Thursday, September 25, 2014

Darby Smart "To DIY For" Box (September 2014)

 So I may not have mentioned this before, but I am crazy for DIY projects and crafts. I love knitting and needlework in general, and I am always trying to find old furniture and home decor that I can spruce up and make new again. I knew there were some craft/DIY subscription boxes out there, but I was always concerned that they'd be more low-end kinds of crafts, so I avoided them for awhile. After doing a little research, I found Darby Smart, and thought it would a great subscription to test out!

Darby Smart is a website that sells all kinds of DIY kits, but they also have a subscription service that sends you a monthly mystery project. The box includes everything you need to complete the project, and it only costs $19 a month! Of course I was a little worried I'd get a childish craft or some sort of scrapbook and sticker supplies for that price, but I was so incredibly thrilled with what I got as the September project!

 How cool is this?! Inside the box this month, was a lovely, soft white scarf and a Lumi Sunfold Printing Kit. At first I wasn't entirely sure what this was all about, but anything to do with scarves is a perfect DIY project for me! Once the Autumn weather comes around, I am always wearing them!

 This Kit is awesome in all sorts of ways. Inside is everything you need (plus a how-to video!) to create a tie-dye-like effect on your included scarf, or any other fabric you can get your hands on! It's a water-based dye that develops in the sunlight. Uhm, SO fun!

 (sorry about how fuzzy this looks, that's how it was printed on the box)
The basic directions are pretty easy, you just get your bowl of dye ready and saturate the scarf. Then you scrunch it up in any pattern you want, although there are some included if you aren't sure how to do it. I'm assuming you could also do a pattern by making stencils that you would leave on the scarf while it was developing, but that might take a bit more time and energy! Then you simply expose the scarf to sunlight for 10-20 minutes, and machine wash the scarf with the included wash so that the print sets into the scarf. 
That's it!
Here's what's inside the dye kit. It looked a bit intimidating to me at first, but it's really just red and blue dye bottles, the wash that you use to set your pattern, gloves and instructions. The best part about this kit is that there's more than enough product do more projects after you've finished the scarf!

Jeff helped me a bit by measuring out the amounts of water and dye, and mixing it up. I decided to mix both the red and the blue dye together to create purple, as it's one of my favorite colors! :) I saturated my scarf with the dye and then twisted it tie-dye style. The kit does come with some suggested patterns and how to do them, but I was so impatient and excited I thought I'd wing it and see what would come out!
You do need a disposable surface of some sort to rest the scarf on while it's in the sun, so I just cut a large piece off a cardboard box and used that. The moment I brought the scarf outside, the dye began to turn a beautiful purple hue! After about 10 minutes or so, I used the special detergent included in the kit, and ran my scarf through the wash cycle. When it came out, I liked the way it looked, but I wanted a bit more purple on it, so I re-dipped the scarf in the dye, and repeated the process. While I don't think the finished product is perfection, I had SO much fun making it!
I fell in love with the really deep purple that the scarf looked when it was still wet, but I realize I could probably get that color if I made a heavier concentration of the dye, so I will try that next time around. I really do love the lavender shade that came out and the natural tie-dye appearance of it!

I think this would be such a fun project to do if you had stencils too! You could cut out a stencil and then essentially "paint" the dye in place where you wanted color to be and then expose it to the sun. Jeff and I are big Doctor Who fans, so we were both brainstorming on how we could make a TARDIS scarf!
Overall Thoughts
The Lumi Sunfold Printing Kit retails at $34.95, and the scarf is a generic one, but I would comfortably put it at $15-$20, making the value of this box $50+. Since this box only costs $19 a month, that is an incredible value. Having said that, I think that this is one of the most unique and exciting subscriptions I've received in a long time. It's so much fun to step away from the endless beauty subscriptions for awhile and take some time to really make something awesome! I love that I can continue to use this kit to work on more projects as well. I think this would be the most fantastic gift for someone who loves creating, and would also be amazing for parents and children to get and look forward to each month. While this is only my first month with this subscription, I cannot say enough good things about it!

If you're interested in signing up for Darby Smart, you can do so HERE.

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  1. Nicely done!! I've tried a couple of these boxes but I either fail miserably or do something completely different than what they want you to do with the supplies :d

  2. Pretty, Rachel. :)
    I have a request. Could you please put your current Memebox links and codes in a more prominent location on your most recent blog page? Sometimes, time is short to buy and I can't find yours.
    Thank you!

    1. Good news!! :D I recently added a "Coupon Codes" tab where I will be putting all my coupon codes for subscriptions boxes I subscribe to, including my Memebox codes and a link to the main page of Coupons, deals, restocks etc! Hope that's helpful! <3