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


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.

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


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 rustic jute orbs! At least it’s different!

FYI, Darby Smart does not include instructions in their boxes. Instead, they provide a code you can use on their website to look up the instructions. Just a note in case you have a preference, but I guess you could always print out the instructions.


These are the materials that were included for the project. Usually, the things you have to supply yourself are things most people definitely have. I didn’t need to supply anything additional from home this time except scissors.


Here are my completed orbs in action! I’m glad I took this picture because they were very fragile and didn’t last too long after this. Basically, I cut some lengths of jute and soaked them in wood glue. Then I blew up two balloons to my desired orb size. Then I wound the jute around the balloon and let it dry for eight hours. Then I popped the balloons. Popping the balloons kind of made the jute orbs collapse so I had to just sort of manipulate them back out to their original round shape. Then I had to take a nail file to all the excess wood glue. The last step was winding the LED strands through the orbs. I think they turned out really nice!

VerdictDarby Smart To DIY For Box is one of my favorite subscription boxes! This month’s project was not really my style in terms of home decor, but I think these would make amazing decorations for a party, and they were really easy to make. Fun!

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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 Darby Smart Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: darby smart | 9 comments

Comments (9)

  1. So glad I cancelled last month, this is not my idea of a fun craft. ? And doesn’t seem worth the cost IMHO.

  2. Giod party decor idea but not if a slight breeze knocks them flat, kinda a bummer there. Maybe the jute wrapped around some floral wire would help with the structure. I’ve had my eye on this box and its definitely been interesting 🙂

    • Oops, ‘Good’ I mean, now where are my glasses….

      • LOL, no worries Steffy. This is a great subscription, I think you just have to know that once in a while your project is going to be either something you don’t love, and / or it’s not going to work out great.

      • Of course, no problem there, I rather like the variety and there are SO many cool things on the DS site!

  3. Are the balloons used just regular balloons or a specific kind?

    • Just regular round balloons. 🙂

  4. Mine totally crumpled. I did one to test it, so I still had some supplies. I contacted them. They gave me some tips, but it was exactly what I had done. Since I had used up almost all the glue on just one “orb”, they offered to send me more glue, or give me a credit. I took the credit.

    • Wow. Glad to hear you got some credit. This one was a little strange.

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