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 penguin notepads! You may remember by little fox notepads. These are based off of that same pattern but with a sweet Valentine’s Day touch. These little notepads are also the first project I did using my new Cricut cutting machine! My husband surprised me at Christmas and I was pretty ecstatic! I am new to the cutting machine world but am having fun playing around with what it can do.
These penguin notepads can definitely be made by hand (it’s how I made all of my fox ones), but wow, did it go quickly using the cutting machine! I wanted to offer an SVG cut file along with the PDF pattern. This proved quite challenging, but I am happy to say I figured it out!
All of my patterns are created in Photoshop, but I need another program to turn the Photoshop files into SVG cut files. I finally figured out how to do this using Illustrator and it worked perfectly – once I got the hang of it. Unfortunately, my free trial of Illustrator has run out, so I’ll be working on a new method. If anyone out there is savvy at converting Photoshop files into SVG cut files, I’d love any advice you may have! Illustrator is a bit out of my budget so I’m hoping to find a different way! I did make the most of my free trial and my next few DIY projects will have an SVG cut file with them :)
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 :)
Supplies Needed for Valentine’s Day Penguin Notepads
- Free printable patterns: Available for download at the end of this post
- 3″x5″ notepads
- 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
Step One: 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 lines 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.
Step Two: Score the long purple rectangle (or whatever color the body of your penguin is). This piece will wrap around the notepad. You do not need to use a scoreboard and stylus, but they are great for making nice smooth folds. Starting from one of the short edges, score at 1/4″, 5 1/4″, and 5 1/2″. The score lines are marked on the PDF pattern and included in the SVG cut file.
Step Three: To make the penguin’s head, you will need to score two lines – 3/4″ and 1″ from the straight edge so that this piece will wrap around the notepad.
Step Four: Cover the top of the 3″ x 5″ notepad with matching paper. Score this rectangular piece following the pattern. 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.
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 Five: Glue or tape the white head and belly of the penguin to the notepad. Add the beak, eyes, wings and heart.
Step Six: 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.
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 :)
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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