Scarecrow Bucket Craft Kit
Cutest Thanksgiving craft!
I purchased this for my daughter's 2nd grade party. I made up the craft ahead of time using a glue gun, and then passed them out as party favors. I filled them with the Happy Thanksgiving pencil, Turkey notepad, and a sucker with the felt turkey sucker cover all of which are also sold by Oriental Trading. They turned out so cute and the kids loved them. I will be buying these again!
February 26, 2010
detailed & hard for even me
First off its hard to find glue to hold the foam to the bucket.
I got this for an 8 year old craft.....Wouldnt do it again
Very timely & hard for the kids.
November 9, 2012
Thank you previous reviewers!
Mainly I'm writing this review to thank previous reviewers! These turned out as really cute favors for my preschooler's harvest hoedown but would have been a disaster as a classroom craft! This craft has several gluing steps and therefore needs lots of drying time. It also takes some finesse to get the hat looking just right. I combined the advice of other reviewers to do the straw and hat. I pried open the hooks holding the handle on the bucket. Then I took half the straw, wedged it in the hook, topped it with the foam hat by poking a hole through the foam, and pushed the hook back together. This system worked well to secure the hat and straw to the bucket & I didn't even need to use glue. Overall, the craft is adorable completed but I am thankful for previous reviewer's advice to get it done!
October 6, 2012
I recommend using glue dots. My only frustration was that not all the packages came with everything they were supposed to come with. Some were missing pieces. Oh, and it is difficult for adults to put the little beads on the flower, so we skipped having the kids do it. Maybe the beads should be a self-adhesive something or other.
November 26, 2010
I bought these for my girls scouts to do as as service project. we filled with candy and planned on delivering to a local nursing home. The instructions say to glue the hat on - to what. it was messy project trying to get the stuff to stay on the can.
November 5, 2010
I bought these to put together myself for a dinner. I have read the other comments from people about the brim of the hat and I think the best thing to do is to cut it and make it smaller (not so big around). It fits on much easier. I just think it's too big. I cut a small section out of it and glued it together again. The glue from a glue gun tends to melt the foam a little so I wouldn't recommend using it for the foam or the beads for the sunflower. It's better to use Tacky Glue. The glue disappears when dry. Be sure to allow plenty of time for the pieces to dry especially for the beads. I put glue on the brown circle leaving a space around the edge and then took tweezers to use putting the beads on. Worked like a charm! The beads that were included as an extra did not match the other beads for the sunflower. It's not a quick project because you have to allow for drying time but I do a few steps at a time and then let them dry. You can't beat the price.
They turn out really cute!
I had the wrong things sent to me initially but Oriental Trading corrected the mistake immediately. They are great to work with and would highly recommend them!!
October 14, 2010
Great Retirement Center Craft
The craft group at my mom's retirement center loved these scarecrow buckets! Yes, the hat and straw were a little tricky, but the thick glue dots worked fine. Only wish I could buy colored glue dots so the ladies could see them better. They couldn't wait for their next trip to the dollar store to fill them with candy corn.
September 8, 2010
Absolutely Best Purchase Ever
It is the easiest/cutest I got from O'trading. I don't even use glue for the hat --- which was said the hardest part in other reviews. Obviously, we can't
expect the kids to come out ideas solving techincal
problems, and sometime the instruction comes with the package just didn't work, so we have to try/
do it ourselves before we hand them the craft pack
ans ask them just do it.
Here is what I did: just open up a little space on both ends of the metal handle/hook that stick through the hole of the tin bucket, then put the hollow foam hat up through the bucket and have its lower edge stay on the space that you open on the metal handle/hook, adjust the front/back end to have it stay under the rim of the bucket --- that's it,
it will form a shape of cowboy hat, without glue.
As for the straw, it is also easy: pull out 4/5 pieces from the original straw pack (because you need to
have straws on both right/left side). then slip them
through the little space that you just open on that
metal handle/hook, adjust the position/shape, put
a ltttle glue on the metal hooks that touch the straws
--- you now have a steady hat on this cowboy's head.
The key thing is, you have to open all the metal handles/hooks in every pack before the party, tnen
the older kids can follow your instruction/sample to
put the hat on; for little kids, just help them do it ---
it'll be dont in 1 minutes, with hat and straw, and they can start doing the easier work, glue the foam
As for the glue, I use the Tacky Glue from craft store,
it has no problem to stick the foam pieces and glue
them on the metal part --- alwasy mention don't put
too much glue, just use a wooden stick to stick a
little glue, it will dry faster, and it is enough.
This craft will be use for our church kids on the coming Thansgiving, I'm sure they will love it (with some candies in the bucket). May you have a blessed party too.
September 7, 2010