The Crafter’s Box Subscription Review – November 2016
The Crafter’s Box is a box for people who love to make. Each month, you’ll get unique crafting supplies and tools along to make an artist-designed craft for your home. In addition to the physical items in the box, membership includes access to an online community and an online workshop taught by an experienced maker.
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The Subscription Box: The Crafter’s Box
The Cost: $65 a month, or $60 a month with a 3-month subscription.
The Products: A curated box of craft materials and specialty tools assembled in collaboration with an artist/maker.
Ships to: US (for free), $10 to Canada and $20 everywhere else.
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The November Crafter’s Box included all the materials needed to make a number of Scandinavian-inspired wooden bead crafts. There are so many beads in this kit!
The featured maker for November’s box is Lynn Muir. Lynn runs a blog and owns 4 small businesses with her husband. She is a crafter at heart who specializes in wooden pieces of art.
This month’s box includes tons and tons of unfinished wood beads and a booklet with instructions to make a number of crafts from garland and stars to a centerpiece wreath. In addition to all that, there’s a second wood bead kit to make a candle and bead centerpiece.
Lynn Muir’s slogan appears on the Crafter’s box signature inspirational sentiment card.
The other side of the card is printed with a quote from Picasso.
Here’s everything that came in the November The Crafter’s Box. So many beads, I couldn’t fit them all into the picture. There was a big drawstring bag full of 3 sizes of beads, plus a small box of tiny beads, PLUS another box with the candles and larger beads. The kit included everything I needed to make two crafts, plus lots more left over for additional projects.
This is the guide that gives you ideas of what to make with all those beads.
I love this idea for a hanging planter.
And this candle, bead, and greenery wreath is so pretty for the holidays.
If you prefer glue over using string, you can glue the wooden beads together to form a wreath.
My favorite is this garland – I made my own version, keep reading to take a look at the finished product.
These tiny beads are perfect for making star and snowflake shapes to hang or use as ornaments.
Then there’s a large canvas drawstring bag filled to the brim with beads.
I used these beads to make a garland for my mantle and I still have a ton left over to make more things.
Also included in the box are wire, string, and needles to make stringing the beads a lot easier.
In addition to the project ideas in the booklet, this month’s Crafter’s Box included everything needed to create a Strung Candle Holder Set.
The Strung Candle Holder Set was packaged together separate from the other items in the box. It would be easy to gift this part of the box to a crafty friend or hostess this season.
The candle centerpiece kit inside the November box included 4 IKEA taper candles, leather lace, and specially cut wooden beads.
The large beads were drilled to fit the taper candles and also have flat bottoms so the candles stay upright.
The candles fit snugly in the large beads. You can string them together with the included string or the leather lace. I used the leather so that the knots on the ends would look nice.
Here it is on my dining table. I added some extra beads from the regular kit to make the Strung Candle Holder a bit longer for my table.
I recommend trimming the wicks to about a quarter inch before lighting. The wicks were frayed and didn’t light so nicely.
I love this! It’s festive and at the same time will look beautiful in any season.
Here is the garland I made to hang on my mantle. I absolutely love it! I measured out a 6-foot piece of string from the kit and used the needle to string the beads. I alternated bead sizes going from small to large to small again as I went along.
I liked the idea of adding tassels in the book but wanted to use something with a little color. I grabbed some pale blue yarn from my craft stash and made three tassels to decorate my garland. I also wanted to add some extra strands to loop and dangle from the main bead strand. To this, I laid the main bead strand flat on the floor and measured out from the middle to determine how long to make the drapey strands. I cut string to match and then strung beads. I tied the finished strands to the main strand. Easy!
Because this garland is made of lots and lots of wooden beads, it’s a bit heavier than the average strand of garland. I used three small 3M Command Mini Hooks to hold the garland safely on my mantle without damaging the wood. I love the way the garland looks and may keep it up year round!
Verdict: Just like last month, I love this box! I’ve been seeing some very pretty unfinished wood bead crafts lately and told myself I should totally try that but hadn’t gotten around to it until this box showed up. It’s like they can read my mind! The crafts were easy and fast to complete and the booklet gave me lots of ideas so I could choose my own beading adventure. For the $65 cost of the box, I made two nice home decor items and still have beads left for more projects. This is a great box for busy people who like to craft but may not have time to plan, research, and shop for themselves.
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