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Easy Brown Lunch Bag Gnome

Loraine enjoys making crafts and sharing the projects she’s developed. Her crafts include pictured, step-by-step tutorials and templates.


How to Make a Paper Bag Gnome

I believe that every home needs a gnome. This gnome is super-easy and cheap to make. All you need are two lunch sacks, a wooden bead or ball (mine was 1.5"), some paper for stuffing, a bit of string or jute and rice or beans for weighting the bottom. Don't be afraid to substitute a piece of wine cork for the nose or a smaller ball or bead. Maybe even make a felt or flannel hat instead of using the second lunch sack.

Supplies Needed

  • Two brown paper lunch bags
  • One cup of rice or beans
  • Scrap paper for stuffing
  • One wooden bead or ball (1.5" or smaller)
  • String or jute
  • Glue gun, glue stick, and scissors

Step 1: Fill and Cut the Sack

  1. Pour the rice or beans into one lunch sack.
  2. Add scrunched newspaper or scrap paper to fill the sack half full.
  3. Cut the sides of the sack, at the folds, to the stuffed half.
  4. Scrunch up the top half of the lunch bag.

Step 2: Cut and Gather Strips

Smooth slightly and cut strips all around the bag. Gather bag and tie with a piece of string or jute.


Step 3: Fold and Glue the Fringe

Fold the gathered fringe to one side of the stuffed bag and glue to the bag.


Step 4: Make the Hat

To make the hat, use the second lunch bag and cut the bottom out and cut at the seam.

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Fold the flattened sack in half and cut a slant from the outside bottom to the folded edge.


Make two half inch folds along the long straight edge. Then fold one of the slanted edges and glue the slanted edges together.


Step 5: Complete Your Gnome

  1. Place the hat onto the fringed body.
  2. Glue the nose under the edge of the hat and the hat to the gnome body.
  3. Bend the pointed top of the hat to one side and glue in place.
  4. Make a little jute tassel and glue to the pointed end of the hat. Ta-da! You are finished.

© 2020 Loraine Brummer

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Kalpana Iyer from India on October 08, 2020:

This is so cute! Very creative.

Donna Herron from USA on October 06, 2020:

I love these little gnomes! I've seen tutorials for making them from burlap and yarn, but this project is easier and cuter. Thanks for sharing!