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Adults & Crafts Subscription Review + Coupon – November 2019

Adults and Crafts Nov 2019 Box unopened

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

Adults and Crafts Nov 2019 box opened with instructions on top

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Adults and Crafts Nov 2019 all items laid out

About this Monthly DIY Subscription

The Subscription Box: Adults & Crafts

The Cost: $33 + $6.95 shipping per month, with discounts for 3-, 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: The US for $6.95 and worldwide for $20

Adults & Crafts “Engraving Kit” Review November 2019

Adults and Crafts Nov 2019 i nstructions front side Adults and Crafts Nov 2019 instructions back side

In this awesome Adults & Crafts project, they have provided the tools and instructions to safely customize a stainless steel water bottle, a set of 4 glass coasters, a keychain, and a tin container. I love how straight-forward these instructions are! They are written very clearly, and if you have any questions at all, you can contact their customer service for a fast response!

Let’s get into the items included in this box:

Adults and Crafts Nov 2019 Transfer paper

  • Transfer Paper

Adults and Crafts Nov 2019 gloves

  • Gloves

Adults and Crafts Nov 2019 water bottle

  • Stainless Steel Water Bottle (similar style found here for $8.18 each when you buy 12)

Adults and Crafts Nov 2019 Glass coasters

  • Set of 4 Glass Coasters

Adults and Crafts Nov 2019 keychain

  • Keychain

Adults and Crafts Nov 2019 tin container

  • Round Tin Container

Adults and Crafts Nov 2019 safety goggles

  • Safety Goggles

  • Sample Designs

Here is the list of materials also needed, but not included:

  • Pen
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Paper Towel

Project #1: Tin Container

Honestly, I have never engraved anything in my life, so I was a bit hesitant to start “engraving” on the perfect items laid out before me. I decided I must start somewhere, and after reading the directions, they suggested starting on a flat surface such as the coasters or tin container. I went for the tin container since I felt like I may want to give the coasters as a gift (if they turn out.)

Adults and Crafts Nov 2019 me in goggles

Safety first of course! It is very important to wear safety goggles while engraving your items. You definitely don’t want glass or stainless steel dust in your eyes!

Adults and Crafts Nov 2019 gloves on

Don’t forget the gloves! This project does produce a lot of tin container dust, so keeping your hands protected is a must!

Adults and Crafts Nov 2019 cut out heart

The first step to engrave my tin container was to choose a template. Most of the included templates were too large to fit on the small container lid, so I decided to try the hearts as the instruction sheet suggested. To get the heart shape onto the container you must lay the transfer paper over the item, cut out the template, and use a pen to trace the design.

Adults and Crafts Nov 2019 small box heart transfer

Tracing the design was a breeze, but I decided I didn’t want to engrave a heart on the top, so I used the paper towel to easily wipe off the transfer.

Adults and Crafts Nov 2019 small box engraved

I ultimately decided to try a free-hand design to get a feel for the engraving pen. Using different pressures and holding the pen at slightly different angles produces very different results. While I can’t say I am exactly satisfied with my finished product, (I now wish I would have engraved a fancy monogram instead) I feel a lot more comfortable trying this process on those coasters.

Project #2: Glass Coasters

Adults and Crafts Nov 2019 coaster ready to engrave

Because the coasters are clear, you are able to cut your template out and tape it on the backside of the coaster and trace.

Adults and Crafts Nov 2019 in the process coaster

The vibration from the pen was a little intimidating, and it was quite noisy. My husband loudly complained that this is NOT the project to be doing during game 7 of the World Series. I nicely went into another room…

Adults and Crafts Nov 2019 engraving coaster

See why the gloves are so important? It produces quite a bit of dust – which is easily wiped away with the paper towel, and a little water.

Adults and Crafts Nov 2019 coaster on transfer paper by idea

Voila! One coaster complete! I found I had an easier time with the cursive letters than the block print, but feel satisfied with my results.

Adults And Crafts November 2019 coasters on black

In the process…

Adults And Crafts November 2019 coasters finished

Finished products! I think they turned out really cute! By the 4th coaster I felt really comfortable using the engraving pen, and had a pretty easy time!

