Red Envelope with Coin & Legend Lacing Craft Kit
Really great value
Purchased for 3rd Grade Chinese New Year celebration. Lace ends are now placticized so threading should not be issue as in previous reviews. Will hot glue decoration and pre-assemble as much as possible (including punching out threading holes). Great price for a classroom project!
October 30, 2012
Patience is Key
Hot glue really works best for the Chinese characters. We added velcro to the envelope lip to keep it closed snugly. I think these are a great product, if you have time for a bit of investment. These are a wonderful way to educate young people about Chinese traditions, too.
October 4, 2010
Red Envelope craft kit
Thought these were cute but too much work for the 8 yr olds I bought them for. Lots of prep work poking out the perforated holes to get the project started. Then after "sewing" one side of the envelope the roping gets frayed and hard to get through holes. Try a piece of tape on the end to make it easier.
February 8, 2011
Needs some work
They turned out really cute. Tacky glue works much better than Elmer's at making things stick. The velcro pieces did not all have adhesive on them like the directions said so we ended up stapling it. It would be nice if the foam pieces were already sticky and you punched them out and peeled of a backing. We also punched all the circles out completely prior to doing it with our group of kids and put tape on the end of the gold cord to keep it from raveling.
February 6, 2011
Be prepared to spend some time on this
I just did this craft with my 1st grader's class. Most kids are 6-7 years old. I had my 7 year old take a stab at this at home before we rolled it out to her classmates. It took a while to get it done, mainly because you have to punch out all the holes in the felt in order to stitch it together. Also, the cord they give you frays as you stitch--you have to tape the end. The rest is easier. I agree with other comments here--tacky glue or hot glue work best. Regular glue gets sucked up by the felt. Definitely glue everything on, and let it dry before you stitch things together. I also bought the fake gold coins separately, and threw out the cheap foam coin that comes with the pack. The kids enjoyed doing this craft--I would definitely recommend it, but know that it does require a good half hour for younger kids.
February 3, 2011