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XOXkit Craft Subscription Box Review – August 2017

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xoxkit August 2017 Australia-based Crafting and DIY Subscription Box

XOXkit is a monthly DIY subscription box from Australia whose mission is ‘delivering tools, materials & instructions to inspire your creative soul.’ 

We do all the research, testing, designing, converting, collecting, measuring and translating. We bring you on-trend projects that create beautiful, usable products that you find at your local artisan markets. You don’t need to be the next Martha Stewart – beginners are welcome! The instructions outline the skill level needed and the time the project should take. We have made the XOXkits as enjoyable and creative as possible.

xoxkit August 2017 Australia-based Crafting and DIY Subscription Box

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

This review is of the August 2017 (or 1201 kit) XOXkit. 

xoxkit August 2017 Australia-based Crafting and DIY Subscription Box

The Subscription Box: XOXkit

The Cost: $33.71 USD ($42.50 AUD) a month + 12.58 ($15.85 AUD) shipping to the USA. Shipping within Australia is $11.75 AUD. Save with 3-month and 6-month prepaid subscriptions.

COUPON: Use code SUBADDICT10 to save 10% off your first box!

The Products: Craft supplies and video instruction to complete two coordinated projects each month.

Ships to: Worldwide from Australia

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xoxkit August 2017 Australia-based Crafting and DIY Subscription Box

The August XOXkit (kit 1201) includes two projects: an organization board and paper roses. This (long!) packing list was affixed to the inside of the box. Everything arrived safely!

As noted, you also need scissors, glue and a ruler – and I would add tape to that list. They say a glue gun and a drill would be helpful, but I had no problems completing the projects without them.

xoxkit August 2017 Australia-based Crafting and DIY Subscription Box

Both projects had cards with measurements and step-by-step instructions. Additionally, there is a video on their site that walks you through each project. The production quality on the video isn’t the best, but I like that the instructor points out which parts are more difficult and what to watch out for. The video gives a clear idea of what it’s like to make the projects, and creative experimentation is encouraged.

xoxkit August 2017 Australia-based Crafting and DIY Subscription Box

First up –  paper roses! The color choice makes it look very modern. (Or maybe retro, as it reminded me of a Depeche Mode album cover.)

xoxkit August 2017 Australia-based Crafting and DIY Subscription Box

The flowers are made from wire, floral tape, and black paper. You can’t see it in the photo, but the paper is actually printed in black with the pattern that you cut out. Supplies for two roses were included, so you get another try if you mess the first one up. 

xoxkit August 2017 Australia-based Crafting and DIY Subscription Box

Floral Tape – Value $2.33? (similar item, $6.99 for three)

Floral Stems –  Value $0.32? for two (similar item, buy a 50-pack on Amazon for $7.99) 

This wasn’t the best floral tape that I’ve ever used, but it got the job done. I liked that they kept the wires together with a sticker – with so many supplies in the box, it helps to be organized. 

xoxkit August 2017 Australia-based Crafting and DIY Subscription Box

The first step was to cut out the paper and curl it gently around the pencil, which is included for the next project. 

xoxkit August 2017 Australia-based Crafting and DIY Subscription Box

The next step was to glue the petals to the stem. Black paper can be unforgiving – every spot of glue shows up if you make a mistake. The paper was thin, but the weight worked well with the mini size of the flowers. 

xoxkit August 2017 Australia-based Crafting and DIY Subscription Box

After that, you wrap the floral tape around the stems. The glue was still wet in this photo, but I was able to clean them up pretty well once it had dried completely. XOXkit estimated that this project would take 15 minutes, and that’s pretty accurate. With the flowers done, I felt ready to tackle the second project!

xoxkit August 2017 Australia-based Crafting and DIY Subscription Box

When I first saw this organization board, I honestly thought it was some sort of toilet paper holder. What you can’t tell in the picture is that the paper roll is small, so in person, it does not give that impression at all. 

xoxkit August 2017 Australia-based Crafting and DIY Subscription Box

Lots of supplies for this one! The wood board appears to be pine, and the black rectangle is a thick piece of leather. The vial is plastic.

xoxkit August 2017 Australia-based Crafting and DIY Subscription Box

ToolPRO 2-in-1 Screwdriver – Value $2.99? ($3.77 AUD for similar item)

I didn’t realize it when I first saw this screwdriver, but the end can be flipped around to use either a flat head or a phillips head. I’d never heard of ToolPRO before, but apparently it’s the house brand for a popular Australian chain called Supercheap Auto. All the 2-in-1 screwdrivers I could find online either cost more or weren’t as nice, so maybe I need a trip to Australia to stock up on DIY supplies.

