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The Cherry Box Subscription Review – November 2019

The Cherry Box October 2019 closed box

The Cherry Box is a monthly subscription box for craft lovers, and each box contains a surprise assortment of scrapbooking and crafting supplies from A Cherry on Top.

This month’s box is being reviewed thanks to MSA reader request!

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The Cherry Box November 2019 all items

About The Cherry Box

The Subscription Box: The Cherry Box 

The Cost: $32 + shipping (save with longer subscription plans)

The Products: Each box includes an assortment of craft supplies from A Cherry On Top

Ships to: The US and worldwide

Good to Know: Shipping rates vary based on location. Earn Cherry Reward Points with each month’s box that can be redeemed for coupons.

The Cherry Box November 2019 Review

The Cherry Box is a hand-picked selection of crafting items from the website A Cherry on Top. This was my second month receiving the box, and I was excited to see what this month offered. The company says about the box:

We are so excited to launch our new monthly subscription box! Inside our signature red box you’ll find an assortment of crafting goodies hand-picked by our team. From paper and stickers, to adhesive and ink pads, there will be something for everyone. This is not your typical kit club with items all from the same brand. It’s more of a surprise sampler! You will get full products and some sample sizes from various brands. Every month will be slightly themed – as in maybe the colors go together or they go with a certain season. But the beauty of the cherry box is you get a variety of things you can use by themselves or with the stash you already have! You may find a new designer or brand that you love. Or maybe try something new you have been wondering about. Every box will be similar, but some items may vary in color or design.

There was no information card detailing the items inside, which is something I found myself missing in this box! It would be nice to have information on what was included.

Without further ado, onto the items!

 

6 x 6 Glitter Cardstock Stack – Retail Value $8.99

The first item I was drawn to in this box was this cardstock stack of glitter paper. There are 24 total sheets in the stack, with two sheets each of 12 different colors of glitter paper. Beware – this paper is heavy on the glitter, and it sheds quite a bit. My work station was covered in glitter specs of different colors after opening up this booklet!

 

Carta Bella Santa’s Workshop Decorative Brads – Estimated Value $5.99 (based on a similar discontinued item found here)

Next up is a set of decorative brads and stickers in a “Santa’s Workshop” theme. I appreciate the nod to the holiday season with the items included in this box! There are four different sizes of brads and five large stickers that are 3-dimensional. These are a cute item to add to scrapbook pages or gift tags, but I was disappointed to see that we were sent a discontinued product, rather than a newer, on-trend, similar product.

 

Tiny Trees Braddies by Doodlebug Designs – Retail Value $2.99 (currently on sale for $2.81)

Another set of small brads! These are super cute – I love the whimsical trees with their jewel tree-toppers. There are four trees in the packaging.

 

Carta Bella Santa’s Workshop Enamel dots – Retail Value $4.99 (currently on sale for $4.30)

These enamel dots are from the same line of products as the brads above – and I appreciate getting products that coordinate together. Here we have 60 shiny dots in five different colors, in a range of sizes. I love the pale blue especially – it’s an underrated color for Christmas, but I think it’s so pretty when combined with the traditional reds and greens!

 

Santa’s Treats 3-D Stickers – Retail Value $2.29 (discontinued)

Also going along with the Christmas theme is a set of 3-dimensional stickers with cartoon Santa and candy designs. There are 12 stickers in total, and the larger ones have a foam sticker backing. This is another discontinued item that was included in the box.

 

Carta Bella Joy Stencil – Retail Value $6.59 (discontinued)

This is a 6″ x 6″ plastic stencil that repeats the word “joy” over and over. I love the font they used – the symmetry of the lines of the J and Y look really pretty! The stencil is fairly flimsy and made of lightweight plastic.

 

Echo Park Multi Snowflakes Decorative Tape – Retail Value $2.99 (discontinued)

Carta Bella Presents Decorative Tape – Retail Value $2.99 (discontinued)

We received two rolls of washi-type tape, each containing 15 feet of tape. One has a variety of red and green snowflakes, and the other has a variety of red-and-green wrapped presents. I think both of these are super cute for the holidays – they are perfect for adding an extra touch to wrapped presents or cards! However, I want to note that both of these products are yet again discontinued from their respective companies (I have a feeling that they are from last year’s collection).

Red and Green Argyle Ribbon – Estimated Value $1.00 (a 5 pack of similar ribbon can be found here for $4.99)

This simple ribbon can be used for embellishing scrapbooks or holiday cards, or it can be used in sewing projects. The argyle pattern is classic and so pretty for the holidays – I’m sure I’ll find many uses for this! There are 3 meters of ribbon on the roll and the ribbon is 100% polyester.

 

Prima Pretty Pale flowers – Retail Value $5.99

Although these flowers don’t go along with the Christmas theme of the rest of the box, they were actually my favorite item that we received! I love the gorgeous muted tones of these paper and silk flowers, and I think they would be amazing embellishments for any type of gift – for a birthday, a new baby, or a wedding. The flowers are stuck really well to the clear backing that they came packaged on, and you would have to use tacky glue or glue dots to attach them to something.

 

Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium, 1 0z – Retail Value $4.99 (currently on sale for $4.49)

This is a gel type of glue that can be used for mixed-media projects. It comes out of the bottle white and dries down into a clear, matte texture. We received the small size of 1 oz, but it comes in larger sizes as well.

