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Santa Gnome Handprint Craft

This cute gnome handprint craft is a perfect keepsake craft for Christmas. Make this paper Santa by tracing the kids handprints for a reminder of how small they were for this holiday.

Use our free Santa hat pattern to complete this craft project.

Three santa claus paper crafts on a wooden table.

Parents and grandparents especially love these cute handprint gnome Santas. Write the name and age on the back to remember when they were made.

These are great taped to the refrigerator as art work or use as a large holiday card!

How to Make a Santa Handprint Gnome


  • Free Santa Gnome Hat Template
  • Brown paper lunch bags
  • Red acrylic paint
  • Cardstock (red, pink, and white)
  • Circle paper punches (1” and 1.5”), optional
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
Create a festive Santa Claus paper craft with scissors and glue.


Step 1

Begin by painting the body of a brown paper lunch bag, from under the flap down, with red acrylic paint. Let the paint dry completely.

A red paintbrush rests next to a paper bag.

Step 2

While the paint is drying, trace handprints on white paper or cardstock.

A handprint of Santa's gnome on a piece of paper.
Obviously not a real hand print, LOL! You can make this craft by drawing hand prints, too.

We needed 6 handprints to fill in the beard for our gnomes, but trace and cut out as many as you need or like.

Cut out all the handprints.

A Santa craft featuring scissors and paper for making a handprint.

Step 3

Use a 1” circle paper punch to punch a circle from pink cardstock for the nose.

A rubber stamp featuring a handprint is sitting on a table.

Glue the circle in along the fold of the flap of the bag.

A red paper bag with a glue stick next to it, resembling a Santa gnome handprint.

Step 4

Print and cut out the Santa gnome hat template. Trace the template on red cardstock and cut out.

You will also need to cut a simple strip of white paper or cardstock for the brim of the hat and use a 1.5” circle paper punch to make a circle of white.

Glue it all together to make the hat.

An adorable santa gnome is wearing a santa claus hat and holding a red tube of glue.

Step 5

Glue the hat over about half the nose, so just a small sliver of the brown paper bag is visible between the hat and red body of the bag.

Then, begin gluing the handprints in layers from under the flap of the bag down.

A handprint Santa Claus paper craft.

Glue enough handprints to fill in the gnome’s long beard.

Two Santa Claus paper bags on a wooden table.

Helpful Tips

  • If you do not have cardstock, you can use craft paper instead.
  • Instead of using a craft punch, you can trace circles with the bottom of a measuring cup or small glass. Or just draw circles to cut out.
  • If you would like to mix up the colors, green is also a good choice for painting the paper bag or as the hat.

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Friday 15th of December 2023

Love the Santa handprint craft. Finally one that actually looks like a beard. Can't wait to try with my great-grandson.


Friday 15th of December 2023

Thanks, Pamela! Hope you and your great-grandson have a fun time making the gnomes!


Friday 15th of December 2023

what a cute Saturday afternoon activity - thank you!!


Friday 15th of December 2023

So glad you like it, Georgie!

Nicole L

Friday 15th of December 2023

This looks like an easy and fun craft to do. I like that it doesn't require a lot of prep work too.


Friday 15th of December 2023

I love this idea. Will be getting my 2 grandsons to help making it!


Sunday 17th of December 2023

Sounds like a great idea! They will have so much fun making these gnomes!