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MJ Project DIY Subscription Box Review – Dec 2013

MJ Project DIY Subscription Box Review - Dec 2013 Unboxing

Project DIY is a new DIY and craft subscription box that focuses on jewelry and accessories. Each month they get their inspiration for the projects from runway trends. This month is Baroque N’ Roll – a look that really isn’t me (hence me not getting around to making the projects until January).

MJ Project DIY Subscription Box Review - Dec 2013 Projects

The Subscription Box: Project DIY

The Cost: $30 a month (includes shipping, and first month comes with a free starter kit).

The Products: The materials and instructions needed to make 2-3 accessories.

Ships to: US only

Check out all of my Project DIY reviews and the Craft Subscription Box Directory!

MJ Project DIY Subscription Box Review - Dec 2013 Headband project

Lace and Gem Turban

MJ Project DIY Subscription Box Review - Dec 2013 Headband Materials

Materials (Also, included with this project – but I forgot to get a picture of – needle and thread).

MJ Project DIY Subscription Box Review - Dec 2013 headband

This was easy enough to make considering I shy away from any project requiring sewing!

MJ Project DIY Subscription Box Review - Dec 2013 Earrings Project

Belle of the Ball Earrings

MJ Project DIY Subscription Box Review - Dec 2013 Earrings Materials


(FYI – all the instructions are available online, or via their free app. I use the app and love it – so many step-by-step pictures!)

MJ Project DIY Subscription Box Review - Dec 2013 Earrings

These were super easy to make – I just needed glue and jewelry tools. (The first box comes with a jewelry tool starter kit).

MJ Project DIY Subscription Box Review - Dec 2013 Bracelet Project

Baroque Hand Adornment

MJ Project DIY Subscription Box Review - Dec 2013 Bracelet Materials


MJ Project DIY Subscription Box Review - Dec 2013 Bracelet

I cheated a bit on this project and didn’t put a clasp on the bracelet since it was easy enough to slip over my wrist and putting on bracelets with clasps by myself is nearly impossible!

Verdict: This was a good box – the projects look professional, and the materials they included are good quality – it just wasn’t a match for my personal style. I am more excited about the Film Noir January Box though! Here’s a sneak peek at the two projects:

Film Noir Bracelet

A leather and silver charm bracelet, and chain belt:
Film Noir Belt

What do you think of the upcoming January projects?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

Posted in Project DIY Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| 14 comments

Comments (14)

  1. Oh my Goodness! I LOVE this! Anyone have a Dec. box they want to sell or trade for beauty products? I don’t care for the earrings, but the other 2 pieces are freaking great!

  2. I also loved the Dec box. I wear the earrings more than I expected, to work so they do look professional and not costumey with the right outfit. The turban, that’s a tougher call. The bracelet is pretty cute on, too. I don’t know how excited I am by the “Film Noir” collection. Those don’t look a thing like the genre as I know it, and I’m a major movie buff from that era. The bracelet and belt look more punk than anything. And I agree I’m not sure I like the two items enough for $30. I’m thinking I’ll unsubscribe. I haven’t even gotten any communication from them about when these boxes will ship, which I also find frustrating. I hate when I have to chase down retailers to get info on something I already paid for (I was billed this week, but I learned from popsugar not to expect shipping right after being billed). Sometimes I feel like it’s another part time job, chasing down sub boxes and orders from Haute Look, lol. But still frustrating. Good CS involves being proactive with the communication. Most retailers these days fall short of that.

  3. After the great September collection I’ve been disappointed by the months after it, but this one shows promise.
    Is it just two pieces? I love the bracelet but the belt is just meh to me….and $30 seems high for one bracelet I like.
    Does everyone know you can suspend your membership? So you don’t get stuck with a month you don’t like?

  4. I am obviously in the minority here, but I liked this collection. I feel like Norma Desmond when I wear the turban and have gotten compliments on it (but it’s probably because people aren’t quite sure to say about it…haha). I feel like I won’t ever really wear the ring/bracelet combo, but the earrings are doable for me and l was able to use the extra trimmings on other projects. I am excited for the film noir collection too!

    • I’m in the same minority group. To each their own. But I got a lot of compliments on the earrings from women I consider pretty fashion forward since they’re my Prada/Jimmy Choo shopping buddies. So I def didn’t think they looked like something for Halloween. I live in a pretty superficial town but the jewelry passed the test with my extra critical girls. Lol

  5. Did you get an email about the la prairie glossybox?!just curious if you have more info! I ordered it already!

  6. The Baroque kit was my first kit and I purchased it for $15. I thought it was very “costumey” and maybe I would wear the pieces for Halloween. I cannot think where I would wear these pieces in public. I was disappointed and canceled my subscription straight away. I then received an email from Project DIY offering me the next kit for $15 and I decided to go ahead with it. I contacted the company on their website reminding them that I received the Baroque kit and assumed the second kit would be next month’s (Jan). I never heard back. I soon received the exact same kit (Baroque) and contacted Project DIY again stating I was was unhappy that I paid for TWO exact kits I did not like. Again, I never heard back. Today I was charged $30 for the next kit. I have to ask, would I pay $10 for each piece in the Baroque kit (no) and would I pay $15 for each piece in the upcoming Film Noir kit (doubtful)?

    • Tracy, can I buy the The Baroque kit from you?

      • Megan,
        I gave one kit away and decided to use the second to make some pieces I can use in my kindergarten classroom for dress-up (kind of expensive, but I got to work on it before I read your post). Thanks anyways!

    • After posting my review, I received an email from Project DIY offering a partial refund/discount. I decided to see how I like the Film Noir kit before canceling my subscription. If a company makes an effort to satisfy a customer, I think it appropriate to give them another chance. I just hope the items offered are something I would like to show off. I do like that items can be altered – I don’t have to make a piece of jewelry or accessory exactly as shown and I love some of the ideas posted here. Very creative!

      • I received the Film Noir kit and made the bracelet. It is gorgeous! The belt was too small, so I thought I would make a chain for a purse. I emailed the company to let them know, just to keep in mind that not all their customers are skinny! I was perfectly content to just go ahead and make a purse chain and I received an email from Project DIY offering to send me a longer chain to make a belt. That is customer service!

  7. I hadn’t seen the sneak peeks for the film noir collection … now that’s what I’m talking about! I’m so excited to receive that one. I hated the Baroque n Roll collection. I actually thought the quality on the findings wasn’t that good either … particularly the gold piece for the bracelet. I ended up not attaching the bracelet to the ring. I gave the ring to my 9 year old daughter who can have fun playing with it. I wrapped the length of crystals with waxed linen, attached a clasp and created something I will actually wear. I have yet to try the turban. I was actually thinking about sewing the lace to the bottom of a plain undershirt instead. The good news is that my husband got the subscription for me for Christmas with a coupon that made it $15 for the first collection. With the intro tool kit it was definitely worth it even though I didn’t like the projects that much.

    • The good thing with this sub is you can customize the projects to whatever you want them to be. I like that flexibility. I believe the Dec kit is still for sale on the mjtrimmings site, along with a bunch of other prior projects from past boxes. Since they only offer one at a time for the sub, I would expect getting two of the same if I ordered a second one, but in my case that wouldn’t be a bad thing because my teenager loves jewelry and crafts!


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