Welcome to DIY Kawaii!

Welcome to DIY Kawaii!

(FYI: the Japanese word “kawaii” means pretty or cute.)

The goal and mission of DIY Kawaii is to inspire you to be creative and have fun with your wardrobe.

I’ve always admired how girls in Japan express kawaii fashion so creatively and without hesitation.

I do hope you find the information in my blog helpful and inspiring.

I welcome your comments and suggestions.

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On to a great 2012!!

Stay kawaii!!

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Announcing the Retirement of this blog

It’s with a heavy heart that I’m announcing the retirement of my DIY Kawaii blog.

I will still keep this blog up as I won’t be deleting it and I will still be running my DIY Kawaii Facebook page:

DIY kawaii fb banner link

where you can keep up to date to what I’m up to and working on.

I will also be deleting my Twitter account due to the complete lack of hits from the site and followers.



My reasons for retiring my blog are many fold:


-I’m not getting enough hits on this page.


-I’m not getting enough interaction.


-It’s becoming a chore and a lot less enjoyable for me.


-I started this blog to share my passion for having your own style and DIY but I’m quickly finding myself blogging about what I don’t want instead of what I do want in order to get any traffic.


-I’m investing way too much of my time for so little interest.


-I also started to blog to help my DIY Kawaii etsy store sales and that isn’t working out either.



In the meantime, I’m selling all of my craft supplies in my DIY Kawaii and Gypsy Dreams Etsy store and will be closing them down with either all of my stuff sells or the listings expire.



The good news is, I’m going to be taking up drawing again and working on building my travel business.


I’m just moving on to bigger and better things.


I do appreciate all of you that have been supporting and interacting with me on here.


You can see the archives of this blog by scrolling all the way down to the bottom of the page and selecting what month or topic you want from the drop down menus.


Always stay kawaii😀

Final Etsy Sale!

I finally managed to get through the 80 million pictures that I took of my craft supplies that I won’t be using anymore and listed them in my sister Etsy store, GypsyDreams!

I added LOTS more items and adjusted some of my prices.

Please don’t hesitate to ask for combined orders and shipping!!

I do ship international and make custom listings!!



You can click on the picture below or click here to go to my store.


GypsyDreams Etsy store


Stay kawaii!!


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HUGE Etsy Blowout Sale!

I was going through my craft supplies and decided to liquidate all of them!

I’m having a lot better luck selling my supplies than the stuff I was actually making which was getting really frustrating.

I’m obviously just in the wrong business then! lol


I’m going to be going through my items this week and adjusting my prices and adding a LOT more inventory as well so stay tuned!!

Click on the picture below to be redirected to my Gypsy Dreams Etsy store or here.

Gypsy dreams etsy store

Yeah, I am a little saddened to not craft anymore but I wanted to concentrate on building my travel business.

Most of the stuff I have been making lately have been for my personal use.



Stay tuned for more items to be added! I will be keeping you all posted!



Stay kawaii!!


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Back to School Kawaii Lookbook and BONUS Tutorial!

A lot of the schools in my area are going to be starting this week.

Why not look kawaii walking down the halls!?


Back to School Cute Everyday Outfits


Back to School Fashion Haul


And now for your BONUS tutorial!


How to: Make Spiked High Tops




Good luck to everyone starting school this year!!


Stay kawaii!!


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Quickie: DIY Back to School Leopard Print Sneakers

Leopard print sneakers….because who wants shoes that look like everyone else’s!?

DIY Back to School Leopard Print Sneakers



My love of all things kitty print😀




Stay kawaii!!


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Back to School Look book 2013

I was going to make some smart ass joke about the more appropriate look for back to school should be a neon orange jump suit…..like a prison uniform…



Here are some cute look book videos I found to get your new school year started off right ;D


WINTER LOOKBOOK 2013: Back To School Outfit Ideas

Katniss Everdeen Dutch Braid

I wanted to include this because it’s such a cute and effortless hair look. I went to Cosmetology school for almost 4 years and I still can’t french braid my own hair! lol I am not that co-ordinated! lol

Back to School Outfit Ideas 2013

Back To School Look book {College}

Back to School Look book





What do you plan on wearing for your up and coming school year?



