When I first heard about PillowPals I was very intrigued and a little skeptical. This was only because I had never heard of such a thing and I couldn’t believe that a company would pay attention enough to create a stuffed animal made from a child’s drawing. I thought, “How in the world are they going to do that?” Well let me tell you.
My daughter has a thing for horses. In her 9 year old little head, the world is a mystery, horses are unicorns and they fly with capes. Oh, and they are orange. She knew exactly what she wanted and she proudly drew her pal and explained it to me along the way. She fully expected it would come to life right off the page. So as quick as I could I sent the photograph of her drawing to PillowPals with anticipation for this marvelous creature to arrive back at my door in a soft and cuddly form of a pillow. It did and I was amazed! This new friend lives in the special spot reserved for her favorite stuffies.
A few things you should know: Instructions on the website states 5 to 8 weeks turn around but was actually closer to 16 weeks. Worth the wait, yes, but if you are in a hurry or expect 8 rather than 10-12 weeks you might consider choosing a different gift. Price is also something to consider, recently lowered to $68 still seems a bit steep. For what it is, a masterpiece created as uniquely as can be, is worth it to me…. Not something I would do often but definitely a great experience.
Also, remember that if you are working with a younger child you will need to do a considerable amount of coaching. For instance, the neck of my daughter’s drawn horse was super skinny and because she is a kid who doesn’t think about a skinny neck not being able to support the brilliant horn of a unicorn, it resulted in a bit of a floppy head. She also intended there to be 2 wings but her picture looked like a cape because of the profile. I did write a little note trying to explain and describe this to whoever was bringing her creation to life. What we received was a very literal reflection. An exact copy! Which is Oh My Word Amazing! to me but she was a little disappointed that what she “saw” in her head had only one wing and a floppy head when it arrived back home. She loved it none the less and and received it with open arms. If I had the opportunity to do it again, I would have coached her differently, but what we received back was spot on! My suggestion to the PillowPals company would be to formalize a way for people to add a description just in case there are any features that are not as obvious as we think they are on a piece of paper.
Creating a Pillow Pal with my daughter was one of the most unique gift experiences that I have done with her and I applauded the creators and artists of Pillow Pals for a job super well done. I will cherish Flying Unicorn Horse always.