Summer 2021

Time to share the summer 2021 contents!


First is a hand sewing felt project to create a cheery potted cactus friend, ready to look after all of your pins.


Second is another felt project, but rather different that the first. It’s a wall banner of a bear relaxing on a summer’s day, fishing in the mountains. Some simple embroidery is use to add little cute details.


The final project was a new type of craft for Creative Kawaii – origami!  Everything is included to create a collection of paper butterflies and turn them into a mobile

If you like the look of these projects, there are still a few of this summer box available – check on the link below!


Spring 2021

Here’s a little look at what was included in the spring 2021 box.  I think this is my favourite box so far, I was very pleased with how the projects came out!


For this season’s felt project, instead of a little softie, there’s a garland of hopping rabbits, made of thick sturdy felt, simply decorated with sewing and pom poms.


The second project is a cheerful cross stitch bumble bee, for some relaxing slow stitching time.


The final project was a new type of craft for Creative Kawaii – paper quilling.  A collection of different, easy to make swirl styles are all combined to make a pretty, intricate looking rainbow and cloud design.

This box has sold out, but if you like the look of these projects, please click the link below to see what others are available!


Winter 2020

Just as I was thinking of sharing the spring 2021 contents, I realised I’d not shared the Winter projects yet, oops!  Better late than never I suppose!


You often see craft projects for red foxes, but rarely their northerly relatives.  The felt project in this box was a sweet sleepy arctic fox, complete with sparkly snowflakes and beads.


The second project was a crochet mug cozy, to help keep your drink nice and warm.  The crochet was kept nice and simple, with the details added with a little felt and sewing.


The final project was a paper craft model.  All the pre-cut pieces were supplied, you just needed to assemble the pastel snowy cottage scene in a snow globe.  A little tea  light was also included to light up the house.

This winter I also introduced the option of subscribing to a year of Creative Kawaii, and for those that subscribed, a little bonus project was also included!


This box has sold out, but if you like the look of these projects, please click the link below to see what others are available.


Autumn 2020

Next in my box contents catch up, we’re going to look at the Autumn 2020 box!


The felt sewing project this season is an owl perched on a branch, ready to hang up and display,


The second project is a bit more hand-sewing.  Lovely soft and strokeable plush fabric is used to create a cute halloween pumpkin witch plushy toy!


And finally for something a bit different to all the sewing, there is an air-dry clay project to make and decorate an acorn shaped trinket dish.

If you’d like to give these projects a try, then please click the button below to go straight to the Etsy listing for this box!


Summer 2020

I realised I’m very behind in posting the box contents to my site, so let’s begin to catch up by looking back to Summer 2020’s box.


The first project is a happy sunflower brooch, decorated with some simple embroidery and ready to add a bit of sunshine to your outfit! 


Next we have a needle felting and paper-craft project to make a content frog enjoying a Japanese hot spring bath.  The felting is actually quite simple – just three balls – so great if this is your first time needle felting.  All the cute little details are constructed from pre-cut card pieces.


Finally, the last project is something a little different – stencilling with fabric paint onto a supplied plain lunch/craft project bag.  Two different templates are included, either a cheeky onigiri (Japanese rice ball) or a panda!  There’s also everything included to sew a matching bag charm.

If you’d like to give these projects a try, then please click the button below to go straight to the Etsy listing for this box!


Spring 2020

Here’s a little look at what was in the Spring 2020 box 🙂


The first project is a felt duckling to sew, all prepared to go out and splash in some puddles! 


Next we have a larger hoop art project, making use of applique and relaxing hand embroidery – this is a project to take your time over!


Finally, the last project is a new craft for Creative Kawaii – Japanese UV resin. This ready to use resin cures in sunlight, so we use it here to create a pretty hair tie with origami paper.

If you’d like to give these projects a try, then please click the button below to go straight to the Etsy listing for this box!


Recent Craft Projects – Part 2

Following on from my last post, here’s the second half of the craft projects I made during my Christmas break!

Mizuhiki Bracelet

Mizuhiki is a decorative knotting technique, using pretty cord that is actually made from paper. It’s normally used for decorations and cards – you see is uses a lot of envelopes used to gift money at new year or at weddings.

This kit is a modern take on this traditional craft, using the technique to make beads! Everything to make a bracelet was included.

