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Adults & Crafts Review + Coupon – August 2018


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Adults and Crafts is a monthly DIY subscription that helps subscribers “learn new crafting techniques to help you create useful, beautiful products you will be proud to have made.”

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This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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About Adults & Crafts

The Subscription Box: Adults & Crafts

The Cost: $33 + $6.95 shipping per month, with discounts for 6 and 12-month prepaid subscriptions

COUPON: Use code CRAFTYDEAL to get 10% off!

The Products: A kit with printed instructions for an adult-level project to use or display in your home.

Ships to: US

Adults & Crafts Mosaic Resin Tray August 2018 Review

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The project for August is a mosaic resin tray. The print-out listed all the materials included, materials needed and step by step instructions with pictures to complete the project.

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The materials in the box included:

MSA Reviewer Note: Darice does not list its pricing on the site without an account. I contacted them to get the MSRP for the items included in this box.

The materials needed include a workspace and something to cover the tray. I used my kitchen table as my workspace and used the printed materials included in the box to cover up my tray. I also used a paper plate to hold the white paint while painting the wood tray, a paper cup to hold the water for the watercolor paint and the resin instructions suggest that you use rubber gloves when handling the product. These 3 additional items were not included in the box.

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The first step was to paint the tray, at least two coats and set it aside to dry. I’m so impatient with painting! I would have gotten more even coverage had I painted 1 coat, waited until that coat dried and painted a second coat. However, in the final product, there was barely any evidence of my flawed painting technique.

Glue on Paper

The next step was to apply rubber cement to the watercolor paper. The glue, once dried and removed, is what gives the mosaic design the graffiti look. I wasn’t sure initially if the glue would remove from the paper. The key is to make sure the glue is completely dry and once dry, it came off very easily.

Painting Paper

Next, I painted the watercolor paper using the blue, green and purple paint colors. I loved the texture of the paper and the pattern was very pretty. While painting, I got a little frustrated with the brush which was stiff and didn’t pick up much paint. So, I used my hands which I found was way more fun!

Rubbing Off Cement

After the paint was completely dry, I was finally able to rub off the rubber cement which added a little more character to my painting.

Cut Paper

The instructions say to cut the watercolor paper into tiles of different shapes and sizes. I chose mostly triangles and rectangular shapes for my design.

Tray Before Resin

The next step was to arrange all the pieces of paper in the desired design. But, I skipped that step! I wanted the piece to come together organically so I jumped right into gluing the tiles in place on the tray. I really loved how my design came together but later realized that I didn’t leave any space in between my tiles like the instructions illustrated. Oh well, it was still cute!

Tray After Resin

The final step is to mix the resin, pour it into the tray to set the design, and cure for 24 hours. I’ll admit the resin part scared me a bit. The instructions contained warnings to use gloves, handle with care and make sure the space was well ventilated. I was extra careful with the product and made sure not to get it on my skin. The mixing part was easy, and I didn’t have to use the straw or toothpick to remove bubbles in the resin. It went on very smoothly.

Final Product

So, here’s the final product! Isn’t it cute? I think I’ll use the tray on my desk to hold paper clips and push pins. Or, I might hang it on my wall for display.

Verdict: The project was easy to do, fun and allowed for some creativity! The steps didn’t take much time to complete but with all the drying and curing time, it took a few days to finish. The final product is very pretty and something I will happily keep and use for myself although these would make nice gifts as well.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? If you order now you won’t receive this box however, you can order the Mosaic Resin Tray project from their shop for $34.

Coupon – Use code CRAFTADDICTION to get free shipping on your first box!

Value Breakdown: The cost of this box is $39.95 ($33 + $6.95 shipping) and creates one Mosaic Resin Tray, plus the scissors and plenty of leftover materials that can be used for future projects. The retail value of the materials, not including the smaller items (cup, foam brush, watercolor paper, craft stick, straw, and toothpick), is $24.81. That leaves $15.14 for the smaller materials and the tray itself which I think is a good value.

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Written by Shatae Hutchinson

Shatae Hutchinson

Hi, I’m Shatae; pronounced shhh-tay! I work in IT Healthcare, I’m married to my high school sweetheart and we have 2 cool kids. I am obsessed with black culture, lifestyle, travel and art made by and featuring women of color. I also love trendy plus-size fashion and accessories, eclectic and bohemian home décor and all things self-care, mental health and fitness. My favorite box is Izzy & Liv’s Brown Sugar Box; a monthly box offering tees, accessories and lifestyle products designed for black women. I also subscribe to TheSelfCareBox, FabFitFun, CauseBox and Merkaela. Being a wife and full-time working mom, subscription boxes are one of the few things that are just for me! They are fun, convenient, reasonably priced and full of surprises.

Posted in Craft Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: adults and crafts | 23 comments

Comments (23)

  1. Your finished project is so cute! I love the craft box reviews specifically, and would love to see more of them!

  2. Hi everyone! I appreciate all the comments. For the original/ example project, you can take a closer look at the second page of the instruction sheet or follow the box on IG for the creation of the original project and all the various interpretations.

  3. I really love the finished product ! Beautiful job.

  4. I’m also an artist who makes money selling their art. I found it kind of nice that the reviewer said this is what I ended up doing. I have done craft kits before and didn’t follow the directions exactly…either by choice or by accident. I don’t believe that takes away from the review by any means. I’m not calling g anyone a tell or even saying they’re wrong, because I was wondering what the “correct” tray was supposed to look like as well. However I like that she stated this was my interpretation or this is what I wanted to do.

  5. Seriously? I’m being called a troll, and another person implies that I’m mean to children regarding their art, all because I’ve indicated that I didn’t care for the sub box project and I suggested that the review could have been more useful if it had been conducted (or perhaps just worded) differently? So much for respecting differences of opinion. I’d suggest to all those brandishing the troll word to reread all the comments. Who is calling whom names and being intolerant??

