Colour Changing Gel-a-Peel

Colour Change Gel-a-Peel

Just before Christmas we were sent a new set of Colour Changing Gel-a-Peel, with Christmas goodies to decorate.

We’ve had a few goes with Gel-a-Peel, including the Glow In The DarkPearly Pastels and a Bead Maker, so this colour change Gel-a-Peel fit right in with our existing collection.  The fact that all the kits are mix and match which is a bonus as you can make them all work together.

The Solar Colour Change Accessory Kit comes with three Gel-a-Peel tubes, 16 design templates, a gel tray with the tools to make gel shapes and gems and a drawing sheet.  There are also 5 designer tips – 3 round, 1 rake and a star and a cleaning tool.

The kids really like these kits. They offer a range of creative options – they made some of the gels into earrings for Christmas presents, bracelets and gelling foam gingerbread men for Christmas decorations.

The squeeze tubes are easy to open, and with a nozzle on you can quickly squeeze and decorate. The gels take about 24 hours to dry, which is frustrating for smalls, but also a positive, because if there are mistakes or mis-squeezes, you can always fix it up.

The Solar Colour Change Accessory Kit, go on in pink, purple or turquoise, and when exposed to sunshine – or strong artificial light – the color changes to coral, lavender and gold.

Gel-a-Peel can be used on a variety of surfaces, and can make fun and funky jewellery items. If you’re looking for something with an actual wearable finish, you might want some adult oversight, but either way, it’s fun and creative for the kids.

Gel-A-Peel Sparkle Bead Station Review

Since discovering Gel-a-Peel last year, we’ve been having lots of fun with it, so when we were sent the Gel-a-Peel Sparkle Bead Station I knew it would be popular.

The first thing I’ll say about the Gel-a-Peel bead station is that despite the big box, it’s all quite small and compact, which is I think is great for storage and putting things away!

Gel a peel Sparkle Bead Station

The second thing is that like with many new tools it takes practice to get it right, or at least anywhere near what the beads on the box look like. But that’s part of the fun.

In the box you’ll receive the bead station, the beading rods, the gel, string and the fittings for jewellery and three sparkle gel colour tubes – enough to make around 100 beads.

Set up is very simple: my 7 year old had it set up by the time I finished reading the instructions. Simply place the beading rods into the bead station, and one at a time, use them to make your beads, then move them to the opened tray to dry.Gel a peel Sparkle Bead Station

There’s one rod that’s larger than the rest – you can use this one for creating pencil grips or larger beads.Gel a peel Sparkle Bead Station

The Gel-a-Peel gel is kind of like working with icing when doing a cake – it takes a little practice and the main thing is to make sure that it has plenty of other gel to attach to. Make it nice and thick and make sure it’s touching other gel on parts of the same bead so that it will stick together once dried. It’s important to leave the beads to dry long enough otherwise they just fall apart. I’d say leave them overnight.

Another tip is to not put the gel too close to the edge as you need to have a bit of room to click the rods out and that can be a bit tough.
Gel a peel Sparkle Bead Station

Left to dry over night, the beads can be carefully loosened and then sort of ‘rolled’ off the rods and used in jewellery and other decorative occasions where you’d use beads.

Another bonus of the Gel-a-Peel Sparkle Bead Station is that you can use other gels from other kits, as well as other accessories from other kits, so there’s lots of creative freedom.

The Gel-a-Peel Sparkle Bead Station is available on Amazon and other leading toy stores.

Mother’s Day Crafts With Gel-A-Peel Pearly Pastels

Following our first experience with Glow in the Dark Gel-a-Peel a few months ago, we were keen to try the Gel-a-Peel Pearly Pastels in time for Mothering Sunday. Of course this sees me overseeing the decoration of my own gifts, but hey ho, these are the sacrifices we must make.  I absolutely loved the ‘frames’ that came with the kit, so decided to make them, but rather than cutting the pictures to size to fit inside, just used them as overlays. I love it!

Read more: Mother’s Day Crafts With Gel-A-Peel Pearly Pastels

Glow In The Dark Gel-A-Peel #DesignaDiary Review

This week the kids and I were introduced for the first time to the joys of Gel-A-Peel. Gel-A-Peel is as the name suggests a liquid gel with which you can make patterns and shapes, decorations, jewellery and anything else you can think of really. Leave it to dry for a few hours and peel it off – hey presto!


Read more: Glow In The Dark Gel-A-Peel #DesignaDiary Review