Palm Tree Sand Art Bottles
I purchased these for VBS. I ordered 4 dozen for crafts. A dozen were busted when we opened the boxes up. An equal number of them broke while the kids were working on the project. The plastic was so thin the joints split. Also several of the palm trees were mishapen/bent. Overall a very disappointing purchase. This is one of the biggest/most expensive crafts we do with the children as they always love the sand craft projects. I will not be purchasing them from Oriental Trading next year.
August 21, 2012
DO NOT BUY!!! Ordered for our luau themed summer camp. Ordered for over 70 children and at least a third were broken upon opening. Despite handling them very gently, another 15-20 broke while the kids were pouring sand in them. Several staff and parents were horrified upon seeing how many came already broken. They told me I should send them back, but we didn't have time since the camp was already taking place. Plastic is too thin and not durable for kids (or adults for that matter) Parents reported that the palm tree craft was the worst part of camp since the trees that survived camp were easily broken upon the kids arriving home.
Very disappointed since not only did I spend my organization's limited funds on the actual palm trees, but I also ordered a ton of colored sand for this project that was never used since so many were broken. Good idea but horrible quality.
July 27, 2012
Kids loved the ones that were not broken.
Glad I over ordered. Three or four out of each unit were broken or would not stand up in base..
July 24, 2012
These were a great size and went perfectly with our VBS theme. However, as noted by another reviewer, there were several in each box that had a hole in the leaf section of the mold. They also break if dropped. We are hot-gluing those that only have a small hole, but some are beyond repair. I would suggest ordering extra to account for possible breakage in the box. For the price per piece, they are still a pretty good value since you probably can't find similar ones at the store for this price. They are a very generous size (which impresses the kids!), but be sure you have enough sand to fill them. Also, there was only 1 funnel in each box, not 6 as noted in the description, so plan accordingly.
July 20, 2012
not a good purchase
this would have been a good craft if half of the was not broken I know you can send them back but I had purchased them for VBS and didn't know they were broke until we used them
July 16, 2012