I’ve made quite a few notepads in the last few years! The very first notepad I ever made was one of these cute fox notepads. I made them as party favors for my children’s woodland-themed birthday party.They are so fun and I love coming up with new variations on the same basic pattern. Last month I added new Sloth Notepads to my collection and love how cute they are.
With my more recent notepads, I have offered both a PDF pattern and an SVG cut file, but since I made these Fox Notepads way before ever owning my Cricut Explore cutting machine, they have just been available as a PDF – until now! Converting the Fox Notepad pattern into an SVG cut file has been on my to-do list for quite some time. Thanks to a sweet reader who sent me an email hoping to get the cut file for these, I finally got around to it!
These DIY Fox Notepads are so quick and easy to make using the cut file! You only need three different colors of cardstock – orange, black and white – and the small 3″ x 5″ notepads. What I love about the Fox Notepads, that is a little different from my penguins and sloths, is that they close on their own without the use of a Velcro Dot. These are a lot of fun to make and I hope you’ll give them a try with your cutting machine!
Supplies Needed For DIY Fox Notepad:
- SVG Cut file – Link located at the end of this post
- Cutting machine – I use a Cricut Explore
- Cricut Scoring tool
- Orange cardstock – at least 8.5″ x 11″
- Black cardstock – small scrap
- White cardstock – small scrap
- 3″ x 5″ notepad
- Glue stick
- Score board and stylus *optional
* If you don’t have a cutting machine and want to make this project, you can download the PDF pattern from this post, DIY Fox Notepad
* I have a Cricut Explore, so the following directions are for using Cricut Design Space. If you have a different cutting machine, the SVG cut file will still work. I am just not familiar with other softwares.
Step One: Download the SVG cut file and open the file in Cricut Design Space. Prepare the file for cutting by following these steps.
- Choose the “Select All” button (top left) and then hit “Ungroup” (top right).
- Find the blue lines (there are 7 total) and change them from “Cut” to “Score” by selecting each one. A little menu will pop up to the left and you’ll see buttons that list “Cut”, “Score”, “Write”, etc.3. Select all of the blue score lines and hit “Ungroup”4. The last thing you need to do is “Attach” the score lines to their correct piece. You can do this by selecting the orange piece, then while holding down the shift key, select the correct score lines and then hit “Attach”. The score lines are not in order – (I cannot figure out why!) SO you will want to figure out which score lines go to which piece first by clicking on them. You can also hide them and unhide them to see which score line is which.
After preparing the cut file, you can start cutting your project. Look at the mats prior to cutting to make sure everything looks ok – especially the orange mat, you should see the score lines (dashed lines) attached to each piece. The orange mat should look like the photo below.
Step Two: Cut out all of the pieces from the three colors of cardstock.
Step Three: Start assembling the DIY Fox Notepad. While the Cricut Explore does have a scoring tool, I still like to go over the score lines with my own scoring board and stylus. The machine’s score lines are really light but perfect for marking where I should score a bit more with my tools. This isn’t necessary, but I think a deeper, smoother score line makes for a cleaner fold.
Decorate the top of the fox’s face by adding the two white pieces and black eyes. I glued these down with a glue stick.
Next, glue the two tail pieces to their matching black pieces. The black pieces act as an outline so the tail shows up against the orange notepad.
Glue the two little black triangles to the fox’s ears.
Attach the long orange body piece of the notepad to the head piece by slipping them together through the cutout as shown below. Glue down both flaps.
Cover the top of the notepad with the orange rectangular piece of paper. Depending on the brand of 3″ x 5″ notepad you use, you may need to trim this piece to fit better. The longer side is intended to go at the back. You can see in the picture below, I do let this piece overlap the top of the notepad by a little less than 1/4″.
Cover the back of the notepad allover with glue and then stick it to the inside of the long orange piece of paper – fitting it in between the score lines.
Close the notepad by slipping the point of the fox’s nose into the semi-circle cutout in the fox’s body.
Glue on the black nose and tail pieces to the cover of the notepad. Make sure the black nose piece is positioned so it doesn’t stop the notepad from closing.
With the notepad closed, trace the top of the nose lightly with pencil. Now unclose the notepad and use a marker or pen to color the tip of the nose black. Don’t color right up to the pencil line, but slightly under it. Now when the notepad is open the fox will still have a black nose, but when the notepad is closed the hand -colored nose won’t be visible!
I thought it would be fun to add a flower crown to one of my fox notepads. I cut out small flowers from a sheet of floral scrapbook paper and glued them on. You could also use floral stickers or even 3-D flowers!
The fox notepads are complete! They go quickly once you’ve done a few and get the steps down. They are so cute sitting on my desk and also very functional. If you had fun making this DIY Fox Notepad, be sure to check out the DIY Penguin Notepad and DIY Sloth Notepad!
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