Every year, we ask you, our readers, to tell us your favorite subscription boxes. The 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards results are in! This list features our fellow subscription fanatics’ top choices for DIY and arts & crafts.
Part of the appeal of the subscription model is the sense of exploration and discovery you’ll get with every delivery. That’s especially true for artists, crafters, and DIY-ers — art & craft subscription boxes can ignite your imagination and hone your skills. The only issue: Finding the right subscription can be difficult given the overwhelming number of options available online.
We’ve turned to our readers to create a list of the best art subscription boxes on the market. This list contains niche-specific subscriptions, hobby development boxes, and much more, and we’ve included promo links and coupon codes wherever possible. Whether you’re ready to start a new hobby or you’re looking for delightful monthly projects to fill your free time, you’ll find the perfect subscription right here.
The Most Popular DIY Subscription Boxes, Per Our Readers
These hands-on subscription boxes are subscriber favorites:
The Cost: $19.95 per month. Save with longer subscriptions. Subscribe here!
"We've been getting Kiwi Crate for 4 years now, first Koala Crate, then Kiwi Crate, and now my older kids get the Doodle Crate. Every single one has been fantastic!" - Meeks
About the Box: We’ve written extensively about KiwiCo’s engaging approach to crafting. They’re one of the best craft subscription boxes for inspiring young creators, and fortunately for us, they offer some excellent options for adults, too.
Doodle Crate is a monthly subscription geared toward ages 9-16+, but we’ve found that the projects are just as engaging for older artists. The high-quality materials are on par with what you’d find at a high-end art supply store, and the included inspiration sheets have detailed instructions for learning new techniques. You can also head online for video tutorials.
Recent kits provided materials and instructions for creating stained glass-inspired decorations, watercolor calendars, clay pencil holders, and masks. The Doodle Crate is most appropriate for new artists of all ages; KiwiCo also offers adult-friendly options like the Maker Crate (for crafting) and the Eureka Crate (for engineering and design).
Check out all of our Doodle Crate reviews to learn more. Ships worldwide.
The Cost: $17.95 per month for the Kids Classic & Pro Classic subscriptions, $11.95 per month for the Kids Petite & Pro Petite Subscriptions, and $4.95 per month for the Kids, Pro, and Planner printables subscription. Subscribe here!
ACTIVE DEAL: Get $5 off your subscription!
What Our Readers Say:
"Pipsticks listens to their subscribers & seeks their ideas on upcoming months of stickers. I really like their products, both for quality and design." - Diane
"Not only an envelope to spark creativity at home, but a whole network online to share ideas and stickers!" - Jessica
"Fantastic, fun and beautiful product. Love getting my Pipsticks every month!" - MSA reader
About the Box: Pipsticks is a monthly sticker subscription, ideal for gifting to young artists and creatives. This art subscription box doesn’t always guide you through projects — they simply provide high-quality stickers for adding to your artistic masterpiece (or, if you’re like us, for decorating the edges of a piece of paper while you’re bored at work). The Kids Club pack also includes an activity book, and both plans include a storage pouch.
Choose from the two clubs (the Kids Club and Pro Club), select an amount of stickers to receive (7 sheets or 15 sheets), then enjoy the good vibes in every delivery. The company’s website also offers printable DIY tips, coloring pages, creative prompts, and other inspiration. We’d recommend checking out the site while planning those fun family art projects, then adding in a sticker subscription to add some sparkle to the finished project.
Check out all of our Pipsticks reviews to learn more. Ships worldwide.
The Cost: $18-$49 per month for the Penspiration subscription, $38-$180 per month for the Planning & Stationery box, and $48-$240 per month for both. Subscribe here!
What Our Readers Say:
"I love getting the C&P sub box every month because it's usually new items that have not been released yet! Also love that they curate the box to the planner size and type that you use so that you get exactly what you need and not just random items. The C&P aesthetic is also a plus!" - Rose
"The clean, simple layout and design of Cloth & Paper's products give the minimalist in me the utmost satisfaction!" - Plan_my_life
"The best subscription box for productivity! Beautiful planner and stationary supplies in a minimal and aesthetic style that works in every environment. Wonderful company with great customer service!." - Sher Chanel
About the Box: Cloth & Paper offers three arts subscription boxes to organize your life and inspire your creativity. Choose from Penspiration, which delivers for top-notch writing supplies; The Planning + Stationery Box, which provides planners and other organizational tools along with high-quality journaling supplies; and a combined subscription with selections from both boxes.
