This Adorable Paper Tube Gnome Craft is Perfect for Kids!

You’re not going to find a more easy and fun paper craft for kids for the holidays. They can make a paper tube gnome for a gnome ornament, wreath or anything!

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This is the easiest paper roll gnome kids craft, and it makes a great gnome ornament kids can make!

Paper Tube Gnome

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love making gnome crafts. But the kiddo wants to participate sometimes and I get worried we’ll get burnt fingers from hot glue guns, so I like to come up with something that can be done with just a glue stick. That’s where this easy paper craft gnome comes into play.


You can make this easy paper tube gnome in about 5 minutes. And it’s perfect for turning this easy craft into an ornament, a garland or wreath! If you’re ready to make a gnome with the kiddo, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make This Gnome Kids Craft

  • Get the free printable template here so you can make this cute little gnome kids craft super quick.
  • Don’t use an overly-stiff paper for the hat. The kiddo has to roll the hat tightly and that’s hard for little hands sometimes. So, pick a paper that this can be easily done with.
  • We whipped-up our little gnome just as an “I love you” for her dad. But you do not have to stop there. Your kiddo can make this little paper gnome craft for any holiday or event. The kiddo will love having a “signature” craft they gift regularly.
  • No yarn on hand? That’s ok! You can use string, faux fur, cotton balls or even just draw-on a beard!
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How Do I Make this Paper Tube Gnome?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’d like to see the full paper roll gnome video tutorial, just pop on over to YouTube.

Yield: 1 Paper Tube Gnome

Paper Tube Gnome

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The kids are going to love making a million of these easy paper tube gnome craft. So versatile and you can believe they'll be playing with them.

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


  • Paper Roll (or toilet paper roll)
  • Grey Yarn
  • Red Paper
  • Tan or Pink Paper Scrap
  • White Pompom
  • Printable Template


  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue stick


  1. Cut out the template shape.
  2. Cut out a thin strip from the top of the paper roll.
  3. Cut a long strand of yarn that will fit on the roll and glue it at the top of the roll, leaving the ends loose on the bottom of the paper roll. Repeat until the paper roll is covered in yarn.
  4. Transfer the template shape of the hat onto the red paper and cut it out.
  5. Roll the red paper cutout into a cone form and glue it together.
  6. Place a small amount of glue inside the hat and place it on the top of the yarn-covered roll.
  7. Transfer the template for the heart on a scrap piece of the paper roll and cut it out. That will be the nose of your gnome so glue it to the center of your gnome, just below the hat.
  8. Glue the pom pom on the tip of the gnome's hat and enjoy! photo collage tutorial of how to make a paper tube gnome


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