Tuesday, March 12, 2013

(Product Review) Beaded Holiday Charm Bracelet Craft Kits

Beaded Holiday Charm Bracelet Craft Kits Review

Oriental Trading Company Beaded Holiday Charm Bracelet Craft Kit - Crafts for Kids & Jewelry Crafts ...

Reviewed by kelly60 on 2013-03-11

Product Rating: 4

Community Rating: Very Helpful

Pros: Inexpensive, easy-to-follow instructions, fun for kids, individually packaged kits, great group project.

Cons: Some beads closed, low quality elastic, some beads missing but includes packet of spare beads.

Summary: Cute and inexpensive kids craft project. Sold by the dozen, these are available for under $1 per jewelry making kit. Each is individually packaged and includes easy to follow instructions.

I have always enjoyed crafts, and enjoy making a variety of different craft projects with my grandchildren. I have made a lot of assorted jewelry items over the years and usually pick up my materials in bulk, but there are times when the kids and I work from a kit. I picked up a few different Bead Craft Kits to make with the kids. One of the kits I chose was the Beaded Holiday Charm Bracelet Craft Kits from Oriental Trading Company a while back and we made some cute Christmas bracelets together.

The kit contains everything you need to make 12 Beaded Holiday Charm Bracelets. I liked that each bracelet kit was packaged separately so you can just hand out the packets to each child. Unfortunately there were beads missing from several of the packets, but luckily, there was also a packet of spare beads which helped to make up for the missing ones. There were also some of the beads that did not have the holes all the way through them. In some cases I was able to punch it through with a needle, but some of them needed to be replaced from the spare parts packet.

These bracelet kits come with red and green plastic beads, plus two different styles of silver beads, and 6 charms including two each of the gingerbread man, Christmas tree and candy cane charms. I was disappointed to find that the charms were only painted on the one side so the backs were plain, although not a big deal for the kids. The beads range in size from 1/8 to 1/4 inch in diameter, and the enamel charms are 5/8 inches. The cord is approximately 12 inches long which gives plenty of room for stringing the beads and tying the completed bracelet together.

The instructions are easy for the kids to follow, and the kids enjoyed making their jewelry. These kits were fun for my granddaughters to put together, and would also be a good project for day care, girl scouts, Christmas parties or other groups of children and also work well in gift bags for the kids. They are recommended for children 8 years or older, although some children as young as 4 or 5 years old would probably enjoy it as well. You should use caution when putting these together around young children because the parts are small and could present a choking hazard for little ones.

These bracelets worked well for the the kids, although for larger wrists you might need to combine a couple of kits per bracelet in order to fill out the bracelet. Additionally, the elastic cord was not a very good quality and may break if the kids are rough with their bracelets. Even so, the total price worked out to less than a dollar per bracelet, so I was happy with these inexpensive craft projects for the kids.

Originally published on Epinions.

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