Bright Stripes-Lantern Lands and Candle Critters holiday gift 2020 art kits


Ho-Ho-Ho Whoa: Candle Critters and Lantern Lands Make The Perfect Present For Artsy Kids To Customize, Then Glow With Pride!

Bloomfield, NJ (October 29, 2020) – When the kids hear “not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse,” they surmise, correctly that having a critter in their room is okay, especially around the holidays. Say hello to Mouse, Bunny, Fox and Turtle LED Candle Critters ($19.99). These ceramic creatures, including the just-released Unicorn, make a one-of-a-kind night light that kids personalize with colorful markers tucked inside each cottage-shaped box.

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For youngsters who enjoy a more sophisticated arts and crafts project, look for Lantern Lands ($19.99) from Bright Stripes. The artistic brand believes in the power of creative play to empower kids to create the world they want to live in. Each Lantern Land creates a magical scene from Forest Festival and Mermaid Castle to Ice palace Fantasy and Fairy Flower Party. Kids take their time carefully constructing a once-upon-a-time scene that turns into a night light when the enclosed LED light is switched on.

Arts and crafts projects are a fun open-ended play for all skill levels. The LED Candle Critters kit is ideal for beginners as there are no right or wrong ways to color. Intended for boys and girls ages 8-years-old and over, this cute kit sparks the artist in every child and might entice a parent or grandparent to color along. Let creativity flow with the easy-to-decorate critters boasting cut out details that let the night light shine through.

Sometimes there’s an ooops when making art. The three smooth writing ceramic markers can be wiped away with a damp cloth if a mistake is made. The final look becomes permanent within 24 hours. Turn on the included LED tea light and enjoy warm glow as sleepy heads get tucked in bed.

LED Candle Critters • Ages 8+ • $19.99
Four adorable styles to choose from: Bunny, Mouse, Fox, Turtle, Unicorn. These Scandinavian-inspired ceramic night lights are generously sized. Each one arrives in an adorable cottage shaped box, perfect for giftwrapping. There are two colored markers and one metallic marker (gold or silver) in every kit. When the grownup inserts the LED candle, the critter becomes an adorable night light!

With holiday shopping on everyone’s to-do list, there’s an affordable WOW gift for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas that’s quite magical.

Each of the four themed Lantern Lands is a paper-based DIY project kids meticulously put together with great pride. Bright Stripes tucks everything an emerging artist would need to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

With three basic steps, kids are asked to fold, stick, illuminate. Start by slotting the various precut pieces of a forest campfire, fairy world, sea castle or ice palace together. With an eye on the detailed instructions, decorate with punchouts, puffy stickers and gems. Peer inside the Forest Festival and look for fox, snail, butterfly, rabbit, even a gnome. The smallest detail, like a string of fireflies to hang among the trees, are offered to inspire a wonderous scene around a campfire. The included LED tea light provides the glow.

Lantern Lands make a perfect night light or end table light as well as a bedroom décor. Leave it to Bright Stripes to create a high-quality product that merges bold, modern artwork with classic play patterns!

Lantern Lands • Ages 8+ • $19.99Lantern Lands by Bright Stripes
Choose one or all four scenes:

  • Forest Festival
  • Fairy Flower Party
  • Mermaid Castle
  • Ice Palace Fantasy

This intricate 3D paper craft kit includes pre-cut pieces with an LED tea light. Kids have the pleasure of customizing the scene inside and around the lantern with whimsical character punchouts and stickers. The final look measures 8.5 inches tall by 7 inches wide.
For visual learners, check out the many YouTube videos with step-by-step lessons. Start with a greeting from Bright Stripes Sabre Mrkva and Eric von Stein at

Find Lantern Lands and Candle Critters online and in stores at FAO Schwarz, Target, Walmart, Amazon, Zulily and various specialty retailers.

Good Will
In the spirit of the holidays, the designer and distributor Bright Stripes gives 5% profits of every iHeartArt purchase to Art Feeds International division ( This nonprofit equips schools and children’s organizations with resources to create spaces where children’s creativity and expression thrive. In the midst of the new normal of children attending school from their kitchen table, this dynamic combination of children’s supplies and a method of expression has never been more important.

“We created iHeartArt to fill a need we saw for older kids who love art but can’t find any supplies that are just for them,” reveals Bright Stripes partner Eric von Stein. “We empower kids by giving them step-by-step Artist Technique Guides in each and every supply that shows kids how to use the materials.” He adds, “The guides even include a practice project to get kids started right away!”

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About Bright Stripes
Enriching kids of all ages and stripes, co-founders and partners Sabre Mrkva and Eric von Stein have been working in the Toy and Children’s Product space collectively for over 20 years. They believe in the power of creative play to empower kids to create the world they want to live in. With a synergistic vision for innovative products and graphics, Sabre and Eric have developed blockbuster product lines with Alex Toys, Slinky, Shrinky Dinks, Scientific Explorer, Nickelodeon, Disney, and Dylan’s Candy Bar, among others. They excel at transforming inspiration into market-ready, eye-catching product packaged in dynamic, trend-right graphics. Today they have teamed up with top-quality manufacturers to create charming lines of products for kids of all stripes!

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