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Adults & Crafts Box Review + Coupon – January 2017

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Adults & Crafts is a website that creates and sells really cool, unique crafting kits for adults. They recently started a subscription service for their kits!

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

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The Subscription Box: Adults & Crafts

The Cost: $39 per month, with discounts for 6 and 12-month prepaid subscriptions

COUPON: Use code MYSUBADD to save 10% off your subscription!

The Products: Materials and instructions to make one adult craft that you will (hopefully) be proud to display or use in your home

Ships to: U.S. for free

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I received this nice letter in my package this month, thanking me for being a subscriber.

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This month’s craft is geometric candle making! These are the instructions that were included. I like that every step is illustrated with a photo! That’s so helpful! The only supplies I needed to provide from home were water, scissors, some pots, and my stove. I shouldn’t have needed tape, but I wound up using some anyway. I also had to supply some additional clips.

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These are the templates that were included for making the candle molds.

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My first step was to cut out the candle molds and bases. I used the Exacto knife they included.

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The second step was to fold and crease all the lines in the molds.

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I then had to build the molds, and this is where it got very tricky. There were no clear instructions on folding them, but I eventually figured it out. There was also a flap missing from each of the bottom flaps, so it did not glue together completely. The instructions said to make sure every connection was secured with glue, which was impossible, so I wound up using a lot of tape to reinforce everything. This was the beginning of the end for me.

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I used wick stickers to secure the wicks to the inside of the bottom of each mold, but they only sent three wicks and stickers, so I could only use three of the four molds I made. They also gave instructions for using the clothes pin to keep the wick in place, which worked brilliantly, but they only included one clothes pin. I was forced to improvise. I then melted the wax and added color and fragrance (cucumber melon). This picture is after the first pour, and as I suspected it would, it started to leak.

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I was pouring blue and pink stripes, and you can see that by the second stripe, my leaking problem was pretty severe. Ultimately, however, I had just enough wax to fill the three molds, leaks and all.

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These are my completed candles. The look and smell terrific, but they were kind of a disaster. Including all the issues I mentioned above, the stripes are separate. They didn’t melt together as I assumed they would. They work okay for now, but I am wondering if they will start leaking again when they melt down to the next stripe. I also think it is odd that they included a candle holder that none of the candles fit into.

Verdict: I have been a big fan of Adults & Crafts since they first started last year, but this project was a miss for me. I enjoyed the process, and I like the end result, but the instructions and materials supplied were not well executed. Here’s hoping next month is better!

What do you think of Adults & Crafts?

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.

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13 Comments

  1. Im sorry I would have been really pist to have spent almost forty bucks for this. You could go to Michaels, use coupons and have purchased supplies to make 20 candles at least for that amount of money… there are better craft boxes out there.. just sayin..

  2. I haven’t made my candles yet, but will this weekend. I was thinking that hot glue might be the answer to securing those molds.

    I love Adults and Crafts, and appreciate their heart and their desire to turn out a quality product. Hoping they learn from your constructive review.

    • Thanks Susan, I feel the same way.

  3. Do you think maybe those squares were not supposed to be cut off the molds? Then the tabs would have something to glue on to? Totally guessing from the photos.

    • I have to agree with you. It looks like they were meant to be the bottom based upon the photos.

      • That is true. The squares are the base of the mold. But it doesn’t matter. I had mine on and it still leaked.

      • Yeah you werent supposed to cut off those squares haha. STEP #1 Picture even shows the base on.

        • Oh no! Well it said to cut the solid lines… I guess I messed up that bit. My bad.

  4. This happened to mine too! Wax just poured out the bottom and I SWEAR I sealed those up so tight. It needed super glue or a thicker paper or something? And ended up just pouring wax into that candle holder for my third candle.

    • For anyone who is planning to do this craft; hot glue works really well to prevent the wax from leaking out. Glue the tabs like normal then put the hot glue on the outside over all the seams (including at the bottom).

      • Brilliant!

  5. I think this was my favorite review ever. Mostly because I’m the person who is always effing up craft projects, dinners, and really anything with a lot of directions or interpretation. Mine would have been way way worse, but it was hysterical because it clearly wasn’t designed very well. Thank you!!

    • Haha… um, thanks? Lol

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