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Darby Smart To DIY For Box Review + Coupon – August 2016

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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 couple of years, and I really love Darby Smart’s project selections! This is a review of the adult box.

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The Subscription Box: Darby Smart To DIY For Box

The Cost: $19

COUPON: Get one month free with a 6-month subscription – no coupon needed!


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

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This month’s project is a personalized planner!


FYI, Darby Smart does not include instructions in their boxes. Instead, they provide a URL where you can go and see a video plus written instructions online. The instructions for this project can be found here.


These are the materials that were included for the project. Usually, the things you have to supply yourself are things most people definitely have. This month I had to provide scissors and glue. It’s not a big deal, but I wish they had included a glue stick. Working with paper is so much easier with glue sticks instead of regular glue.


This is my completed planner!




Here are some of the dividers I decorated inside. I think it turned out pretty nice and was relatively easy to do. That being said, this isn’t my favorite type of craft. I don’t have the patience for scrapbooking! I also found this “planner” pretty confusing, and I wasn’t sure what to do with all the little cards and stickers. How many times does a calendar page need to say “September” for example? And if I did print photos ever, why would I put them in a planner? The whole idea kind of baffles me, personally. I bet lots of people were stoked for this project, though!

Verdict: Darby Smart is a really fun craft subscription box, and I usually really like their project selections. I think I have about an 80% success rate of my projects turning out good or better, too. This months project wasn’t for me, but like I said, I bet there were loads of people who were very happy this month.

What do you think of Darby Smart To DIY For Box?

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. Pretty disappointed in the latest Darby box… There is really very little room for creativity with the gnome ‘garden’…
    1 mini: pumpkin, cat, spider, mouse, broom, hay bail, fence and gnome…
    Between this G(gnome) project, the leather/hole punch project and last month’s scrapbook, it feels like the D.S. crew is phoning the creativity in… one more box with such a low level of expected creativity and this Darby Girl WILL go elsewhere. I’m smart enough to figure creativity out on my own, I’ve just enjoyed being introduced to new things that I’ve come to LOVE! I.E. the resin projects were amazing, challenging and totally new to me. The scrapbook, gnome garden and little piece and string of leather, along with the hole punch… Blah,Boring & Completely un-inspired/inspiring 😞I know how much y’all can ROCK these boxes so these past few have been really disappointing.

  2. I’m actually excited about this month’s box as I have been wanting to do my own planner/bullet journal! And I used the $10 off code, so even better 😊 Sign up was easy, now I just have to patiently await my delivery. Thanks for the review.

  3. They need to just call it a scrapbook project and drop the planner pretense altogether. Photos in a planner? Not so much. In a scrapbook, why yes of course. Looks like they were cashing in on the recent paper planner trend.

  4. True Julep for several months. Also still subscribing to Birch Box, and itsy. Who love to find reasonably priced quilter, sewers box! Any advice?

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