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KiwiCo Doodle Crate Review + Coupon – Painted Canvas Pouches

Brandi Dowell
ByBrandi DowellJun 16, 2021 | 0 comments

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Doodle Crate by KiwiCo
4.4 overall rating
18 Ratings | 5 Reviews

Doodle Crate, by KiwiCo, is a subscription box targeted to older children, aged 9-16 that delivers a monthly art project. They describe themselves as a “studio for hands-on creativity delivered every month” and they’re one of our favorite art boxes for kids!

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KiwiCo offers boxes for different age groups:

There really is something for every age with this company!

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

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About Doodle Crate

The Subscription Box: Doodle Crate

The Cost: $19.95 per month. Save with longer subscriptions.

COUPON: Save 50% off your first box. No coupon needed - just use this link.

The Products: Instructions and supplies for children aged 9-16 to create one new art project each month.

Ships to: The U.S. for free, Canada for $3.95 per month, worldwide from $4.95-$6.95.

KiwiCo Doodle Crate Painted Canvas Pouches Review

 

Our project this month was to make two painted pouches using a glue resist method. The booklet provided instructions about how to add a glue design, along with some great ideas for inspiration, and instructions for painting and finishing up our project. There were plenty of helpful tips!

 

They provided two canvas pouches in different sizes for us along with a mess mat and inserts for each pouch to keep the paint from spreading through to the other side.

 

They also provided a bottle of glue with a wooden spacer, two gel pens, a paintbrush, a set of six paints, some sticks for spreading glue, and two wooden zipper pulls with string to attach them.

 

They provided a little practice scrap of canvas for us to work on. After adding the spacer to the glue which allowed for the perfect amount of glue to be released, I then tested out a design. I used the wooden stick to even it out a bit by spreading the glue lines.

Liv Gluing

 

Once we had both practiced and had an idea for our designs, we added our inserts and then began gluing our designs onto our pouches.

 

Then it was time to set those aside and let them dry before we could complete the next step.

 

The next day we were ready to add some paint to our designs before setting them aside to dry again. We also took a minute to add some paint to our wooden zipper pulls. If you swipe through you can see my painted bag.

Soaking Bags

The next day when our paint was dry, we placed the pouches in some hot water to try and soak off the glue. Then I used the sprayer on my faucet to get the rest of the glue off once it was loosened from the soak.

 

I placed our bags in the sun to dry and they were ready in no time. I was really pleased with how they turned out! I also love that the pouches have a nice wide bottom so they actually can stand up.

 

The last step was to add some designs to our painted zipper pulls with the pens and then tie them onto the bags. Such a cute final touch!

Verdict: I thought that our painted pouches turned out pretty great thanks to the thorough instructions provided by Doodle Crate! This project was fairly easy to complete although it definitely took a steady hand for the glue, but otherwise, it was pretty open-ended and allowed for a lot of creative freedom. I struggled a bit at first trying to come up with a design, but I found some inspiration through the various ideas included in our booklet. I liked that we got to make two pouches and that they even included little pulls for us to add to the zippers. They included everything we needed other than water and my daughter and I had fun designing our pouches! I’d say this was a great project!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? It is possible you might get this crate, but it is not a guarantee. From KiwiCo:

Crates are assigned each month based on availability and your crate history – not all subscribers receive the same theme each month.

COUPON: Save 50% off your first box. No coupon needed - just use this link.

Check out all of our Doodle Crate reviews and the best subscription boxes for tweens and teens!

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What do you think of the Doodle Crate project?

Doodle Crate inspires young makers to learn new skills and gain creative confidence. Every month, a new super-fun DIY project that kids will love to design and create.
Brandi Dowell
Brandi Dowell
Brandi has loved the idea of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013. Now that she’s a mother of 3, she loves finding unique boxes to educate and entertain her kids while enjoying some more pampering boxes for herself. Her favorites these days are Lillypost, KiwiCo boxes & Wicked Good Perfume!

Brandi Dowell
Brandi Dowell
Brandi has loved the idea of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013. Now that she’s a mother of 3, she loves finding unique boxes to educate and entertain her kids while enjoying some more pampering boxes for herself. Her favorites these days are Lillypost, KiwiCo boxes & Wicked Good Perfume!
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