IT’S BY U Flower Arranging Kit Subscription Box Review – June 2018


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It's By U Subscription Box

IT’S BY U is a DIY flower arranging kit subscription service. They send the vase style of your choice along with flower arranging tools in your first shipment followed by new flowers and custom instructions weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly.

Reviewed by popular demand!

Inside of flower shipping box

Text on inside of box - flowers are the secret to happiness

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

This review is of the French Country style subscription starter kit and monthly subscription.

alternate view of french country arrangement showing peony

About IT’S BY U

The Subscription Box: IT’S BY U

The Cost: $59.00 a month (or $49.00 per week for weekly shipments, $55.00 every other week for bi-monthly shipments)

The Products: A one-time starter kit shipment with vase and flower arranging tools and fresh-cut flowers with arranging instructions delivered on the schedule of your choice.

Ships to: Continental U.S.

IT’S BY U Flower Delivery June 2018 Review

In my first shipment from IT’S BY U last month, I received a Starter Kit which contained a ceramic vase, flower cutting scissors, and a wooden expandable ruler. The starter kit arrives only once, after that each shipment will only contain flowers.

it's by u subscription style choice

When you sign up for IT’S BY U, you start by selecting what style of vase and flowers you’d like to receive. I selected the French Country style and am reusing my vase for this month’s flower shipment.

Its By U French Country Vase

Here’s a reminder of what my French Country vase looks like. It is made of tubes around the outside with a tube in the middle that provides structure for the flower arrangement.

Onto the flowers!

bundle of packaged roses bundle of roses after shipping

A Dozen Pink Roses

This month, my flowers arrived in two bunches. The first bunch is 12 pink roses, protected by a cardboard wrap and wrapped in newspaper.

flower bundle in newspaper

flowers after shipping

flowers with shipping packaging removed

Bouquet of Peonies, Scabiosa, Queen Anne’s Lace, Spider Mums, Strawflower, and Button Mums

The stems were neatly bound together with the delicate spider mum buds wrapped in protective netting. The blooms arrived in pretty good shape though some of the petals on the white spider mums had started to turn brown.

It's By U June Arrangement Instruction Booklet Cover

IT’S BY U sent June’s arrangement instructions by email along with a link to a video. It includes care instructions for the flowers along with the names of each flower in the shipment and one arranging option – last month there 3 variations to choose from. The booklet also stated that the flowers in my kit may include substitutions based on availability, but that the overall look will be the same. Like last month, I found the instructions helpful and something I’ve always thought was missing from other flower delivery services. Because there was just 1 set of instructions this month, there weren’t as many leftover flowers as last month.

The flowers arrive in a dormant state so IT’S BY U recommends trimming the ends getting them in water immediately to rest for 30 minutes to an hour before starting to build the arrangement.

Single Rose with Guard Petals Rose with guard petals removed

After letting my flowers hang out in cool water for about an hour, I started prepping the roses for placement in the arrangement. I removed any excess leaves and then took off the guard petals.

Rose trimmed to 8 inches Rose trimmed to 7 inches

Next, following the instructions and using the ruler from my Starter Kit, I trimmed one rose to a length of 8 inches and the rest in 7-inch lengths.

Placing rose at the center of the vase

I placed the 8 inch rose into the center column of the vase.

Trimming peony

The booklet recommended trimming the peonies (and the rest of the flowers) to 7-8″ inch lengths. It recommended starting with a longer length so there’s room to trim the stems as the arrangement is refreshed.

Placing peony at the center of the vase

I added a big open peony to the middle column with the rose. I love peonies so much! I am lucky to have several peony bushes in my yard but I did not get to bring them into my house before the ants got to them!

placing roses around the vase

Next, I added a rose to each of the tubes along the outside of the vase.

Adding peonies around the vase the last peony goes into place

Then, I added the remaining 2 peonies across from each other on opposite sides of the vase.

