Learn how to make a gnome pop up card with only basic materials! In this tutorial, I show you how to cut, score and fold the free printable template to create an easy and fun pop up card.
Gnomes are JUST SO CUTE, right?
This adorable gnome jumps out of the card, ready to give a big bear hug! Or maybe his arms are fully extended from excitement. It’s a simple pop-up card, but it has an awesome effect because the gnome’s arms and hat are longer than the card.
The basic pattern fits into any occasion. Above, he’s a fall gnome due to the colors and stickers. Just change the background and colors, and he could easily be a Christmas gnome, a winter gnome, a birthday gnome, or a spring gnome. It’s up to you.
Materials needed to create the gnome pop up card:
- Gnome Pop-Up Card printable (available from my free files folder)
- one sheet of white card stock
- one sheet of colored or patterned card stock
- glue – my two favorite kinds are Aleene’s Tacky Glue and Art Glitter Glue
- small tool for scoring – (it could be an old stylus, a dried-up ballpoint pen, or a smart-phone SIM card release)
- colored pencils or markers for coloring in your gnome – (I love Stabilo Fineliners for small, delicate wording and Sharpie markers for bolder script)
How to make the gnome pop-up card
1. First, download the free template “Gnome Pop-Up Card PDF” and print it out on white card stock.
2. Score on the gray dotted lines, using a ruler and a hard, pointy edge. (I just used an iPhone SIM release tool. There is no need to buy a real tool if you are just making a few cards every once in a while.)
3. Color in or decorate the gnome however you like. Use glitter glue or stickers!
4. Cut around the gnome and the two arms.
5. Fold on the score lines.
6. Glue the arms onto the gnome.
7. Cut a piece of card stock 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) long to use as the card base. Fold it in half.
8. Glue the two tabs onto the card, aligning the center fold lines of the gnome and the card base.
9. Your gnome is ready to pop out! This is how it will need to fold to go back into the card.
It’s ready for you to add a special message. The card would look great with leaf stickers in the background. A sign could hang off an arm or something (like a pumpkin spice latte) could go in his hand. (Nothing on the arms can be higher than the thumbs or the card will not close correctly, but anything can hang down from them.)
Ready to download the free SVG or printable? Head over to the 📂 Free Files Folder and enter the ✨ magic word. ✨ (If you don’t have the magic word, just fill in the form below first.)
Rather make something with your cutting machine? Check out the free Gnome Ornaments SVG file!
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