Adults And Crafts November 2019 keychain

Adults And Crafts November 2019 keychain finished

Here is the finished keychain. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to engrave on this piece, so I just copied the instruction sheet and wrote “wish.” Because this piece was black, I had a hard time creating a template to trace. I ended up using a piece of chalk, and while the chalk didn’t leave a print, it seemed to produce a glossy effect which was enough for me to see to engrave. It engraved easily and looks fun!

Adults And Crafts November 2019 transfer on

I saved the water bottle for last because the curved shape of the bottle intimidated me!

Adults And Crafts November 2019 first outline complete

Because I liked the look of the water bottle on the instruction sheet, I decided to go ahead and trace the flower template.

Adults And Crafts November 2019 working on waterbottle

Tracing was fairly easy, and coloring in was even easier. Laying the bottle on a table runner to engrave made the process a lot easier than on the hard smooth table because it didn’t roll as much. Dust did get on it so I would probably use a towel next time.

Adults And Crafts November 2019 finished waterbottle

Here is the finished product. When the light hits it you can see the engraving strokes, but I was satisfied with it!

Adults And Crafts November 2019 all projects finished

Engraving master at last? I wouldn’t say that, but I did have a lot of fun, and learned a lot of new techniques! I am definitely going to get myself some more coasters to work on. I would love to do a fancy monogram on them and give them with a bottle of wine for a Christmas gift!

Verdict: This is the first time I have gotten to review Adults & Crafts, and I am totally digging it! I absolutely love crafting, and am always looking for new techniques to try. This month’s projects were super fun, and I really like how they give you great instructions and supplies to create items that are completely designed and customized by you. The estimated time of completion is 1-3 hours, and I can say that it is all up to how detailed your designs are. My tin container only took a few minutes, whereas the coasters took a bit longer. I am really impressed with the quality of products, and the curation of this box. I had a lot of fun customizing these pieces, and will definitely be using the engraving pen on other items throughout my home! I can’t wait to see what they send next month!

To Wrap Up:

Can I get this box if I sign up today?: No, this was the November box, so your subscription will likely begin with the December box. However, this craft kit is currently on sale for $34.00 in the Adults and Crafts shop here.

COUPON: Use code CRAFTYDEAL to get 10% off!

Value Breakdown: The cost of this box is $39.95 ($33 + $6.95 shipping) and it customizes a stainless steel water bottle, a set of 4 glass coasters, a keychain, and a tin container. I had a hard time finding a lot of the items online, but am very excited to have a tool that can be used on many future projects, and I did receive fantastic instructions! I feel $39.95 is a fair price for this box as it teaches a new skill, includes customizable items, was well-curated, and just plain fun!

Check out all of our Adults and Crafts reviews and the DIY + Crafting Subscription Box Directory for more crafting options!

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Written by Becca Peterson

Becca Peterson

While I am taking a time-out from being a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, I am currently staying at home with my 2 sweet boys! My first subscription was Julep thanks to happening upon the MSA website, and it all went downhill from there! I have subscribed to Ipsy, Boxycharm, Degustabox, Julep, Graze, Bluum, Walmart, and more because I love a good surprise! I truly am a subscription addict!

Posted in Adults & Crafts Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: adults and crafts | 9 comments

Comments (9)

  1. I’m always wanting a craft box and always leery to commit. This looks fun while the cost seems more reasonable than many craft boxes. Keep up the good reviews, and maybe I’ll commit soon.

  2. Great review! You did such a nice job on everything.

    • We’re happy to hear that, Katie!

  3. Great box and you did amazingly well. So pretty! I love that you now own the tools to engrave in the future.

    • Thank you so much Rose! It was so much fun! I have some Christmas projects to use this engraving pen on, so I can’t wait to start working on them!

  4. I have wondered about those engraving pens, Amazon has been recommending them to me lately for some reason. Seems like they would do a decent job for the amount of time I would use them.

    I would probably wear a dust mask (like just one of those ones you get 10 in a package at Home Depot) if this is generating a lot of dust. Don’t want it in your lungs either.

    • Yes- came here just to say that – definitely wear a mask!!!

  5. This looks great. And you can buy kits individually on their site.

    • Thanks for commenting LizC! This box was really fun. If you are looking to learn new techniques and fun projects, I highly suggest this box! Happy Saturday!

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