Home Made Luxe Subscription Box Review + Coupon – August 2016
Home Made Luxe is a subscription box that sends you a monthly DIY home decor project inspired by Pinterest. This month’s project is a mason jar organizer that mounts on your wall.
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Home Made Luxe
Cost: $29.99 + shipping for month-to-month, $83.97 + shipping for 3 month prepay, or $155.95 + shipping for 6 month prepay.
COUPON: Save 10% off any subscription with code MYSUBADD!
Products: materials for a home décor project along with instructions and a video tutorial link
Ships to: United States
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Each Home Made Luxe box comes with paper instructions, as well as a link to a video version of the how-to.
And here’s the flip side of the page.
Wood Mount – Value $1.60 (based on similar items)
The first step of the project is preparing the wood mount. It has a predrilled hole in the front for attaching the mason jar (that comes later), but first, we’ll need to add the hanging hardware on its back side. The craft has you stain the wood darker brown, but if you like this birch finish, I think it’d look pretty that way, too!
Mini Screwdriver – Value $2.15 (based on similar items)
Mounting Hardware – Value $1.49?
I’ve seen hardware like this for hanging photos before, so it was familiar working with it. I’ll say that the screwdriver’s corners wore down a bit as I used it on a screw later in the project, so it’s pretty low quality. But it gets the job done here.
Home Made Luxe doesn’t include a hammer, so I used my own. The tiny nails were super clumsy given the angle and the size of my hammer (it’s not that big, it’s just big for this situation). A few tries, and I got it secure, if not as perfect as I’d have liked.
Americana Gel Stain in Walnut, 2 fl oz. – Value $5.37
Next up is staining the wood mounting. This gel stain didn’t have any harsh chemical smell at all. It had a rich true brown color.
1 1/2 Inch Paintbrush – Value $2.35 (based on similar items)
They include a paintbrush to stain with. It’s not super sophisticated, but perfectly practical here.
Painting was easy. I’d recommend starting slow with the stain and adding more layer by layer. That’ll give you the most control over how dark you want to go. The hardest thing about this step was covering the beveled edges of the wood mount. You’ve got to be patient and try holding the paintbrush from a couple different angles to really get it even!
Ball Mason Jar with Lid – Value $2.49
Once the stain has dried, you’ll need to grab this classic Ball mason jar and unscrew the lid. Boy, these glass jars are everywhere on craft sites these days, aren’t they?
Ring Clamp – Value $1.99 (based on similar items)
I’d never seen one of these gadgets before in my life. It’s a type of clamp, and it’s kind of like a big metal zip tie. There’s a little bolt that secures the two ends of the loop together. Turn the bolt one way, and the clamp tightens. Turn it the other, and it loosens. See how there’s a hole in the band? We’ll be threading the screw that we got with the mounting hardware through that hole, and securing it into the hole on the front of the wood mount.
Here’s me giving it a go. It’s another awkward position to work in, especially with the aforementioned inexpensive screwdriver, which wore down a bit during this process. Once it’s in there, though, it’s in there good and tight. Slide the lip of the jar through the band, and tighten it until it feels nice and secure.
Faux Flower Bouquet – Value $2.40 (based on similar items)
Home Made Luxe includes a bouquet of flowers to sit inside your craft, but you could easily use it to store pencils and pens, spare change, or any other odds and ends you might have around the house.
I wasn’t sure whether this craft would be my style or not, but I actually kind of like the outcome! I might swap out the provided flowers for something bolder, but otherwise, it’s kind of a neat (and potentially very practical) decor detail to add to a room.
Verdict: I was pretty impressed with Home Made Luxe! I like that they provide a video as well as written instructions, just to help all learners be able to do the craft with ease. The craft itself is pretty cute and apart from waiting for the stain to dry (which took about an hour), this only took about 30 minutes of work. The only shortcoming is that this box only reached a value of about $20.00, and the price of the box is $39.99. That’s a big leap for me. Especially since Pinterest and other sites are making it easy (and inexpensive) to discover new how-tos, I think it’s super important that boxes like these really give you a bang for your buck!
What do you think about August’s Home Made Luxe box?