Make your own kanji worksheets?

So I’m wanting to make my own kanji worksheets because everything I’ve found is lacking. I want the gridlines for practicing balance, I want an example on the page with stroke order and I just want to work on kanji I’ve learned from WK. The first two seem impossible to find let alone having WK support.
So…anyone done this before? Any ideas? I got as far as using excel or similar to make the grid but how would I get the kanji and stroke order in there? Any ideas/resources would help. I’ve looked at (and printed) a LOT of kanji sheets by now and none of them seem to have these items.


It sounds like this is what you’re looking for:

If it’s not exactly, it might still serve as some inspiration!


I’m using that now and it doesn’t work for me. The example kanji are ridiculously tiny and there are no gridlines.
I just don’t know how anyone gets the kanji on the paper with stroke order AND has blank boxes. I get how to do each one individually but not together.

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Ah yeah that’s right, my bad :sweat_smile: my instinct would be to have the kanji with the stroke order as an image in one column, but I’m not super well versed in excel and I’m not sure what all you’ve tried. I wish you the best of luck though, hopefully someone has better advice than me!

I would make this in something like InDesign, Publisher, or LucidChart where you can be more creative with how everything lines up. Or Figma, which is free. Excel would be tough to create anything useful. Not sure exactly what you would want it to look like, because it sounds like it’s pretty specific, maybe you could draw it out?

What I’m thinking is an example kanji with the stroke order, then several traceable kanji in the boxes showing the balance needed. Then blank boxes to practice writing on my own. So like most kanji worksheets except all the ones I’ve seen are either missing gridlines or stroke order.

Edit: Thanks for the idea of indesign tho. I do have cs4. So then it would just be finding kanji images.

I honestly don’t remember who to credit for this, but I remember coming across this website and I have it saved in my bookmarks. It’s just for the Wanikani levels, but it has stroke order and large sized writing areas.

Thanks! I’ll try them out. I was hoping for traceable kanji so I can practice balance too but beggars can’t be choosers.

I also use the sheets. Yes, they don’t have gridlines, but neither does normal paper.

But if you’re doing it yourself and have a color printer, then for stroke order diagrams, I like the color-coded SVG diagrams on

You can just use that viewer page to search for each kanji and screenshot the result (or if you’re familiar with SVG files and want to edit them yourself you can download from the SVG files from the download link on that page).

For traceable, you can just type the kanji normally (or in a bold font for easier tracing) and then set the font color to a lighter grey.

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How did nobody post this script yet? It’s perfect for this!

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THANK YOU. I had found the older version of that which didn’t work with my API key and didnt’ have stroke order. This is perfect!!! Thanks so much!

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What I’ve been doing is using the Kani Wani stroke order little video that’s included, and then writing those kanji into a notebook I picked up from the Japanese dollar store near me!
I’m trying to transition away from KW Into Kame Same, so I think instead I’ll start using, which will probably be much faster anyway.

The notebook I use, again, is from the Japanese dollar store and has the gridlines integrated in. The spacing between lines is also a good size.
The printouts commonly seen online look good, but usually they have very large spaces to write. That’s great for getting started but I think its also good to transition to writing smaller, which in turn, is more realistic.
Of course print outs have the same affects, a notebook is just great to keep it in one place and save some ink/paper.

This is also what i’m going to start using! What’s great is that you can choose if you would like to add gridlines or not, and more. Take heed though because choosing too many levels at once to print tends to slow down the page.

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The creator said to add at most 30 levels at a time. But you can still print everything in one go, just add it in sections.

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I hope there are a few changes that are helpful!


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