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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!

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I have 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 made all of my fox ones). I’ve included both a PDF pattern and a cut file. Both versions fit a 3″ x 5″ notepad. 

These notepads 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 Velcro. Below is the tutorial and the free patterns :)

DIY Penguin Notepads

Supplies Needed:

  • Free printable pattern and SVG cut files: Links located at the end of this post
  • 3″x5″ notepads
  • Cardstock
    • Penguin color – pink, black and lavender
    • White for belly and face
    • Orange for beak
    • Glitter pink for heart
    • Black for eyes
  • Glue stick and/or tape runner
  • Scissors and/or paper cutter
  • Velcro Dots – 3/8″ work best

Step-by-Step Tutorial

  • Step One: Cut out all of the pieces either with a cutting machine or by hand.

Using the pattern found above under “Supplies Needed”, cut out all of the pieces you will need. You can do this by hand, or if you have a cutting machine, use the SVG file to speed things up! I made my penguin notepads using black, pink and lavender cardstock for the bodies. I used orange cardstock for the beaks, black for the eyes and a glittery pink paper for the hearts the penguins are holding. For the white parts of each penguin, I used my go-to 110lb bright white printing paper. You may want to sample a few types of paper for the body of the penguin as you will want one that folds smoothly as opposed to cracking when folded.

  • Notes for using the SVG Cut File:  After you open the SVG cut file, make sure you change the score lines to “score” instead of “cut” in Cricut’s Design Space. They will initially show up as cut lines until you change them. You will then need to “attach” everything before cutting. I have only tried using this SVG cut file in the Cricut Design Space, so I am not positive how things will work with Silhouette software.
  • ** Watch the video: Preparing BugabooCity SVG Cut Files in Cricut Design Space.**

  • Step Two: Score all of the pieces. 

Folllow the pattern and score the three pieces that make up the penguins body, head and the piece that wraps around the top of the notepad. I used a score board and stylus which helps get a clean, smooth fold line. 

  • 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 glue in place. Wrinkle-resistant glue sticks work great for this. I ended up using my kid’s glue sticks I had on hand.

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

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

  • Step Four: Add the penguin’s face and flippers!

Glue or tape the white head and belly of the penguin to the notepad. Use a glue stick or a tape runner. 

Add the beak, eyes, wings and heart.

  • Step Five: Add a Velcro dot to keep it closed.

 The last step is to add a small Velcro dot to keep the notepad closed. Place the rough edge of the Velcro dot under the penguin’s beak. Stick the soft dot to it and then close the notepad cover and your dots will be perfectly placed. Below you’ll see larger Velcro Dots but I recommend using the smaller 3/8″ ones. 

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 :)

Free Download

Download the Free File! This freebie is in my Resource Library under Valentine’s Day. 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!

PDF File: Save to desktop first. Then print at 100%.

SVG Cut Files: (Instructions are for Cricut Design Space). Save to desktop. Open in Cricut Design Space. Position SVG file. Change scoring lines from cut lines to scoring lines in “Layer Attributes”. This file has 7 scoring lines. Hit “Select All” and “Attach”. Your file is ready to Go!

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