When it comes to crafting for ourselves, we often do our best to combine our love for DIY projects and creating things with our own hands with whatever has piqued out interests the most in the last little while. Lately, in our personal style and fashion, decor schemes, and generally just what makes us happy, we’ve found ourselves adoring kawaii culture! Things that are “kawaii” stem from a Japanese subculture of fashion and style that centres around making everything so cute and sweet to look at that it raises your spirits, brightens your day, and makes you smile. Since crafting already does those things for us anyways, it seems like a match made in heaven, if you ask us! That’s why we’ve found ourselves looking up all kinds of cute kawaii crafts and projects lately.
Just in case you’re as enamoured with the idea of combining your crafting skills with your love for all things kawaii as we were, if not more, here are 15 of the best projects, designs, and crafting ideas we’ve come across in our search so far!
1. Kawaii panda hidden shelf
If you’re going to go to the trouble of making yourself something from scratch, would you actually prefer to make something that’s both decorative and practical, just to make sure you get the most out of your time and effort? Well, we happen to think that’s the best plan around, which is part of the reason we loved this adorable but spacious panda shelf idea outlined step by step on Art y Salud en Casa. They show you how to make a DIY trinket, stationary, or vanity shelf that’s shaped and painted like an adorable kawaii panda when it’s closed but also gives you extra space to store whatever small things you need spots for. We love the idea of keeping our desk and work spaces clean but pleasant to sit in by making ourselves something like this!
2. DIY kawaii school supplies made from polymer clay
We’ll fully admit that we’re not actually in school anymore, which means we don’t really need to buy “back to school” supplies like these ones every September like some people still might, but because we work at a desk and spend most days writing, we actually find that we still need many of those same things all year round! That’s part of the reason we were so intrigued by the idea of jazzing our supplies up and adding a cheerful, happy kawaii touch to the regular tools we use everyday, even though they won’t be seen in a classroom. Check out how Isa’s World did exactly that by using polymer clay to transform their earbuds, pends, and push pins into adorable foods with hand painted kawaii faces.
3. Felt plush toast key chain
If you’re going to make something kawaii because it’s a little bit of a novelty just to make yourself feel nice, would you prefer to use the craft as an opportunity to learn a new technique or work on one you’ve been trying to master for a little while now? Then perhaps you’d be open to practicing your hand stitching skills on something like this adorably kawaii plush toast key chain outlined step by step on Deviant Art! They guide you through the process of making it out of felt.
4. Kawaii earbuds case from Kinder Surprise
Maybe it was really your kids who got interested in kawaii styles earlier than you, and you’ve just been helping them look for something very simple they can try their hand at to make something adorable that looks the way they love? We do this often for our little ones as well, and we always feel like it’s an extra bonus when we can find a project that’s also an upcycling opportunity. That’s why we adore finding crafting ideas that use the plastic cases that come inside our kids’ favourite chocolate treats, Kinder Surprise! Check out how 2 Cats & 1 Doll made headphone or earbud cases from Kinder Surpruse toy cases just by using paint markers to create cute kawaii faces in a few simple steps.