Art & Crafts

DIY Crafting That's IRL and Insta-Worthy

Excerpt from Article: “ The tween scene is all about “in real life” crafting that’s cool, collectible and ready to share.” - By Pamela Brill

No matter whether your store carries toys or gifts, you know the challenges of catering to the tween demographic. Sometimes, it can feel like trying to sell a toy to any kid older than 8 is like trying to sell ice to an Eskimo.

Blame it on any number of factors: age compression (kids appearing to get older, younger), their constant desire to be digitally connected, fickle buying habits…did we mention too much screen time? It’s enough to make toy buyers and sellers throw their hands up in the air and cry mercy!

And just as important as who is buying the craft kit is who is receiving it; toy designers must tailor their tween selection to a more mature audience. “A tween girl doesn’t want her little sister’s crafts; she wants a much more sophisticated look, something that her little sister would not be interested in,” say Delanie West, vice president of product development, at Faber-Castell USA. “The experience is  ‘graduated’ to more challenging techniques, more steps in the creative process and more of an open-ended feel in the projects to let their creative decisions flourish.”

The CRAFTIVITY Pretty Pendants Aroma Jewelry combines natural fragrance oils with beads to create scented jewelry. $20. Creativity for Kids/Faber-Castell USA. Craftivity.com

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Insta-Worthy?

As craft kit manufacturers develop lines for tweens, they must determine what role, if any, the integration of technology will play in design or promotions. For Faber-Castell USA’s Creativity for Kids brand, the company looks to social media for inspiration for its product and packaging, specifically Instagram Top Down positioning that presents a bird’s eye view. “By presenting some product photography using that subtle photography angle, we are speaking to (tweens) in the way they engage with imagery on Instagram,” say West.

Mandala Art Therapy

Mandala Art Therapy - a new product experience via inspiration and call-to-creation packaging Product development doesn’t always require you to create new products, often great new products are a presentation of new experiences using existing products.

A primary responsibility as VP of Product Development and Design at Faber-Castell was developing new-to-the-world products but also presenting new experiences for the 256-year-old brands’ existing product. For the Mandala Pitt Pen Set, the goal was to inspire consumers to experience Faber-Castell Pitt pens in a casual, non-technical way.

This collection of pens, already existing in the brand’s product pipeline, required inspiration in form of packaging inviting (call-to-create) the consumer to experience the therapeutic process of mandala making. To make the experience easy, and to add value - stencils are included. The art of creating Mandalas is proven to be therapeutic “Mandalas can be an excellent art therapy intervention for both children and adults.”

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