The Hippie Hobby January 2017

The Hippie Hobby is a bi-monthly subscription box that sends you a DIY craft kit that will incorporate recycled, up-cycled, and natural elements.  They promise to send you everything you need, so even if you’re a beginner crafter you’ll never be caught out missing supplies.  Boxes start at $23.95 plus $5.99 shipping to Canada.  There are discounts for 3 or 6-month plans.  Since boxes are every other month, a 6-month plan gets you a year.  I am always looking for craft boxes and most are either way too expensive for me or the shipping is ridiculous so I’m hoping this one will bring me joy.

The box is a fun green striped one that comes with a tissue wrapped inside.  In other boxes that strip of burlap has been used for the crafts.

The instruction sheet is full colour and has the steps broke down into very easy to follow parts.  This month the project is DIY String Art.

20170122_182834Included in the box to fulfil the crafting are wood planks, a paint brush, instant coffee packets, a picture hanger, mini nails, paint sticks, wire nails, and embroidery floss.  It’s up to me to provide scissors, a small bowl, and a hammer.  I have wanted to try this type of craft for a while so this is awesome.

There is also a little card of facts and bits of knowledge about the craft.  It’s a fun inclusion to give some background on the history and where the crafting comes from.

I like the idea of making something that will be used instead of simply being decorative.  The crafts are not crazy complicated and still, they look like they would be not tacky.  It doesn’t matter too much to me that they are encouraging recycling or upcycling but there isn’t a downside to that.   I don’t think that you can accurately value a box like this but it’s probably fair.  Having two months to make these up before another box arrives means I may actually get them done, though that hasn’t been the case so far.

The Hippie Hobby November 2016

The Hippie Hobby is a bi-monthly subscription box that sends you a DIY craft kit that will incorporate recycled, up-cycled, and natural elements.  They promise to send you everything you need, so even if you’re a beginner crafter you’ll never be caught out missing supplies.  Boxes start at $23.95 plus $5.99 shipping to Canada.  There are discounts for 3 or 6 month plans.  Since boxes are every other month, a 6 month plan gets you a year.  I am always looking for craft boxes and most are either way too expensive for me or the shipping is ridiculous so I’m hoping this one will bring me joy.

This box is fun to get.  It is happy and just so green!

The main craft this month is Handmade Greeting Cards.  They provided blank cards, glue, a pencil, marker, decorative paper and trim, a book page, paint chips, buttons, sequins, beads, and glitter.  They show you a few examples of cards to make but there is enough items to make your own designs as well.

The bonus craft is Upcycled Gift Tags.  You can use the paint chips, the burlap from the packaging, a pencil, glitter, and the glue to make Xmas tags or gift tags for any occasion.

I like the idea of making something that will be used instead of simply being decorative.  The crafts are not crazy complicated and still they look like they would be not tacky.  It doesn’t matter too much to me that they are encouraging recycling or upcycling but there isn’t a downside to that.   I don’t think that you can accurately value a box like this but it’s probably fair.  Having two months to make these up before another box arrives means I may actually get them done, though that hasn’t been the case so far.

The Hippie Hobby September 2016

The Hippie Hobby is a bi-monthly subscription box that sends you a DIY craft kit that will incorporate recycled, up-cycled, and natural elements.  They promise to send you everything you need, so even if you’re a beginner crafter you’ll never be caught out missing supplies.  Boxes start at $23.95 plus $5.99 shipping to Canada.  There are discounts for 3 or 6 month plans.  Since boxes are every other month, a 6 month plan gets you a year.  I am always looking for craft boxes and most are either way too expensive for me or the shipping is ridiculous so I’m hoping this one will bring me joy.

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The stripes give this box away every couple of months.  Inside everything is neatly wrapped and hidden.

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Inside of that are your craft items.  They use shredded paper to keep things safe.  The instruction card is normally found sitting on top.

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The main craft this time is DIY Melt & Pour Soap

I’ve never made soap before so this should be fun!  They give you goats milk soap base, Japanese Matcha green tea powder, lavender flowers, rolled oats, sugar, peppermint essential oil, sunflower oil, mini loaf pans, and craft sticks.  You need to supply a glass bowl, spoon, rolling pin, and hot pad.  You get to make 3 types of soap, with all three having a peppermint base though.

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The bonus craft is Upcycled Soap Packaging.  You use a few more items, such as thread and stickers, plus the burlap ribbon and canvas bag from the packaging to finish your soaps off, either for display or giving.

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This month there was also another little pamphlet included that talks about some of the benefits and features of the items being used.  It also has a few discount codes for ordering on it.

This month is wonderful.  I like the idea of making something that will be used instead of simply being decorative.  The crafts are not crazy complicated and still they look like they would be not tacky.  It doesn’t matter too much to me that they are encouraging recycling or upcycling but there isn’t a downside to that.   I don’t think that you can accurately value a box like this but it’s probably fair.  Having two months to make these up before another box arrives means I may actually get them done.

 

The Hippie Hobby July 2016

The Hippie Hobby is a bi-monthly subscription box that sends you a DIY craft kit that will incorporate recycled, up-cycled, and natural elements.  They promise to send you everything you need, so even if you’re a beginner crafter you’ll never be caught out missing supplies.  Boxes start at $23.95 plus $5.99 shipping to Canada.  There are discounts for 3 or 6 month plans.  Since boxes are every other month, a 6 month plan gets you a year.  I am always looking for craft boxes and most are either way too expensive for me or the shipping is ridiculous so I’m hoping this one will bring me joy.

