It’s officially the middle of summer, at least where I live, so that means frequent beach trips for most. Fortunately, even if you’re like me and haven’t had the chance (or you live in the southern hemisphere where it’s cold!), you can still enjoy the summer spirit with these fun sea life crafts!
The polymer clay heart sea turtle charm tutorial by CoolRiceBunnies is an adorable take on the basic sea turtle design. Sea turtles are my favorite sea animal so I think I’ll make several of these to turn into a charm bracelet.
Flying Mio’s octopus plush video shows you how to make two different versions, both of which are, in fact, quite fancy. She covers everything you need for the project, including how to make the pattern pieces, so it is easy to understand.
If you agree with me and believe jellyfish are underrated, you might enjoy One Dog Woof’s crochet jellyfish project. It would be cute as a plush, but I also really like it as an interesting hanging decoration!
Even though mermaids aren’t technically real, I still felt compelled to add this cute and inexpensive mermaid cross stitch pattern by SuirenDesign. Mermaids and summer are synonymous, anyway.
If you feel like a bit of a splurge, FuzzytailFelting’s needle felting sea otter kit might be right up your alley. I’m currently in the middle of a growing sea otter obsession, so once I finish my shameful amount of half-finished needle felt projects, this one’s going straight in my Etsy cart.
Let me know in the comments what your favorite sea creatures are! And if you’d like some more summer project ideas, be sure to check out our Things to Make section.
Mix one part spooky with one part sweet and you have pastel goth. For those that like their creepy and their cute in one package (like me), these items will work with your daily style needs or get you out of a fashion slump!
This mini backpack from Hot Topic is the perfect size for essentials and the angel wings make it look extra cute!
Turn your ‘do into a bats nest with these fuzzy little bat hair clips by Candy Zombies.
If you want to add just a pop of color to an all black look try a liquid lipstick. This pretty seashell purple is from Lime Crime and has a metallic finish. Not only is it pretty, it’s cruelty free and vegan!
Boo! Aw, don’t be scared. The ghosts on these leggings by Kawaii Machine look friendly!
These bunny boots are tough but sweet and made from vegan leather. Who could resist that little nose detail?
I’ve become slightly addicted to buying enamel pins and I’m always looking to add to my collection. You can imagine how delighted I was when Tofu Cute offered to send me some of their new enamel pins. There are eight to collect featuring Tofu Cute’s kawaii mascots and I received the first four.
It’s always great when shops make an effort with the packaging and Tofu Cute have gone all out. Each pin is stamped with their logo on the back and has a kawaii pink rubber clutch to keep it safely attached to your coat or bag. The backing cards are fully illustrated and include fun profiles for each character. Want to meet them all?
Anyone who has shopped at Tofu Cute will be aware of Tofu Kun who is right there in the logo! He also appears on Tofu Cute merchandise so it makes sense that he’s #1 in this pin series. The cute backing card even features an illustration of their pink Portsmouth shop.
#2 is possibly my personal favourite – a happy Panda. He seems to be hanging out in some kind of temple garden for the backing card, along with another panda friend.
Tofu Cute are officially licensed sellers of Amuse plush and have their own Alpaca character too – in pink of course!
You can’t have a set of kawaii mascots without a cat. Woops Cat looks cute and innocent but often has little accidents around the house. Oh dear.
As well as being cute to wear and display, the pins are a great size for fun photos with miniatures. Woops Cat has become fast friends with my Neko Atsume cats.
Alpaca found a bigger alpaca to hang out with!
Panda Chan and Tofu Kun were the most helpful by doing the post run for me. Good job!
They’ve now all found a more permanent home with the rest of my enamel pins. I display them all on a cork board that I painted purple.
At just £4.99 each, these are a real bargain as they’re excellent quality plus you get all the fun packaging. I definitely recommend picking up a few if you’re starting a collection. You can check out the whole series on Tofu Cute’s website and there are four more characters to choose from too. International shipping is available and you’ll also find Tofu Cute at lots of cons and events including Hyper Japan this weekend.
(Products were provided by Tofu Cute for review but all words and photographs are my own, except for promo image.)
Congratulations to Réka who is hoping to see a dinosaur or unicorn next. Check your inbox for how to claim your prize, or email us.
If you weren’t lucky this time, DIY Fluffies have some great value bundles on digital patterns along with finished toys, books and more. We’ll let you know if any of your ideas make it into the shop.
I’ve decided to extend our mailing list giveaway as things are really busy at the moment which would delay sending out prizes. We’ll end things on August 1st instead and the first newsletter will go out later that month. Thanks to everyone who’s joined up so far – I’m glad you like the idea!
In Europe we’ve had many tropical days during Spring already. It was almost too hot to work, so now that Summer has officially started I want to be prepared. Luckily there are many simple and cute ways to keep your head cool.
Cool down with one of the cute character fans that you can find at AmiAmi including Hello Kitty, Pokemon and Sumikko Gurashi.
Hydrate and then hydrate some more ;). Bring (refrigerated) water along anywhere you go, with this sweet Rilakkuma water flask.
Bento&co also have a nice selection of cooling items with a polar bear theme that will help you enjoy a refreshing lunch.
Keep a small spray bottle filled with water in your bag, for a quick face mist.
Or make popsicles! These adorable Woodland bunnies lolly makers are available at several shops, such as Hoi Polloi. You can fill them with fruit, yoghurt or juice and mix colours as well. I’m sure that Pinterest and Google will help you to some popsicle recipes.
Last but not least you can use ice packs or ice cubes to cool down. How about putting some Rilakkuma shaped ice cubes in your Summer drink?