Earlier this month I shared with you the new line of craft kits from American Girl Crafts that are inspired by the historical American Girl characters. The kits come complete with high quality materials to make the project shown in the box and instructions, too. We were sent two of the kits to review – American Girl Crafts Painted Memory Box Kit, Josefina Montoya
and American Girl Crafts Embroidered Pillow Kit, Felicity Sweet Heart. Over the weekend Natalie did Josefina’s project and I think it turned out very nicely.
These are the boxes of the two kits we received to review – Josefina’s Painted Memory Box and Felicity’s Sweet Heart Stitched Pillow.
Josefina’s Painted Memory Box kit came with the wooden box, 2 paint brushes (which are nice enough to keep for more projects), 9 mini tubs of paint (again, we had enough to keep for another project); stencils and an instruction booklet. Now that Natalie has done this project I am sure we could make additional memory boxes from the inexpensive wood boxes you can get at the craft store.
The instruction booklet is very well written and easy to follow. I love that it also gives the girls some design inspiration and painting techniques to try as well.
Natalie spent a lot of time planning out her design and tracing the stencil designs on to her box. She took her time and made the box something she would like to display in her room.
Here is her box almost done. She had to stop painting for the day as we were going out to dinner, but I think it looks great so far. Hopefully she will have time this weekend to put the finishing touches on it.
I love how she painted the heart on the inside of the box! What a sweet idea. This would be a great place to store all the little cards and instruction booklets that come with the historical American Girl dolls and the cards that the Innerstar U charms come on, too.
For $20 (depending on where you get it), this kit is a good value – especially since most of the contents can be reused in other projects. You can purchase the Josefina kit and the other American Girl Historical Craft kits at Barnes&Noble, Amazon, and limited independent stores or at AmericanGirlCrafts.com. I would definitely recommend watching for store coupons and sales and picking up the craft kits to keep for a rainy day project, sleepovers or birthday party favors.
These are the contents of the Felicity Embroidered Pillow kit (the scissors and tape measure belong to us). This project is definitely more advanced and is taking more patience from Natalie and guidance from me. We’ll keep you posted on the progress of this project, too.