This Fun Gnome Puppet from Popsicle Sticks is a Fun Kids Craft!

Crafting with my kiddo is the best and this gnome puppet from popsicle sticks is no exception. We loved making these gnome popsicle stick puppets together!

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Such a fun and easy kids craft, these gnome puppets from popsicle sticks are a great boredom buster!

Gnome Puppet from Popsicle Sticks

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we hate the phrase “I’m bored.” So we instituted a new phrase that we say “I want to do something with you.” And then the kiddo can give me an idea or we can talk about doing a craft together. The options are endless when you approach it in that more open manner and one thing we came up with this last week to do together was make some gnome puppets from popsicle sticks!


All we had to do was pull out a handful of craft supplies and make ourselves a little gnome pattern. In minutes we had a little guy and girl gnome popsicle puppet set to play with! If you’re ready to make a cute gnome kids craft, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make A GNome Popsicle Puppet

  • First, grab the free printable template here to make these gnome puppets from popsicle sticks. That’s going to be the trick to making this craft super easy for you and for the kiddos.
  • Don’t feel like your kiddo can’t do the project on their own. They can even do the hot glue if you have an ultra low-temp hot glue gun like this one. Let it be their show and put them in charge. They can cut, color and glue the whole gnome together, if you let them.
  • Grab a big box of craft sticks because this is going to be a project your kiddo will want to do over and over again!
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How Do I Make this Gnome Puppet from Popsicle Sticks?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.

Yield: 2 Gnome Popsicle Puppets

Gnome Puppet from Popsicle Sticks

gnome puppets from popsicle sticks

Making these fun gnome puppets from popsicle sticks is so fun to do with the kiddo, I can see us making these again really soon!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • 11 Craft Sticks (the wider size)
  • Construction Paper in Yellow, Blue, White and Red
  • Pom Poms in Yellow and White
  • White Twine
  • Gnome Pattern


  • Washable Markers
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Scissors


  1. Cut out a 3 by 6-inch rectangle from both the red and blue construction paper.  Place five craft sticks side-by-side on the table, not overlapping, but touching. Glue the paper rectangle to the craft sticks to hold the sticks together.
  2. Color the other side of the craft sticks with the washable markers, as desired.
  3. Cut off both ends of another craft stick, about 3/4 inches from the end. The cut off ends will be the gnome noses.
  4. Cut out the free printable gnome pattern, then trace the shapes onto the construction paper using desired colors.  Cut out each of the traced shapes.
  5. With your pen, pencil or the washable markers, sketch “X’s” in a row down the center of each braid shape.
  6. Assemble your gnomes, as desired and embellish the hats with a pom pom each.
  7. Tie the twine into two little bows and attach one to the bottom of each braid and get ready to play! photo collage tutorial of how to make a gnome puppet from popsicle sticks


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