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This box is very fun and I love the parachute.  You can easily tell what box is coming to you when this one shows up.

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They make it look so inviting when you open the lid.  The burlap band just adds that little something to make it special.  Peeling back that you can see all your items to make whatever surprises there are this month.

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The instruction sheet is very nicely done.  They show you completed images of the crafts on the cover and detailed step by step instructions inside.

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The main craft this month is DIY Floating Candles.  They give you wax flakes, a decorative mold, citronella fragrance oil, wicks, and toothpicks.  You need to provide a bowl, oven mitt, cooking spray, and a spoon.  You melt the wax, add the oil, pour it into the mold and let them set, pop them out like ice cubes, and then put them in any holder that you can fill with water.  I’ve never made candles before so this is going to be fun!

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The bonus craft is DIY Dinnerware Packets.  You get bags, stickers, paper straws, S&P packets, napkins, and a pencil and you supply the cutlery.  This would be so cute for a bbq or picnic.  I can’t believe they even give you the salt and pepper!

This month is wonderful.  I like the idea of making something that will be used instead of simply being decorative.  The crafts are not crazy complicated and still they look like they would be not tacky.  It doesn’t matter too much to me that they are encouraging recycling or upcycling but there isn’t a downside to that. However this month there is nothing that is actually fits either of those.   I don’t think that you can accurately value a box like this but it’s probably fair.  Having two months to make these up before another box arrives means I may actually get them done.

 

The Hippie Hobby May 2016

The Hippie Hobby is a bi-monthly subscription box that sends you a DIY craft kit that will incorporate recycled, upcycled, and natural elements.  They promise to send you everything you need, so even if you’re a beginner crafter you’ll never be caught out missing supplies.  Boxes start at $23.95 plus $5.99 shipping to Canada.  There are discounts for 3 or 6 month plans.  Since boxes are every other month, a 6 month plan gets you a year.  I am always looking for craft boxes and most are either way too expensive for me or the shipping is ridiculous so I’m hoping this one will bring me joy.20160525_175016 20160525_175021

This ships in a lovely striped box.  Their name is on the front and a cute balloon delivering a gift on the top.

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They wrap up the projects in bright paper and a burlap band held with their sticker.

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Underneath that I found a few recycled paper squiggles and the instruction card.  I could smell things though.

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The card opens up to give detailed directions on how to make both the main craft and the bonus craft for the month.

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The big craft this month is DIY Herbal Bath Teas.  They sent out empty tea bags, Epsom salt, rolled oats, lavender and chamomile flowers, lavender essential oil, and a sewing kit.  You are required to provide a mixing bowl, spoon, iron, and an ironing board.  After mixing all the dry ingrediants you add the oil and then bag the mixture.  You iron shut the bags to seal them.  They included the sewing kit so you can add embroidery to decorate your bags.  After you get things how you want them you toss this into your tub and let it steep for 10-15 minutes, then relax and enjoy.

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The bonus craft this month is DIY Bath Tea Envelopes.  To complete this they have sent out pre-printed envelope templates and a glue stick.  You need to use your own scissors.  It is super hard to see in real life and almost impossible in the picture but there are lines and words on the back of the pages.  You simply cut them out and then glue the flaps to make an envelope to hold you tea bags.  The pages are lightly coloured with a marble pattern.

This month is wonderful.  I like the idea of making something that will be used instead of simply being decorative.  The crafts are not crazy complicated and yet they look like they will be nice enough to give as a gift.  It doesn’t matter too much to me that they are encouraging recycling or upcycling but there isn’t a downside to that.  I don’t think that you can accurately value a box like this but it’s probably fair.  Having two months to make these up before another box arrives means I may actually get them done.

 

The Hippie Hobby March 2016

The Hippie Hobby is a bi-monthly subscription box that sends you a DIY craft kit that will incorporate recycled, upcycled, and natural elements.  They promise to send you everything you need, so even if you’re a beginner crafter you’ll never be caught out missing supplies.  Boxes start at $23.95 plus $5.99 shipping to Canada.  There are discounts for 3 or 6 month plans.  Since boxes are every other month, a 6 month plan gets you a year.  I am always looking for craft boxes and most are either way too expensive for me or the shipping is ridiculous so I’m hoping this one will bring me joy.

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They ship in a well branded box.  It is nice to know what you’re getting when the mailman hands you a box.

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The inside was pretty and well packed.  I like the burlap, it makes it feel homey and already crafty.  Under that was my stuff but I slightly moved the pages so you can see more than that.

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There is an instruction page that lets you know what the craft you will be doing is and gives detailed directions.

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The main project this time is DIY Book Page Gem Magnets.  Included to make these are glass gems, magnets, Mod Podge, book pages, foam brush, and super glue.  You do also need scissors and a pencil but honestly if you don’t have those in your house, you probably shouldn’t be crafting anyways.  You can use any paper you want but the ones included are good and I should be able to find words or images that will be good on them.

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There is a bonus craft too, DIY Book Page Cupcake Toppers.  For this you need toothpicks, Mod Podge, book pages, and glitter.  They give you enough supplies to make 12 toppers and I think it’s a cute idea and a nice way to use up some of the supplies included.

For my first box, I’m happy.  The crafts are not crazy complicated and yet they look like they will be nice enough to give as a gift.  It doesn’t matter too much to me that they are encouraging recycling or upcycling but there isn’t a downside to that.  I don’t think that you can accurately value a box like this but it’s probably fair.  Having two months to make these up before another box arrives means I may actually get them done.