Printable Gnome Candy Holder

This free printable gnome candy holder is a fun and easy holiday craft. Use it to gift candy, money, small toys, and more.

To make a gnome candy hugger, you will need: the free gnome template, a printer, paper, scissors, and a glue stick. This is a fun Christmas craft idea to make with the kids, at the senior center, or just on a rainy afternoon.

Horizontal image of a red hat gnome holding a piece of chocolate in front of a holiday themed background.
Make this simple paper craft using the free gnome candy hugger template.

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Printable Gnome Candy Holder Craft

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I know the holidays are so busy. Moving to a new state, town, and neighborhood means that I’ll be double-timing my gifting. We are going to drop off small gifts and treasures this holiday season to neighbors, my daughter’s school friends, and friends of friends (and family).

It’s a lot, right? Well, I set to brainstorming how I could pop in little treasures and treats easily and this adorable gnome pattern was created. It’s a free candy holder printable and is so easy to put together, so we should get started.

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Close up vertical image of a paper gnome with red hat, green body, and hands holding a piece of chocolate.
Don’t the little hands on this gnome candy card just draw you in?

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Tips to Keep in Mind When Making This Holiday Gnome Candy Hugger

  • You will need the free printable gnome candy hugger template here. It is an instant download and doesn’t require you to sign up for anything. :)
  • Use regular copy paper in the printer, set the setting to 100% to scale, and print in black and white (so as to not waste ink).
  • I used a series of holiday colors for a Christmas gnome candy holder, but you can use this for all seasons. Pastels would be great for spring, neon paper would be perfect for summer, and the natural tones would match fall.
  • Use a glue stick and not liquid glue for this craft. It is less messy and honestly, it’s easier to actually get them all to stick together quickly to assemble the printable candy card.
  • Ideas for what to use for the gnome nose: a pompom, a mini ornament, a small jingle bell, or even a small piece of round candy.
  • To attach the candy, lollipop or money gift, use the glue stick a glue dot, a foam glue dot (to raise it up), or even string threaded through the body. There are tons of ways to attach a little gift to the gnome body.
Supplies to make the free gnome candy holder.
You don’t need a lot for this easy holiday craft idea.

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Instructions for a Paper Gnome Candy Holder

Below are the written and printable instructions (and the template) to create this gnome candy hugger. Keep this page open while you’re working to refer back to the construction or video tutorial.

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Paper Gnome Candy Holder Craft

Square close up image of a gnome candy hugger holding a piece of chocolate in front of a holiday background.

This adorable gnome candy hugger can be made in minutes using just paper, scissors, and a glue stick. See the tips section for additional ways to attach heavier or larger candy or even a money gift!

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2



  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue Stick


  1. Print the free gnome template onto white printer paper with the printer set to 100% scale. See note below on sizing. Cut out each piece of the pattern with scissors.
  2. Trace pattern pieces onto the colored card stock paper with a pencil and cut out.
  3. Assemble the gnome, starting with the body. Line up the beard at the top and glue on, followed by the nose, and then the hat.
  4. Use glue or another mean suggested below to affix the candy to the center of the gnome beard. Glue on the hands next to the candy.


You can size this project up or down easily using the printer screen settings for scale.

If gifitng money, reduce the stickiness on a piece of foam tape or use a needle and thread to attach it through the front into the back and tie off, so as to not damage the currency.

For the gnome nose, use a pompom, ornament, or even another piece of candy.

Did you make this?

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More Quick and Easy Holiday Gnome Crafts

Square close up image of a gnome candy hugger holding a piece of chocolate in front of a holiday background.
This adorable gnome candy holder uses paper, scissors, and a glue stick for a sweet treat.

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Vertical split image showing a gnome template and assembled candy hugger gnome with chocolate.
Make the easiest candy hugger with this free printable gnome candy hugger tutorial.

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