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Having a little girl means that I often get to play with sparkly art and craft activities. I was quite excited to be able to take part in the Sequin pictures from Galt when we received them as it reminded me of sequin pictures from when I was a child.
** In the box **
Inside the box / packet you receive two thick boards with a plastic layer covering the self-adhesive board. Each board is approximately A4 in size and is made up of two different pictures, which in our case were kittens. These sets can be bought with different themes.
As they are pre coloured, they are quite attractive to the eye before you have even started, and you can tell that they will look lovely when finished. Inside the picture outlines there are a lot of sequin sized circles which are also pre coloured to match the sequins that are also enclosed in the pack.
The last addition to the product was a wax crayon which is put in to be able to pick up the sequins. I didn't realise this little trick would work quite so well so it's a nice touch to not have to pick the sequins up with hands and get frustrated when they drop.
** How to use **
Initially I was worried that because the boards had an adhesive layer that they would dry out if the whole picture wasn't completed at the same time. I was pleasantly surprised to see you could peel the backing off in small sections so this made completing this picture much better before we had even started.
As the sequins are included, and there are plenty for the two pictures, you will need to place them in a storage pot if the picture isn't going to be completed in one sitting. We found it was a good idea to separate the colours as well, as once opened from their plastic packets, you just know they would get lost, dropped etc. easily.
We found that the sequins didn't stick very well if you placed them on with the dome facing upwards. If you placed the sequin onto the board with the flattest side down then they stuck very well so this was the way forward. With the wax crayon my five year old daughter found this really easy to complete despite the box advising for children aged six and up.
** Overall **
From a parents perspective I thought it was a lovely idea that you could complete in sections, and that when finished it made a nice picture for a bedroom wall. My only negative to this product was that despite the sequins sticking well when applied, some of them did start to drop off after a few days. I also noticed that if you removed the backing paper too quickly on a big area and the dust started to get to the board, then it did start to lose its stickiness a bit quickly.
Despite this, a pack of two pictures cost in the region of £4.99 which places it right in my bracket for a children's birthday party gift, and it looks like you would pay a lot more, so I think it's worth it's money.