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My daughter loves her arts and crafts, so when she was given this jewellery box to make a few weeks before Christmas she was kept busy for ages making it look pretty.
** In the box **
Inside the box you get a string cardboard / paper Mache heart shaped box that is pink in colour on the outside with a massive variety of shapes and numbers positioned on every side except the base. Inside the box is lined with a pink felt material and a small mirror in the lid. Also included are sheets of different coloured and shaped jewels that are self-adhesive.
The idea of the product is to stick by numbers with the jewels to the box to create a sparkling jewellery box for a little girl's treasure.
** Making the box pretty **
S mentioned you need to take the self-adhesive jewels and stick them to the box in the correct places. There is a sheet of instructions which tell you which jewel relates to which number. We started with number one and worked our way up to the final number twelve.
I have to admit to helping my daughter with this product, not because she couldn't manage herself but because it was a fun product to make and we had fun completing it together.
The jewels fit nicely into the clear shapes on the box, so from a parent's perspective I thought this was good for teaching children numbers, shapes and symmetry as the design on the box was symmetrical.
All in all it took us a couple of hours to complete together, so this would take a child even longer if they were to do themselves.
** Suitability **
The jewellery box is aimed at children age six and over. My daughter is five years old but she managed very well. There were a couple of jewels that were tiny and they probably should have been placed on the box first rather than last. As they were number twelve we had left them to the end and they were quite fiddly to place correctly.
** After Making **
This jewellery box is designed to have a use obviously after making rather than just being a craft product which makes the product better value for money compared to others that don't really have a use after making.
I did notice there were a couple of design faults on the box which could be improved such as there is nothing to open the box at the front. It could have done with a small ribbon catch for children to be able to open without having to try and find a gap. The box lid also becomes quite heavy when all the jewels have been stuck on and that prevents it from staying open on its own.
I also think that heavy handed children may break the back reinforced seal easily if they force open too many times.
Despite all that though it's a very sturdy box and if looked after I think this will last a long time.
** Overall **
This box retails for around the £10 mark which is expensive for a craft project but as it turns into a jewellery box afterwards I think it will make a lovely gift. My daughter has her bits and pieces in it and it's a good size for all jewellery which is another plus point.
If you're looking for a no mess project that can be completed by children without too much assistance then this would be a good buy.
If a jewel is placed on the box by accident in the wrong place, I found they could be removed easily without damaging the box. I also found they stayed in place well and we haven't lost a jewel from the box yet and it's carried around quite a lot believe me.