Darby Box Review

 

Disclaimer: We received one box in order to facilitate our review, no other compensation was gained for writing this post.

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I’d like to introduce Darby Smart! A newer box to the ‘Box Market’ that features crafting supplies to do your own projects.

Darby Smart was launched in June of 2013 created by Nicole Farb, who had trouble at times duplicating projects on Pinterest, usually because she didn’t have the right tools and materials to recreate them.

Darby Smart helps leading influencers (across fashion, décor and DIY) launch their design ideas. Darby Smart began with 10 designers and now has a yearlong designer waiting list!

I was excited to find Darby Box on my quest for interesting subscription boxes to review. Since I like to do crafts, but often fail to do them because I also don’t always have the supplies. Or think about what to do and then completely forget one thing or another, I knew that Darby Smart was a great box for someone like me!

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My awesome Darby Smart box came with bamboo cutting boards to do wood burning on. Now, I haven’t done wood burning since I was Sisi’s age. That was about 19 1/2 years ago. Yikes, so I was a little worried I wouldn’t be able to do this very well. Granted I only did a very small project back then (5th grade and all..) I have wanted to do wood burning again. So what fate that I would get such a box!100_3296

Two cutting boards, the wood burning tool (that has four tips), instructions and a stencil that I didn’t end up using because I wanted to put my own design on it.
Since Kat was recently doing craft time once a week with my mom, but she had to stop due to my mom ending up needing to baby sit my sisters kids on all the days the kids and I were getting grandma/mom time, I figured I would take over and do something with Kat. So she got to do one of these cutting boards herself.100_3297

Of course we got instructions as well, on the back of the card you can see above.100_3299

I forgot to take pictures of our practice board, but we did get a piece of practice wood that we both tried out. My design above is based on a tribal heart tattoo but modified for my tastes. I was excited but nervous to give the project a go… Kat jumped easily right in though, and added one of her characters to her board!100_3300

For a first timer I think she did a great job, it’s her own little design and I hope something she’ll keep and use even when she’s all grown out and doing her own kitchen stuff on a regular basis.100_3301

With a (one day shy of being…) 5 month old I had no choice but to work in very slow chunks on my project. Above you can see some progress of my design, before I made some mistakes that caused me to have to make a few alterations.100_3321This above is my end result, you can see a couple of places I messed up so I had to try and go with it. In the end? Not too bad, I wish I would have had more time just to myself to get this done in one go and without feeling rushed… but what can you do when your a mom and you’ve gotta take care of a baby?

Anyway…

The Darby Smart boxes start at $20 a box, depending on project, and come with everything you need to do whatever craft you pick! The above box was the March To DYI For and I couldn’t have been happier to get to try it out! The Monthly To DYI For boxes are $19 a month and are limited supply. But so worth it!

 

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Kisa Johnson

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17 comments for “Darby Box Review

  1. Anarii
    April 4, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    That is a great box. Thank you for the review.

  2. April 5, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    I’d love to try woodburning. That looks neat!

  3. April 5, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    I used to have a woodburning kit when I was a teen and I loved it! The cutting board idea is great, I love personalized items.

  4. April 5, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    The design was gorgeous but full of simplicity which I really like. Love the tribal heart and the casi drawing. This smart boxes (wood) are really safe for you you drop it it will not be broken easily since it is made of wood. The cover looks sturdy too.
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  5. April 6, 2014 at 6:10 am

    That looks like so much fun! I have absolutely no talent in art, so I’ll live vicariously through you!
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  6. April 6, 2014 at 6:38 am

    I think it looks fun. The tribal heart is very pretty.

  7. April 6, 2014 at 8:13 am

    That looks like a great kit for summer! Both my kids would love that!
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  8. April 6, 2014 at 9:58 am

    I have never seen anything like that before. Very neat.
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  9. April 6, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    This looks so fun! I would love something like this!

  10. April 6, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    WHat a fun box! I haven’t done wood burning since I was a kid either!

  11. April 6, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    This looks like such a cool box, and one with a price point that I can see value in. A lot of subscription boxes are falling into the rut of having a higher price point that you just can’t see the value in month to month. This looks great!
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  12. Chasity Boatman
    April 6, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    What a beautiful cutting board. I would love to have something like this.

  13. April 6, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    That is a beautiful cutting board. Sounds like an awesome monthly subscription service.

  14. April 7, 2014 at 10:42 am

    How cool! I loved the DS box I got (a pocketbook) but this project looks like so much fun!
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  15. April 7, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Great Review So Nany Goodies I Love It!
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  16. April 7, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    You did a good job, I love it. I have never seen this kind of project before but I think this will motivate someone’s craftiness.
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  17. Terri S
    June 26, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    This is so cool! I would love to do this. Thank you so much for sharing.

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