Gnome Catapult

This Gnome Catapult was one of the first crafts I pinned on Pinterest long ago. The kids and I made it right away and had a lot of fun. They rediscovered it the other day and made up new games.


  • Wooden beads (you can find them at Ben Franklin)
  • Felt of various colors
  • Markers
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Wooden block (our was about 1x4”)
  • Round clothespin (or similarly shaped object)
  • Washer, ring or bottle cap to hold the gnome
  • Egg carton (we used a Mancala board)


  • Cut out triangles of felt to use as hats. We used paper first to see what shape and size to use. You can sew or glue them shut. Glue them on the wooden beads.
  • Have your child draw faces on the wooden beads.
  • Glue a clothespin or similarly shaped object under the block, about an inch from the end.
  • On the opposite side, glue a washer or plastic ring or bottle cap. This will hold the gnome.
  • Test your device and launch your gnome! Aim for the egg carton. Your child can add points to the bottom of the eggcups if you’d like to include a bit of math.




Have fun! Create your own games. We came up with several variations, including a couple of “Double Gnomers.”

Thanks to for the idea!



Michele Aucello and her husband Kevin live in Maunalani Heights with their children Isabella and Luca, some chickens, and the occasional elf and leprechaun. You can reach Michele via email, Facebook, or via her personal blog, Leprechaun Tricks. You can also follow her on Pinterest, where she gets many of her ideas.


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