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 the kids and I did a homeschool-preschool unit on the Rainforest and we loved reading about them. Then our local zoo acquired its first sloth and we were hooked! Every time we visit the zoo, we always make a point of stopping by to say hello to the sloth. So far we have yet to see him actually hanging – like we see in the pictures – but we have gotten a good glimpse of his hands and feet and they are adorable!
I wanted to make another notepad and decided it was time for a DIY sloth notepad! Their heart shaped faces and noses make them a perfect choice for Valentine’s Day. Last year I made penguin notepads and the year before that fox notepads – I guess as you can see, I really enjoy making notepads! They are so handy, and when they look this cute, they are perfect for displaying at your desk!
I created these notepads with my Cricut Explore, but you don’t need a cutting machine to make these – I have both the SVG cut file and a PDF pattern available at the end of this post. :) Make one for yourself or gift it to someone special this Valentine’s Day. Add a note to the inside and it becomes the perfect valentine!
Supplies Needed for the DIY Sloth Notepads
- Free patterns (located at the end of this post in blue!)
- 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
- Glue stick
- Velcro Dots
- Cricut Explore cutting machine OR scissors and a paper cutter
- Scoring board and stylus – if scoring by hand
Step One: Using the pattern, 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!
*Notes for using the SVG cut file: Open the cut file in Cricut Design Space. Select everything and “Ungroup”, then you will be able to change the red score lines from “Cut” to “Score”. Attach the score lines to their corresponding brown pieces by selecting them and hitting “Attach”. I have only tried using this SVG cut file in Cricut Design Space, so I am not positive how things will work with other software.
Step Two: Score the long brown rectangle (or whatever color you are using for the body of your sloth) following the pattern. This piece will wrap around the notepad. You do not need to use a score board 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. Even though my Cricut Explore scored all of my lines, I went back over them with my score board and stylus to make them even smoother.
Step Three: To make the sloth’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.
Decorate the sloth face, starting with the large white face piece and adding on the grey patches, black eyes, nose and mouth and pink cheeks. I used a glue stick for all of these pieces.
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 top of the notepad and glue in place or adhere with Scor-Tape.
Attach the notepad to the long rectangle. Cover the back of the notepad with glue, or use Scor-Tape, and attach it, making sure the top 1/4″ flap is also adhered to the top edge of the notepad.
Attach the sloth head to the notepad using the glue stick or Scor-Tape.
Step Five: Decorate the sloth’s body by gluing on the white tummy, arms, heart and green leaf.
Step Six: The last step is to add a small Velcro Dot to keep the notepad closed. Place the rough side of the Velcro dot under the sloth’s face. Stick the soft dot to it and then close the notepad cover and your dots will be perfectly placed.
Hehe, aren’t these DIY sloth notepads the cutest!! What do you think? Are you a fan of sloths?
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