Darby Smart is a monthly DIY box for adults. I love crafting, but it is hard to plan a craft and gather the materials, while raising two little boys. I have way to many pins on Pinterest that have never been done. I wanted a crafting box, and Darby Smart looked like a great fit. Every month, Darby Smart sends a box with selected craft and all the materials needed to complete the craft. Darby Smart is $19.00 a month and each month, they bring a new craft to your door. Each designer looks at the latest trends in fashion and home trends to make a great project from jewelry to home decor. This month’s theme was Ink Blot Coasters.
Cost: $19.00 a month 3, 6 and 12 month plans available. You buy the monthly boxes separately.
What’s in the box? Enough materials to make a craft.
When does the box ship? 1st of the month
Darby Smart ships USPS and comes in cute blue boxes
I was really excited to see that I would be using alcohol inks this month. I actually used to use them scrapbooking.
Ink Blot Coasters was the craft for this month. I love working with alcohol inks.
The instructions were super simple. You put a quarter size or smaller amount of alcohol on each coaster, spread it around and then add the ink. I put too much ink on the first coaster and it turned black. Luckily, you can just wash it off and try again. Once you are done, you let them dry for 10 minutes and then coat in Modge Podge. One of my coasters wasn’t completely dry after 10 minutes, and I smudged part of the ink. The finished product looks great!
Darby Smart included everything you need to finish the projects. If you don’t want to wash die off your hands, I would also recommend using some latex gloves.
The finished product turned out fantastic. I loved making them and I think this would be a fun project for my 4 year old for Christmas presents. Since you are working with dye, close supervision will be needed. I had one problem and got dye on my wooden table. Luckily, a little of the alcohol got it right up.
Final Thought: Darby Smart may be my favorite adult craft box. It is only $19.00 a month and you get get $10.00 off your first box with the code HOWDYDARBY. Darby Smart always includes crafts that are easy to do, even if you are new to crafting. If you want to sign up for their subscription, click HERE and use the code HOWDYDARBY to save $10.00.