Decorating jewellery boxes with Gel-a-Peel

Over the last few months the girls have loved getting to grips with Gel-a-Peel, a range of crafting kits where the possibilities are endless. We have made beads and bracelets, decorated diaries and made Mothers day cards. And although the girls have loved every single Gel-a-Peel set we have tried so far, the Pearly Pastel Kit is by far their favourite.

This week the girls were very excited to decorate a jewellery box each, although there was the usual bickering over who would have the larger box. “I’m having the bigger box, I’m the bigger sister!” Eva had said. “But we’re both the same size!!” Megan had told her, which really made me laugh. After a lot of arguing back and forth they agreed that Megan would have the small box, and Eva would have the large and the small box. I think that Megan needs to work harder on her negotiation skills!

The girls favourite thing about the Pearly Pastels Kit is that it comes with the Gel-a-Peel tray. You simply fill the trays with one of the three coloured gels…

Scrape away any residue…

And it’s as simple as that! I have mentioned before that Gel-a-Peel is aimed at ages 8 years and over, but I have no qualms about my girls using the kits and they are more than capable of using them correctly. The kits also come with templates to create a number of different designs, something which the girls both enjoy.

With Megan being 15 months younger than Eva, it’s always nice to see that each time we do one of the Gel-a-Peel crafts, even if just a few weeks have passed in between, Megan is that little bit more confident at following the templates, or it holds her attention a little longer than the last time. Eva is definitely the craftier of the two (in more ways than one!) but Megan really enjoyed herself this week and it was lovely to see!

Once all of the gel had dried, which can be anything from ten minutes to ten hours dependent on the room temperature or the thickness of the gel, we simply lifted them out of the tray and the girls were ready to create their jewellery box designs!

Applying a small amount of the gel to each “gem” the girls were able to position them onto the jewellery boxes where they were firmly held into place.

This was the girls favourite part of the craft – and mine too! They did it in complete and utter silence!!

Eva’s approach was very careful, very organised and specific…

Where as Megan’s approach was a little more chaotic!

And with both jewellery boxes done, and the girls over the moon with their designs, they were all ready to fill them with treasure!


*** We were sent this kit for the purpose of the review. All words and opinions are my own. ***



  1. June 7, 2017 / 2:38 am

    Look at those tiny hands trying to make something creative! I love the whole setup. it looks so beautiful and I am sure the kiddo loved doing this little fun thing.

    • Laura Dove
      June 8, 2017 / 3:57 pm

      They had so much fun, I love to see them concentrating like that! xx

  2. June 7, 2017 / 7:12 am

    Sounds like a great activity to keep kids amused and quiet. Love the results too! I’m only 4 so a bit too young to use Gel-a-Peel on my own but it’s definitely something my mummy would like to do with me x

    • Laura Dove
      June 8, 2017 / 3:56 pm

      Ahh I’m sure you will love it in the future! xx

  3. June 7, 2017 / 9:13 am

    This looks like such a fun kit and something a bit different to do with the children!

    • Laura Dove
      June 8, 2017 / 3:54 pm

      The girls love it, we’ve made all sorts now with the kits! xx

  4. June 7, 2017 / 10:05 am

    This is such a lovely idea, perfect to make as gifts. I had never heard of this before but I think it is something that Grace would love to do. Beautiful photos of your girls x

    • Laura Dove
      June 8, 2017 / 3:53 pm

      Thank you Cathy, we are huge fans of the craft sets! xx

  5. June 7, 2017 / 10:44 am

    Ooooh what a fab idea my daughter would love to do this…perfect for some mummy daughter bonding time! xx

    • Laura Dove
      June 8, 2017 / 3:53 pm

      Definitely, although I don’t get much of a look in, they are SO independent! xx

  6. June 7, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    What a lovely idea. These look great 🙂 Beautiful pictures Laura.

    • Laura Dove
      June 8, 2017 / 3:53 pm

      Thank you Claire. xx

    • Laura Dove
      June 8, 2017 / 3:52 pm

      Thank you, they really enjoyed it! xx

  7. Rachel
    June 7, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    Aww lovely post of your girls decorating the boxes. My 2 little Witches would love this craft, this is down our street.

    • Laura Dove
      June 8, 2017 / 3:51 pm

      Hehe, I’m sure they would. We love all of the kits they do! xx

  8. June 7, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    It look’s like they are having a great time, I have seen these sets and always thought my daughter would be too young for them at 4, good to know that they are easy enough for younger children x

    • Laura Dove
      June 8, 2017 / 3:50 pm

      I would definitely recommend them for younger children too, the pastels kit is fab with this tray, you really can’t go wrong! xx

  9. June 8, 2017 / 6:15 am

    Wow this is a great idea! Perfect gift for my little sister. She will love me for this. 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      June 8, 2017 / 3:45 pm

      I hope she enjoys it Chei! xx

  10. June 8, 2017 / 7:45 am

    Ahhh this looks amazing, I actually would love to do this 🙂 🙂 Thanks for linking up to this weeks #bestandworst

    • Laura Dove
      June 8, 2017 / 3:45 pm

      Thanks Helen, I really enjoy it too! xx

  11. June 8, 2017 / 10:47 am

    I absolutely love this idea! Looks like so much fun. Perfect activity during birthday parties!