Subscribers swoon over its minimalist aesthetic and simple black-and-white color scheme. Whether you’re working on your penmanship or trying to upgrade your organizational skills, this is an affordable way to get quality — and chic — supplies for your journey.
Check out all of our Cloth & Paper reviews to learn more. Ships worldwide.
The Cost: $65.00 per month. Subscribe here!
ACTIVE DEAL: Get 25% off your first box!
What Our Readers Say:
"Great quality and instructions!" - Marina
About the Box: Makers who want to explore different types of projects will love The Crafter’s Box. Each craft subscription box includes the supplies you’ll need to pick up a new skill — but supplies are only half the battle. To truly develop your abilities, you’ll need high-quality instruction.
That’s what sets The Crafter’s Box apart: Subscribers can access artisan-led videos that explain each technique in detail. Whether you’re learning quilting, punch needle, weaving, cyanotypes, or another crafting skill, you’ll get all of the info you need to build your mastery from the comfort of your couch. The service also has an active online community, so if you’re having trouble, you can always get quick help.
If you’re particularly interested in a certain type of crafting, The Crafter’s Box offers one-off deluxe projects and a store for ordering additional supplies. The deluxe projects can be challenging, but again, their high-quality instruction will help you craft with confidence.
Check out all of our Crafter’s Box reviews to learn more. Ships worldwide.
The Cost: $49.95 per quarter. Subscribe here!
What Our Readers Say:
"Paper Source is a totally fun quarterly box. I am a pen/paper geek and love the candles that come too." - JodyE
"Really nice and high quality." - Jackie
About the Box: The Paper Source Lifestyle Box is a quarterly subscription box filled with curated lifestyle favorites from popular brands like Rifle Paper Co., ban.do, Paddywax, and Lilly Pulitzer. You’ll receive candles, stationery, and items for your home or office that coincide with each season.
The Lifestyle craft subscription box is the best way to experience the best products that Paper Source has to offer — but if you’re looking for guidance and ideas for new projects, the Paper Source Creativity Box is a better choice. The Creativity Box brings easy, fun-to-learn projects to your doorstep every other month. From handmade stationery to home décor, you’ll nurture your creative side while picking up basic craft techniques.
Those techniques include embossing, watercolor, quilting, resin crafting, and more, explained with simple how-to instructional videos. Each box is only $75 and includes everything you need to learn, and the quarterly delivery schedule ensures that you’ll have plenty of time to develop each new skill.
Paper Source also offers kid-specific crafting subscriptions and limited edition boxes, so if you’ve got a good idea of what you want to do, their selection is well worth a look. The company has offered arts subscriptions for decades, and they’ve used their experience to craft (pun intended) a versatile set of options for every subscriber.
Check out all of our Paper Source Lifestyle Box reviews to learn more. Ships to the contiguous U.S.
The Cost: $25.00 per month for the Basic Box, $35.00 per month for the Premium Box. Subscribe here!
ACTIVE DEAL: Get 50% off your first box of a 3, 6, 12 month subscription
What Our Readers Say:
"I am an artist, and SketchBox is fantastic. You get high quality art supplies that you can add to your collection." - Pru
"Quality pens, markers, papers, other products, and generally great curation make this an excellent craft sub for an artist looking to add to their supply collection." - Jennifer
About the Box: Explore all arenas of 2D artistry with the supplies provided by SketchBox. Both the Basic Box and Premium Box tiers send 4-6 high-quality art supplies for writing, painting, and illustrating. The Premium Box sends higher-quality supplies (including name-brand products from brands like Copic), but either option should provide an excellent set of resources.
Additionally, each box includes artistic inspiration — useful if you’re running into creative roadblocks — and subscribers can enter a monthly contest. Winners have their artwork featured on the SketchBox packaging.
Receiving a regular batch of fresh art supplies can help you feel empowered and inspired. SketchBox has an excellent customer service team, simple options for gifting, and easy cancellations. If you’ve always wanted to sketch, here’s a great way to get everything you need at a great price — and save time on those trips to the hobby store.
Check out all of our SketchBox reviews to learn more. Ships worldwide.
The Cost: $19.95 per month for the Sock Crate and $24.99 per month for the Knit Crate. Subscribe here!
