Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Review of the "American Girl Crafts" Mosaic Frame Kit

The American Girl dolls are pretty popular in my household and we have been blessed with another opportunity to test out one of their kits.  The "American Girl" line of craft kits by "E.K. Success" can be found at local craft stores, online and other retailers.  They vary in price and are geared to specific ages.   This particular kit is recommended for "American Girl" fans ages eight and up.  This "Mosaic Frame Kit" retails for about $19.99.

The "Mosaic Frame Kit" comes complete with:

  • A project & idea booklet
  • Acrylic Frame
  • 142 Patterned Shapes
  • 1 Green Square Stencil
  • 1 Pink Circle Stencil
  • 24 Clear Plastic Bubble Stickers
  • 16 Self Adhesive gems
  • 3 Ribbons
  • Adhesive Foam Squares

The instructions include some drawings that make it fun for the crafter to follow, without having to stop

and read the whole booklet.  However, the booklet does offer some great tips and ideas for personalizing the projects.  There is even instructions for creating a fun scavenger hunt game to entertain the kids.
The colorful papers in the kit are actually pre cut shapes that the kids can use to decorate their frame

The clear bubble stickers are pretty neat and a nice finish to the pictures and/or die cuts used in the project.

The frame itself is really cute, it is made from acrylic which is safer for the kids to craft with.

Making the project is pretty easy, just choose some pictures.  My girls found it easier to hold the photo stencil to decide which pictures to use.

Or you can use the frame to see how the pictures will look.

Once the kids have picked out the pictures, then they just need to cut them out.  The pictures are pretty small so if you are working with younger children, then I would recommend cutting the pictures out for them.  If you have one of those fun inch sized square punches, then those will work too.  The project took about 30 minutes total to make and came out great.

You can also add pins and other mementos as embellishments onto the frame like my daughter did below.
The American Girl Mosaic Frame Kit  with embellishments

If you are looking for a fun quick and easy craft for your "American Girl" fan, then this kit will not disappoint. It is super easy and a fun memory project for your own "American Girl" to do.  The finished project is so cute.

●  Lay everything out so you can pick your colors, shapes and photos.
●  If you are using the kit for younger children, you can help avoid frustration by using either the enclosed adhesive foam squares or use glue dots (my personal favorite).
●  Use up those fun stickers and buttons you  have around the house to use as accents for this fun frame.

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