Friday, June 14, 2013

Whimseybox Review

I've been subscribed to Whimseybox (a monthly craft box) for a few months. I actually cancelled my subscription for a number of reasons, which I will explain. First, I'll give a rundown of the service and boxes.

About Whimseybox

Whimseybox is $15/month. Each month, a box comes in the mail with a DIY project inside. The supplies are provided along with instructions for each project. You can select what type of projects you'd like to receive in your boxes when you sign up (i.e. sewing, crochet, scrapbooking, etc.). The boxes are sent out at the end of the month.

Box 1 - February: Memo Board
The project for February was a DIY memo board project that came with wooden boards, washi tape, and rubber bands. You can find my full review of it here. I wasn't overly impressed with the quality of the supplies, nor did I think it was worth the money I paid. I can sew a few tote bags for that amount.
Since it was my first month, I wasn't quite ready to throw in the towel yet.

February's Whimseybox

Box 2 - March: String Art
March's project was a string art project. I was given nails, a block of wood, string, and a few patterns.  I started the project but wasn't able to finish it because I wasn't given enough nails to complete the project for the pattern I chose.. They didn't mention that any of the patterns would require more nails than provided.
I didn't review it since I didn't get around to finishing. I figured I would just review the next box and skip this one.

March's Whimseybox project

Box 3- April: ?
April's box didn't come. I'm actually still waiting on it. I was contacted by the company that the box would be sent out late and that I would get May's box around the same time. May's box came but there was no sign of April's. So, I emailed them to see what was going on and they informed me that the box will still be sent out, but they had no control over when. They refunded me for April without me even asking, so I was happy about that.

Box 4 - May: Lip Balm
May's box contained supplies to make lip balm. I was actually pretty excited about this one. Some of you may know that I have another blog that focuses solely on beauty. This project was right up my alley. The box contained beeswax, peppermint oil, metal tins, etc. It was a quick project and I enjoyed it, although I didn't follow the instructions completely. I posted the project on my other blog - find it here. I even made a little video to show the process.

May's Whimseybox

May Whimseybox project

Also, I noticed the box that the project came in was more simple than previous boxes - not as luxurious (for lack of a better word). I read that they were trying to cut down on packaging costs to bring their subscribers better projects. That's actually great news to hear because I remember thinking my money was going to the nice boxes instead of the projects.

Why did I end my subscription?
I felt that I wasn't getting the greatest value for $15. The first two projects weren't worth it in my eyes. I also didn't like that the projects weren't sent out until the end of each month. My box wouldn't arrive until the middle of the next month, so I felt like I was constantly behind. The whole reason I subscribed was to have something cool to share on this blog each month, but  I don't like posting a project in June that was meant for May. Also, I was bummed that my April box didn't come at all.

Will I subscribe again?
I might in the future when I feel like there has been time for improvements of the service. I'm not totally ruling it out, but I'd rather save $15 for something else than get a project  I'm not thrilled about. I know there are a few other monthly craft boxes out there, so I might try one of those.

I don't want to scare anyone away from the service. If you'd like to try it, you should. Your experience might be completely different than mine. If you are interested in signing up, you can do it here. Right now, they're giving 3 free rolls of washi tape to new subscribers!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. A referral link was used.

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