Create a fun DIY Fox Notepad! The first in my series of animal notepads! This notebooks is made with scrapbook paper to fit a 3″ x 5″ notepad. Free pattern!
Good morning! Today I have a fun DIY project – Fox Notepads! I made these cute little guys to give out as game prizes at our Woodland Animal birthday party. Since the majority of our party guests were adults, I wanted to make something they could use after the party yet something that was still “in theme” and fun. I had a bunch of 3″x5″ notepads left over from making these DIY Notepads, so I decided to use those and make them into foxes. They took a little while to plan out, but after a few trials, I had a nice pattern to use. I was pretty excited when I figured out how they could close using the fox’s nose. It’s the little things :)
Below is the tutorial and free pattern for the DIY Fox Notepad! These come together quickly after you get the hang of it. I made them assembly-line style and it went fairly fast. These are great because they take very few supplies – just paper, notepads and a black Sharpie! :)
*Update: I turned my PDF pattern into an SVG cut file and you can now make these notepads with your cutting machine! Check out this new FOX NOTEPAD post I did to announce the free cut file!
DIY Fox Notepad
- 3″x5″ Notepad
- Orange cardstock
- White cardstock
- Black Sharpie or marker
- Gluestick or adhesive roller
- Paper cutter
- Scoring board and stylus (optional but really helpful!)
- X-Acto knife or box cutter and mat
- PDF Pattern or SVG cut file – Links located at the end of this post
Step by Step Tutorial
Step One: Cut out the pieces using the free pattern.
Using the pattern to cut out all of the pieces you will need. I used orange scrapbook paper for most of the fox and my go-to white paper, 110lb bright white paper by Neenah. You could use white scrapbook paper for these parts. You may want to sample a few types of orange paper as you will want one that folds smoothly as opposed to cracking when folded.
Step Two: Create the body of the fox notepad.
Score the long orange rectangle. This piece will wrap around most of the notepad. Optional – use a scoring board and stylus to create nice smooth fold lines. Starting at one end of the long rectangle, score at 1/4″, 5 1/4″, and 5 1/2″.
Next, to make the fox’s ear, mark 5/8″ in from either side along the first line you just scored, the 1/4″ line.
Once you have your marking, draw two lines from it. One straight up, the other diagonal to the corner. You will now have two triangles. Use your black marker or Sharpie to color a smaller triangle for the center of the fox’s ears.
Cut along the two lines you drew and you now have two little fox ears!
Step Three: Create the fox’s head!
To make the fox’s head you will need to score two lines – 3/4″ and 1″ from the flat edge.
Glue the white curved triangle pieces to the top of the fox face.
Use your black marker or Sharpie to mark two eyes and color a nose.
Mark 5/8″ in from either side along the score line closest to the flat edge.
With an X-Acto Knife and cutting mat, cut in between the two markings along the score line.
Step Four: Attach the fox head to the body of the notepad.
To attach the fox face and fox body, slip the two pieces together and glue both flaps down with a glue stick. The center flap of the fox body piece will be inside and not visible from the outside. You will be left with two ears poking up.
Step Five: Insert the 3″ x 5″ notepad.
Cover the top of the 3″ x 5″ notepad with matching orange paper. Score the rectangle piece at 3/4″ and 1″. Fold it around the notepad and glue in place.
Glue the notepad to the fox cover. Cover the back of the notepad in glue, I found a Wrinkle-free glue stick worked well to reduce wrinkles and puckering.
Step Six: Add a closure to the fox notepad.
This can be done two ways! The first is to use a small 3/8″ Velcro Dot. I created these fox notepads using Velcro Dots!
The second way is to create a slot for the fox nose to slid into. To do this, close the notepad with the fox face over the fox body flap. Then mark around the fox’s nose onto the flap. Draw a curved line to finish the nose and then color it in with black marker or Sharpie. Carefully cut along just the top of the nose, along the curved line you drew. Make sure to place the cutting pad directly underneath the flap of paper you are cutting so you don’t accidentally cut through to the notepad. Now when you close the notepad, you can slide the fox’s face under the nose you just created. This will keep the notepad closed!
Step Seven: Add the tail and the notepad is finished!
Finally, add the fox’s tail to the front of the notepad. Glue the white bushy fur piece to the orange fox tail piece and then glue the entire thing onto the notepad. Carefully draw around the tail with a thin black Sharpie.
The fox notepad is finished! I love how cute these little notepads are! After making one they really do go quickly. These make adorable party favors, party prizes, gifts or are great to make for yourself! Who wouldn’t want to jot down a few notes on a cute fox notepad? :)
I have a few more project tutorials to share with you from our Woodland Animal party. I also have the tutorial (and free template!) for my Storybook Party Backdrop coming up after a bunch of requests from readers! Lots of exciting projects this month so be sure to visit again :)
Check out these other fun animal notepads!! Some have free patterns and cut files like this fox notepad and some have their files available in my Etsy shop :)
Download the Free File! This freebie is in my Resource Library. The PDF is under Paper Patterns, Notepads. You’ll find the SVG cut file under SVG Cut Files, Paper Banners, Notepads and Decor. Enter your first name and email to get the password to download this file. You’ll also have a chance to sign up for my newsletter to receive fun craft tutorials, tips, updates and more FREE files to help make crafting something special and unique easier!