this after seeing this fun swimming jellyfish paper plate craft on I Heart Crafty Things. 

You can also speed up the crafting time by replacing one paper plate with construction paper (great for the younger kids). 

Adorable Gnome Peek-A-Boo Paper Plate Craft

Let’s make this adorable paper plate craft together. Below is our written tutorial and a quick video tutorial to show you how it works. If you are creating a playlist on YouTube for kids crafts, here is our gnome paper plate puppet tutorial.

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Gnome Paper Plate Craft Peek-a-Boo

Peek-a-Boo Gnome Paper Plate Craft

This adorable gnome paper plate craft makes a fun peek-a-boo puppet for the kids. You can make it with paint or combine paint and construction paper.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Drying Time Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • 2 paper plates (or 1 plate and 1 piece of green construction paper)
  • blue and green paint
  • a paper straw
  • printable
  • stickers (optional)


  • stapler or glue (we find staples work better)
  • foam paintbrush


  1. Paint one plate blue (about two-thirds of the plate) for the sky and one half of another paper plate green for the grass. You can skip the second plate and use a piece of green construction paper. Note: if using the construction paper for the grass, turn the paper plate over and trace the edge onto the green paper. Cut along this half circle and set aside. how to make a peek-a-boo puppet
  2. If you used a paper plate, cut the grass by creating many cuts next to each other. Leave about an inch on either side to staple the plates together. Conversely, if you opted for the construction paper, cut the grass on the half circle (or wait until it's attached). give the appearance of grass by cutting the paper plate
  3. While the paper plates are drying, cut out the gnome of your choice. Glue or tape the gnome to a paper straw. Set aside.
  4. Once the paint is dry, attach the grass to the blue paper plate, covering the part you didn't paint blue. Leave about an inch of space at the bottom center of the grass so your gnome and straw can fit through. You can opt for glue, but we find staples work a lot better at holding the gnome paper plate craft together. Add stickers for flowers, clouds, butterflies, etc. staple two paper plates together and make a peek a boo puppet for kids
  5. From the top of the grass, place the straw through the one-inch hole you left at the bottom of the grass. Pull the gnome down under the grass to hide.
  6. Push up the straw and watch the gnome say, "Peek-a-boo!"


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