 

Peridot Rhinestone Chain – Estimated Value $2.00 (Buy a pack of 3 for $5.99, currently on sale for $3.59)

I honestly had no idea what to do with this chain of green rhinestone jewels. It took me forever to find what it actually even was online, as it came with no description or information. The chain is made of metal and is slightly flexible. I guess if I had clasps or other hardware I could make this into a piece of jewelry? If you have any suggestions for me on what to do with this item, please let me know in the comments! In the meantime, my cat seems to think that it makes an excellent cat toy – she claimed this item as hers right away!

 

Recipe Card

We also received a single recipe card in the box. This seems more of a throw-away item or bonus freebie, so I’m not counting it towards the valuation of the box. It would have been nice to receive a set of these to write some favorite family recipes for the holidays!

Now, let’s get crafting!

 

Since this box was so heavily Christmas-themed, I wanted to make some sort of holiday craft. I decided to make my own gift tags using the materials provided in this box and had a lot of fun combining the materials to do so.

I loved the “joy” stencil – it was easy to use with my felt tip pens, and I think it gives such a classy touch to these tags. I also really liked using the decorative tape – it’s the perfect finishing touch. The box was heavy on brad-type decals, and I found those to be a little bit clunky and heavy on the tags, so I don’t think I would use those for this type of craft in the future.

 

Here are some of the gift tags that I made! I think these will add the perfect extra special DIY touch to my Christmas presents this year. If you received this box, what did you make with these supplies?

Verdict: I thought this was an interesting combination of items to receive in a box. It felt a little bit like a grab-bag of items from a craft store, and while I liked that more of the items fit with a theme than last month‘s box, I wish there was a more cohesive theme to the box as a whole. If you are someone who has a large craft stash or who enjoys scrapbooking or bullet journaling, I think you may really enjoy this box. I personally enjoy boxes that have a theme or project to complete with the supplies sent, and I didn’t find that with this box – I had to come up with a craft project on my own and was fairly limited in what I could create from the items in this box alone. For $32.00 (plus shipping), we received $51.80 worth of craft supplies. This is a higher value than last month, so I’m pleased with that. However, this is not a completely true valuation considering that a lot of the products are either discontinued or currently on sale.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you’ll receive the December box if you subscribe now. Sign-ups for the current month’s box go until the 20th of that month, and boxes ship the last week of the month.

Value Breakdown: At $32.00, this is approximately what you are paying for each item:

  • Glitter cardstock – $5.55
  • Santa brads – $3.70
  • Tree brads – $1.85
  • Enamel dots – $3.08
  • Santa stickers – $1.41
  • Joy stencil – $4.07
  • Present tape – $1.85
  • Snowflake tape – $1.85
  • Ribbon – $0.62
  • Flowers – $3.70
  • Collage medium – $3.08
  • Rhinestone chain – $1.23

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Written by Krista Moore

Krista Moore

Krista entered the subscription box world through beauty boxes and quickly became hooked on boxes! She loves knitting, crocheting, all things crafty, and her cat! Her favorite boxes are KnitCrate, Allure Beauty Box, and FabFitFun.

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Comments (10)

  1. Love your gift tags, so perfect! I would hole punch, sting and use the braids at the bottom to “weigh” down the tags. I only idea for the green chain is to glue and use it for a larger card.

    The kitty’s excitement made me smile 🙂

    Cute crafting box but disappointed in the hodge podge for the money.

    • Great ideas!! Yes, I definitely need to hole punch the tags and use a string to attach them to presents – good idea 🙂 Thanks for the kind comment!

  2. Krista, I really like your gift tags. So cute!

    As for the rhinestone chain, maybe you could use it to secure wrapping paper (or cloth) on a bottle for gifting–along with one of your pretty gift tags, of course. I think wrapping a few times around the neck of the bottle and leaving the ends dangling could look quite fancy. Another idea is perhaps securing the chain along the length of a wider ribbon and running that ribbon around a square gift (you can hide the ends with a pretty bow). Or maybe wrapping around a glass candle holder (securing the ends with ribbon to hide the tape). Also, you could use it as Christmas-y curtain tiebacks or maybe sewing them to stringy sandals as embellishments. I think, however, the best idea is to use the chain as a cat toy. 😉

    • Wow, so many amazing suggestions!! You are so creative 🙂 I absolutely love the idea of using it as an embellishment for a bottle of wine – that’s always my favorite hostess gift for holiday parties so I will be using your idea for sure! Thank you!

  3. I think the chain type things can be used to wrap candles for a festive look. At least, I’ve seen a lot of rhinestone strands like that, single or 5 wide or even wider sold in ribbon like strips, that are meant to be cut to measure and paired with those thick cylindrical table display candles. You could also pin one of those flowers to a candle with a straight pin to complement it, though I wouldn’t recommend burning it.

    • That’s a fantastic idea, Jennifer! Thanks for the suggestion! Candles wrapped in the jewels would look very festive.

  4. Love this box. Love your cat! We have many cats and I love a tortie!

    • Thank you! I love the tortie spots!

  5. I just wanted to say that I think your cat is very beautiful. Although, I really do think that the gift tags you made look really nice and festive.

    • Thank you! She’s such a sweetie and I thought the pictures were too cute – I had to include them in the review! Thanks for the kind comment 🙂

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