This was another kit I’d picked up on holiday, so the instructions were in Japanese. However, I don’t think I needed to translate anything – the main thing you need to do is follow a diagram to make the pretty ‘knots’ – this does need to be followed slowly and carefully, as it’s easy to miss a step! If you’ve made any jewellery before, assembling the bracelet once you’ve made the beads is straight forward.

Paper nano Tower Bridge

I really like the paper nano range of kits so I have made a few of these before – I’m always impressed by how very detailed the laser cut card is.


I usually buy myself one of these kits when I’m on holiday in Japan, but this one was a present from a past birthday – you can sometimes get them on amazon, just need to watch out for the price being hiked up (they should only be about £10 at most!)

They have very easy to follow picture instructions. The main tricks i find to making these kits is firstly to use long tweezers to support the card right next to the score line as you fold it, rather than just using your fingers. You’ll get a nice sharp edge that way. And secondly use tiny amounts of a good tacky glue so it grabs quickly.


The only gripe I have with this kit is the scale of the bus – it’s too big to fit through the bridge!


This was a random kit I picked up on holiday. You cover pre-cut foam shapes with pretty chirimen (kimono) fabric and then follow the diagram to assemble them into a picture.


The instructions are in Japanese and the shapes are labelled with hiragana and katakana. You need to copy the labels onto the backs of pieces, which can make things a little more tricky if you aren’t familiar with them. Luckily my very limited Japanese skills do include being able to read and write these characters so it wasn’t so bad. Other than this, there’s lots of pictures and it’s again very easy to work out from these.


I was pleasantly surprised when I’d finished making this kit – it looks so much nicer in real life compared to the photo on the packet

Two embroideries

Finally I have a pair of embroidered pictures, which, you guessed it, came from a holiday in Japan. I bought the one with the window first from a lovely fabric shop in Kyoto, but then Mike said I should get the second one when we saw them again in Tokyo, since it’s like me embroidering with our cats about 🙂

The kits came with everything, including the nice wooden frame. The fabric had the design nicely printed on it – finely detailed, but clear, so it is easy to hide with the stitches (I’ve had some kits with really fat printed lines!). The instructions included a labelled guide for which stitch to use where (in Japanese but easily translated by google!), along with step by step picture guides for the particular types of stitches – there were all common ones.



And that concludes the Christmas holiday crafting round-up! It was great to just have time to make things for myself 🙂


Recent Craft Projects – Part 1

Whilst we’re waiting for the Spring Box to be released, here’s a little look at some of the other craft projects I’ve been working on recently.

Over Christmas and New Year I indulged in a whole two weeks off work, to spend mainly at home crafting. I decided to use the time to make a few of the craft kits I have mounting up from both holidays and presents.

Here’s part 1 of a little round-up of the things I completed!


First up, we have two kit’s that I was given by a friend for Christmas. They are both Kogen kits, which is a style of Japanese tapestry I hadn’t tried before

I started with the needlebook kit because it was in English. But this was quickly followed by the button kit, which whilst in Japanese, was very easy to follow.

I love how these big buttons turned out and now I’m just waiting for the perfect use for them.

Miniature house


Another present that I got for Christmas was this ‘Fantasy Forest’ miniature kit. I’ve made a few of these ‘Cute Room’ kits now and they are all pretty similar. They have English photo instructions that are normally pretty easy to follow, but the tiny scale of everything does tend to make them pretty fiddly makes that require a bit of patience (along with tweezers and some good glue). Your patience is rewarded in the end, with a cute house filled of teeny tiny details!

The the kit included the parts to make a decorative box that the house could go inside, but I decided to skip making that, since I just wanted to display the treehouse.

It even comes with some little lights to wire up – although you do need to provide some little coin batteries for these.


‘Billy Dollshouse’ small kits

I think Billy dollshouse are most known for their range of traditional and retro Japanese building kits, which you can find in number of shops in Japan as they’ve become quite popular as souvenirs, as well as on amazon.jp (and amazon uk but they are pretty expensive!). However, they also do these much smaller kits and I had a couple I’d picked up on holiday.

The instructions are in Japanese and only have a few drawings. Luckily these are simple kits where you’re just arranging the parts as they are in the photo and sticking them to a wooden base, so it’s easy to figure out! After not much time at all, I had a couple of completed cute mini scenes.

And that’s it for part 1. I’ll post part 2 soon!