Sunday, November 25, 2018

The New Line of Room Decor DIY Craft Kits from LaurDIY and Mattel Make the Perfect Gift for Girls Ages 8+ This Holiday Season (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

While I wish my girls could stay little a little bit longer, each and every day they do something that reminds me that they are are growing up, and becoming more and more independent. While they still have 8 more years until they head off to college, they are already doing "big girl" things like having sleepovers, doing intricate DIY arts and crafts projects, enjoying at-home spa days, and wanting to wear make up and pick out their own clothes, based on their moods and personal style.  So, when I saw the new LaurDIY kits, which are new for 2018, I knew two girls were are 7/8 going on 30! :-)

LaurDIY kits are inspired by Lauren Riihimaki, a YouTube entertainer with a DIY channel called LaurDIY.  She has over 15+ million followers across all her social media channels, and shares creative and cute videos with her followers featuring crafty tutorials, life hack and room decor ideas.  My girls have their own YouTube channel they are working on, and draw inspiring for what they make videos about bases on some of their favorite YouTube celebrities/entertainers.  When I showed the girls the two LaurDIY kits I was sent to review, they were all smiles and started telling me all about Lauren and the different room decor videos they have watched.  I had wondered where they came up with ideas for message boards, picture frames and curtains, and now I know.  :-)   

We were sent the new Balloon Unicorn Kit (retails for $14.99) and the Illuminating Lamp Kit (retails for $14.99). 

 In addition to these DIY kits, the following kits are also available -- and are already on my two girls' wish lists to Santa...

Mini Plush Kit (Retails for $14.99)

Marble Desk Decor Kit (Retails for $14.99)

Letter Board Kit (Retails for $19.99)

Each of these DIY kits come with almost everything (batteries and salt for the two sets we were sent weren't included) your daughter will need to create stylish room decor craft that they will love and want to add to their "big girl" rooms. My girls really enjoyed the two DIY kits and didn't need my help to make their lamps.  You don't need to worry about sewing with the Balloon Unicorn lamp kit, as this DIY craft only requires you to stuff, twist and tie to make this cute custom unicorn pillow.  

The illuminating lamp kit took a little longer to make as you have to paint on watercolor paint to the paper board globe, and then have to sprinkle on salt and let dry. While it looks nicer with the salt added to the paper board globe for texture, if you don't have you can skip this step.  The paint along looks really nice.  Once the paper board is dry, you have to bend and put together, and are ready to go.  My youngest daughter had so much fun painting the globe and blending paint colors.  But, the real fun came when she turned on the color changing tea light and saw the twinkling lights all over her room.  She said, "This is so cool, and is going to make my room look amazing!" And, that it did! 

I am sad to say that with the addition of these two DIY lights to my girls' rooms, they now want to get more of these LaurDIY kits and watch more of her Lauren's YouTube craft tutorials to get more ideas for DIY room decor crafts and projects they can work together on, to make their rooms more grown up looking.  I really like seeing my girls get excited about creating their own unique and oh so stylish room decor, and thanks to these new LaurDIY kits, they can have fun crafting together, and coming up with fun ways to decorate their bedrooms.

If your child is a fan of the Lauren Riihimaki's LaurDIY YouTube channel, or they like doing room decor craft kits, then you will want to check out these fun new LaurDIY kids, available now exclusively at Target stores in the US and at Walmart stores in Canada.

Here is more about these new LaurDIY kits from Mattel:

Mattel and YouTuber LaurDIY Launch Craft Kit Line

"Mattel has partnered with YouTube entertainer and social media influencer Lauren Riihimaki to launch a line of LaurDIY craft kits featuring fun and whimsical room decor crafts, similar to the DIY crafts on her channel. The kits will arrive at mass retail in early October, in time for holiday gift giving.

As of today, LaurDIY has more than 18 million+ followers across all social media channels and is known for her creative and cute craft and room décor tutorials and videos. The new LaurDIY kits by Mattel let users create the perfect finishing touches to any room and reflect LaurDIY’s love of all things fun and fabulous.

“By partnering with this online superstar, we bring her millions of fans another way to connect with the LaurDIY brand, as well as expand her influence to even greater audiences,” said Misha Algeo, Global Brand Marketing, Mattel.

“I want to help my fans and followers embrace their creativity,” says LaurDIY. “With these fun new craft kits, I am excited to bring my audience even more options to get creative. I am thrilled to partner with Mattel to make these exciting craft kits a reality!”"

Designed by LaurDIY and Mattel, the new line includes the following craft kits:

  • Balloon Unicorn Kit – to create a balloon-shaped plush unicorn with a gold horn and colorful and sparkly embellishments

  • Illuminating Lamp Kit –to construct and paint a 3D nightlight for your room that changes colors.

  • Marble Desk Décor Kit – to create a marbleized desk calendar and stationery set

  • Mini Plushie Kit – to make cute mini sweet treat plushies with pre-cut felt pieces

  • Letter Board Kit – to decorate and personalize the stylish board included and use it to write fun messages on

These items will be available for purchase in the US exclusively at participating Target stores with prices ranging from MSRP US $14.99 to $19.99 and will be available at multiple retailers in Canada, including participating Walmart Canada locations."


About Mattel
Mattel is a global learning, development and play company that inspires the next generation of kids to shape a brighter tomorrow. Through our portfolio of iconic consumer brands, including American Girl®, Barbie®, Fisher-Price®, Hot Wheels® and Thomas & Friends™, we create systems of play, content and experiences that help kids unlock their full potential. Mattel also creates inspiring and innovative products in collaboration with leading entertainment and technology companies as well as other partners. With a global workforce of approximately 32,000 people, Mattel operates in 40 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. Visit us online at

About LaurDIY
With over 8 million YouTube subscribers and 18+ million total fans and followers, Lauren Riihimaki (a.k.a., LaurDIY) is a YouTube sensation and popular vlogger focused on DIYcrafting across fashion, lifestyle and fitness.  In addition, she hosts a Facebook Watch series, “Served By LaurDIY,” offering short videos on easy-to-make snacks.  She is also known for her original satiric music videos “DIY Queen” (#1 on iTunes).  In 2017 her DIY chops earned her a Streamy Award in the Lifestyle category. Follow on YouTubeTwitterInstagramFacebookTumblr and snapchat (laurdiy).

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone

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