Halloween Crafts, SCK Original DIYs, Things To Make

Gudetama in a Halloween Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

Posted on October 20, 2017 by

Gudetama Halloween Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

I stumbled upon mini carvable foam pumpkins in a local dollar store this year and I immediately knew I wanted to recreate this Gudetama figurine. Smaller and a lot less messy than real pumpkins, this project is also one you can keep for more than one Halloween!

Gudetama Halloween Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

What you’ll need

  • mini foam pumpkin (similar in UK)
  • air dry clay
  • yellow, orange, white and black acrylic paint
  • paint brushes
  • craft knife
  • pencil
  • hot glue or other fixative
  • battery-operated tea light (optional)

Instructions

Gudetama Halloween Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

First, start by drawing out the pumpkin’s face and a small circle on top with a pencil.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, but I used the aforementioned figurine as a reference.

Gudetama Halloween Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

Make sure the top circle is large enough to fit Gudetama.

Gudetama Halloween Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

Cut out the face and top circle with your craft knife. If you don’t want to light up your pumpkin, you could even skip skip carving the face and paint it on instead.

Gudetama Halloween Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

I decided to paint the inside and edges to cover the white foam. You could just use orange to cover everything, but I used black on the face and insides to make it a little spookier.

Gudetama Halloween Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

Once the paint’s dry, it’s now time to make Gudetama! I started with about half the package of clay, which is 100g, or about a snowball size. Mix in small dabs of yellow and orange paint until you get close to Gudetama’s color. There’s not an exact amount to follow since it will differ depending on paint and clay brand, so just use small amounts until you gradually build it up to the proper color.

Make sure the clay is thoroughly mixed and kneaded, then take 4 pieces and roll them into balls about 1cm in diameter. These will be for Gudetama’s arms and legs; set these aside in something like an airtight container or bag so they don’t dry out.

Gudetama Halloween Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

Shape Gudetama’s body into a fat oval that’s small enough to fit through the top of the pumpkin. You can shape its bottom too if you wish; I skipped it since it won’t be seen.

Gudetama Halloween Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

Take the 4 pieces and roll them into arms and legs, and place them on Gudetama. Using a tiny amount of water and your finger, smooth the edges out to securely attach them. Also make sure Gudetama’s arms are long and angled enough to keep it propped up in the pumpkin.

You can also water to smooth out any imperfections, although be sure to be sparing with it. Too much water will make the clay messy and hard to work with.

Lightly press the pumpkin top into Gudetama’s head to create an indentation, but do not glue anything yet. Let the piece dry for about a day (note: dry time may vary depending on the brand of clay you use.)

Gudetama Halloween Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

Once Gudetama is cured enough to handle, use fine paint brushes or something like a toothpick to paint on the small features; you may find it helpful to lightly trace the face on with pencil first. The face is very simple; two thin black ovals for the eyes, and a slightly larger white half-oval with a thin black outline for the mouth. Let the paint dry, and hot glue the pumpkin lid into the indentation you made earlier on Gudetama’s head.

Gudetama Halloween Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

Your pumpkin is finished! You can add a battery-operated tea light if you wish, like I did here. DO NOT use a real tea light or place near open flames. If you don’t plan on adding a light, you can glue Gudetama onto the edge of the pumpkin for extra security.

Gudetama Halloween Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

If you decide to try this out, comment below or tag @sckawaii on social media – we’d love to see your creations! You can also check out all of SCK’s original tutorials for more crafty ideas.

Seasonal Cute

Cute Halloween Monsters

Posted on October 19, 2017 by

These cute monsters came ready to party! Will you invite them to your Halloween bash?

Halloween plush

Trixie + Tilda’s creations are dressed up and looking to monster mash all night long. I love Val the vampire‘s sweet face!

Halloween Pusheen

Flying out the door in a hurry? Then keep Bat Pusheen at ready loaded with all of your essential keys.

Halloween Momiji dolls

Momiji’s new Halloween dolls are full of cute details like the creepy little spider. Mia & Casa and Frankie & Len are perfect to give to a friend or for yourself.

Halloween Minnie Mouse

I wish I knew where Minnie got her outfit! I would totally wear it! Check out the rest of Disney’s Halloween range too.

Halloween cats

Invite a trio of fortune telling lucky cats to your party – grab a handful of these stickers from from Bright Bat Design for party goers’ goodie bags.

Giveaways

Chebeto Halloween Plush Giveaway

Posted on October 18, 2017 by

Halloween is approaching and we’ve got a spooky cute giveaway with Chebeto!

chebeto halloween giveaway

One lucky winner will receive a Chebeto Halloween Gift Box worth $120! Inside will be three cute handmade plush toys: Bat, Spider and Skeleton.

chebeto halloween giveaway

Here’s a closer look at the plush toys – so adorable!

How to enter

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post telling us What’s your favourite thing about Halloween?

Then use the Rafflecopter widget below to register your entry and open up more chances to win. Confused by Rafflecopter? Here’s a great guide.

