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Ann Williams Monthly Craft Box for Teens Review + Coupon – May 2017

Ann Williams Craft Box Review May 2017 - Box

Ann Williams Monthly Craft Box is a DIY kit subscription featuring their own craft kits for ages 6-8, ages 9-12, teens, and adults.

Ann Williams Craft Box Review May 2017 - Unboxing

We received this box for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

This review is of the “Teens” age range, $24.99 a month, box.

Ann Williams Craft Box Review May 2017 - Unboxing

The Subscription Box: Ann Williams Monthly Craft Box

The Cost: $24.95 a month + free shipping. Save with 3, 6, and 12-month prepaid subscriptions.

COUPON: Use code OMGSURPRISE to save 30% off your first box!

The Products: DIY craft kits from Ann Williams valued at $30 – $50 each month

Ships to: Free shipping in the US, including Hawaii, Alaska, PO Boxes, and APO/FPO

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Ann Williams Craft Box Review May 2017 - Intro Card

Their first item in the box is a welcome card with some info about the brand, and where to find them on social media. It’s always nice when making crafts to see other people’s creations, so they encourage lots of sharing!

Ann Williams Craft Box Review May 2017 - Poster Kit Ann Williams Craft Box Review May 2017 - Poster Reverse

Empower Poster Kit (Ages 8+) – Value $15.99

This first kit is to make a decoupage poster to “celebrate yourself.” I can definitely see this being a fun craft for middle schoolers. Personal identity is such a big part of those years!

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The instructions on both kits were very detailed and helped you to reproduce the project to be exactly like the photograph on the box. To form the background, you draw a starburst shape and fill it in by gluing down torn pieces of tissue paper. Then to finish, you coat with more glue and apply your empowerment words.

Materials included:

Ann Williams Craft Box Review May 2017 - Tissue Paper

Colored tissue paper in a rainbow of colors…

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A big container of glue plus a foam brush for applying…

Ann Williams Craft Box Review May 2017 - Cutouts Ann Williams Craft Box Review May 2017 - Words Ann Williams Craft Box Review May 2017 - Words

And a whole series of cutout shapes and words. None of these were perforated or pre-cut in any way, and there were sure a lot of them to pick through to find the ones I wanted! They get very specific!

Here’s my finished project:Ann Williams Craft Box May 2017 - Finished Poster Ann Williams Craft Box May 2017 - Finished Poster

This kit is definitely geared toward a younger age range, so it’s not specifically my taste, but thanks to the detailed instructions the results were good and definitely look as pictured!

My only real pet peeve with this is the backing material: it’s a piece of white cardboard, which you almost might think was packaging material (we almost threw it away!). I think if you are going to dedicate significant time to a project, you should at least have a canvas or something a bit nicer to have at the end of it.

Ann Williams Craft Box Review May 2017 - Dream Catcher Kit Ann Williams Craft Box Review May 2017 - Dream Catcher Box Reverse

Craft-Tastic Dream Catcher Kit (Ages 8+) – Value $16.99

(I actually received this same kit in the Target Arts & Crafts Box too, so I think it’s a newer product.)

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Once again, the instructions are very detailed and clear, to help you re-create this project as pictured.

Ann Williams Craft Box Review May 2017 - Materials Ann Williams Craft Box Review May 2017 - Materials

A variety of feathers, yarns, cutout paper, and pom-poms make up the included materials. There is a lot of wrapping, tying knots, and small bits in this project– it took me several hours (and a glass of wine) to complete both dream catchers:

Target Arts and Crafts June 2017 Review - Finished Dreamcatchers Target Arts and Crafts June 2017 Review - Finished Dreamcatcher Details

Target Arts and Crafts June 2017 Review - Finished Dreamcatchers on Green Background

Again, the results were great! I do love the bright colors and think this is a fun project for a younger teen, but there were some really finicky bits (like attaching those pom-poms with wire) that definitely required extra attention to detail.

Verdict: The Ann Williams Monthly Craft Box is definitely one to consider if you’re looking for a monthly dose of creativity for yourself or your kids. This review only covered the teenage age range, but they have different kits for younger kids and adults, too. Overall, I’d say the projects aren’t quite as ‘artisanal’ as The Crafter’s Box, but they are more affordable, and the kits in the adult age range definitely have a hip modern vibe in more subdued color palettes that have a broad appeal.

Value-wise, for $24.99 we received 2 kits that would normally retail for just over $30, so I’d have to say that this is slightly better value than the Target Art & Craft Kit Subscription for Kids, too. This could be a good subscription to check out for anyone who misses their Darby Smart box!

What do you think about the Ann Williams Monthly Craft Box? What DIY and creative boxes do you currently love?

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Written by Lacey Volk

Lacey Volk

Lacey’s introduction to the world of subscription boxes was Julep Maven, but she quickly moved on once she discovered there were subscriptions for cooking, coffee, and art supplies. Current favorites include Crate Chef and Ecocentric Mom, and she’s looking forward to trying more.

Posted in Ann Williams Monthly Craft Box Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Teens| Tags: ann williams monthly craft box | 6 comments

Comments (6)

  1. Omg this is awesome! This looks just like something my 9 year old daughter would love!

  2. Too bad there isn’t a crafting box for teen boys. Feel bad for the artsy young men.

    • There are definitely some great boxes that focus more on drawing and art projects, and that I think would appeal to makers of all kinds; Marky Box, Sketch Box, and Smart Art are some that we’ve reviewed in the past!

  3. The poster project is an awesome idea for tween girls. I love that positive reinforcement vibe.

  4. Isn’t this the same dream catcher kit in the target kids craft box?

    • Yep, I mentioned that above! The Ann Williams Craft-Tastic brand is carried in some stores like Target. (I only made that project once since I wrote both reviews, so the photos of the finished project are the same in both reviews)

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