If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I love crafting. I’ve always been a creative person, but it wasn’t until high school that I really hit my stride with arts and crafts. In ninth grade, I spent lots of weekends at the local pottery painting place (yes, as you can probably tell, I was a *very cool* teenager). I painted dozens of plates, mugs, bowls, ornaments, and household goods for myself, my friends, and my family members (most of my parents’ serving dishes came from my high school years).
In college, I transitioned to decorating clothing — I even sold some of my creations at a boutique in town. I also took classes in pottery and letterpress, and a friend taught me how to screen-print clothing.
Since then, I’ve really embraced the crafter within me. In the past few years, I’ve learned how to do calligraphy (I created all the signs for my engagement party), made fun creations with a 3D printing pen, upcycled wine glasses into candleholders, decorated ceramics with oil-based pens (check out my tutorial on that craft here), tried my hand at needlepoint, created an adorable DIY fall-themed garland, made my own soap, watercolored some snarky greeting cards, and recently took up wood-burning. Like I said, I really love crafting.
Given all that, I was thrilled when I found out I’d get the chance to test out KiwiCo’s Maker Crate — an art and design subscription box that teaches you how to make hands-on projects.
KiwiCo is an awesome company that sends art and science projects to people via a subscription box service. It offers boxes for people of all ages and interests, starting at just $24.95 per month:
- The Panda Crate (0 to 24 months) helps kids explore and discover the world around them.
- The Koala Crate (ages 2 to 4) encourages kids to play and learn.
- The Kiwi Crate (ages 5 to 8) teaches kids about science, art, and more.
- The Atlas Crate (ages 6 to 11) teaches kids about geography and culture.
- The Doodle Crate (ages 9 to 16+) inspires people to create and craft.
- The Tinker Crate (ages 9 to 16+) brings science and engineering to people.
- The Maker Crate (ages 14 to 104) encourages teens and adults to get crafty.
- The Eureka Crate (ages 14 to 104) inspires teens and adults to do engineering and design projects.
As a 26-year-old craft fanatic, the Maker Crate seemed perfect for me! When my box came in the mail, I was thrilled to see that I would be making macramé planters. I’ve never tried macramé before, but it’s really trendy right now — plus, I have lots of little houseplants that need new homes!