diy gnome greeting cards

Gnomes are perfect for every occasion, and that makes them a great pick for greeting cards! Today I’m making easy gnome cards that are customizable to fit all sorts of holidays and celebrations. 

This project uses free printable pattern pieces for the hat and beard, but there are measurements for them listed later if you want or need to draw them instead.


  • standard size piece of cardstock
  • small scrap of fur for the beard
  • about 2 feet of trim
  • scrap of fabric or paper for the hat
  • wooden bead for the nose
  • cotton ball or tiny pom pom for hat (optional)
  • scrap cardboard for base of hat (optional)

I’m making a Christmas card today, but the colors and prints of your materials can be switched out to fit any occasion you need! for example, I chose pastels for a birthday themed card and shades of green for a St. Patrick’s Day card.


  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • colorful markers & pens
  • pattern pieces
  • needle & thread

If you’ll be drawing your pattern pieces, you can use the photo and measurements below as a starting point. The hat is 2 1/2 inches tall and the beard is 1 1/2 inches tall:

Time to get started!

1. gnome hat and beard

Cut out a piece of scrap cardboard from a cereal box to serve as the base for the hat. (You could use just the pattern piece itself, but cardboard is a little easier to work with.) Then use the hot glue gun to glue the cardboard to the wrong side of the hat material.

Next cut around the cardboard, leaving about 1/2 inch of extra material at the edge. Then snip the excess fabric from the points of the triangle. The fabric will be folded to the back of the cardboard, so trimming the material now will prevent any bulk/overlap later.

Put thin lines of glue on the cardboard, along the edges. Then fold the material to meet the glue, using the edge of the cardboard as a guide for how far to fold.

After folding the fabric to the back, the gnome hat has clean edges and will add nice dimension to the card.

Now it’s time to make your gnome a beard!
Use the beard pattern to cut out your faux fur, making sure that the fur is hanging down off of the small end of the beard.

Then use the needle and thread to stitch the bead to the center of the beard along the top edge. Leave just a tiny bit of room at this top edge to allow the hat to overlap.

2. trim and writing

The next step is getting the base of the card ready. To get a clean edge, fold your piece of cardstock in half and then use the bottom of a pair of scissors to sharpen the crease.

Next cut 4 pieces of your trim, each the width of the card. Then use a ruler to make parallel lines of glue: two at the top, two at the bottom. Add your trim as you go.

Because I chose narrow trim, the glue ended up showing through a little bit on my card. It’s not a big deal since hot glue is clear, but next time I’ll choose trim that’s at least 1/4 inch wide.

The next step is writing your greeting at the top of the card. For my card, I’m adding, “Merry Christmas!” Writing in a straight line is always a challenge for me, but thankfully the trim functions as somewhat of a guide! You can also use a thin pen to add an extra pop of color to the writing.

3. gnome assembly

It’s gnome time! Be sure to start with the beard, because the hat will need to cover the top edge later.

Add a bit of glue to the back of the beard and place it on the card so that the hair overlaps the bottom trim just a little. Try to work out where the beard will go before gluing it down.
Now glue the hat on so that the bottom edge covers the very top edge of the beard.

If you’re adding a pom-pom, that comes next. For my Santa themed card I used a tiny piece of a cotton ball to make the little pom-pom. I added it to the tip of the hat with a dab of glue.

4. finishing touches

The only thing left is a splash of decorative writing or drawings. Have fun with it!

I’m using, “ho ho ho!” for the decorative accents on this card, but I used confetti on my birthday themed card and little shamrocks for a St. Patrick’s Day card. 

…and it’s finished! Your gnome card is ready to brighten someone’s day.

What kind of crafts have you been working on lately? 

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