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Darby Smart Stained Glass Votives Box Review + Coupon- October 2016

We're reviewing the votives craft inside the Darby Girl box by Darby Smart!

Darby Smart is a monthly subscription box by craft site that’s just for tween girls. Every month, they send along supplies for a fun new craft.

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

The Cost: $19 per box, or choose from two other subscription levels (6 months for $57.00, or one year for $95.00)

COUPON: Get your first box for free! (just pay $4.95 for shipping). No coupon needed - just use this link.

The Products: Each box has supplies for a cute craft, plus inspiring photos of the finished product and a link to the instructions.

Ships to: US only, but shipping is free!

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We're reviewing the votives craft inside the Darby Girl box by Darby Smart!

This month, we’re making stained glass votive candle holders! Here’s the info from Darby Smart on where to find the instructions. Just follow the link and input the code.

We're reviewing the votives craft inside the Darby Girl box by Darby Smart!

Set of 3 0.5 fl oz. Alcohol Inks from Tim Holtz Adirondack Brights – Value $5.99

0.5 fl oz. Alcohol Blending Solution from Tim Holtz – Value $2.49

These inks are very thin and come out drop by drop. You can mix them if you’d like, but the colors (Clover, Raspberry, and Citrus, which is a lime green) are pretty cool as they are.

The blending solution is kind of like nail polish remover. You can use it to either thin out the colors or erase your work as you go. Handy, huh?

We're reviewing the votives craft inside the Darby Girl box by Darby Smart!

2 Foam Brushes, 1 Inch – Value $0.46

These “brushes” are perfect for stamping designs onto your votives. Use one for adding colors and the other for erasing, if necessary.

We're reviewing the votives craft inside the Darby Girl box by Darby Smart!

2 Glass Votive Holders – Value $0.83 each (based on similar items)

Of course, the stars of the show are the glass candle holders. The box comes with two. I like how there’s a raised part inside each one that the candle can actually sit on. Obviously the one on the right, I’ve already jazzed up. So, how did I do it? Check it out:

We're reviewing the votives craft inside the Darby Girl box by Darby Smart!

Drop the ink onto the end of the sponge brush. The more you add, the deeper the color will be.

Get creative about how you dab the ink on the inside and outside of the votives. Switch up colors, thin things out with the blending solution, try a splatter method… it’s up to you!

We're reviewing the votives craft inside the Darby Girl box by Darby Smart!

2 Unscented Tea Light Candles – Value $0.22 (based on similar items)

Last but not least, you have these two little candles, which sit nicely inside each finished votive.

We're reviewing the votives craft inside the Darby Girl box by Darby Smart!

And there you have it! I didn’t end up using the pink ink just because I liked the green tones so much. This is one of those fool-proof crafts that you can take some artistic license with. I didn’t feel all that artful about what I was painting sometimes, but I think it came out looking pretty cool!

 Verdict: I really like Darby Smart! I appreciate that they include all of the supplies you need to do the craft and that the craft itself is so fun. There’s a lot that’s up to your artistic interpretation, too. I did some watercolor-inspired stuff with mine, and the Darby Smart example looks more like drops of rain falling along the glass. But you could also do stripes, circles, words… whatever you’d like! All that said, the value of the box was only around $11, which is about half of the $19.00 value. I wish there was another element—another part of this craft, or a second smaller craft to help make up that missing value.

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Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

Posted in Craft Subscription Boxes, Darby Smart Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: darby smart | 5 comments

Comments (5)

  1. I got this box via the Black Friday deal and my votives arrived shattered. I contacted customer service and they sent me 4 replacements right away! This may not be the best craft in the world, but I appreciate their commitment to the customer.

  2. This box is entirely disappointing.

  3. So, I’ve noticed that Darby Smart no longer carries crafting supplies – infact they have suspended all commerce (except for the DIY monthly box.) I have a hunch that pretty soon the monthly subscription will be no more, and right now they are simply unloading product.

    Any recommendations for another monthly crafting subscription?

  4. I tried this after I saw another alcohol ink activity from Darby Smart, and the ink just washes right off the votive =( I was super disappointed.

  5. When I saw the review for the august box, which was for a planner, I was sold. I really wanted something just like that and with the link for $10 off, I thought it was a win/win. But I received this box you just reviewed. When I contacted customer service I was told the link was for a surprise box, nothing guaranteed. ?
    I couldn’t find that wording anywhere and I had even taken screenshots of my order. Just an FYI.

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