Gel-a-Peel Diary Designing Fun

Gel-a-Peel design a diary 2018 review by Family Clan

Gel-a-Peel Diary Designing Fun

We have been invited to take part in Gel-a-Peels New Year campaign to Design a Diary!

We have received a Gel-a-Peel Colour Changing Kit, alongside two diaries. One each for Jake and Grace to get creative and customise!

The Colour Changing Set includes:-

16 Design Templates

3 Gel Tubes

5 designer Tip

1 Gel Tray & Accessory hardware

We love Gel-a-Peel and it is a great craft activity that your children can do. It is also great activity for us to do together. Jake and Grace love that they can design and create their own jewellery to wear too!

Gel-a-Peel design a diary 2018 review by Family Clan


Grace and Jake both had a diary each to decorate. Grace said she wanted to make a diary for her Nanna. So I helped her to create ‘Nanna’ by writing on a piece of paper for her, then placed over the clear drawing sheet into position for her to trace over my writing which took about an hour to dry, then we could peel and apply to the diary.

Gel-a-Peel design a diary 2018 review by Family Clan

Next Grace used the Gel Tray to make the heart with wings image. We left them overnight to dry and peeled them out the next morning. To secure onto the diary just a bit of the Gel-a-Peel will act like glue securing it tidily to the diary.

By looking at the templates we had a choice of what we would like to make. Grace chose the bracelet design and said she could make ‘a cloud’ around the ‘2018’ on the front of the diary. We got the template and clear drawing sheet and stuck both to the table using sellotape, to prevent any movement whilst the designs are being made. After choosing our template, we had a choice of three Gel-a-Peel coloured tubes to choose from, Grace chose purple!

Gel-a-Peel design a diary 2018 review by Family ClanJake also wanted to use the same heart and wings design as Grace, so he made his the following morning after we peeled Grace’s out. He also chose to use the Gel Tray to create arrows and the rest of the diary he did by himself. He used the yellow/blue pen to create a dotted effect around the front of his diary.

Simply done, but he is really happy with his diary and has chosen to show it in school tomorrow for ‘show and tell’ where he can bring an item in from home and talk to his class about it. He normally brings in something Thomas the Tank Engine related, so this makes a change!

There are different tips to choose which simply screw on to you Gel-a-Peel tube to give you different effects on your designs on your template you chose. The template will suggest which pen for you to use by displaying a number next to each section. If you refer back to the instructions sheet you will see you will have a choice of Round Tip, Star Tip, Rake Tip, Spike Effect and Rainbow Effect styles.

Press the tube tip against the clear drawing sheet and squeeze as you slowly follow the pattern. Grace loved doing this, but did ask for a bit of help. When you have finished using your colour, remove the tip. Make sure you replace the protective plug back on, this prevents your Gel-a-Peel drying out! For your Gel-a-Peel design to work you must make sure all the gel lines, spikes, different colors and other designs are touching.

A great effect to these tubes in this kit, is that they change colour in the sun!


There are many different designs you can choose from using the templates, such as bracelets, earrings, or create something without a template and design yourself.

You can use the gel tray supplied to create your charms for your necklace or you can use the tray moulds to also create your own earrings.

If you are wanting to add more than one colour in your gel tray – wait 5-10 minutes before adding the additional colours to your design to allow the first colour to dry slightly. There are so many choices, you will have hours of fun making different types of jewellery.

On your template it will tell you on each sheet how long your design will take to dry. After waiting the time stated, use the included cleaning tool to peel it from the clear drawing sheet and you have your stunning jewellery ready to wear.

If you happen to break a piece you have made, to repair it all you need to do is reapply gel over the broken section and wait for it to dry.

Grace chose to also make a bracelet for herself, so following the template and using the pink Gel-a-Peel pen she made herself a lovely one don’t you think.

Gel-a-Peel design a diary 2018 review by Family Clan

Gel-a-Peel can also be used to decorate pretty much anything such as ­bags & accessories. Great for children to create and make with so much left in the tube after finishing.

Our Thoughts

We have had great fun decorating these diaries. Jake is now excited that they can see the days presented in his own book, with all special dates wrote in them.

Gel-a-Peel design a diary 2018 review by Family Clan

We have reviewed other sets of Gel-a-Peel,  Fashion StationGlow in the Dark kit & Pearly Pastel kit take a look! You can purchase the Gel-a-Peel set from all good toys stores and on Amazon.

What design would you put on the cover of your diary?

Mummy H, Jake & Grace.

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2 Thoughts to “Gel-a-Peel Diary Designing Fun”

  1. ashleigh allan

    Looks great fun – my kids love creative art activities – will need to look at getting this!

  2. Margaret Gallagher

    Its quite a nifty piece for CREATIVITY – certainly looks loads of fun

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