Trimming mum

I removed the leaves from each of the spider mums and cut each stem to 8 inches including the bloom.

adding the first mum adding the rest of the mums

I added the 3 spider mums around the arrangement into the same holes as the roses. I placed two over top of the roses and one underneath a rose to vary the look.

trimming the scabiosa

I trimmed the Scabiosa, Queen Anne’s Lace, and Button Mums to 7-inch lengths.

Adding scabiosa to vase

I put the purple Scabiosa into a gap that needed something to break up the pink of the peonies and roses.

Adding Queen Anne's Lace to the vase

Adding Button Mums to the vase

Then I added a cluster of button mums.

Adding more queen anne's lace for balance

Once the button mums were in, I decided to add another bit of Queen Anne’s Lace.

View of finished arrangement

Ta-da! Here’s my finished arrangement. It’s so pretty without looking too formal. I love it!

alternate view of french country arrangement showing peony alternate view of arrangement showing roses

Here are two more views so you can see that each side has a little something different to offer. One side shows off a peony while the other showcases the roses.

overhead view of arragement

How about an overhead view?

close up detail of flower arrangement

Love!

the finished arrangement measures 9 inches tall

The finished arrangement measures 9 inches tall.

the finished arrangement and the leftover flowers

Here is my finished arrangement alongside the leftover flowers. I had 3 leftover roses (not pictured) which I gave to Marne, Anna, and Lacey to keep on their desks. I didn’t add the strawflowers. The booklet let me know that the Queen Anne’s lace is likely to be the first flower to fade in my arrangement, and I hope to put the strawflower in its place.

Verdict: I am really happy with my second shipment from IT’S BY U. For $59.00 I received 2 kinds of higher-priced flowers and a nice selection of filler flowers plus detailed instructions on what to do with them. I loved getting some pricier flowers like peonies and roses this month – I look forward to peony season every year! I sometimes feel a little lost when I receive unarranged cut flowers but this subscription gives me the confidence to just get to it and make something really pretty. My June shipment was very different from my May shipment which is great – it would be so boring to get the same thing over and over again. I did miss being able to choose from 3 provided arrangement ideas like last month, but I am extremely happy with how my arrangement turned out. For $59.00 I received 2 kinds of higher-priced flowers and a nice selection of filler flowers plus detailed instructions and choices on what to do with them.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? You can sign up today and get the same French Country starter kit but will receive different flowers depending on the month.

Check out all of our IT’S BY U reviews and more DIY and decor subscription boxes for your home!

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Written by Emily Cosnotti

Emily Cosnotti

Emily is a design enthusiast who loves beautiful objects. She’s really into vegan snacks, corgis, home goods, and minimalist makeup. She is currently fostering a healthy subscription addiction.

Posted in Craft Subscription Boxes, Home Subscription Boxes, IT'S BY U Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: its by u | 8 comments

8 Comments

  1. I’ve subscribed and was pleased with my first set of flowers. They actually lasted longer than the flowers that I typically buy at Whole Foods or a flower store.

    It is a little pricey, but given the above, I’ve decided to stick wtih the subscription.

    Customer Service responds relatively quickly. I’ve had some questions about how to delay a shipment because we will be out of town, and what happens if I delay several times — meaning I would get less shipments over time — how does that affect billling structure and/or timing?

    It is alittle disappointing that this review has flowers that don’t look so good. Whiel you can take off the outer rose petals, shoudl they have been that brown anyway? And the mum that is photographed also has too many brown ends….. Hope my next shipment doesn’t come in like that!

  2. I love that vase. Does anyone know where I could buy one?

  3. They look dead and wilted.

  4. Peonies are my favorite but this is a pricey sub for something that dies in a week.

  5. Those look lovely! I also missed out on getting my peonies in the house before the ants came this year. Such a bummer! 🐜🐜🐜

  6. I love the idea of this subscription but am allergic to several flowers. Is there a way to opt out of flowers for that reason? Thanks.

  7. Pretty arrangement and great photos. Makes me want to try the sub just to get that vase!

  8. Gorgeous! Would love to play around with this sub.

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