If you have a garden, you need one Gnome house made of paper! This craft is super easy to make and hang up outside in trees or on shrubbery in your garden or around your house. All you need is a few pieces of printed paper, scissors, glue and something to hang up. Such a simple craft that you can also do with your children!
Check out this list of fairytale garden ideas for your home that go well with the idea of a gnome house!
Paper gnome house
I love dwarfs! The cute little creatures appear in gardens all the time and even during the holidays. (Check out my rice sock gnome for Christmas!) So I decided to put some with little paper houses in my garden.
I think it’s great that this is one of those crafts that I can make in a few minutes with things that I already have in my craft boxes. It’s even simple enough that children can help you create one or two with their own unique color preferences.
What is the best paper for these gnome houses?
The great thing about this craft idea is that you can really use any paper you want to use. I like a stiffer craft paper because it makes it easier to hold and work, but you can make this house with any paper.
When local hobby shops are for sale, I like to use a lot of different patterns and colors of paper for crafting. Michaels and Hobby Lobby often have large pieces of patterned craft paper for 4 / $ 1. Sometimes I even see them for sale for 10 / $ 1! If that’s the case, I like getting pieces with these funny patterns.
You can also use a pattern you find online and print on plain copy paper if you want. I even got my kids to use plain white paper and draw their own designs for this type of project.
Will the gnome house stay out in the rain?
The way they are? No, they will not stay outside in the elements. When the paper is wet, it begins to crumble and fall apart. If you want to take some time to spray it with a sealant.
You can work outside in the rain. I would recommend testing some you don’t care inside before hanging them outside if you expect a rainstorm.
Where can I exhibit my garden decorations?
This gnome house craft is perfect for hanging in the garden on shrubs, plants and trees. You can also use this to build fairytale houses around the garden.
I even saw that they were used as decor for a garden gnome or a party with fairy motifs! It’s fun to design and decorate them with custom party themes!
Supplies are needed
- Printed or colored paper
- Cutter knife
How to make a paper gnome house
Collect all of your supplies and put them within reach.
Choose the paper color you want to use as the base for your home. You then cut it into a strip the width you want the height of the house base to be.
Before connecting this, fold the paper in half and cut with the half mark 1 “-2” into the paper to create the small front door.
Attach the ends to a tube. I used glue, but you can also use staples if this is easier.
Cut a cone shape out of the other color or patterned paper. To do this, cut a semicircle shape and then roll to connect to the top point.
Make sure it fits over the base of your house and tack or glue the ends together to form a cone.
Using a thread, ribbon, or fishing line, tie a knot at one end of the thread, then push it through the center of the pointed end of the cone.
The knot should be on the inside of the cone. You can then create a small loop at the top of the thread to hang the house on a tree or shrub.
Attach the base with glue to the top of the cone of the house.
Let the glue dry completely before hanging.
Printable step-by-step photo tutorial:
Preparation time 2 minutes
Active time 5 minutes
total time 7 minutes
Estimated costs $ 1
- Patterned or colored craft paper
- Thread for hanging
- Glue or staples
- Cutter knife
- To begin, choose at least two colors or patterns that you want to use.
- First, cut off a piece of paper to roll and connect it to make the house base.
- Before connecting this, fold the paper in half and cut a small door with the craft knife using the half mark.
- I cut a slit about 1 inch from the bottom of the paper and then cut it to open both sides as flaps for a door.
- Then attach the ends with glue or staples to form a tube sheet.
- To cut out the top, cut the paper in a crescent shape, then roll it up and staple it or staple it together to form a cone shape.
- Make sure you measure and make sure it fits snugly on top of the base so it fits snugly.
- Cut a length with a thread, fishing line or ribbon and tie a knot at one end.
- Thread the cord through the center of the cone so that the knot is on the inside and the cord cannot be pulled all the way through.
- Next, tie a small loop at the top for hanging;
- Attach the cone to the base with glue or staples, and then display it as desired.