Darby Smart is a monthly DIY subscription box service that sends out a “TO DIY FOR” box every month and also offers various DIY kits that you can buy at any time. I absolutely love Darby Smart and it’s my favorite DIY subscription service. I’ve always loved creative projects but I’ve always been just a writer, and never really felt very artsy or creative … I’m also impatient and a total mess, so I always kinda thought these projects weren’t for me. Darby Smart makes it SO easy to complete super cute and fun DIY projects and all of their projects are extremely practical — from jewelry to jewelry holders to candles, clutches, accessories and more.
I actually go onto the Darby Smart website now when I need something for my room to see if they have a DIY box so I can make it myself instead of going out to buy it in the store. The monthly TO DIY FOR box is fun because you have no idea what it’s going to be until it arrives at your doorstep and these surprise boxes have been mostly practical/everyday use/home decor-type projects as well.
I got the Jewelry Design Starter Set awhile ago and it’s the first Darby Smart project I completed. I took the photos months ago and I kind of wish now that I did a step-by-step photo tutorial so I could post it here in my blog. I’m definitely going to do that for future Darby Smart projects. So, this post isn’t very photo-heavy but I wanted to give you a general idea of what the jewelry starter kit was all about.
THE DARBY SMART JEWELRY DESIGN STARTER SET CONTAINS:
– 6 gold bangles
– 2 sets of trim: one plastic pearl-ish pattern and one gold pattern with rhinestones
– 5 different thread colors: mint/teal green, navy blue, bright sky blue, hot pink and white
– super glue
Each Darby Smart DIY kit comes with a step-by-step instruction card, and then you can go to their website for more instructions, photos and inspiration.
These bangles were pretty easy to make, except for the fact that the super glue got all over my fingers, which isn’t surprising because I am a MESS.
Basically, you start by supergluing the thread color of your choice to the inside of the gold bracelet (this is optional — some bracelets I made had the thread on the inside and some of them didn’t), then you put the embellishment of your choice around the outside and start threading one of the thread colors over the embellishment in-between each one to get them to stay on the bracelet. I used the white pearls for this bracelet (above).
I ended up using all six of the bangles that came in the kit but I didn’t really take many pictures and I wanted to get this post up quickly so I decided not to re-take the photos. I used the rhinestone embellishment (above) and then I did a mix-and-match with embellishments and the different thread colors mixing them up on each bracelet.
This was the only photo of more of the bracelets that I have right now, since I was able to simply retrieve it from my Instagram page. As you can see, I mixed-and-matched the thread colors and embellishments and for the top pink bracelet I even left some of it completely gold instead of covering it with the thread. So this kit really allows you to use your creativity to make a bunch of unique bracelet patterns/designs and it’s SUPER easy to do!
The Darby Smart Jewelry Design Starter kit costs $19 and can be purchased here.
Darby Smart is a monthly DIY/crafts subscription box that costs $19 per month with the option for 1, 6 or 12-month subscriptions (with each one you save a little bit per month). To subscribe, head over to DarbySmart.com for more information and to purchase individual DIY craft kits.