Thanks to Mental Floss and RocketNews24, we now know about some amazing kits that allow you to use paper to recreate iconic scenes and sites from Studio Ghibli films, such as “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away.”
The papercraft kits by Sankei include everything you need to create the cat bus (pictured above) from Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, the Jiji house from “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” and more.
The kits are available on Amazon, and are a little pricey, since they ship from Tokyo, but may be well worth it for big Studio Ghibli fans.
What Studio Ghibli scene would you most like to create? Let us know in the comments below!
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P.S. On a related note, you may also be interested in this post from RocketNews24: Studio Ghibli letter sheds new light on Spirited Away mysteries.
This has to be one of the easiest DIYs we’ve shared on GeekCrafts – yarn, felt, thread, and BAM! You got yourself some Soot Sprites from Studio Ghibli.
Kate at Scientific Culture shares how she likes to string them up so they hover in the corner of her apartment. “I’ve been taking those little sprites around with me for years now and any visitors always give me weird looks at the eye ball Pom poms I have hanging in the dark corners of my ceiling,” she explained.
For the uninitiated, the Soot Sprites are supernatural spirits seen in Hayao Miyazaki’s famous anime-productions “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away” [Wikipedia and Spirited Away wikia].
Would your visitors give you a strange look, or a thumbs up? Share with us in the comments!
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“Do you like spirits, mommy? Even fuzzy ones?”
Mei Kusakabe in My Neighbor Totoro
Here’s a fuzzy spirit you can’t help but like – a crochet Totoro lovey by Katie Stevens at Craft Sauce. This adorable half-amigurumi, half-blankie looks like it would be quick to stitch up, and oh, so huggable!
Katie also has patterns for other geeky loveys, like Pikachu and Nyan Cat!
Are you madly stitching for the holidays? What’s left on your to-craft list? Let us know in the comments!
Check out this stunningly beautiful Studio Ghibli Full Sleeve Tattoo! Ghibli has to be my all time favourite animation studio (possibly tied with Disney), and this tattoo shows off the artwork beautifully, incorporating at least five different Ghibli films in a seamless sleeve. I have to say, I am very jealous of this ink!
LadyKatka from Ravelry made this incredibly huge Totoro. Seriously, he weighs 14.8 lbs. For those people without Ravelry accounts, do not despair, all the photos are on Flickr too. It’s worth clicking through for the rest of the photos – my favourite is the one where he takes up her entire backseat.
I found some AMAZING cookie cutters on WarpZone Prints on Etsy, and I just could not resist trying them out!! So, I ordered a few and here’s the finished result! I absolutely love them!! I also have a Mr. Drippy cutter, but I wasn’t able to get the cutter to come out very well, so that needs some practice I think! Athey Moravetz from WarpZone prints makes all the cutters with a 3D printer, and can make custom cutters as well as all the ones in the store!