Darby Smart is a monthly DIY subscription box that costs $19/mo with free shipping. Each month features everything you need to complete a new DIY project, with most following a theme related to the current season or upcoming holiday.
Unboxing all the supplies: Instruction sheet, a woodburning pen (yay!), a set of 6 leather circles/coasters, two pencils, and a sheet of possible ideas/templates.
This makes the whole box worth it right here for me. It has a $14 value and it’s not something I thought I wanted, but I’m crafty at heart and I’m excited to think of other projects I can use this pen on down the line.
Very soft leather discs, smooth on one side and rough on the other. A light tan color.
So we don’t need coasters but I got the idea (from my sister, actually, who also got this box) to make ornaments instead. There are 5 of us so we used one as a practice one for everyone to get used to the pen, and then each of took one disc and decorated it however we wanted. The only rule was that names or initials had to be on it somewhere, so we’ll know who made which one in later years, and a hole will be drilled in the top for an ornament hook to go through.
The two older boys did their own, but of course Zeplin wasn’t allowed to use the red-hot poker pen (ha) so he made a scribble on the disc with the pencil and I used the pen to trace it into a Christmas tree and added his name. Then hubby, who took the most convincing of everyone to participate, ended up making what’s arguably the best one! I added his name at the bottom but the rest of it, snowman and little snowflakes and all, was all him. :)
The woodburning pen really creates a cool texture on leather.
Summary: I loved this project! It was a fun activity that brought the whole family together for a few minutes, and we have personalized and lasting keepsakes as a result. Also I’m excited to have the woodburning pen permanently. This was a win for me!
Have you tried Darby Smart? What did you think?