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Lucky Cat Makes & Bakes

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This is a guest post by Lucy who is part of our new writers search.

Lucky cats, or Maneki Neko, are the perfect good luck charms. They come in different colours, with each representing a different type of luck; gold brings good wealth, and white brings happiness and optimism. Add more luck in your life with this selection of lucky cat themed crafts, bakes and activities.

maneki neko lucky cat crochet pattern

For luck on the go try this adorable crochet keyring, perfect for attaching to bags. This free crochet/amigurumi pattern from Eryhana might be a bit challenging for beginners but if you’re more experienced the colours are easily interchangeable to make your own personalised Maneki Neko keyring.

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This origami tutorial from Chisshy Origami shows step by step how to create a paper Lucky Cat, in only 15 minutes. There’s no need to use coloured paper, plain white will be fine with some pens. What will you do with yours? Use as a bookmark? Or make a whole cat family for some bunting?

maneki neko lucky cat clay figure

For those who enjoy clay modelling, this DIY Maneki Neko figurine from Baker Ross would make a perfect addition to any desk or shelf!

calico cat cookies recipe

If you have worked up an appetite crafting, why not try these chocolate and vanilla cat cookies? Calico cats are the luckiest lucky cat and these biscuits from Lucia Paula are an easy to follow recipe.

maneki neko lucky cat cookie cutter

Try using a waving cat shaped cookie cutter, like this one from Petit Craft. Or how about carving out a circle with little triangular ears? Our cat garland tutorial has a template you can copy.

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How about tasty, lucky treats? Check out Sumopocky for some cute lucky cat macarons with fresh pineapple buttercream and jam.

maneki neko lucky cat games

Have you ever wondered which Maneki Neko you are? Sushi Cat has a quiz for that! I got Traditional. This selection of games and puzzles make for a great rainy afternoon in. Maybe even ask the Maneki Neko Fortune Teller if the sun will come back out…


Lucy lives in the South East of England and enjoys cute crafting projects, Sanrio characters (Mewkledreamy, Kerokerokeroppi and Shinkansen being her favourites), collecting Sylvanian Families and cuddly toys. You can follow her on Twitter.

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