    • Laura Dove
      June 8, 2017 / 3:44 pm

      I find it really therapeutic, although I don’t get much of a look in with the girls! xx

  12. June 8, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    How brilliant are these little do it your self boxes. My daughter would love this.

    • Laura Dove
      June 8, 2017 / 3:43 pm

      They kept the girls quiet for ages, that’s always a bonus! xx

  13. Ali Rost
    June 8, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    This is such a fun idea! I love that they’re able to create all of the “stickers” by themselves and decorate the boxes however they’d like. I’m imagining hours of fun. Passing your post along to a friend, she has girls that are about the same age as yours. I know she’ll love it! x

    • Laura Dove
      June 8, 2017 / 3:42 pm

      Ahh thanks Ali, I hope they enjoy it! xx

    • Laura Dove
      June 8, 2017 / 3:41 pm

      The girls really enjoy the Gel-a-peel sets! xx

  14. June 8, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    The girls did such as fantastic job! This is a great craft idea to keep the kiddos busy!

    • Laura Dove
      June 9, 2017 / 11:32 am

      Thank you, they were so proud of them! xx

  15. June 8, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    This looks like lots of fun and easy to use for little hands. Your girls look like they were really enjoying decorating their boxes. I might have to get one of these for my niece xx #BloggerClubUK

    • Laura Dove
      June 9, 2017 / 11:29 am

      They really enjoyed them, and now they’ve filled their boxes with all of their treasure! xx

  16. June 8, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    Very cute. This looks like an art project that I did with my teens at the library. Although theirs was more ornate and they painted them and we put a lacquer on them. They seemed to have a good time.

    • Laura Dove
      June 9, 2017 / 11:28 am

      That sounds fab! I loved anything like this at their age, and I still enjoy it now! xx

  17. June 9, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    Oh I think Eliza would adore this, will look into it for her birthday, thank you

    • Laura Dove
      June 10, 2017 / 3:11 pm

      I’d definitely recommend it! xx

  18. June 9, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    Aw! Must be an amazing experience for you just watching those tiny hands making their masterpieces! Your daughters are adorable and Gel-a-Peel looks amazing for keeping kids engaged when they are crafting!

    • Laura Dove
      June 10, 2017 / 3:09 pm

      I love doing crafts with the children, even more so when it keeps them quiet! xx

  19. June 9, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    so much creativity in those tiny little hands 🙂 happy faces doing work 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      June 10, 2017 / 3:08 pm

      They love anything creative! I was the same at their age! xx

  20. June 9, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    awww lovely idea, I can imagine Anya would love this sort of thing so I’ll look out for it for the summer holidays to keep her occupied

    • Laura Dove
      June 10, 2017 / 3:07 pm

      It would be perfect for the rainy days, not that I hope we have any! xx

    • Laura Dove
      June 10, 2017 / 3:03 pm

      It’s so much fun and lovely for them to get creative! xx

    • Laura Dove
      June 10, 2017 / 3:02 pm

      Oh I know, so much fun! xx

  21. June 12, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    They look like so much fun! Nice to create little pieces to go on, rather than being able to let loose on the boxes directly!!

    • Laura Dove
      June 13, 2017 / 9:10 am

      Yes I agree, far less mess too! xx

  22. elizabeth o
    June 15, 2017 / 3:48 am

    Arts and crafts are a great way to help kids develop their fine motor skills and learn to share. Their finished boxes are pretty. Hopefully, Eva will let her little sister have first dibs next time…

    • Laura Dove
      June 15, 2017 / 1:08 pm

      Haha I like to think so but I never know with the girls, Megan will do anything to please her sister! xx

  23. June 16, 2017 / 9:42 am

    Beautiful and nice ideas to decorate wooden jewellery box. I would encourage my children and their friends to do this.

    • Laura Dove
      June 16, 2017 / 6:31 pm

      It was so much fun! xx

    • Laura Dove
      June 20, 2017 / 8:57 am

      Thank you so much. xxx

  24. July 13, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    This is fantastic! I picked up a trinket box for my daughter then realised I had no idea how she would go about decorating it. This is the answer and I shall be looking into getting a kit or two very soon! She is very much a hands on girl and loves crafting so something like this would be perfect.

    • Laura Dove
      July 15, 2017 / 10:19 pm

      Ahh yes I totally recommend this set! We decorate everything! xx

  25. September 16, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    Lovely ideas to decorate a boring wooden box to a exciting shining box. It can be done by kids so easily and they would love to learn such colorful and beautiful things. Thanks for sharing!

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