About the Box: Knitters and crocheters alike will love the luxurious yarn delivered in each month’s KnitCrate. Choose from the Quick-to-Stitch box, Sock Knit & Crochet Club, Malabrigo Quarterly Club, or the Mrs. Crosby Travels Quarterly Club, then receive premium artist-dyed yarns on your schedule.
This craft subscription box has an affordable price point, and their fun color variations provide an exciting surprise with each delivery. You’ll also receive curated patterns and access to PDF downloads with additional patterns. If you need to order additional supplies, you can use exclusive promo codes to cut down the cost of your order.
We love how KnitCrate’s offerings inspire creativity without providing a simple step-by-step for every single project. Members earn loyalty points with each order, which can make this an even better bargain for knitting and crocheting addicts — and given the variety of the included yarns, you’ll never get bored.
Solids, kettle-dyed, speckles, variegated, and self-striping yarns will keep you inspired (and if you don’t know what some of those words mean, KnitCrate’s helpful website will guide you through the basics).
Check out all of our KnitCrate reviews to learn more. Ships worldwide.
The Cost: $39.99 per month. Subscribe here!
ACTIVE DEAL: 10% off subscription with code
About the Box: If you spend your nights swiping through crafts on Pinterest, Home Made Luxe is exactly what you need to start creating gorgeous DIY home decor of your own.
This craft subscription box includes all the materials you need to decorate with confidence. From paper-quilled monogram letters to hand-knitted pillows, Home Made Luxe curates the best crafts for adding warmth and beauty to your living space.
The company offers information about the difficulty level of each project, so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting into. The subscription service offers the best value, but you can also order projects individually from the Home Made Luxe store.
Check out all of our Home Made Luxe reviews to learn more. Ships to the U.S.
The Cost: $39.99 per month. Subscribe here!
About the Box: Treat kids to fun seasonal projects without spending your time at the craft store. Box of Crafts is a monthly craft subscription box for kids between the ages of 4 and 9. Each Box of Crafts comes with supplies and instructions for 4 projects, and there are often enough pieces to make multiples.
You’ll need some basics (scissors, glue, and other essentials), but generally, you’ll have everything you need in the box. Box of Crafts also offers a sibling box — ideal for those brothers and sisters who can’t stand sharing — and all of their craft subscription boxes incorporate STEM activities. Your kids won’t even realize that they’re learning!
For households with younger kids, Box of Crafts is an excellent way to plan family time (and cut screen time to a minimum). Many of the projects can be completed fairly quickly, which is reasonable given the low price.
Check out our Box of Crafts details to learn more. Ships to the U.S. and Canada.
The Cost: $24.00 per month. Save with longer subscriptions. Subscribe here!
What Our Readers Say:
"ArtSnacks has opened up an entirely new world of art for me. You receive all the supplies each month, but there is also an entire ArtSnacks community on Mix and on other social media platforms where you can learn how to use your new gear and see what other artists create." - Lauren
About the Box: Don’t let the name fool you — this isn’t a food box (though each delivery does include a tiny treat). ArtSnacks gets its name from its unique “menu,” an instructional booklet included in every package with product descriptions, best practices, and new techniques to try.
The ArtSnacks art subscription box delivers 4-5 premium art supplies, carefully curated to allow for expression. You can use all of the supplies in each box for a single project, but ArtSnacks is fairly hands-off; the supplies inspire, but you’re free to explore and engage with your craft.
For even more high-quality supplies, consider ArtSnacks Plus. For only $39 per month, the kit includes 5-6 full-size art supplies. All subscribers (and non-subscribers) can join ArtSnacks Mix, a vibrant community of creators that provide constructive feedback and tips to other artists. That’s one of the best reasons to join; while ArtSnacks opened up ArtSnacks Mix to non-subscribers as the community grew, you’ll get the most from your conversations if you’re sharing the same experience as the other members.
Check out all of our ArtSnacks reviews for more info! Ships worldwide.
The Cost: $28.95 per box (bimonthly). Subscribe here!
ACTIVE DEAL: Save $5 off your first box!
About the Box: Confetti Grace is a crafting subscription box that promotes the spirit of giving. Each box contains everything you’ll need to craft two high-quality projects, so you can craft with a friend or share your complete masterpieces with loved ones. Recommended for ages 8 and up, each box features a seasonal theme. You might create wooden signs, candle holders, wall hangers, or other delightful projects to celebrate upcoming holidays or the changing of the seasons.
