Valentines Box – Toilet Roll Gnomes

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Time for another adorable Valentine Gnome Craft Idea! We love gnomes and we love Valentines Crafts for Kids. Combine the two for this cute and so fun Valentines Gnome craft. Here we have a cute Valentines Box or Toilet Roll Gnomes Craft for you to make this Valentine’s! They are the perfect way to gift those hugs and “Kisses” chocolates to a friend or loved one!

Valentines Gnome Craft box
Make a Valentine Gnomes giftbox from toilet rolls! So cute!

You can of course also use these little 3d Valentines Gnome Boxes as simple Valentine’s Decorations. So fun and easy.

Supplies needed to make Toilet Roll Gnome Gift Box for Valentines

You really only need the most basic of craft supplies to make our little Christmas gnomes today.

  • Per gonk – one Toilet paper roll or half a kitchen paper roll – the quantity of empty paper rolls depends on how many gnomes you want to make!
  • Paints in desired colours – pinks, reds and pastels are great
  • A little scrap paper for gnome’s nose and gnome’s beard
  • Glue stick
  • Stapler (a hot glue gun could also work)
  • Optional: seasonal stickers, sequins or other details
  • Brush/ scissors/ pencil
  • Purchase or make a small gift for inside the box – for Valentines Hershey’s Kisses are perfect!

I HAVE got a gnome beard template for you too (two different sizes) – but of course you can cut and draw your own. Feedback welcome re the size!

valentines gift box gnomes
One of my favourite Valentine gnome craft ideas!

How do you make a toilet roll Gnome for Valentines?

So.. how do you make gnomes out of paper towel rolls? Follow our simple step by step toilet paper roll gnome instructions to learn how! I confess, I made them late in the evening, whilst the kids did their homework, so my photos aren’t the best. But it was so easy…. that I really had to share these cute gnome Valentines gift boxes with you!

We have a simple video tutorial for this Christmas gnome craft on auto play – please note, this video has no sound! As mentioned, I did this late in the evening whilst chatting to the kids!

Painting the toilet paper roll in Valentine’s Day colors

paint the roll in valentines colors
Paint the paper tube in the Christmas colors

Paint half your toilet paper roll in the gnome’s hat colour (in our case, reds pinks, purples and light blues). Half is plenty, but once you fold the box, the hat will look smaller, so if you wanted to do your gnome’s hat a LITTLE bigger, do a tiny bit more paint!

Repeat for as many gonk boxes you want to make. You can make a bunch of gnomes in one go!

Let dry/ dry enough so you can go to the next step in the craft process.

Paint the bottom half of your toilet paper roll in your gnome’s body colour. I went for greens.

Now let the whole toilet paper roll dry fully!

Shaping the Gnome Gift Box

Once dry (you can add patterns to your gnome’s hat or body if you wish), it is time to fold the toilet roll into a box. This is very easy.

flatten the cardboard tube

Flaten one end (I like to start with the hat end) and staple shut.

fill the valentines gift box

Fill with your treats.

staple shut

Take the flat end. Rotated by 90 degrees.

Then flatten the bottom end (at 90 degrees to the top end). Staple shut.

which way up

The basic gift box is finished. Notice how if you rotate the box, you have a different look and feel for the gnome? Choose if you want a pink body or red body etc.

Creating the paper Valentines gnome’s beard & nose

cut the gnome's beard
You can use the free printable template if you wish, but I find it easier to cut to measure!

In the meantime, you can sketch out some beards. I keep the shape roughly triangular shaped.

Then trim in some whisters. But as mentioned, I have made a printable too. As I am never sure how big your toilet paper rolls are (believe me, there are LOTS of sizes.. after YEARS of crafting with toilet paper rolls, I know! Ha), I have put them in slightly different sizes.. and you simply need to pick your preferred size!

christmas gnome's nose
The important gnome’s features

Cut out your gnome’s nose (and oval).

gonk features
Stick the nose on top of the beard. Pom-poms would work well too!

Now decorate the toilet paper roll gift box, with your gonk’s classic features – a gonk beard and a gonk nose!

make more valentines gnomes
Such a cute and easy craft project

Make all your gnomes.

valentines gnome boxes

You can also add some Valentine’s decorations at this points… e.g. heart sequins or paper details, such as Valentines Letters, conversation hearts or a mini paper heart chain!

Ta-daaaa. Your adorable gnomes are done. Wasn’t that easy? Isn’t it cute?! Here they are again:

valentines gnome craft

Don’t forget that you can also take marker pens and draw on hearts to decorate your Valentine’s Day Gnomes! Having fun with different embellishments is the best part! Make a large heart or lots of little ones to stick on. Make a heart envelope..

valentines gnome
These would make adorable classroom Valentine Gnomes gifts!

Or add accessories like this mini paper chain heart. The hands are just little circles in your chosen gnome’s skin tone.

If you feel inspired and want to have a go at more DIY Gnomes this Valentine’s, check out our collection of DIY Gnome Crafts here – it has a number of DIY Gnomes to check out (including the classic sock gnomes), but also gnome crafts for other seasons, that you can adapt for Valentines by using Valentines Gnome Craft colors:

DIY Gnome Crafts
Lots of fantastic paper crafts gnomes here too!

And of course.. we have lots of fantastic Valentines Craft ideas for you here today:

Kids Valentine's Day Ideas
Lots of wonderful Valentine’s Day Crafts for kids of all ages!