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Paper Project: Pop Up Gnome Card!


This little pop-up gnome card was so fun to put together! You all know we love gnomes around here (and unicorns and rainbows and…), so it makes perfect sense that we’d make something gnome-y for our summer issue of Inspire(d). We’re sure your friend, girlfriend, mom, neighbor…pretty much anyone would love to get one of these in their mailboxes!

So, you know… make lots of them and spread the gnome card joy! You can print them here for free!

You’ve got a few pop up gnome card options:

What did the Norwegian say in Decorah? I’m gnome!

Inside & Outside

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When I’m with you… I’m gnome!

Inside & Outside


What’s up…Gnomie!

Inside & Outside


Here’s the step-by-step:

1. Print out your card on cardstock (template downloads are above). Make sure you print front and back correctly (every printer is different, so hopefully you can figure this part out on your own…)

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2. Cut on the dotted line and carefully cut out the hat and ears.

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3. Fold in half. I suggest starting your crease at the point of the hat, if you can. Depending on how things printed, there might be some excess paper. Feel free to trim that down if you’re worried about it being perfectly centered.

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4. Open the card back up and reverse the crease on the gnome’s hat, down to about his mouth. Fold it into the card at about a 55-60 degree angle.

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5. Hooray! Your pop up gnome card is done! Write on it, sign it, stick it in an envelope, or just pop it open and shut for yourself! He’s pretty cute, we think!

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Make a Paper Gnome Hat (Plus Beard!)!


Two rubber bands
Paper hole punch
Gnome Hat and Beard template (download here)

*Sorry about a couple of out-of-focus one-handed pics! I hope you enjoy the fun!

1. Cut out the hat and beard.

2. Tip: Get your pieces of tape ready before you start! You’ll need six pieces total.

3. Bring the flat edges of the hat together and tape (the more even the bottom, the better).

4. Tape a spot at the bottom of the hat above where each ear will be (it will strengthen the area that is connected to the rubber band) and using your paper hole puncher, put holes through the tape

5. Take your beard and fold the tips (that will go toward your ears) and tape them down (I thought of this later, so this isn’t photographed very well, but again, it will strengthen the area that is connected to the rubber band).

6. Punch a hole in each beard tip through the tape.

7. Cut each rubber band once (you’ll then have two long pieces instead of two rubber bands).

8. Attach the bands to the beard by tying them, and to the hats with a staple (stapling the beard might hurt you, but the staple at the hat seems to make it stronger).



How to Make a Kaleidocycle

Kaleidocycle, yeah!

Remember the Kaleidoscope? This twisted little paper project operates by some of the same principles. Made up of a circular “chain” of pyramids, the kaleidocycle can be turned in on itself over and over again to produce cool optical effects! (Plus, the process of making one is kind of meditative.)

Before getting started, you’ll need to pick a template. Try coloring a Mandala kaleidocycle or, if you’re feeling extra spicy, you can design your own from scratch! Either way, it’s best to do all of the coloring before you start folding.

What You’ll Need:

Scissors, Glue (a glue stick or mod podge might work better than school glue), Chubby Bird KaleidocycleColor Your Own Mandala, or Design Your Own Template

Kaleidocycle Step 1

Print out a template on cardstock and and color it as you please.

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Make creases along all diagonal lines of the template. You may have to crease them several times to make sure that they fold back and forth easily. These creases will allow the kaleidocycle to turn.

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Crease, Crease, Crease. Making sure to fold right on the lines.

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When that’s done, crease down the middle of each parallelogram (see dotted lines below). Once again, folding both ways will make the kaleidocycle for flexible and easy to turn.

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Fold the template hot dog style so that it overlaps itself and glue. Be sure to match up the middle crease of the “glue” segment with that of the top parallelogram so that they will bend together.

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Glue all sections keeping the tabs out. (It’s a Kaleido-worm!) You may have to wait until the glue dries before proceeding to the next step.

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Bend the Kaleidocycle into a circle and put glue on the outside of each flap.

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Tuck the flaps into the inside of the last pyramid and hold it until the glue is secure. Wait for your kaleidocycle to dry completely before trying to turn it.

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After the glue has dried you may need to slowly turn the kaleidocycle several times to redefine the creases and “loosen the hinges”. Enjoy you’re twisty turny kaleidocycle!

Look at the Kaleidocycle spin!