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Darby Smart To DIY For Subscription Box Review – Feb 2015

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Darby Smart To DIY For Subscription Box Review – Feb 2015 Box

Darby Smart To DIY For Box is a monthly craft subscription box for teens and adults. I have been an on-and-off subscriber for the past year, and I really love Darby Smart’s project selections!

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

Darby Smart To DIY For Subscription Box Review – Feb 2015 Inside

The Subscription Box: Darby Smart To DIY For Box

The Cost: $19

COUPON: Get one month free with a 6-month subscription with our link or use code HOWDYDARBY to get $10 off your first box!

The Products: Each box will include all the craft supplies you need to complete a new DIY project.

Ships to: US only

Darby Smart To DIY For Subscription Box Review – Feb 2015 Theme

Included in every box from Darby Smart is a card with a code on it to go online and see the instructions for your DIY project. On the one hand, I think I would prefer to have the instructions on paper (as much as I claim to love Mother Earth), it’s just easier. On the other hand, some months the lack of information on the card makes it like a fun little mystery. This month I had no idea what I was making until I went online and looked at the instructions!

Darby Smart To DIY For Subscription Box Review – Feb 2015 Cupcake Toppers

On the back of the card this month were little cut-out DIY paper cupcake toppers. Fun!

Darby Smart To DIY For Subscription Box Review – Feb 2015 Hot Chocolate

One of the main reasons I couldn’t figure out the craft project was because they included these cute packages of hot chocolate on a stick! Plus, the code word this month was ‘COCOA’, so I thought these were actually part of the project, or at least it would be something cocoa related. Nope! I was totally wrong! Step one was “Make yourself some hot cocoa.” What a great idea! Sadly, I have given up sugar for Lent, but I know a pair of little boys who will love these.

Darby Smart To DIY For Subscription Box Review – Feb 2015 Materials

Darby Smart included all the materials I needed, except for my oven.

Darby Smart To DIY For Subscription Box Review – Feb 2015 Ring Dishes

Here’s my finished product – ring dishes! I used the included sticker stencils to make a design in one color, painted it, then allowed it to dry. Then I used the alphabetical sticker stencils to create a second layer in a second color. After I had applied all my designs, I baked them at 300 degrees in the oven for 30 minutes and then let them cool down, which is supposed to bake the paint on and make it more chip-resistant than just air drying.

I am really happy with the way they turned out! The only issue I really had was that the bottom layer (red) came off with the letter sticker stencils. I really think I could have let the first layer dry overnight and that still would have happened. I may have applied the paint too thickly. I also don’t have the world’s steadiest hand, but it’s OK with me when my projects don’t turn out perfect, I love creating new things anyway.

Verdict: I love Darby Smart! First of all, I think they have excellent project curation, very consistently. I am always excited to do their projects. I was literally just shopping for a ring dish right before I received this project! It’s so much more special to use something you have created yourself. Plus, so much of what you create with Darby Smart can be gifted, and homemade gifts are totally the best! I also think the price – $19 shipped – is such a great value it’s almost unreal. Craft supplies are expensive, and you almost always wind up with a ton of excess you will never get around to using again. Plus, figuring out everything you need for a craft and then running all over town trying to get your supplies is also expensive and time-consuming! Darby Smart makes it so easy! I will also mention that their customer service has always been excellent.

What do you think of Darby Smart?

Written by Anna Rodriguez

Anna Rodriguez

Anna has been a fan of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013, but didn’t become a true addict until discovering subscriptions she could share with her children. Her favorites include Kiwi Crate and Fab Kids.
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. I didn’t realize you could purchase one Darby Box at a time. I looked for that option on their website, but didn’t see it. Can anyone tell me where you can find other kits from past projects that are available for sale? Thanks!

  2. I like Anna’s design.

    I think Nana has a legitimate point. The scarf kit is from September 2014. I’m curious if others received a different box. This is the first time I heard of it. I halted my subscription in November so I can catch up on craft boxes!

    I do love the convenience of having everything included. Darby also sells one time purchase boxes. I purchased the critter ring dishes and made dinosaur ring dishes. It was a lot of fun.

    I hope to see a few KreationKrate reviews in the future 🙂

    • Thank you!

      I didn’t know about the new profile options! But I thought it was strange that Nana got the scarf project, too – I think it was from September. It’s still a really cool project, though. I made those and gave them to friends for Christmas.

  3. I love that they sent out a variety of paint colors, though it would be nice if you could have a profile of sorts to describe your likes and dislikes. I got a turquoise and brown. I was thinking “ugh” about the brown until I made my dish and the two colors looked gorgeous together! This was my first Darby Smart box and I’m happy with it. I also was unaware that they send different boxes to different people, and I had seen a spoiler for the scarf so I was very surprised when I opened my box. I think it has to do with your selection as to whether you want hard projects, easy projects, or “surprise me” which is what I chose when I signed up!

  4. The sun kit with the scarf was last month’s project, if I remember rightly. Perhaps you’re a new subscriber to Darby Smart Nana?
    Back to the ring tray kit. I was disappointed to get deep green and bright yellow paint, my two least favourite colours. So I’ll have to make a trip to the craft store anyway to buy prettier paints.
    And I shouldn’t whine, but they only put one lonely little Popbar in my box. Two would have been nice, a romantic hot drink with my husband would have been a sweet post-Valentine treat.
    Still, a great subscription. I’ll never forget the metal stamping kit which I’d just priced at over $70 on Amazon.

    • Hmmm, it sounds like I accidentally got two. Oops!

      • Lots of people got 2 popbars from what I’ve seen, and quite a few only got one (like myself and Helen) so that seems inconsistent which is a bummer. Otherwise I was really happy with this box!

    • I am a new subscriber, but the box reviewed here last month (which prompted me to subscribe) had a kit to create a rubber stamp and then rubber stamp the scarf.

      I really hope I won’t be getting the plate kit next month, I should check what preferences I set.

  5. They gave me blue and orange for my colors, and one chocolate cocoa thing. I wasn’t very impressed =\ BUT I do like the stencils, and will find something to use those with.

    • I got the same and I am not impressed, the stencils were the best part of the box but the letters could have been more decorative instead of militarish!

  6. I hadn’t realized that Darby Smart sends different boxes to different subscribers. I got a sunfolding kit with a white scarf to sunfold. It was perfect for me and we loved it – much more than I would liked this one. But I was thinking that it wasn’t really an appropriate craft for people in the less sunny areas of the country (I’m in California).

    I also got the cupcake toppers.

    This is one subscription I’m keeping (though I hope I won’t get the ring fingers, we need crafts were precision is not a needed skill).

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