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DIY Penguin Notepads with Free SVG File

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These sweet DIY penguin notepads make a great gift for Valentine’s Day but are also great all-year round. Free printable pattern and cut file!

Valentine's Day Penguin notepads; one is purple, pink and black.

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Hello Crafty Friends! I’ve been busy whipping up some adorable Valentine’s Day crafts and I am so excited to share them with you – starting with these adorable DIY penguin notepads! You may remember by little fox notepads. These are based off of that same pattern but with a sweet Valentine’s Day twist.

These notepads were created using my Cricut Explore, but they can definitely be made by hand (it’s how I originally made my fox ones). I’ve sharing both a PDF pattern and a cut file so you can make them either way. 

Three notepads decorated with paper to look like penguins; one purple, black and pink.

These penguin notepads fit a 3″ x 5″ notepad. They make the perfect little gift for Valentine’s Day – or any day of the year. Swap out the heart for a star, snowflake or flower and these penguins could work for any occasion. They are easy to make and they stay closed using a small Velcro dot. 

Penguin notepads in pink, purple and black; one is open with the words Happy Valentine's Day written in it.

Update: I’ve continued making animal notepads and now have six different animals. Below are the different notepads I’ve created!

Animal Notepads

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

DIY Penguin Notepads

Supplies Needed:

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. Use a hold punch for the penguin’s eyes. 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. 

Paper pieces to create a penguin notepad are cut out and laying on a table.

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. 

Purple paper scored using a scoring board and stylus.

Step Three: 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. 

Next, attach the main body of the penguin 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.

The outside of a notepad is wrapped in purple paper and sits next to a gluestick.

The top of the notepad is wrapped in purple paper.

Attach the penguin head to the notepad using the glue stick.

A piece of purple paper that is pointy at the end is attached to the top of the notepad.

Step Four: Decorate the notepad to look like a penguin. Glue or tape the white head and belly of the penguin to the notepad. 

Heart-shaped paper heart is added to the notepad for the penguin face and a white oval is added for the belly.

Next, add the beak, eyes, wings and heart.

Purple penguin notepad with heart-shaped face is holding a pink heart.

Step Five: 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. I recommend using 3/8″ thin clear fasteners. 

Three paper penguin notepads lay next to a sheet of Velcro fasteners.

Three penguin notepads are stacked on top of each other.

I love how cute these penguins turned out! Grab some fun colored paper and get started. I’ll be back next week with another fun Valentine’s Day craft :)

Penguin notepads with the words Happy Valentine's Day written on a piece of paper lay on a wooden table.

Happy Crafting! -Kim

Free Download

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