Review: Creative Bits Craft Kit

9:01:00 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
Decorative tape
Googly eyes
Pack of assorted buttons
Pack of assorted shiny craft elements
Twine in two colors
Multicolored popsicle sticks
Glue
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 aspoonfullofideas@gmail.com 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!!

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28 comments

  1. This is actually quite creative and awesome... especially for kids with summer vacations coming up and moms with no idea how to handle them :D

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    1. It certainly is, Roshan. Especially for families in small towns where it isn't easy to get specialized craft supplies.

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  2. I told Poornima that this is a wonderful idea and it's lovely to see what you created with it. I'm seriously tempted to get one for myself. ;)
    A well-balanced review, Fab.

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    1. Thank you, Corinne! It is great idea, isn't it!! Yes, Poornima has really thought it out well - the kit is complete!!

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    2. Corinne, Thanks again :) (Grinning broadly)

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  3. That is awesome! Kids and moms everywhere will love this. Everything you need in the pouch to create many wonderful things. I loved your solar system. Very cool! ♥

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    1. Thank you, Kathy!!! True, this kit is great for kids to take to a friend's or grandma's house as well - it's portable!

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  4. Very bad at DIY.. I believe in GID (Get it Done) :D

    PhenoMenon
    http://throodalookingglass.com/2014/04/extraordinary-exciting-experiences/

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    1. Ha ha ha, GID, that's a good one!

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  5. I really need to get my son into more creative things like this as he loves it. We tried origami, but this will keep him busy for longer!

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    1. That's the beauty of this kit - just looking at all those materials is sure to spark a few ideas!

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  7. Dear Fabida, Thank you so much for this post. I loved it and the solar system you made is awesome. Heading over to TMV to check out how you made it. I really liked your suggestions & will try to implement many of these slowly but surely. Lots of hugs to you.

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    1. My pleasure, Poornima!! We had lots of fun with the kit and there's still so much more we can do with it!

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    1. I know, I loved it too :)) All items in one place for busy people!

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  9. awesome solar system Fab! Loved what you made with the super craft kit. And I liked that suggestion about making mini kits as return gifts. i know I'd rush in and buy them, because Poornima, you know whose birthday is coming soon ;-)

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    1. Thank you, Gauri!! I know, these would be so much more useful for kids than toys or candy!!

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  10. This looks like such an awesome kit Fabida and even elders can enjoy this. Am gonna book mark this and check for later use <3

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    1. It is great for us too,Afshan!! Do be sure to check out more details on the website!

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  11. Oh!! That's such a fun craft kit!! And you two did a great job!! <3

    P.S.: Even my sister is giving entrance exams! *same pinch*

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    1. Same pinch!! She can't wait for it to get over, got a lot of things planned!

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  12. Loved what you made out of the kit :) the kit sure looks like an interesting idea... thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes it is Ramya!! It makes a superb gift for our kids or their friends, much better than expensive, plastic toys!!

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