St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Gnome Paper Craft (Free Template)

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This Leprechaun Gnome Paper Craft is the perfect kid’s activity, for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. You will need construction paper, scissors, glue, and our free printable template to make these fun characters!

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Leprechaun Gnome Paper Craft

The full list of materials, tools, and instructions is found in the printable tutorial card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through before starting this project to ensure that you have everything required and understand the steps and timings involved.

If you’re looking for a simple craft to do – maybe for yourself, to make with the kiddos, or for your classroom or homeschool room, this cute paper leprechaun gnome craft is awesome for St. Patrick’s Day!

Much like the paper craftivities that I have shared for Christmas and Halloween, the gnomes are made from construction paper (or cardstock) using a printable template.

The gnomes are quite large – around 12 inches/30cm high – these make great decorations, or you could use a folded piece of card for the body of the gnome and add the pieces on top to turn it into a greeting card.

I’ve also included a smaller version of the printable which can be used to make puppets (add a popsicle stick to the back) or turned into a bookmark!

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Lucky Gnomes Papercraft

Materials & Tools Used in This Craft

The complete list of supplies, which may include basic crafting items that you already have can be found in the tutorial card at the end of this post. For your convenience, I’ve linked any notable materials and tools needed for this project to Amazon below.

  • Construction Paperor Cardstock in the following colors: Dark Green, Light Green, Orange, and Flesh Tone – but you can use any colors you like!
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick – or Glue Roller Tape
  • Free Printable Template – you’ll find this just before the tutorial
  • You will find the download links further down this page surrounded by a purple box. Tap the purple download buttons to save the file(s) to your device.
  • I’ve provided the usual two paper sizes – A4 and US Letter (8.5″ x 11″) – use the size that is appropriate for your printer.

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Leprechaun Gnome Craft

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Paper Craft Template - Lucky Gnomes for St. Patrick's Day

How To Build The Leprechaun Gnomes

The Leprechaun Gnome has the following components and the printable gives you a guide as to what colors to use. However, you can use any colors that you like!

  • Body (Rectangle)
  • Beard and Moustache
  • Hat
  • Nose and Hands
  • Four Leaf Clover

There are a few different ways you can build and use this free St. Patrick’s Day activity, which means you can get multiple uses from the same printable!

  1. Print the gnome template onto colored paper (or thin card that goes through your printer) and cut out the pieces to build.
  2. Print the character template onto white paper (or thin card that goes through your printer), cut, and color the pieces with markers, pens, or crayons before assembly.
  3. Print the character template onto white paper (or thin card that goes through your printer), cut and then trace around each piece onto colored construction paper then use those pieces to assemble the gnome.

However you decide to print and cut out the pieces, the assembly remains the same – use the photos in the tutorial card as a guide to sticking everything together. You can use a glue stick or glue roller. These are my favorite glue rollers and they’re so much easier and less messy than a glue stick!

Some of the pieces for this papercraft take up a whole page, while others do not. Where possible, I’ve made small items fill up a page and have a page with individual items (it will become more apparent when you download the file!). I have done this so that you can save on paper if you only want to make one of these characters, or if you want to make several – for example in a group or classroom.

Other Ways to Use The Gnome Printable Template

  • There are two sizes in the printable template.
  • The large gnome will be around 12 inches/30cm high.
  • The small gnome will be around 6 inches/15cm high.
  • Turn the large gnomes into greeting cards by folding some cardstock in half, and attaching the features to the front as shown.
  • Use the template to cut the pieces from craft foam instead of paper.
  • Laminate the pieces and number each one. Make a game of “Build the Gnome” by rolling dice and when you throw the number you can build that part of the gnome. The first to build it wins!
  • Use the smaller gnomes as bookmarks.
  • Or punch a hole in the very top of a smaller gnome and use it as a gift tag or as a favor tag.
  • Using either size gnome, punch holes on the left and right of each gnome and thread it onto string to hang up as a garland.
  • Finally, attach a popsicle stick to the back of a small gnome to turn it into a puppet.

Download Leprechaun Gnome Template

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How Do I Make a Paper Leprechaun Gnome?

Just check out the how-to card below with full materials, tools, and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Paper Leprechaun Gnomes Craft

St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Gnome Craft

Michelle Ordever
This Leprechaun Gnome Paper Craft is the perfect kid’s activity, for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!
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Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • Free Printable Template Download in Blog Post
  • Dark Green Construction Paper
  • Light Green Construction Paper
  • Orange Construction Paper
  • Flesh Tone Construction Paper


  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick or Roller Glue Tape


  • Print the template pieces onto the suggested colored papers (or use your own colorway).
  • Cut all the pieces out using scissors.

    St. Patrick's Day Gnome Paper Pieces
  • Lay the pieces in the correct order, then using glue, stick the pieces together.

  • Display for St. Patrick's Day!

    Assembled St. Patrick's Day Gnomes Made with Green Paper


The printable template has two sizes of gnomes to make. You can make different sizes and colors of these gnomes to decorate or to give out for Valentine's Day!
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