Stay kawaii!


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Back to School Style Guide

It’s getting to be about that time of year again where the kids are going back to school or college if you’re an older kid!

I was just thinking recently that I used to get bummed around my birthday when I was younger because I knew that school was starting soon.

I’m so glad I’m out! lol

I wanted to compile some things I found on Etsy that caught my eye.

Click on the pictures below if you would like to purchase any of these items.

mod dots shark etsyHow cool is this!?

pokeball pencil case etsyFor all my Pokeman fans out there😀 This seller also has other kawaii items in her shop.

star trek logo pencil case etsyMy husband is a huge Star Trek fan😀

turquoise and peach monster pencil case etsy

3 kitties pencil case etsyHAVE to have kitties!!!!!!

giraffe kawaii pencil case

batman pencil case etsyGotta have a Batman case!

Of course you will need a backpack to carry all your goodies in!

2D backpack etsyHow freakin cool is this!?

galaxy jansport backpack etsyVery cute and DIYable😀

kitten backpack etsyYou know me! Gotz to have kittehs!!!!

star backpack etsy

deathly hallows harry potter backpack etsyFrom Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

And now something to wear….

black swing skirt etsyThis is a versatile skirt to go with everything from a Tshirt to a dressy blouse.

kitty scarf etsyYou might be noticing a pattern here… lol I’m so ordering this scarf!!!

japanese manga style leggings etsyI thought these were Japanese manga style….very cool!!

art nouv leggings etsy

X men high heels etsyGeek chic in these X Men custom painted heels!

grey lolita style coat etsyFor when the weather gets a little chilly, a lolita style coat.

You can see what else Etsy has for their back to school collection here.




Stay kawaii!!


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Last Minute Quickie Back to School/Summer No Sew Tshirt Dresses!

I wanted to post this before I tackle the pile of projects quickly accumulating on my art desk.

I was going through some of my old projects and wanted to see how I could improve them.

I will keep you all posted!!


I wanted to share with you some quick and cute back to school/end of summer no sew DIY’s for you!


instant no sew tshirt dressI felt like a total idiot seeing this lol! This is SO easy!! This would also be great if you have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear for a special night out.


large tshirt dressThis is cute and kind of modern.




I start my new job this week so I might be a little MIA from this blog for a bit.

Don’t worry! I’m not going anywhere! I will be back!!



Stay kawaii!!

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Back to School DIY and Styling and Upcycling Thrifted Finds!

It’s getting toward the tail end of summer so I wanted to share with you some cute DIY’s:

DIY: Rorschach Camisole {T-Shirt Upcycle}

I make tank tops from tshirts all the time😀

Upcyling and Styling Thrifted Items

In my last post I discussed revamping your wardrobe on a budget as well.



Do you plan on going to school this fall? What classes will you be taking?



Stay kawaii!!


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How to Revamp Your Wardrobe On a Budget!

Back to school is right around the corner and now is the time of the year that a lot of people go out shopping for new clothes for their kids or some new things to wear for the up and coming college year.

If you have been following my blog for any amount of time, you know I am all about customizing inexpensive thrift store pieces and turning something ordinary into something unique and fabulous!

Go through your wardrobe and see what is plain or needs some work, then go through your craft supplies and see what you can add to them.

Experiment and try different things!

Mr Kate can help you re-vamp some of your boring old pieces!

Roundup: Style DIYs with Mr. Kate


Another great way to re-style your wardrobe is to find accessories from thrift stores or from inexpensive accessory boutiques like Claire’s Accessories Boutique. (Click on the bolded text to be led to their website.)

Accessories can completely customize and change the way anything you wear looks.

I go for more traditional and classic accessories because that is what I like and it never goes out of style, therefore I can wear them for years.

They always add such a classic and elegant touch to anything I wear😀

If you like more trendy stuff, but don’t have the budget to buy a new wardrobe every season, you can buy classic  cut clothes and add trendy accessories to accent your look.

Accessories can be customized and DIY’d to anything of your liking, so go nuts with it!

Scroll down to the end of this page and click on the archives to find more great ways to DIY your wardrobe and make your own accessories!

Feel free to ask me for any ideas or advice😀


Stay kawaii!!


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