    • I agree with you, just ignore them, They will attack anyone who has an opinion against the reviews other than a positive one…They all forget that these reviewers are paid and there should be a standard set. They act like this sight is a personal favor to them and not a business. You were not being disrespectful at all.

  6. Thank you Laura! The materials are very reasonably priced and most crafters will likely have some of the items at home already. The resin will most likely be the most expensive material. Trays of larger and smaller sizes are available on Amazon.

  7. I’d say the same thing for this project that I would say for the vast majority of craft projects for adults – it may have been a fun project to do, but this is definitely not the sort of thing I’d seek out to put in my home.

    When I craft (which I do a lot), it’s got to be a project that yields something that enhances my home. I don’t want it to look like a “craft project”. The only subs that I’ve found that consistently send projects that fit those standards are XOXkit and Crafter’s Box. THOSE are generally outstanding projects that also enhance my decor.

    I appreciate that MSA has someone testing out the craft projects, and answering important questions such as – does the sub provide quality materials (like paint that covers without streaking) and clear instructions so that we can achieve the advertised end product. However, given that presumably you are testing this on behalf of the readers, don’t you think you should stick to the instructions provided as closely as possible?

    • Those two kits sound very interesting, going to Google them now and i hope that MSA starts to review them.

    • The instructions say to cut the paper in various shapes and sizes and arrange them in a pattern you desire (steps 5 and 6). I don’t think the intention was to simply recreate what was presented. If you follow the box on IG, you’ll get to see the variations and and I’m sure there will be some much nicer from the expert crafters and others with some perfect imperfections. Overall, I really enjoyed this craft – and for me, that’s the point.

      The materials were great with the exception of the watercolor brush which I mentioned in my review. The Darice products are really good and I would have easily achieved a streak free finish if not from my impatience (also noted in my review).

      • Sorry if I misunderstood. It’s the phrases below that led me to think that you modified the instructions:

        – “I’m so impatient with painting! I would have gotten more even coverage had I painted 1 coat, waited until that coat dried and painted a second coat.”

        – “While painting, I got a little frustrated with the brush which was stiff and didn’t pick up much paint. So, I used my hands…”

        – “The next step was to arrange all the pieces of paper in the desired design. But, I skipped that step!”

        – “… later realized that I didn’t leave any space in between my tiles like the instructions illustrated.”

        As far as the point of the craft, I think that varies by person. I enjoy doing crafts, but the product is the primary reason I do the craft – especially when I’m buying a sub on crafts. You state that for you it’s about the experience. That’s great; you may want to mention that specifically in the review.

      • Photos of the instructions are provided above and my review details the steps I took to create the final product – being fully transparent about the process. For example, the instructions say to paint the tray with at least two coats and I did. But, I wanted to be transparent that I didn’t wait for the first coat to completely dry before the next. I think most reviewers appreciate the transparency. All of the quoted comments are just that. I really enjoy crafting but I don’t expect perfection. I do think adding space between the tiles, like the example project, would of created a little more interest. But, I still like the outcome! Happy crafting!

      • Shatae, well done on the arts and crafts project – the end result is super cute. As I was reading the review, I was wondering how much it would be if I tried to gather the pieces myself from a craft store rather than subscribe, so sharing the price feature was very helpful too. I also want to commend you on your reasonable responses to someone who comes across as the type of person who would frown at children for coloring outside the lines 😕 Art is subjective- how boring would it be if everybody tried to create exactly the same thing? I had to reply because I see so many other negative comments on other reviews recently. You nor any of the other reviewers “owe” us anything more than what you’re already doing. We don’t pay for this blog. I consider it a courtesy and for anyone to try to tell you how to express your opinion otherwise doesn’t make sense.

      • I agree with Laura wholeheartedly! I feel like those who posted negative comments to reviewers are like trolls coming here to destroy the moods of those who are doing the reviews and trying to bring down the positive intentions and perhaps missions of blog site like MSA. IMO, just ignore (which I noticed Liz and most reviewers did) and continue to help us viewers/potential subscribers with honest reviews of subscriptions.

      • @Laura – your comment is one of those that makes me wish that this blog had Like buttons. But since it doesn’t, I’ll just do this: 👍👍👍👍👍

      • Shatae…you did a great job! I’m an artist that actually makes money from selling my art (in addition to my day job), and I can tell you that it’s perfectly okay not to follow directions. In fact, the fact that you ignored the sample and created something your own means that you are much more of a real artist than the person who would try to just copy another person’s creation. Copying someone else’s creation piece by piece is the hallmark of someone with no creativity. Keep on being original and make things you love, and ignore the critics. 🙂

      • Isn’t part of artistic boxes to be creative and do things how you want? She said the instructions but then what she did, I think that is any artists prerogative. I appreciated her take on the project.

      • I have to agree with Beth, I was thinking the same thing the whole review and it was “oh that’s pretty, but i want to see it done right 🙁 ” I don’t think she was being rude, just honest. What is unacceptable is assuming and stating that she would be mean to small children because she asked the reviewer (a grown woman) to possibly follow the actual directions. I’m getting kinda sick of seeing such comments attacking anyone with an opinion other than praising the reviewer. Everyone acts like these reviewers come here and do these reviews just for them for free and out of the kindness of their hearts, just to bring you all reviews and spoilers, No lol…They are paid and this is their job. There should be some type of quality control and Beth was not wrong in having an opinion about the quality of the review.

      • Jessica,

        Thank you. I appreciated your comments on the situation.


    • If you like Crafts for the home, I’ll also be reviewing Homemade Lux with crafts sprecific to home decor. I’m excited to see what’s in this month’s box! Be on the look out for that review soon.

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