Santa Hat Jingle Bell Necklace Craft Kit
one of our favorite
used for Polar Express Day, children loved this activity.
January 6, 2011
More technical than it looks
This craft is a bit more complicated than it looks. However, the kids were able to figure it out, and were proud of themselves once they completed the necklace. The adults' patience was a bit thinner. It helps if you throw away the instructions.
The cord features a break-away clasp that's not shown in the picture, but improves the safety of the item.
Tip: Use glue dots (at least 12 per necklace), rather than hot glue to make it more child-friendly, and use two dots to secure the fold-over part of the cap. The craft comes with a connector ring to attach the hat to the cord, but it works better to fold the hat over the cord and throw away the ring. This also helps if you glue the fold-over before stringing the necklace.
December 10, 2014
Difficult to assemble.
I purchased these to have my kids assemble and give away to friends and classmates. I tried assembling a couple myself so I can guide my kids, but had a pretty hard time & was unable to get them to look presentable. My kids gave up pretty quickly too. I wouldn't recommend this item.
May 17, 2012
Wait! Needs glue gun/expert.
We bought these kits to sell at a Student Council fundraiser at school, intending to have the kids put the pieces together before selling them. The instructions say: "Be sure to have adult supervision IF using a glue gun..." But there is no way anyone could attach felt and chenille to a chrome bell without hot glue or contact cement. 5th graders CANNOT/SHOULD NOT make these, and it's not cost effective for an adult to do them. The parts are of fine quality - we are going to put the bell on the cord, and sell those :)
December 7, 2010