Add some whimsy to your Valentine’s Day celebrations with these charming DIY gnome candy holders. Follow this fun and easy step-by-step craft tutorial to make a Valentine’s Day gnome candy holder as a last-minute gift that will make anyone smile! These cute gnome candy holders are perfect for party favors or as delightful Valentine’s Day candy holder gifts.
You can use any cutting machine, such as Silhouette Cameo, Cricut, Brother ScanNCut, or other machines that work with SVG cut files.
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Supplies And Materials You’ll Need
To make this fun candy holder project, gather the following craft supplies.
- 65-pound medium-weight cardstock. Use simple cardstock in red, pink, and purple. I recommend 12×12 Cardstock Shop for high-quality cardstock options.
- Cutting mat
- Bearly Art craft glue
- 3D foam strip tape (optional)
- Plastic dome half ornaments. I use the 8cm ones, which means the circle hole opening should be about 3.15 inches in the templates.
- Pre-wrapped candies.
Note on sizing: If you need to adjust the size of your gnome candy holders to fit a different-sized plastic dome, you can use the extra grey circle in the SVG file to scale. The extra grey circle is the same as the inside cutout where the dome fits, giving you a size reference.
Be sure to scale everything as a group to retain proportions. Then, ungroup and check the size of the circle to see if it matches your dome size. You do not need to cut out the grey circle. It is only there for size reference of the inner circle.
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Gnome Candy Holders: Video Tutorial
standing Gnome Candy Holders: Video Tutorial
How to Make a Gnome Candy Holder Step-by-Step
After you have gathered your supplies, begin by cutting out all the necessary layers from your medium-weight cardstock. Customize the colors to your liking. Use a brayer tool to ensure your material adheres securely to the cutting mat.
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First, you need to assemble the mechanics of your gnome candy holder. Take the cross piece with a hole and bend all four sides upward. Apply craft glue to two opposing sides, leaving the other two unglued.
Use the tiny holes for alignment purposes and glue the cross piece to the first dial piece.
Insert the unglued sides through the hole in the spinning dial piece with the tab handle.
Lay the unglued sides flat, ensuring they press down. Apply glue to the top part of these pieces, which will connect to the last layer of the gnome, forming the base of your candy holder.
Secure the last remaining dial piece with glue, aligning it properly. Ensure that the spinning dial moves freely after the glue sets.
Note: Both the standing gnome and traditional gnome candy holder are similar in design, but be sure to watch the videos above for specifics and a few variations.
Place the plastic dome on top, ensuring alignment with the opening for the candy. Trace the circle of the dome with a pencil, apply glue, press the plastic dome on, and let it dry completely before adding candy.
Layer The Gnome SVG Design
Layer the remaining paper cutouts together using plain glue or 3D foam strip tape for added elevation, focusing on the hat and other topmost layers. I like to use 3D tape for the bigger pieces and the smaller details like the hands, mouth, and nose with glue. Blending both methods is the best way to get the look you see here.
Add the finishing touches, such as the shoes, accessories, and facial features, using glue. For the nose, consider using 3D tape to create elevation. Complete any additional details like the hearts and mouth.
For the standing gnome candy holders, apply glue along the underside and place it on top of the plastic dome. Let it dry completely before moving it – at least 30 minutes.
Personalizing Your Gnome With Writing Fonts In Design Space
If desired, personalize the heart by using your Cricut to add a name or message.
Start by typing out a message with the text tool in Design Space. Select a font and filter by Writing Fonts. Choose a font and make sure the style is Writing Style.
Scale the font to fit within the small heart and use the Attach Tool to hold the placement of the text to the heart cut out.
Load your Cricut with the pen in Clamp A, and Cricut will draw your text, then cut the heart around it. Tape your heart to the gnome’s hand for a personalized message or name.
Congratulations, crafters! You’ve just created these adorable Valentine’s Day gnome candy holders that are sure to charm anyone. These versatile candy holders make fantastic party favors and gifts.
More Candy Holder Crafts
If you love these adorable gnome candy holders for Valentine’s Day, then don’t miss our Easter candy holder collection, puppy dog candy holders, and all the Christmas designs as well!
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