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Doodle Crate Subscription Box Review + Coupon – July 2016

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Doodle Crate is a subscription box from Kiwi Crate targeted at older children aged 9-16 that delivers an art project every month. They describe themselves as “a studio for hands-on creativity delivered every month.”

Doodle Crate kindly sent us this box for review purposes. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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The Subscription Box: Doodle Crate

The Cost: $19.95 per month with discounts available for longer subscription commitments

COUPON: Save 30% off your first box with code MSA30!

The Products:  Instructions and supplies for children aged 9-16 to create one new art project

Ships to:  US free, Canada $6.95

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This month’s project is making handmade soaps! This is an art form that my eight-year-old is already well versed in. He’s a little young for this subscription, but he has a real propensity (and interest) for the visual arts. He tends to need a little help, but he usually does pretty well! This is the booklet that came in our box this month.

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Here’s a peek inside the booklet at the instructions. The instructions were clear and well illustrated, so they were easy for my son to follow. The booklet also always contains good tips and suggestions for practicing.

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These are all the supplies that were included for this month’s project. Everything we needed was included.

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Here are all the soaps (and soap dish) we made this month!

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This is the first soap we made, which is a clear glycerin soap that’s “marbled.” To make it, I cut up a bunch of cubes of soap base (per the instructions – this was a parent step). My son then microwaved a few and poured them into the soap mold. He then added drops of blue and yellow via pipette. Then he took a toothpick and slowly swirled the colors around, then left it for an hour to re-harden. So pretty!

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This is the second soap he made. He melted some of the solid white soap base and used the yellow and blue coloring to make teal soap. He then poured it into several little sea-themed molds and let them harden. Then he took the fish shaped one out and put it in the square mold. Then he melted some clear soap base and poured it in with the fish. It takes about an hour for the soap to harden completely.

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This little leaf soap was made exactly the same way as the second soap. The only difference is that he colored the clear soap base yellow before pouring it into the square mold with the leaf. These are so cute!

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His final soap was made exactly the same way as the fish soap with one additional step. To get the layered look, he let the soap harden as above, but when it was finished, he melted some white soap base and then colored it blue. He poured that on top of the hardened soap and allowed it to harden as well.

Verdict: Doodle Crate is awesome! This month’s project was really great! He made four beautiful soaps that he is planning to take to his new teachers at school as a welcome gift. He is so sweet! I still can’t believe what Doodle Crate can provide for $20. When you consider the materials, the curation, the project selection and instructions, that’s really a bargain! Most importantly, it always sets the stage for some fun times crafting with my kids.

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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.

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  1. So cool. and such a great project for gifts – that was my first thought was that this would make awesome gifts for my son to give at Christmas!
    I think I’m going to have to sign him up for Doodle Crate too. Right now we get Tinker Crate. He got Kiwi Crate for 2 years or so and loved it (I still miss it every time I read one of your reviews), but he’s enjoying Tinker Crate 🙂

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