Review: Creative Bits Craft Kit9:01:00 am
Exams are over everywhere and kids (and their parents) are relieved!!! Now come the holidays with a lot of free time indoors since it’s too hot to do anything fun outside. Sounds like the perfect setting for bored kids, doesn’t it? However, I have the perfect solution for it – a craft kit!!
Poornima, a super talented crafter who blogs at ‘A Spoonfull of Ideas’, has created these awesome craft kits that will keep kids occupied for hours. Yes, I said HOURS; because every craft kit contains a number of craft supplies which you can use to make multiple crafts. No more cries of ‘Mommy, I’m bored’!! She was kind enough to send me a sample craft kit for review, so here goes!!
Description of the Craft Kit
Poornima was really sweet to include a little gift for Cub along with the craft kit. He was over the moon!! The kit came in a lovely blue waterproof pouch. That itself is such an advantage – easy to clean paint and glue blobs off it!
The kit comes personalized with a little label mentioning your child’s name and since most kids can identify their names, this little bit of thoughtfulness will make them very happy! The pouch has two compartments which is very useful; we put all the flat/large parts in one and the smaller pieces in the other.
This pouch is really, really useful for storing anything, actually. I think the best use would be to store the materials needed for the current craft project you are doing – that way, you don’t have to pull out all your tubs and bins just for a few supplies every time you work on it.
Inside the pouch, we find: an introductory letter from the owner, list of supplies included and two pages of craft ideas with pictures.
I should say that the craft instructions are very detailed and step by step, and the pictures are bright and clear.
Now getting to the actual craft stuff, here are the contents of the pouch:
As you can see, there are: a star shaped craft punch, red ribbon roll, double sided tape and two plastic packets and a brown paper packet.
Pack 1 contains a good mix of patterned and plain craft paper, colored foam as well as colored felt sheets. All of them are of extremely good quality and some of those patterns aren’t that easily available in stores.
Pack 2 consists of orange glitter foam. It is quite thick and super shiny! It was very sensible of Poornima to pack it separately; due to that, the glitter arrived intact :).
Pack 3 consists of the smaller craft supplies. I’ve grouped them in this picture along with the punch, ribbon and tape. The contents of pack 3 are:
Plain and glitter pipe cleaners
Pack of assorted buttons
Pack of assorted shiny craft elements
Twine in two colors
Multicolored popsicle sticks
Black sketch pen
The only things missing are paints and scissors, which you’ll find in any store. Here’s a closer look at the tinier items:
What I loved about the Craft Kit
1. Waterproof bag, good for storage in general, or for projects in progress
2. Can make multiple crafts with one kit
3. Much more economical and versatile than project-specific craft kits available in stores
4. Makes a great gift
5. All materials are of extremely good quality
6. Contains items that are not easily available in stores
7. Completely worth every penny or paisa :)
There are really no cons to speak of – the craft kit is perfect as it is!! Just a few suggestions from my side:
1. Plain popsicle sticks instead of multicolor might offer more versatility
2. It would be great if there were mini craft kits for birthday party return gifts, which we could order in packs of 5, 10 etc.
3. A photo gallery on the website where customers could upload their creations made with the craft kit would be loved by the kids!
4. How about a jewelry making version of this craft kit? Probably one for kids with lots of colorful beads and string, and one for adults with more complicated items like findings, wire etc. I know I would buy one in a heartbeat!
What we made using items in the Craft Kit
One look at the orange glitter foam and we knew what we wanted to make!! We decided upon a simple solar system model using the foam to make the sun. We also used the pipe cleaners and star stickers as well as the basic supplies like the pen and glue. Here is our final creation:
For more details on how to make this, read the full DIY post at The Mom Views.
How to buy the Craft Kit?
Each craft kit costs Rs.550.00 + shipping. If you’d like to order one, you can mail Poornima at firstname.lastname@example.org mentioning the age of the child and any customization you’d like. More information is available on the website.
I’d recommend this craft kit to anyone with or without kids – as explained, these supplies are truly versatile and it’s much more economical and hassle free buying the kit rather than scouting several shops for each individual item. Poornima is also planning to launch a refill kit; how cool is that!! Do check out her website for more ideas. Happy Crafting!!