The company offers the Lil' Grace box, which provides the supplies for personalizing two large wallet-style photo frames. You’ll also receive an adorable gift bag — and your friends and family will be delighted to receive a truly thoughtful present.
Lil' Grace’s frames are small, but not tiny, so they’re perfect for displaying on a desk or shelf. Their high-quality paints give you an easy way to personalize, and the low cost of entry makes this one of the most affordable options on this list. The company also donates 20% of net profits to charities worldwide.
Check out our Confetti Grace reviews for more info. Ships to the continental U.S.
The Cost: $18.99 per month for The Enthusiast box, $35.00 for The Collector box. Save with longer subscription. Subscribe here!
About the Box: BeadCrate is the ultimate monthly subscription for beading fanatics that love building up a well-curated stash.
Kits arrive with toho seed beads, accent beads, funky unique items, and a surprise or two. Each collection invites a splendor of possibilities. Will you make homemade napkin rings or a self-designed bracelet? There’s no instructions and no pressure, though many of the boxes have special themes that will keep craft makers inspired
If you’re looking for standard, run-of-the-mill crafting supplies, this probably isn’t the box for you. BeadCrate focuses on variety, so it’s ideal for expanding your creative horizons. The company nurtures creativity on social media; create something truly special with your BeadCrate, and your design could get featured as the Design of the Month. You can also win extra boxes!
Because this craft subscription box contains small objects (and quite a few small objects, we might add), it’s not recommended for children under 6. Older kids and adults will find plenty to love.
Check out our BeadCrate reviews to learn more. Ships to most countries worldwide.
The Cost: $22 per month. Subscribe here!
About the Box: Paper Pumpkin is a monthly paper crafting box offered by the stamp, paper, and crafting brand Stampin’ Up. Subscribers can expect paper goods catered toward making fun, crafty cards, but the supplies can also be used for scrapbooking — or, really, anything else.
Each box contains an exclusive stamp set, ink spot, and accessories to help you can build up an impressive collection. Occasionally, shipments will also include cards, gift bags, banners, treat bags, or gift boxes. Each kit is designed to spark creativity while allowing you to be “that person” who is always prepared with the perfect card or thank you note.
We’ve always wanted to start writing real letters, and Paper Pumpkin makes the lost art of correspondence much more fun. The quality of their stationery and crafting supplies helps to push this subscription box to the next level, and the low monthly price makes it an attractive option for jumping into a new hobby.
Check out all of our Paper Pumpkin reviews to learn more. Ships to the U.S. and Canada.
The Cost: $17.95 per month. Subscribe here!
What Our Readers Say:
"[Bargain Bead Box] always provides a lot of beautiful beads with different theme each month. Surprisingly you can DIY a few items per box. It's definitely worth the money." - Carissa
About the Box: Bargain Bead Box is a monthly DIY subscription filled with 12-16 quality beaded items made from a range of materials including crystal, glass, semi-precious gemstones, and metal.
In addition to beads, you’ll receive findings, clasps, and pendants. You won’t receive plastic or seed beads, so you’ll get your money’s worth (and the monthly cost is fairly inexpensive). The company estimates the value of each box at over $50.
Each month, products are curated around a specific theme. This craft subscription box is ideal for amateur jewelry makers or any crafter looking to expand their supply kit.
Check out our Bargain Bead Box reviews to learn more. Ships worldwide.
The Cost: $28.00 per month. Subscribe here!
ACTIVE DEAL: Gets you $10 OFF for $50 purchase
What Our Readers Say:
"Helps me do festive crafts with my 4 year old even when I'm feeling lazy and uninspired. It makes me be a better mom." - Elizabeth
About the Box: Family time is fun time with the Craft + Boogie monthly craft subscription box. Subscribers receive 3-4 festive crafts, a family game, simple snack recipes, paper table decorations, activity pages, a themed Spotify playlist, and other goodies.
The themed crafts are designed to encourage self-expression, boost self-esteem, and create moments of bonding between parent and child. Holiday-specific boxes include a guide that teaches the history behind the holiday.
Crafting with a cause, Craft + Boogie is a go-to that families can feel great about in more ways than one. The company runs a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and every purchase helps to fund craft kits for kids in foster care and patients at children’s hospitals.
Check out all of our Craft + Boogie details to learn more! Ships to the U.S.