The Creative’s Container Review + Coupon – September 2017
The Creative’s Container is a monthly subscription box by designer Terina Nicole McKinney and her teen daughter Jordan Alexis. Their goal is to make “designing beautiful things accessible to all.”
Every month a new DIY design project will arrive at your home with everything you need to make chic home decor, jewelry & accessory design projects. Packaged in re-usable containers, each delightful delivery brings the opportunity to learn how to make beautiful things from the comfort of home as long you’re subscribed.
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The Subscription Box: The Creative’s Container
The Cost: $29.99 per month with free shipping. The 3-month price is $84.99 and six months is $164.99.
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The Products: Instructions and supplies in a reusable container for completing a home decor, accessory or jewelry project.
Ships to: USA
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This month’s project is a DIY leather coin purse kit! The instructions and findings were organized into this little plastic bag. The box description says that the projects will be ‘packaged in re-usable containers’. Since the box is called Creative’s Container, I expected that this storage element would be a prominent part of the box concept, but this little bag was the only container apart from the flimsy shipping box.
The instructions are printed plainly on a couple of sheets of paper, but they were easy to follow.
Round Brass Button Stud Rivets, 3 rivets – Value $2.40? (a similar item is $7.99 for 10)
The bag also contained these little brass closures. There were enough materials to make three coin purses, so there’s one for each.
Leather Hole Punch – Value $6.99? Value (based on similar item)
This hole punch didn’t work very well and I wouldn’t recommend it. It was difficult to press into the leather. I have small hands and when the handles are in the open position, it’s too wide for my grip.
The Creative’s Container sends mixed signals about whether this subscription is for adults or tweens/teens. The website makes it sound like it’s for anybody, but their Instagram seems to promote it more for a younger audience. This is a cool project either way, but I think younger people with even smaller hands than mine would really struggle with this.
I received one piece of textured taupe leather and two pieces of smooth yellow leather. I’m not fond of taupe but yellow is one of my favorite colors, so I consider this a win!
I’ll mention here that this box shipped late and did not arrive in September. The Creative’s Container kept up clear communication about the delay and promised that extra materials would be included. I’m assuming that this box was originally intended to have supplies for two coin pouches, and the supplies for a third pouch are a generous gift to make up for the small delay.
The first step was to trace the included template onto the leather. Easy!
I used my regular scissors to cut out the leather and they worked fine. The next step was to use the hole punch to create small holes. It was a little hard to poke the holes and I ended up using a round needle file to clear out the leather fuzzies.
I loved the next step – you fold the sides in and use the back screw on the little brass closure to hold the pieces together. All of a sudden, it turns into a coin purse!
The last hole needs to be big enough to fit over the brass knob, so I’d made it too small. However, the larger setting on the hole punch just did not cut at all, even when I set it on the table and leaned my whole body weight on it to try to get it to cut. I ended up using the round indent as a guide to cut it with scissors.
Here’s the finished coin purse! Even with the difficult hole punch, this project didn’t take long at all. I’m going to get more of those rivets and try this template again in embroidered felt. I love when craft subscriptions give me ideas for new things to make!
Here are the three coin purses that I made. One of the leather pieces had a wrinkle in it, but that’s probably the extra one that was included as a gift; I might cut it down and make an earphone holder. Overall, I think these came out pretty well. This project is achievable for beginners as long as you don’t get frustrated with the hole punch and are patient enough to cut the holes with scissors.
Verdict: The value works out to $10 per coin purse, though it would originally have been $15 per coin purse had the extra supplies not been included. This is a clever project that came together quickly, and I’m impressed that they included genuine leather in a $30 box. I’m not bothered by the late shipping since they communicated well and sent extra supplies. However, the tool barely cut and there was no reusable container packaging as promised on the website. This is a fairly new subscription – I think this was only their fourth box. It still feels rough around the edges, but I look forward to seeing it evolve.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will get the October project, which is choker necklaces.
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