Learn how to use Cricut Design Space to score, draw and cut out everything for this fun pop up gnome card in the step by step tutorial below! It’s the perfect, most adorable DIY holiday card.
Lots of Christmas cards arrive in the mail, right? Many of them with a peaceful winter scene, a printed messaged and a signature. These cards are nice…. but destined for the trash can on January 1st.
THIS holiday card will hold a place of honor and be kept and enjoyed for months to come!
Imagine the smile on your loved one’s face as they pull the card out of the envelope, and the delight as the gnome leaps out of the card with arms wide open. Imagine how they will close the card, and open it again and again to see how it works. (Everyone who has received one of my pop-up cards have told me that it’s still displayed in their home!)
The gnomes have taken over! Don’t miss the five other gnome crafts linked at the bottom of this post.
What you’ll need to make this pop up Christmas card:
- Pop Up Gnome Card SVG (available from my free files folder)
- method of cutting out the card – I love my Cricut Maker!!
- tool to score – I use the scoring wheel on the Cricut Maker
- gray and black markers for the eyes, mouth and beard – I’ve shown how to make this project using the Cricut fine-tip markers and Sharpie markers
- two pages of light white card stock (for the base and the beard) – around 60 lb or 160 gsm is great!
- colored or patterned cardstock for the card back, body, boots, mittens, hat, face and nose (lighter cardstock is preferable for this project)
- glue – my two favorite kinds are Aleene’s Tacky Glue and Art Glitter Glue
- markers, pens or stickers if you want to decorate the card even more
Are you looking for an easier project? Try the print and cut version of the gnome pop up card instead.
How to use the Pop Up Gnome SVG file in Cricut Design Space:
1. Download the “Pop Up Gnome Card SVG” file. Unzip the file, and then upload the SVG file to Design Space.
2. You’ll need to convert all of the red “Cut” lines to “Score” and attach them in the correct places. Follow the images below to ensure you have the correct lines changed and attached to the correct layer.
3. Cut, score and draw the free gnome SVG using your Cricut. Remember to do a test cut to get the right pressure on your materials!
How to assemble the DIY pop up gnome card:
Folding and glueing the card is a bit complicated, so I’ve create a time lapse video showing you the exact steps and how exactly to fold and glue the pop-up gnome. You’ll want to both watch the video and follow the photo tutorial below.
1. Fold the pop-up gnome base piece as shown in the first part of the video.
2. Glue the boots and the arms on the pop-up base. (The arms can be up to 1 cm away from the fold lines.) Also, glue on the mittens and the cuffs.
3. Fold the card backing in half. Glue the pop-up base to the card back.
4. Crease the body, and glue it on to the base. Fold up the card while the glue is wet so you can ensure the card folds in half and the body folds into it.
5. Fill in the eyes with a black marker. Glue the head on. (You can see where to glue it – the head fits on top of the two notches that are similar to a neck.) Glue the hat on too.
6. Crease the beard and glue it on too. Again, make sure it folds into the card while the glue is still wet.
7. Glue the gnome’s nose on.
8. Add your preferred greeting (the messages shown below are all PNG files in the Gnome SVG file you downloaded) or create your own.
You’re done! (Show it to me by tagging me on Instagram.)
Ready to download the free SVG or printable? Head over to the 📂 Free Files Folder and enter the ✨ magic word. ✨ (If you don’t have the magic word, just fill in the form below first.)
The gnomes have taken over!
Check out these other awesome gnome crafts.
- Maggie has created a free gnome SVG bundle
- Lucy made an adorable gnome gift box, perfect for holding a gift card
- Jen designed a gnome t-shirt
- Laurie crafted gnome refrigerator magnets using corks
- Jen sewed a gnome coffee cozy
Save this for later by pinning on Pinterest!
Looking for more DIY projects for your cutting machine? Try these!