Sunday, May 6, 2012

Quincrafts Deluxe Suncatchers Kit (Review)

So far, today has been filled with rain and thunder. Fortunately, I usually have a treasure trove of crafts around to fill up days like these! A few nights ago, when we also found ourselves stuck inside, I whipped out a suncatcher kit to work on. My thoughts at the time were that I could occupy my daughter's time while she was making gifts for her grandmas for Mother's Day.

We opened up the Quincrafts Deluxe Suncatchers Kit and found that it was full of goodies. It included suncatchers that could function as magnets, picture frames, necklaces, and key chains. Overly ambitious, I set all of the catchers out onto an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet for my daughter to work on. The kit also came with 6 different colors, so I thought that we would be able to make some really pretty suncatchers.



After surveying our kit's contents, I preheated the oven to 375 and set out the suncatchers for my daughter to fill. For filling on the suncatchers, you will want a tweezers and a spoon handy. My daughter filled a couple of the suncatchers in and got a little frustrated when she knocked the tray causing the colors to mix. At this point, I decided it may not be the best idea to try to complete all of them at one time. I left her with the flowers, butterfly, and snail to fill.

She was able to fill the three pretty much on her own. She did have a difficult time understanding that you need to really fill each section, as you will see in the finished picture. I had to help by using the tweezers to move stray beads.

We put the suncatchers in the oven for a little over 20 minutes and cooled them for 10 minutes after. Our finished products came out pretty, but I do not think that we had the suncatchers filled enough before heating.

Overall, I was satisfied with the craft. The instructions were simple and easily executed. However, you may not want to try to work on all of the suncatchers in one session. Also, you will want to be sure to fill the suncatchers all the way up to avoid the bubbling we had. My daughter is only 7. However, even though the package does recommend that the child be 8, I think she was fine to work on the project with my guidance. The only frustration that she had was probably mainly due to trying to complete all of the suncatchers at one time.

As far as using our creations for gifts--it seems as though my plans have backfired. My daughter will not give up her treasures!

***Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for this post. The opinions expressed are 100% my own.

2 comments:

  1. My kids love doing suncatchers. My son was doing these last year when he was only 4.5. He's that kind of kid though that has the patience to pick up one little piece at a time! They do turn out beautifully and look so great in the window.

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