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Vendor Spotlight and GIVEAWAY: Arterro Kits (2 of 2)

Reported by Susie Ziegler

My 10-year-old daughter and I were excited to play with craft kits from Arterro. Kits are a great introduction to a new craft without requiring a large investment in materials. She and I have tried a lot of kits in our time and often find that many popular ones for kids are so heavily packaged and prepared it isn’t nearly as fun to make the items as we expect.

What a breath of fresh air to receive Arterro kits! Kits with open ended purpose! We can immerse ourselves in the process with their high quality, sustainable materials. We worked with their new Paint With Wool Portrait Kit:
and the Collage Jewelry Kit:

First we tried needle felting with the Wool Portrait Kit. It contains four, high quality, thick 4-inch wool squares, an array of wool roving in rainbow colors, and three sturdy needle felting needles. Needle felting needles are long and sharp with little barbs to grab wool fibers and lock them together.

The package contains enough instructions and ideas to encourages us to explore the materials and plan our compositions.

Forget planning, Mom. I like this color and I’m getting started!

My daughter used a foam pad as a base that I had around the house. I used a rolled up towel as suggested in our instructions.

“Sweetie, you are using all the color, you have to pull off small pieces of the wool so I can have some.” We agreed that the colors of wool are beautiful. Although there isn’t a large amount of each color, we had plenty for our little wool portraits.

We loved needle felting with these materials. My daughter observed, “This would be fun to do with the Girl Scouts!” We also had an, “Oops! I poked a finger. Ouch!” No harm done, though. She wrapped her finger in a bandage and got right back to work.


It was a dark snowy Saturday, and we were still feeling creative, so we got started on some collage jewelry. This kit contains glaze, a paintbrush, decorative decoupage papers in patterns, tissue paper solids, assorted glass and wooden beads, twine and jewelry findings, and one large wooden bangle.

This time we took a little more time to plan our designs.

At first I didn’t realize the white goo in the pot was a finishing glaze and not the sticky medium. We mixed up a separate little bowl of our own watered down Elmers glue to stick our collage paper to the wood beads.


Again, the papers were beautiful designs and were fun to work with.

Jewelry findings were included in the kit, as were simple instructions to tie the beads to earring wire with the twine.

Pros:

  • Materials are sustainable and natural
  • Appealing collections of creative supplies
  • Fun for all ages, not just kids
  • Enough materials for multiple finished items

Con:

  • We already want to replenish our supplies, especially the thick white wool base material for the needle felting. Arterro only offers craft kits and not extra supplies.

We had a very creative afternoon and my daughter has learned two new crafts she can do herself when she is feeling an urge to make something.

Give these kits a try. We had a great time with them!

GIVEAWAY!
Our friends at Artterro are giving away a kit of the winner’s choice to two of our lucky readers! Answer the following question in the comments section to be entered:

Artterro already has all of these kits to choose from… what ideas do you have for new kits?

Comment by Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 9 pm CST to be entered. One comment per article, please.

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30 Responses to Vendor Spotlight and GIVEAWAY: Arterro Kits (2 of 2)

  1. Lauretta February 24, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    I don’t have any new idea!! :D
    Thank’s for the chance tu win!
    Lauretta
    laura-odd [at] libero [dot] it

  2. catnap February 24, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    These look like so much fun. How I would have loved these as a child. How about something with making a stamp, and stamping cards with it. Or stamping bake in the oven clay to make jewelry or keychains for backpacks. Don’t forget the boys. Something dragon related?

  3. Annette A. February 24, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    How about a coin purse….everyone needs a cute little coin purse and with what the kits come with they could have a really cute coin purse kit. Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. Aznewmom February 24, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    Love collage. I know my DD would have a blast with this. Thanks for a chance to win.

  5. Kelly Massman February 24, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    Looks so very interesting! I’d love to try this! Thanks for a chance to win! Idea: maybe a fun little pillow. I’m boring, I know…

  6. Melanie February 24, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    I want these for myself! Is that bad? They look like they have most kid friendly crafts covered … I can’t think of any thing else!

  7. Do Be Do Bead Do February 24, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    These kits look amazing. Although I don’t have a child in the 8-12 age group, I’d love one of these kits for myself!

  8. Wendy Foster February 24, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    I have eight year old triplets, and we spend most of our weekends crafting. One thing we have not tried is weaving.That might be an idea.

  9. Laura February 24, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

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  10. Laura McDowell February 24, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    Those look like a great way to spend a snowy Saturday :) My 8yr old daughter would love to try either one of these out. Thank you for the chance to win.

  11. Chrisi February 24, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    How cool are these! I’d love one!

  12. Cindy deRosier February 24, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    How about friendship bracelets? I loved making those as a kid. And I agree with a previous commenter- something dragon-related for boys (such as a keychain or zipper pull) would be awesome.

  13. Crafty Pleaser February 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    making clay charms. I love making charms, so to learn how to make them would be awesome!

  14. GreenScrap February 24, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    They are all awesome but I love the Canvas Storybook and the book making.
    TFS!! Take Care!!
    Jennie @ http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/

  15. Tambo February 24, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    What about a shrink art kit. Something to make, such as a key chain or jewelry, like a bracelet or necklace. Thanks

  16. Rebecca Ednie February 24, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    Oh man, if I’d known you’d ask the same question, I’d have saved some of my ideas! How about a space station made of little wooden pieces you can paint like rockets, space men, satellites and little planets.

  17. Karen February 24, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    All your kits look great, maybe a cloth book or something for scrapbooking!!!
    Thanks for an awesome giveaway!!!
    Karen dkolopez@msn.com

  18. McStamper February 24, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    Gosh, there are so many to choose from – I can’t think of anything new. I would love to win, though.

  19. Deci February 24, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    I was going to say wire jewelry, but they already have one!
    How about wire and cabochon?

  20. rush February 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    how about the materials to make the banners that are so popular today?

  21. Donna February 24, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    How about picture frames. I think that would be fun. Thanks for the chance to win.

  22. Donna February 24, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    Something with a little glitter or sparkle. My DD likes drawing, too. Bookmarks?

  23. Chinajo February 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

    These are adorable kits, the felting is really cool

  24. Sue in CT February 25, 2011 at 6:07 am #

    I would do one for cards, diary book, posters (for wall), frames, dinosaurs, planets, sneaker jewelry (seems to be a fad now), cars (trucks and trains and planes), cork board, magnets. All I can think of off hand.

  25. Bandon, Oregon February 25, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    Thanks for a chance to win. I LOVE these kits. Someone posted about weaving… That would be fun. In keeping with their theme of the type of materials they use, I was thinking about some type of Flower Kit. Using wire and beads… or maybe making Flowers out of Felt.

    Thanks again,
    Faith

  26. Jules February 25, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    I would love to see an easy to use uv resin kit or a paper lampshade kit.

  27. Jules February 25, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    Would also love to see a boys kit, maybe decoupage cars or little figures

  28. Cheryl February 25, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    I have always been interested in learning to wool felt as I really didn’t know what it was. Thanks for the great review. My granddaughter would love to do this with me.
    Cheryl Sims chsglsatgmaildotcom

  29. HelenM February 26, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    I really liked the felt one. Never saw anything like this! Thanks!!

  30. Bunny February 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    I love these kits and know my daughter would too. She loves animals so something to do with animals would be great.