xoxkit August 2017 Australia-based Crafting and DIY Subscription Box

Foam Brush – Value $0.50? (similar item, 10 for $$4.99)

This is just a regular foam brush, but what I liked was that it fit perfectly into the little pot of paint, and the amount of paint was exactly the right amount for the project. The paint survived international shipping without spilling. It’s obvious that a lot of care was taken to source appropriate supplies.

xoxkit August 2017 Australia-based Crafting and DIY Subscription Box

The first step was to tape off the board and paint it using the foam brush and black paint. I used washi tape, but masking tape would work too. The paint worked well and I got full coverage in two coats. It dried quickly to a matte finish.

xoxkit August 2017 Australia-based Crafting and DIY Subscription Box

Next was the hardest part – bending the galvanized wire to fit the paper roll and screwing in these tiny pieces. The wire is folded in a way that allows the paper to be replaced. 

xoxkit August 2017 Australia-based Crafting and DIY Subscription Box

Next I screwed on leather straps to hold the paper. A thick piece of genuine (non-vegan) leather was provided. 

xoxkit August 2017 Australia-based Crafting and DIY Subscription Box

The example card showed a pencil holder that looked more like the image on the right. However, I added a magnet so that it could fold down and be used to hold small things. The magnet stuck to the metal screw head, so it worked really well.

xoxkit August 2017 Australia-based Crafting and DIY Subscription Box

After that, I screwed on the metal bracket for the flower vial. I had sanded down the ridges on one side, but I’m not sure if that was necessary. It fit surprisingly well once the screws were in. 

xoxkit August 2017 Australia-based Crafting and DIY Subscription Box

Once it was all together, I touched up the paint on the sides so that it angled nicely. I really like the contrast of the matte paint and the wood. The organizer is only 30cm tall, but the thickness makes it seem more substantial. 

xoxkit August 2017 Australia-based Crafting and DIY Subscription Box

Here’s the finished organization board, currently holding watering instructions for a houseplant. XOXkit estimated that this would take 30 minutes; I took longer, but I like to take my time. Even so, this went together faster than I thought it would. 

There were a few little pieces I didn’t use: the clip, the two hooks that could go on the bottom to hold keys, and mounting hardware for the back. I can’t nail into my wall, so I prefer to use velcro picture hanging strips, but it’s great that the hardware was included. 

Verdict: It’s hard to estimate a value for this kit because it’s definitely more than the sum of its parts. This is the sort of project I might scroll past on Pinterest because I could never be bothered to assemble all the little components myself. I rarely use wood, so this isn’t the sort of thing I’d normally think I could make. With shipping, this box is around $46 USD, which seems like a lot to pay for an organization board. However, it’s a high-quality, fun project that turned out better than I expected. 

What do you think of August’s XOXkit? If you use an organization board, what do you keep on it? 

Written by Désirée Eien

Désirée Eien

Désirée has survived the subscription box rollercoaster since 2013. Her other hobbies include meticulously over-researching minor purchases, crafting things she hopes to pass off as gifts, and dressing her cat up in silly costumes.

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.

6 Comments

  1. Your crafts turned out SO WELL, Désirée! Also- yes! Depeche Mode flowers!!

    • Thanks so much Marne! (And I’m glad someone understood what I meant about that!)

  2. I LOVE XOXkit!! I’ve subbed to them now for 6 months, and I’ll stay with them as long as they keep going. They are, by far, the best crafting kit out there!

    Unlike the other craft sub boxes I know of, there has never been any project they sent in which I wouldn’t want to have the completed item in my house. You make nice things you might otherwise buy at a store. Not kitschy things you make for the sake of crafting. That is super important to me and the major issue I have with most other craft boxes.

    I love that in each XOXkit you get two crafts to do. The written instructions are excellent – clear and to the point. They send you everything you need to do the projects – quality supplies, not “kids versions” of them. And their CS is top notch. I’ve communicated with them on several occasions and have received prompt & helpful responses. I’ve never been disappointed.

    Finally, they give you enough advice and info so that if you like the craft you can easily continue with it on your own. Through them, I’ve been introduced to some great skills including shibori dyeing, weaving, casting concrete, candle making, making paper flowers, and more. I’ve already used several of those skills in projects beyond those described in the box. I really can’t say enough good things about this sub.

    • I’m glad you’re enjoying it – how did your organizer turn out? Of the past boxes, the one I’d most want to try is the shibori kit.

      • I’m on vacation so I haven’t yet completed the organizer. But I’m looking forward to finishing it when I get back.

        The shibori one was awesome and I’ve become obsessed with the technique. After finishing that XOXkit project, I went on to use shibori for a number of other projects – a set of cloth napkins and some tea towels. They turned out great!!

        • Those sound really nice! I love when one project sparks several more.

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