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DIY Sloth Notepads

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Create the cutest little DIY sloth notepads! Grab the free cut file and pattern and have fun making this sweet paper craft!

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Three cute sloth notepads sitting on tropical themed paper.
Hello crafty friends! Is anyone a huge fan of sloths?? I am! These DIY Sloth Notepads were so fun to make! Up until a year ago, I never thought much about sloths, but then my kids and I started reading a ton about them. They are such interesting animals and they are now one of our favorite animals to visit when we go to our local zoo. With sloths on my mind, I decided to make my next animal notepad a sloth one!

Last year for Valentine’s Day I made penguin notepads and the year before that fox notepads. I really enjoy making these animal notepads. They are so handy, and when they look this cute, they are perfect for displaying on your desk!

Three sloth notepads lined up with paper leaves near them.I created these sloth notepads with my Cricut Explore, but you don’t need a cutting machine to make these. They are definitely easier to make with a cutting machine, as there are some tiny pieces. If you do make them by hand, you can use a black pen or marker for many of the tiniest details to make it a little easier. Make a notepad for yourself or gift it to someone special this Valentine’s Day. Add a note to the inside and it becomes the perfect valentine!

A paper notepad decorated to look like a cute brown sloth holding a heart and a leaf lays on leaf-themed paper.

Animal Notepads

Collage of animal notepads including an owl, sloth, penguin, fox, panda and cat notepad.

DIY Sloth Notepads

Supplies Needed for the DIY Sloth Notepads

  • Free SVG and PDF – Grab the free files by filling out the purple form at the bottom of this post.
  • Paper. Below are the colors I used, but you could switch these up!
    • Brown or Grey for the body – the paper for the body will be folded so make sure the card stock you choose does not crack when folded.
    • White for the face and tummy
    • Black for the eyes, mouth, arms
    • Pink for the heart and cheeks
    • Green for the leaf
  • 3″ x 5″ Notepads (These are a second option – 3″ x 5″ Notepads). You can also find these at office supply stores.
  • Adhesive
  • VELCRO Brand 3/8″ Thin Clear Fasteners
  • Cutting Machine OR scissors
  • Scoring Board – if scoring by hand

Supplies for sloth. notepads including cardstock, notepad, adhesive and a scoring board.

Step by Step Tutorial

Step One: Cut out all of the pieces. Use the SVG cut file and a cutting machine or the PDF pattern and cut them by hand. Check out this Guide for setting up the file in Cricut Design Space. If you are not using the score lines, be sure to delete them before cutting the file. 

Step Two: Score the pieces that wrap around the notepad. If you are using the cut file with a machine that scores, this step will be done for you. You can also score by hand using a scoring board and stylus. Follow the pattern to see where you should score. 

A brown piece of paper is folded in two places.

Step Three: Create the sloth’s face. Start by adding the large white face piece and then the gray patches, black eyes, nose and mouth and the pink cheeks. Use a glue stick or glue pen for these pieces.

A white kidney-bean shaped piece of paper is adhered a brown piece of paper.A piece of brown paper decorated to look like a sloth's face using pieces of paper.

Step Four: Cover the notepad. Cover the top of the 3″ x 5″ notepad with the small rectangle piece. Fold it around the notepad and adhere it into place using a glue stick or double-sided tape. 

Double-sided tape is applied to the top of a 3x5 notepad; next to it lays a scissors, a roll of tape and a rectangle of brown paper folded.

Next, attach the main body of the sloth to the notepad. Cover the back of the notepad in adhesive and attach it, making sure the top flap is also adhered to the top edge of the notepad.

Double-sided tape covers the back of a 3" x 5" notepad.

A long piece of brown paper is attached to the back of the notepad.

Attach the sloth head to the notepad using glue stick or Scor-Tape.

A brown piece of paper with a sloth's face on it is attached to the top of a notepad wrapping around to the back side of it.

A notepad wrapped in brown paper; the brown paper opens on top.

A notepad covered in brown paper; the top flap has the face of a sloth made from paper on it.

Step Five: Decorate the sloth’s body. Start by gluing on the white tummy, followed by the arms, heart and green leaf. The arms are layered with a black piece of paper outlining the arm so it shows up on the notepad. The sloth’s three toes are the trickiest part to cut on the cutting machine and do require a nice sharp blade.

Two sloth arms made from paper.

A sloth notepad with a white egg-shaped tummy and two arms holding a heart and a leaf.

Step Six: Add a fastener to keep it closed. The last step is to add a small Velcro fastener to keep the notepad closed.  Place the rough edge of the Velcro dot under the penguin’s beak. Stick the soft side to it and then close the notepad cover and your dots will be perfectly placed. My pictures below show a 5/8″ Velcro Dot, but I have started making my notepads with a 3/8″ size Velcro dot. Either will work! 

A sloth notepad opened to show underneath the head flap is a Velcro dot.

Three sloth notepads made from different shades of brown and gray.


Aren’t these DIY sloth notepads the cutest!! What do you think? Are you a fan of sloths? Which animal notepad would you like to make?

Three sloth notepads lined up with paper leaves near them.

Happy Crafting! -Kim

Get the Free Sloth Notepad Files!

Fill out the purple form below with your first name and email address! The free file will be sent straight to your inbox! If you have already filled out the form below, don’t worry – you won’t be added to my list twice! This freebie is for personal use only. I hope you enjoy crafting something special. Please let me know if you have any questions :)

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  1. Hi, these are adorable. What weight is the cardstock that is the body of the project? It looks sturdier than my Michaels paper.

    1. Thank you! I think the body of these sloth ones is made with 80lb paper but I’ve made my animal notepads with paper ranging from 65lb to 110lb index. I have used the Michael’s Recollections paper that is 65lb to make my black cat notepads and fox notepads. The heavier cardstock works a little better for the flap that holds the Velcro fastener but the 65lb paper works well too. If you use lighter paper, I’d recommend using a smaller Velcro Dot that is 3/8″ wide, a larger one may rip the paper. I hope that helps! :)

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