Stable Nativity Stand-Up with Foam Tape
Not worth the price!
I paid $8 for this as a less-than-perfect item. For what I paid for it, I think it's great, but I would never pay full price for it. I found it to be pretty time-consuming to put together but easy to do. I also used clear velcro instead of the (non-working) foam tape it came with so that I could hopefully get a few year's use out of it. When I put it together, the stable can easily lean slightly to one side or the other. It just isn't very stable. Since I am using it for a preschool Nativity performance and was worried the kids might accidentally knock it over, I ended up turning the roof/wall pieces on their long side (thank goodness I used velcro) and made it a thinner stable. This actually seemed to work better and it seemed less wobbly. I also put it against a wall to help it stay put. Maybe if you use the foam tape it comes with (I see it comes with 3 now instead of the 1 roll I got ) and tape every nook and cranny it will hold up better. Ultimately I'm happy with what I got for what I paid for it, but I would never pay full price. I'm pretty sure you could slap some wood and plywood together and throw on some brown paint and have a much sturdier stable for less than what you'd pay for this cardboard one.
December 7, 2012
Not worth the $
I lucked up and bought this for $8 because the the tape was faulty. Boy am I glad I didn't pay full price! It's somewhat easy to put together but didn't hold up very well, in fact, it fell apart onstage! So this year, I used my glue gun to glue together the standing pieces and used Velcro tape for the "slats" so we can hopefully use it more. Maybe worth about $30 but not $84!
November 29, 2012
This was purchased for a church Christmas program. It took a while to put together, but it wasn't difficult. However, I did use clear packing tape to tape the inside of the joints together because some kept popping apart. I was impressed by the large size - it is a lot taller and wider than you would think, and will look nice for the program. The double-sided sticky tape they provide to stick the mock wood slats don't work well; they pop off too easily, so I will have to use clear packing tape to attach them. Overall, it looks nice, but it seems fragile to the touch and a bit "rickety." I hope it lasts for more than one year. I was not impressed with the price - it's not worth more than $50. Afterall, it is made entirely out of cardboard.
November 19, 2010