One of my resolutions this year was to make more time for crafts and finish some of my many projects and kits. I did manage to complete a few things and then I added more projects to the pile by ordering the Spring 2020 Creative Kawaii Box! It’s been a couple of years since I reviewed the first box so I thought I’d let you have a look.
Creative Kawaii is a seasonal surprise box with no subscription that includes 3 cute craft projects with full instructions and all the supplies you need to make them. Everything is designed by Nikki, who some of you might remember from the SCK craft writer auditions (like this pizza candy kit review), and each box includes a mix of crafts including sewing, embroidery, felting, resin and more.
The boxes are themed around the seasons and you also get some little bits of stationery. The spring box had some very cute bunny stickers and sticky memos, plus some extra pieces of origami paper (one is used for the resin project).
April Showers Embroidery
I chose this kit because I had been itching to do some embroidery and loved the bunny design with rainbow, sun and clouds. It was great not to have to think about colours or finding the right fabric and hoop. My embroidery skills were a bit rusty but there are clear guides for each stitch and I could see myself improving as a I went on. I enjoyed this so much especially the chain stitch rainbow and pom pom tails.
My rainbow is a bit wonky from stitching too close to the hoop but I’m still really pleased with it and will be planning more embroidery projects. It’s even so cute that I decided not to stitch the face on the sun, if you were wondering what happened to it.
This little stuffed felt duckling is similar to the frog from my first box and the sort of fiddly little sewing project I enjoy. Well, except for the polka dots on the boots which do look cute but weren’t much fun! This made for a sweet little birthday present.
Resin Hair Tie
I’ve never done resin crafts before and was very intrigued to try this hair tie, which uses a Japanese UV resin that hardens in sunlight. It was a lot easier than I expected – just building up layers of resin with origami paper, glitter and stickers. The finished piece is very sparkly and my hair is so long now that I will be able to use it.
Overall this was the perfect distraction during lockdown and I enjoyed all the projects. I’d recommend these boxes to anyone who enjoys sewing, trying new things and has the patience for tiny details. It would also make for a really great gift. This box is now sold out but the Summer Box is open for pre-orders with a discounted price. Once the projects are revealed, it will go up to full price.
Nikki has also added digital patterns for some of the earlier box projects including all those I made from the 2018 spring box. I might need to have a go at this drawstring bunny bag next.
This is not a sponsored review – I paid for the box with my own money.
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She also designs cute character goods as Asking For Trouble. Having visited Japan five times, Marceline is enormously inspired by all things Japanese and especially loves bunnies, space and any kind of food object with a happy face.