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Tiny, adorable, even cuddly: Kawaii, born in Japan, is the culture of cuteness, and its influence is seen worldwide in clothing, accessories, games, and food.  Kawaii projects at your library will get a new crowd using your 3D printer and introduce anime and manga enthusiasts to crafting. In her new book Kroski, bestselling enthusiast of makerspaces, cosplay, and geek culture in libraries, has gathered creative and crafty librarians to share their most popular Kawaii programs. Running the gamut in terms of cost and difficulty, this book’s 53 programs are sure to include many that will fit your budget, space, and skills. Just scan the estimated budget, age range, materials, equipment needs, and learning outcomes in each listing. Projects include

  • keychains with felt or 3D printing;
  • slime squishies;
  • 3D printed animal earrings;
  • hosting a stuffed animal fashion show;
  • monster emoji paper bookmarks;
  • origami fortune cookies;
  • buttons with anime or comic book art;
  • crocheted coffee cozy or puppy nose warmer;
  • tiny top hats with laser-cut felt cameos; and
  • how to Kawaii-ify a planner.

What’s more, the plentiful suggestions for “next projects” scattered throughout the book will help you keep the super-cute fun going!


Part I        Crochet Projects
Introduction to Crochet—Penny Page
1    Crocheted Puppy Nose Warmer—Penny Page
2    Cupcake Cowl—Lillianna Kiel
3    Heart Stitch Cowl—Lillianna Kiel
4    Sushi Roll Scarf—Sarah Howison
5    Dinosaurs for Small Hands—Emily Mitchell and Carol Mitchell

Part II        Felties, Plushies, and Sewing Projects
6    Kawaii Coffee Cozy—Sarah Howison
7    Binder Slime Squishy—Marissa Lieberman
8    Cat Attacks Yarn, a Quilted Wall Hanging—Carol Mitchell and Emily Mitchell
9    Stuffed Animal Taxidermy and Dissection—Lindsey Tomsu
10    Ugly Sweater Plushies—Lindsey Tomsu
11    Stuffed Animal Fashion Show—Lindsey Tomsu
12    No-Sew Felties—Lindsey Tomsu
13    Make Your Own Kawaii Popsicle Squishy—Sarah Simpson
14    Cute Needle-Felted Critters—Mary Jarvis Robinson
15    Cozy Needle-Felted Bookmarks—Mary Robinson
16    Ice Cream Kawaii Felt Keychain—See (Paige) Vang

Part III    Quilling, Origami, and Paper Projects
17    Miniature Books—Jessica Franco
18    Kawaii Paper Squishy—Marissa Lieberman
19    Monster/Emoji Bookmarks—Christina Dufour
20    Paper Roses—Ashley Nichole Sims
21    Paper Fortune Cookies—Ashley Nichole Sims
22    Jar of Stars—Chantale Pard
23    Heart Terrarium Paper Quilling, Jewelry—See (Paige) Vang
24    Light Up Your Artwork with Paper Circuitry—Mary Jarvis Robinson

Part IV    3-D Printing Projects
25    Decora Hair Barrettes—Olivia Horvath
26    3-D Printed Animal Earrings—Sara Russell Gonzalez, Jean L. Bossart, Fang-Yi (Tiffany) Su
27    Kawaii 3-D Prints for Back to School—Jamie Bair
28    3-D Printed Kawaii Cat Keychain—Phillip Ballo
29    3-D Printed Succulent Pot—Natalie Spaan

Part V        Jewelry Projects
30    Button Making—Chantale Pard
31    Bottle Cap Jewelry—Chantale Pard
32    Kawaii Holiday Ornaments—Chantale Pard
33    8bit Art—Chantale Pard
34    Bubble Pendants—Mary Jarvis Robinson
35    Tiny Top Hats and Fascinators with Laser-Cut Felt Cameos—Andrea Herman
36    Decoupage Tile Mini Masterpieces—Andrea Herman
37    Laser-Cut Steampunk Gear Jewelry—Andrea Herman

Part VI    Vinyl Cutting and Sticker Projects
38    Vinyl Window Clings—Lindsey Tomsu
39    Kawaii Planners—Chantale Pard
40    Create Die-Cut Chibi Stickers—See (Paige) Vang
41    Kawaii Book Bag with Iron-On Vinyl—Jamie Bair
42    Play in Darkness
Shadow Puppetry Meets Tech—Amelia Vander Heide

Part VII    Food-Themed Projects
43    Deco Choco Pocky—Chantale Pard
44    Pocky Wars—Marissa Lieberman
45    Slow-Rise Squishies—Erin Douglass

Part VIII    Craft Projects
46    Kawaii-Faced Polymer Clay Charms—Sarah Simpson
47    Poké Ball Terrariums—Erin Douglass
48    Neko Atsume Fluffies—Chantale Pard
49    MitchiriNeko March Hats—Chantale Pard
50    Screen Printing—Chantale Pard
51    Carving Cute Critters—Sarah Huber, Alyssa Edmondson, Robin Meher
52    Polymer Clay Charms—Natalie Spaan
53    Polymer Clay Magnets—Natalie Spaan

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Ellyssa Kroski

Ellyssa Kroski is the Director of Information Technology and Marketing at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of 60 books, including Law Librarianship in the Age of AI for which she received AALL's 2020 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at Drexel and San Jose State Universities, and an international conference speaker. She received the 2017 Library Hi Tech Award from the ALA/LITA for her long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application. She can be found at:

"This book provides an excellent collection of craft projects across a variety of skill levels and media ... Highly recommended for all libraries that offer programming, but particularly for the tween, teen, and young adult populations.”
— Catholic Library World

"Libraries interested in craft programming will certainly find creative ideas in this book ... The instructions are clear and comprehensive. There is a good mix of crafts for varying age levels, and the suggested links for patterns and supplies will prove valuable.”
— Against the Grain