PLEASE READ BEFORE ENTERING:

  • NO giveaway accounts allowed (eg. a Twitter account you only use to share giveaways)
  • You must answer the question in your blog comment and try to be specific
  • ALL your entries will be disqualified if you break any rule
  • If you are under 16, please check with a parent or guardian before entering.
  • By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions.
  • This giveaway is open worldwide.

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The giveaway closes on Tuesday 31st October and we’ll pick a winner at random. Good luck!

Let's Go Shopping!, Seasonal Cute

Cute and Stylish Black Cat Accessories

Posted on October 17, 2017 by

Black cats are a popular Halloween symbol, but you can look stylish with them all year round! Did you know that in Japan they are considered to bring good luck? Let’s see how you can bring some cattitude into your life ^_^

KumaCrafts black cat necklace

Celebrate fall and halloween with this cute pumpkin kitty necklace from Kuma Crafts.

black cat bag

Recently I stumbled upon this kawaii black cat bag from the clothing brand Banned. It’s paws and eyes are magnetic, so you can cover one or both eyes. So sweet! I think that it has been inspired by the Japanese Pooh-chan brand, which comes up as the next pick.

poohchan cat purse

Pooh-chan is an adorable kitten with cute, long eyelashes. You can find many items of this brand at Tokyo Otaku Mode. I think that the Pooh-chan Peek-A-Boo case would go great with a black cat bag.

Kutusita Nyanko pouch

At ARTBOX you can also find many black cats who are looking for a new home. This cute cat pouch features Kutusita Nyanko, the music loving black cat from San-X.

black cat coin purse

This very cute coin case – styled as an adorable black kitty – comes straight from Japan via J-List. It’s a purrrfect way to keep your money safe.

Kawaii Reviews, Subscription Boxes

Neko Box Zakka Kit Review

Posted on October 16, 2017 by

You might remember my review of the monthly subscription box from Neko Box back in February. They’ve recently added a new Zakka Kit so let’s have a look.

neko box zakka kit review

The Zakka Kit is a new subscription box just for Japanese stationery fans. Each mystery box has 6-8 quality items from well-known brands and could include stickers, washi tape, postcards, stamps, craft supplies and more. That makes it perfect for journalling, scrapbooking or just hoarding in your collection.

neko box zakka kit review

Since there’s only stationery inside, the Zakka Kit box is a lot smaller and affordable than the big Neko Box. There’s still some nice touches like the colourful sticker. The box got a bit of a bashing but everything inside arrived in perfect condition. Let’s see what I got.

neko box zakka kit review

neko box zakka kit review

neko box zakka kit review

Cat Sticky Memos

I’m a big fan of sticky memos and the Japanese ones are definitely the cutest. This set has lots of different cats and a mix of colours and patterns. While they’re perfect for studying, I love using them for trip planning as you can bookmark exactly which bit of the page you want to remember and write notes on them too. With this set you’ll have cute cats peeking out of your book.

neko box zakka kit review

neko box zakka kit review

Bunny & Goldfish Stickers

Yay, stickers! These are quite small sticker sheets but still manage to pack in a few different designs. I especially like the bunny sheet because bunnies, but also because they’re transparent so will look great on coloured backgrounds.

neko box zakka kit review

mt Washi Tape

I have quite a collection of washi tape but I’m always happy to add more as it’s so useful. This is official mt brand tape so you know it’s good quality. The design is a traditional flower pattern – not the most exciting option, but I actually love it when people gift me plainer styles since most of my collection is too cute to use!

neko box zakka kit review

Traveller’s Notebook Sticker Labels

Traveller’s notebooks are a popular choice for journalling as they come with a refillable cover and are great to use on the go. These stickers have a travel theme with stamps and passport style labels that would be nice for decorating a travel journal.

neko box zakka kit review

Sticker Envelope

This little envelope was filled with a selection of textured paper sticker flakes featuring traditional Japanese items – lucky cat, fan, daruma and temari. I love all the details.

neko box zakka kit review

Kitagawa Utamaro Postcard

And finally, a postcard. This one features artwork from Kitagawa Utamaro, a Japanese artist who made woodblock prints and paintings.

neko box zakka kit review

The Zakka Kit might not appeal if you only love kawaii stationery but if you love all things Japan then it’s a great mix of cute and traditional designs. For me, it definitely brings back memories of browsing in stationery and art supply shops on my Japan trips. If you’re looking to kickstart a Japan travel or trip planning journal, it’s a nice little starter pack and it would also make a great gift.

Autumn Zakka Kit

Zakka Kits cost $19.99 for a monthly subscription or $23.99 for a one-off box. You can sign up now for November’s box, which will have an Autumn theme. And while we’re here, November’s Neko Box will have a Cats theme!

Don’t forget that SCK readers get 10% off Zakka Kits and shop purchases and $6 off your first Neko Box. Just use the code SCK6 at checkout.

(Box was provided by Neko Box for review but all words and photographs are my own.)