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New Hobby Box Subscription Box Review + Coupon – Feb 2016


New Hobby Box is a subscription that sends you everything you need to take up a new hobby every month! I love learning how to do new things, so I was really excited to try this!

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)


The Subscription Box: New Hobby Box

The Cost: $30 + $7.26 shipping = $37.26 per month with discounts for longer commitments

COUPON: Save 10% off your first box with ADDICTION!

The Products: Everything you need to try out a new hobby every month

Ships to: US

Check out the Lifestyle Subscription Box Directory and make sure to add New Hobby Box to your subscription list or wishlist!

Good to Know: You can skip any month you’re not interested in!


This month’s hobby was needle felting! This is the only paper that was included. Their instructions and video tutorials are online. I found them to be pretty good this time, and I liked that they gave lots of options and ideas for the project.


These are all the supplies that were included for the project. The basic project they showed on their website was needle felting a mushroom. I thought that was kind of boring, and I didn’t think any of these colors would make a good mushroom, honestly. They also had instructions on how to make BB-8 and a minion, but they did not include all the supplies to make either of those. I was particularly bummed about BB-8 because their website said, “You have everything you need to make this,” but they didn’t include dark grey felt or pipe cleaners, both of thich would have been required to make BB-8.


My eight-year-old son is always asking me to buy him stuffed animals of his favorite video game characters, and they rarely ever have the plush figures he wants for sale anywhere. He likes the more obscure characters. In any case, I asked him if there was something I could make him using these colors. He instantly thought of Yoshi from Yoshi’s Wooly World. Yoshi is green, but there’s also a red version of him (seen here), so we went with red Yoshi.



Here’s my completed Yoshi! I’m actually really proud of him! Needle felting is fun, too! My son was thrilled with how good he came out!

Just FYI, New Hobby Box is not just a crafting subscription. This month’s hobby was a craft, but if you look at their past boxes in What to Expect, you will see that they have a variety of skills you might be taking up in a given month.

Verdict: I really enjoyed needle felting, and I think my Yoshi turned out super! I have loads of leftover felt so I can make lots more critters before I will run out. I really enjoyed New Hobby Box! I think it’s an amazing concept, but they do a need a little work on the execution. When I went to their website last month, they had the spoiler up (needle felting), but they had a bunch of needle felted Star Wars characters on display. I assumed this box would come with the materials and instructions on how to make Star Wars characters, which I was really excited about. They didn’t include the right colors for any Star Wars characters. They did include a tutorial on how to make BB-8, but without the right supplies, that wasn’t very helpful. I wound up using a video tutorial on how to make Yoshi, so really, I didn’t even use NHB’s instructions. None of this is a huge deal, but I would like to see NHB tighten up their offerring in the next few months. Otherwise, this was a great experience for me.

Spoiler Alert: Next month’s hobby is indoor gardening!

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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.

Posted in New Hobby Box Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: new hobby box | 13 comments

Comments (13)

  1. Wow that is an amazing job on Yoshi!

    • Thanks Ann!

  2. Wow, you did a great job making that Yoshi! It’s nice that the kit gave you everything you needed.

    • Thanks Kayley!

  3. WOW-your Yoshi looks great! Not too happy that they sent a tutorial to you for something else without all the right supplies. I need explicit directions when I craft?

    • Thanks Katie!

  4. Aw! That’s a cute Yoshi! I love learning new things so I’m interested in this box and trying it out.

    • Thanks Utena!

  5. Oh my gosh my soon to be 7 year old son would have loved that Yoshi! He always likes the obscure characters and things too. Love it Anna!

    • Thanks heyhey!

  6. Nice job with yoshi. This sounds like a pretty cool sub. Do you know if we can still get the needle felting box?

    • If not, look on Amazon and Etsy for needle felting kits. Amazon has one for $17 (free shipping), and the ones on Etsy let you pick what you want to make.

      I love the premise, but the value definitely isn’t there with this one.

    • Thanks Nisha! If you subscribe now you will get March’s box, I think. But you can always email customer service and ask. Sometimes that works. Hope this helps!

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